R.I.P. Story

Published May 7th, 2014

Sad day for 500px community. The Story feature is discontinued? :-(

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Innermost

Published May 2nd, 2014

Be mindful when talking in your head, for you speak no other than the Universe itself.

Circling the great Stupa of Bodnath in the morning serves as a mind-calming experience. Slowly the monkey mind of yours is becoming at peace and you can see the reality clear. Exercising my street ninja technique so as not to disturb the flow, I've tried to see the innermost thoughts of the attendants.

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Fujinon XF35m/f1.4

Kathmandu, Nepal

May 6th, 2013

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Korean Engagement

Published October 25th, 2013

As part of the commemoration ceremony of 60th anniversary of the end of Korean engagement two Korean naval ships came to Montreal Old Port. For almost a week the city was was flooded with Korean soldiers in their uniforms ashore and exploring Montreal.

I've attempted to follow some of the officers for a day. These are selected few frames that I share with you.

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Racers In The Rain

Published September 25th, 2013

A friend working for one of the courrier companies in Montreal tipped me off about the race. Short email said:

" thePACK F1 is a 25km criterium race held on the Gilles-Villeneuve F1 circuit. An entrance fee of 5$ is required, along with a helmet and lights. This is not an official race event. Participants are responsible for their own safety and actions.

**TRACK BIKE ONLY EVENT** "

I love underground events like these so I ventured off to practice capturing fast moving targets in complete darkness. Rain made my practice even more worth while.

Jump!

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Montreal Street Art Bike Tour #7

Published September 19th, 2013

Cam Novak closed off the season with his final Street Art Bike Tour #7.

A tv film crew has attempted following and filming us by car with partial success as we often rode one way streets in opposite direction.

Follow Cam Novak for possible unexpected surprise tours on FB www.facebook.com/camnovakart.

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1980 Ford Capri

Published August 28th, 2013

A friend of a friend has one. Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.

80s lines intrigue me.

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35mm(50mm) Fuji Lens

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1973 Corolla Trophy

Published August 27th, 2013

We were supposed to board the flight to Jomsom from Pokhara which is only 15 min long. But unusual weather and 2 days of downpour intervened and forced us to look for alternatives. Our guide suggested a taxi and because we were really tight on schedule we took the bet. This is what followed and I must say I have no regrets. 1973 Toyota Corolla and a masterful driver made the impossible possible.

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Street Art Bike Tour #6

Published August 21st, 2013

This one is devoted to graffiti and street art in the south west of Montreal.

Follow Cam Novak on FB www.facebook.com/camnovakart if you want to join next time.

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Street Art Bike Tour #5

Published August 12th, 2013

Join Cam Novak and street artist Mathieu Connery to see some of the best street art in the city and learn some things about graffiti history and culture.

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Behind The Scenes

Published August 1st, 2013

Boudhanath area of Kathmandu is home to many Gompas (monasteries). To maintain the splendor of these, a multitude of small workshops, craftsmen and seamers are busy late into the night trying to keep up with the orders. I must point out that the level of craftsmanship in Kathmandu is very high and most of the businesses have been family owned for years.

A small stray into the back alleys of Stupa's circle provided me with a closer look at these small shops manufacturing the material essentials of the spiritual.

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Markets of Kathmandu

Published July 27th, 2013

If sacred temples and shrines are the soul of Kathmandu then the markets are its blood. They nourish and deliver life to every district of the city. Streets come to live around 5:30am every day. Buyers, merchants, occasional beggars are caught in never-ending dance of bargaining, purchasing, exchanging of money and goods.

Forget about brands, an item has only 2 criteria: actual quality of the product and how well a seller can push it to you. Latter usually dominates the former. One may feel vulnerable amidst all this but I suggest just to relax and soak in the atmosphere of human interactions, smells, sounds and the temporary nature of it all.

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Street Art On Bikes

Published July 16th, 2013

Join local street artist and urban cycling expert Cam Novak on a bike tour to discover some of Montreal's best street art, murals and graffiti. July 11th was the third iteration of the concept that should gain momentum in near future no doubt.

Here's Cam's FB and Twitter info if you'd like to be posted and attend the next ride:

https://www.facebook.com/camnovakart

@TheCycleBird

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Story of a Wall

Published June 28th, 2013

Angelina Christina (www.christinaangelina.com) and Fin Dac (findac.tumblr.com) are two collaborating artists I've met at the Mural Festival in Montreal. They worked on one of the walls as part of the festival that you can see here All Is Legal Under The Stars.

