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In-camera Aspen Tree Blur near Coldwater, Ontario

In-camera Aspen Tree Blur near Coldwater, Ontario

Here are a few recently optimized images from my photo excursions in September and October that I wanted to share with folks. I have been swamped lately with various projects as well as getting caught up on a large backlog of image files sitting on my hard-drives…never seems to be enough time and the backlog keeps getting bigger. Hope you like this collection of recently edited photographs.

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Thompson's Rapids in Ontario's Almaguin Highlands

Thompson’s Rapids in Ontario’s Almaguin Highlands

Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario.

Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario.

River aux Sables at Chutes Provincial Park. Massey, Ontario.

River aux Sables at Chutes Provincial Park. Massey, Ontario.

Magnetawan River in Ontario's Almaguin Highlands.

Magnetawan River in Ontario’s Almaguin Highlands.

 

 

 

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Katherine Cove, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

Katherine Cove, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

During my September visit to Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park I spent a couple of nights at Katherine Cove for sunset imagery. On the particular evening that the above photograph was created there was not much interest in the sky and any lovely sunset colors were lacking as well. Once the sun had set I began creating a few long exposures and about a half hour later I noticed the details in the rock formations along the shore and instinctively knew that a wide angle lens would be perfect for this composition. Since there was little interest in the sky it was evident that I should exclude as much of that element as possible, and concentrate more on the rocky details. Using the new Nikon 18-35mm lens on my Nikon D800 I carefully framed the scene making sure not to clip the small puddle on the left side of the frame. And in the upper right corner you will noticed that I made certain that the rock out in the lake was positioned to help anchor down that area of the composition too. Since the sun was long gone by this point I needed to dial in an ISO of 800 and for adequate depth of field an aperture of f16 was selected, this gave me an exposure of 15 seconds. This lengthy exposure was the perfect solution to smoothing out every ripple on the lake to create the illusion of calmness, which in turn allowed the moonlight shimmering on the water to be recorded nicely in the final result. This image has become one of my favorites from the Lake Superior excursion. I’d love to hear your thoughts?

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Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

The Lake Superior shoreline is often characterized by rugged, rocky outcrops. One of my preferred locations within Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park can be found near the mouth of the Coldwater River, along the Coastal Hiking Trail. At this spot there is a large ‘whale-back’ rock right next to the rugged coast that has been smoothed perfectly through the ages by the action of waves washing over it in the height of severe storm activity. On my most recent trip to Lake Superior in September I was determined to create an image to illustrate this massive rock. On this trip I added a Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fish-eye Lens to my tool-kit. This lens was on loan from Gentec International, the Canadian distributor for Sigma lenses in Canada. Fisheye lenses will open up a whole new world of creativity to the photographer who has yet to give them a try. Noted for their extreme distortion qualities, fish-eye lenses when used effectively will produce pleasing results. The resulting effect I like best is that which is achieved by pointing the lens downward to create a rounded horizon. I often find this effect to be most pleasing when looking out over a large body of water. Perhaps this is because 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water and the distorted effect mimics that of the globe. To create the above composition I chose to handhold the camera, utilize the virtual horizon feature to maintain a level perspective, and carefully composed the scene so that the massive rock would not merge with the trees on the distant shore.

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Daybreak on the Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park

Daybreak on the Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

There is always a lull in the seasons between autumn and winter where I like to get caught up on optimizing images that I have captured throughout the year, but have not yet found the time to process the files. Today I was planning on doing some chores that are waiting outside in the yard, but with the first light dusting of snow falling last night I decided to stay inside and work on some of these images today. So, I began sifting through the photos that I created on my Lake Superior trip in September.

When I began reviewing the images I came upon those that I created on what was a bitter cold morning on the Pinguisibi Trail. This linear trail follows the Sand River.In all my previous trips to this area the Sand River was running very low, but not this time. Heavy rains the week before my arrival ensured that there was significant water in the river. In fact, there was too much water as one of the waterfalls up river was flowing with such intensity that it was impossible to photograph due to the spray coming off the river. As a result, I concentrated my efforts downstream away from the intense flow. Here are a few of the images of the Sand River from that day.

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Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park

Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

 

Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

 

Sand River in Black & White. Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Sand River in Black & White. Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

 

 

 

 

 

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Orphan Lake Lookout_2202Over-looking Orphan Lake, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

On my recent excursion to Lake Superior Provincial Park I made a point of walking the Orphan Lake Trail. This is an 8 kilometer trail that meanders through a variety of habitats including; boreal forest, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest, Lake Superior shoreline, and the riverbank of the Baldhead River (no this river was not named after yours truly :) ).  The trail can be at times a little tough as there are numerous steep inclines along the way. At about the 6 kilometer point my persistent back problems began to flare up, making the last 2 kilometers a bit of a challenge to complete. Nonetheless, anyone planning a visit to Lake Superior Provincial Park must hike this trail as the scenery is utterly breath-taking and you will get a real sense of the wildness of the park.

