Montreal Chinatown

  Canada: Montreal, Quebec - September 2009

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A small piece of Asia in Montreal: this is the Chinatown district, which I offer a preview, through two small videos.

These are two very similar montages, because I wanted to test the video function of my iPod Nano and compare with that of my small digital camera.

Chinatown # 1

Here is the first sequence, shot with the new iPod Nano.

Chinatown # 2

Here is the second sequence, shot with my antique Canon Powershot A95.

Filming with an iPod Nano: bof

Frankly, the picture quality is better with my little camera, I think. It was a little gray, and the tiny sensor of the Nano seems to me to have trouble managing the lack of light, even more than my Canon Powershot A95, which is nothing extraordinary. I find the rendering of the Nano a little greenish.

The Nano is so small, it's hard not to move. Fixed shots are still shaking a little.

Another thing I noticed: the Nano, despite its tiny size, is less discreet. Curiously, people did not pay much attention to my banal small camera (it's a ruse, it is believed that I take pictures, while I film, hey hey!). With the iPod Nano, they felt filmed and more often tried to avoid the goal.

Chinese district

Other than that, Chinatown did not impress me. In terms of neighborhood, Montreal's Chinatown is restricted to two-three streets, the most popular being the pedestrian street of Montreal. the Gauchetière where I shot these two little movies.

In fact, there are many other neighborhoods and neighborhoods in downtown Montreal that deserve to be called "Chinatown" because the Asian community is there. I've seen a lot of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian restaurants, sushi and noodle vendors, mini-markets and other Asian fast-food restaurants.

But in Chinatown, there's a guy you can not miss, if you like Asian sweets: the seller of candy with dragon beard (Dragon's beard candy), that we see on my videos.

These are sweets made with sugar, peanut, sesame seeds, coconut and chocolate ... And the famous dragon beard, these are the funny stringy thongs it covers all. Four dollars a box of six.

Obviously, it's a bit of an institution in the neighborhood. The small counter, where you can observe the candy making, is very popular with tourists.


  Canada: Montreal, Quebec - September 2009