Few know, however, that they were facilitated another wall in Saint-Henri area of Montreal at the intersection of Cote Saint Paul and Notre-Dame street. This area had somewhat of a renaissance in the recent years and this wall will definitely become a trademark of the neighborhood.

The following is a photo observation of the process and the atmosphere surrounding their creation.

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Street Art Bike Tour

Published June 26th, 2013

Cam Novak is a street artist and an urban bicycle aficionado who I've met during Mural Festival. Yesterday was his first successful attempt to conduct a bicycle street art tour in Montreal. Only 5 brave souls myself included made it due to seemingly imminent downpour and bad weather predictions. Our positive energy turned out to be strong enough to chase away the gray skies and enjoy the guided ride and introduction into Montreal street art scene.

Here's Cam's FB and Twitter info if you'd like to be posted and attend the next ride:

https://www.facebook.com/camnovakart

@TheCycleBird

Following is a short photo log of the above adventure. Annotations and artist credits by Cam Novak.

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MURAL Fest Digest

Published June 18th, 2013

The passed weekend in Montreal was a wonderful opportunity to approach and study street art up close and personal. Often this art is created fast and undercover or without public announcement. But this time artists from around the world had almost a week at their disposal to work on giant walls as part of the MURAL Festival in Montreal (www.muralfestival.com)

In total there were about 21 walls for crews/painters. All creators were very kind and patient with curious folk (of whom I was one) who would keep distracting them with a bombardment of questions and praises. Conversations were profound at times, and one can often see a reflection of the artist's inner world in their works.

My object of interest was in particular the artist, not immediately his/her work which I can enjoy for at least another year now, but the man/woman behind. Probably that's why it has turned out to be a black and white phase for me. In the sea of explosion of colors this weekend I was trying to focus on the s ...

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An Evening with the City

Published June 7th, 2013

I am no stranger to this particular point of view as on can see from this story: Union Ascend. However, last time we took our sweet butt time to get up there and missed the sunset so this time I went up in a broad daylight to explore the site and enjoy the light.

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From Dawn till Dusk in Kathmandu

Published May 26th, 2013

If first time in Nepal, one may get disoriented and tired very quickly from dusty hustle-bustle of the streets of Kathmandu.

So why not climb up some of the taller structures, have a breather and a sense of direction. More so, most of the rooftops have an open access and Nepali people are one of the friendliest folk on Earth.

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This is Stupa

Published May 25th, 2013

There's one area of Kathmandu where the rhythm and pace of everyday life is different from the rest.

Major Tibetan outpost outside its borders, it comprises 50 Buddhist gompas (monasteries) and one of the largest stupas in the world.

Every morning from 5-7am and every evening around 5-7pm the area around the holy monument transforms into a spinning clockwise vortex of energy. Thousands of monks, refugees, pilgrims, locals and rare tourists join into powerful praying and chanting circle of life. Inside that mass almost 200 parying wheels are also adding to the charge.

This is the best place to stay in Kathmandu, away from common noise, traffic and markets. Wake up early and witness the energy. Merchants and tourists invade during the day.

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Hotel Belarus Crane

Published March 8th, 2013

Hotel Belarus is a lonely monolith on the shore of Svisloch river in the center of Minsk. It is currently closed for reconstruction and upgrade, probably in-line with upcoming 2014 World Hockey Championship in Belarus. The crane attached to the structure provided even higher POV and some majestic views. The only complain, it was -30C when I went up. But due to my very short stay I did not have a choice.

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Minsk Crane View

Published February 28th, 2013

Minsk (Belarus) is a fairly mid-level city with only a few high-rises and a prevalence of second half of the XXth century Soviet architecture which involves a lot of block 5,9 or 12 storied buildings. This is due to the fact that a vast majority of the historical structures were destroyed in World War 2.

The construction of a first real skyscraper downtown had my attention. So Iast winter I enjoyed a beautiful if a tad cold (-25C) sunset on top of the construction crane and am pleased to share the views.

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Ode to Cote-Des-Neiges

Published December 21st, 2012

A few lookout shots from the top of a small condo construction in upper Cote-Des-Neiges, Montreal.

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CRCHUM Crane View

Published December 10th, 2012

Summer 2011. The construction of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM) is in full swing. Back then I only owned a point&shoot pocket camera so this is the best you'll ever get as the crane is gone now. Enjoy the views of the beloved city.