In the photo above you will see a fish-eye view from the lookout over Orphan Lake, with Lake Superior in the distance. This image was created using the Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fish-Eye. In the image below I used my 80-400mm VR lens to extract the scene of the forest and granite along the Lake Superior shore.

Orphan Lake Trail_Lake Superior_2192Lake Superior as seen from the Orphan Lake Trail

Further along the trail, as seen in the image below, you will arrive at an impressive lookout over Lake Superior at the mouth of the Baldhead River. I was hoping for some stunning autumn colors during this trip but as you can see the colors were progressing rather slowly. Normally there would be peak color at the time of my visit. I guess this means I will just have to go back again next year. By clicking on the image to view the larger, sharper version you will see a red kayak on the shore, which helps to give this scene a sense of scale.

Orphan Lake Trail_Mouth of the Baldhead River_2213Lookout on Lake Superior at the mouth of the Baldhead River

From the lookout over Lake Superior the trail descends down to a cobblestone beach on Lake Superior, turning to your right once you reach the lake will take you over to the Baldhead River where you can continue along the trail as it follows the riverbank. A short distance upstream from the river’s mouth you will arrive at a lovely waterfall on the Baldhead River. I normally prefer to photograph my waterfall images in over-cast, rainy weather but the even and unchanging light here made for a lovely setting. To eliminate many of the distracting elements surrounding this waterfall I did once again select my 80-400mm VR lens to isolate the scene, being extremely careful not to over expose the brightest whites of the cascading water.

Orphan Lake Trail_Baldhead River_2256Waterfall along the Baldhead River

And then finally as the end draws near, a lovely boardwalk amidst a moss cloaked landscape provides a perfect spot to stop for a few additional images and a few moments to rest my back before continuing on to complete this rugged trail.

Orphan Lake Trail Boardwalk_2262Boardwalk along the Orphan Lake Trail

I hope you have enjoyed our hike along the Orphan Lake Trail today and remember if you visit Lake Superior Provincial Park do plan on hiking this trail. You will not be disappointed.

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Agawa Rock_2307Agawa Rock in Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park

On my recent trip to Lake Superior Provincial Park, which is located north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Gentec International, the Canadian distributor for Sigma lenses, kindly loaned my the Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fish-Eye Lens. Having visited this park on four separate occasions, I knew exactly how and where I would put the lens through its paces. In the image above that was captured at Agawa Rock, I waited for the late day sun to cast shadows of the evergreens upon the massive, pink granite cliff for an interesting perspective, knowing that the distortion qualities of the lens would curve the evergreens in towards the cliff.

Katherine Cove_2004Sunburst at Sunset at Katherine Cove, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

In my previous post I shared a similar image of this sunset at Katherine Cove. Above you will see the fish-eye version of the same scene. The Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fish-Eye lens captured the sunburst much better than my Nikon 18-35mm lens did. At first I was unsure about the distorted horizon in this capture, but the more I look at it, the more I really like the distorted qualities of the image, and the nice thing with fish-eye lenses is the creative opportunities they provide photographers due to their ability to distort the landscape.

White Pine Roots and Granite_1926White Pine Root-scape on Granite Outcrop

After I had finished photographing various compositions at Chippewa Falls, which was also featured in the previous post, I turned to see this interesting root-scape spreading out across the granite outcrop. With the rounded look of the granite outcrop I immediately reached for the Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fish-Eye to accentuate the effect.

I found this amazing lens to be most useful along woodland trails and the rugged Lake Superior shoreline where the terrain did not allow much room for a photographer to roam, without ending up in the lake :) If you love photographing creative landscape imagery be sure to add a fish-eye lens such as the Sigma 15mm to your tool kit. The possibilities are endless when it comes to fish-eye lenses and the Sigma 15mm version is capable of photographing almost twice as close as the Nikon 16mm version!!!

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Chippewa River_1873Chippewa River in Ontario’s Algoma County

While on route to Lake Superior Provincial park last week a fair amount of the drive was through torrential downpours. The last thing this area needed was more rain. One week prior to my departure for the big lake the area was hit was severe flash flooding, which washed out a section of the Trans-Canada Highway at Iron Bridge. Fortunately a temporary solution had been constructed by the time I arrived and detouring around the wash out was not required. When I arrived at the Chippewa River the rains seemed to be subsiding so I decided to take a break from driving to grab a bite to eat and grab a few images of the Chippewa River. On each of my last four stops at this location the river had been not much more than a trickle, so I was elated that there was significant flow to the river on this day. On a side note: this location is the official halfway point along the Trans-Canada Highway, which stretches from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia.

Chippewa River_1898Chippewa River in Ontario’s Algoma County

One thing that is very apparent when photographing waterfalls and rivers that feed into Lake Superior is the large logs that tend to be present on the river banks and stuck in the flow. These massive logs are carried down river in the spring when the rivers are raging torrents and will occasionally get hung-up in the river, awaiting the next spring run-off to lift them out and onward to the lake. The power of the river is quite evident in the sheer size of these tree trunks that are carried down to their river mouths.