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Rockhill Antennae

Published December 8th, 2012

Revisiting some of the old pictures. This was a symbolic experience, where I've dealt with a local hawk and gained a new adventure.

Shot shotgun style in bright sunset with a "point and shoot", forgive the horizon sometimes.

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Ercolano Streets

Published November 22nd, 2012

If you wish to see Vesuvius, Ercolano (just a tad south of Napoli) is where you get off. Must admit the town itself provided more emotions than the hike up the notorious volcano.

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The Dark Side of the Oratory

Published November 16th, 2012

Same old roof ( http://500px.com/palnitro/stories/45229/panoramic-sunset-over-cote-des-neiges-montreal ), different light.

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Penthouse Fire

Published November 9th, 2012

Around 7pm an empty century old building, where renovations were taking place for future condos, caught fire on the top floor. Multiple fire fighter brigades where called in. No victims reported.

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Some Views from Above (Montreal)

Published November 2nd, 2012

Another "luxury" condo construction provides a convenient opportunity to have an unrestricted 360 view of a historic Montreal area from above. It's always fun to look at familiar areas from this angle and notice details that would never occur to you just walking down the street.

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No Fear Sphere

Published October 26th, 2012

I enjoy unrestricted movement in the city, not bound by mere walkways, roads, paths, fences. It's not even much of a physical challenge, as often there's a convenient passage up or through. The only thing needed is a desire to stray off the beaten path.

Montreal Biosphere is situated on St-Helene Island and is 62m high, constructed for Expo 67 as a US Pavilion it was designed by wonderful Richard Buckminster Fuller. That's what it was like back in the days: link

It was a good feeling to stand on top of the legend. Aah, all the space aspirations of 60s :)

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Montreal Graffiti Canvas

Published October 24th, 2012

This is what 2012 Montreal graffiti fest left after. The joyous candy for our urban eyes.

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Union Ascend

Published October 17th, 2012

The new skyscraper construction has been going on for a while and the location is perfect. This one was a test climb and I had to return one more time afterwards for a better light.

Also it was a battle crusade for my companion NinjaCurlz, who had to conquer the fear of heights to enjoy the view. And she made it worthily :) Rock on!

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Zomby Escape Vehicle Parking

Published October 15th, 2012

Everyone knows that in North America the most suitable vehicle to ram through and penetrate zombie hordes is a yellow school bus. It's reliable, elevated, heavy, spacious, has a great 360 degrees lookout and has an aft hatch for escaping.

Well, here's a strategic base that you should put in your GPS favorites just in case. It's South Shore of Montreal so we can organize a city evacuation. You are welcome.

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Breakfast In America

Published October 8th, 2012

Well, actually it was in Canada... Ok, fine, Quebec... yep, Montreal.

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Sunrise at Vienna International

Published September 29th, 2012

Early morning transfer at VIE on the way back home. Gave me a few hours to spare at the rooftop of an 8-stories parking lot.

The airport was waking up around me.

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Dragonfly Top

Published August 16th, 2012

An unplanned ascend while waiting for a friend. This house with a dragonfly is located in-front of Laurier metro south exit.

What's nice about rooftopping in Montreal is that you can usually have a long wide view without obstructions while only on top of a relatively low-storied building. In before luxury condos of course.

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Atwater Luxury Crane

Published August 8th, 2012

Montreal is booming with "luxury" condo constructions. On the minus side - might start looking like some Ontario city soon, on the plus - plenty of cranes to climb and enjoy nice views. This one is right next to AMC Forum on Rue Lambert Closse.

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Panoramic Sunset Over Cote-Des-Neiges, Montreal

Published July 20th, 2012

I've been to this rooftop a few times before but never in a good weather. A multi-storied building is located on Chemin Cote-Des-Neiges between Ridgewood and Foresthill Avenues. Enjoy the sunset and the views.

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Montreal Super Hospital Construction Crane Infi...

Published July 16th, 2012

I was driving by the site of what is to become Canada's largest hospital in 2014 on a late Sunday evening and made a move. It was getting dark quickly and the wind didn't help but it had to be done. Quick video of what it felt like at the top: https://vimeo.com/45466233

Would love to come back there again.

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Up the Faubourg Tower

Published July 7th, 2012

Walking back home and having a yummy slice of pizza I discovered a nice set of scaffoldings right in front of the Sharks bar.

Up I went. My battery was low so it's all I have, maybe another time.

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