Chippewa River_1903Chippewa River in Ontario’s Algoma County

And alas, as my drive ended upon reaching Lake Superior Provincial Park the rains had passed and the sky cleared and I was ready to capture the setting sun at Katherine Cove, which is undoubtedly one of the best locations within the park for sunset imagery.

Katherine Cove_2006-1Katherine Cove at Sunset in Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park

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Agawa River at sunrise_3316Agawa River at Sunrise in Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park

I arrived home from my jaunt to Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park late Wednesday night. My brother Gregg, founder of WorkCabin, Canada’s largest eco-friendly environmental jobsite, accompanied me on the trip, which brought back memories of how we use to wander off deep into the forest to explore the woodlands around the family cottage near Parry Sound, way back in our early teenage years. On Wednesday morning the alarm clock rang out at 5:00 a.m. and I walked down to the Lake Superior shoreline to assess the skies for any possible sunrise opportunities. I could see some low-level, alto-cumulus clouds forming. These clouds are typically characterized by parallel bands or rounded masses, and when present have the potential to create stunning sunrise imagery. I decided it was best that we head over to the Agawa River to see if we could capture a couple of sunrise images before departing for home. The decision to head to the Agawa River was bang-on as the skies were on fire about half an hour after we arrived on the scene, well prepared for the action. Without a doubt this was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever witnessed. Now, if only a bull Moose could have been standing in the river.

To hold back the intense glow of the sunlit skies I used my Singh Ray 2-stop Graduated Neutral Density Filter on either my Nikon 24-85mm lens or my new favorite lens the Nikon 18-35mm attached to a Nikon D800.

The three images in this post represent the transitions in the sunrise, from it’s most intense glow to the moment the color began to disappear.

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Agawa River at sunrise_3320Agawa River at Sunrise in Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park

Agawa River at sunrise_3324Agawa River at Sunrise in Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park

 

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Katherine Cove at sunset_0919-HDRKatherine Cove on Lake Superior at Sunset

Long before the sun rises tomorrow I will be bound for one of my most favorite photo destinations – Lake Superior Provincial Park. The rugged terrain and stunning shoreline vistas make this provincial park a photographer’s paradise. Here are a few images from my last trip through the area, which was about two years ago. This time around I am taking the Sigma 15mm fish-eye lens with me and I can’t wait to photograph some of the awe inspiring shorelines and forest interiors with this amazing little lens. I am also looking forward to venturing up towards Wawa for some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Ontario.

I am not looking forward to the chilly weather that is in the forecast though. The night-time temperatures are supposed to fall to 1 degree Celsius. Yikes! I am thinking it might get a tad chilly sleeping in my trusty old Subaru :)

Crashing wave on Lake Superior_2416Storm Light and Crashing Waves on Lake Superior

Katherine Cove_1699Katherine Cove at Sunset on Lake Superior

Upon my return from Lake Superior I will also be announcing what will be my inaugural workshop/tour to the tip of Long Point on Lake Erie. Long Point is essentially a sand-spit that extends out into Lake Erie roughly 45 kilometres. It is designated as a World Biosphere. Once at the tip of the Long Point peninsula you are almost half way across Lake Erie and there is only one way to reach the tip, which is by boat and the vessel that will be used to transport us to the tip is the safest way to go. Below is a photo that I created last week of sunrise at the tip of the Long Point Peninsula. I am hoping that there will be thousands of Monarch butterflies there when we arrive as they will begin their long journey to Mexico soon, and Long Point is one of there stopping off places.

Long Point_1720Long Point World Biosphere on Lake Erie at Sunrise

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See ya soon folks :)

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Beamer Falls on the Niagara Escarpment, Grimsby, Ontario

For several weeks I have been very busy with little time to get out the door for some fresh landscape images, but I have been processing some image files from last season’s crop of photos. With the recent rainfall we have had and the trees greening-up with a lush crop of leaves I must have been inspired to optimize some waterfall imagery. For folks living in the Hamilton, Ontario area now is the perfect time to visit the great number of waterfalls that can be found along the Niagara Escarpment. But don’t stop there as there is a vast number of waterfalls worth exploring throughout the province. Some of my all time favorites are Brook’s Falls, Webster’s Falls and in Lake Superior Provincial Park many nice scenes await photographers along the Sand River. What I like best about these waterfalls is that they usually produce excellent opportunities regardless of the river’s flow. When river levels are low these waterfalls will often produce excellent imagery. To find out more about these favorite locations and many more please check out my eBook A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape. Although this eBook does focus on many inspiring locations throughout the province of Ontario, it is also full of numerous, helpful tips that you will find quite valuable to creating the best possible images in the field. Below you will see some of my recently processed images from last season.

Webster’s Falls, Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton, Ontario

Beamer’s Falls details, Grimsby, Ontario

Brook’s Falls, Magnetawan River, Emsdale, Ontario

Sand River, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

Sand River details, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario

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