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The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

The island of Cayman Brac, found within the Cayman Islands, is noted for its numerous caves, which are found at various locations around the island. These caves were typically used as hurricane shelters many, many years ago. I briefly explored a couple of caves while on the island in February and quickly became quite fond of the interesting formations that were to be found inside The Bat Cave, located a stone’s throw away from the villa I was renting for my trip. I found my Nikon 18-35mm lens on the Nikon D800 was the perfect combo for creating the images that I envisioned. This set-up was firmly mounted to a Manfrotto BeFree Tripod, which was a real life-saver due to its light weight, durable designed that was a pleasure to use in the field during this trip.

Here are some additional images created inside The Bat Cave. Please do remember to click on the images to see the larger, sharper versions.

The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Roof Details Inside The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Roof Details Inside The Bat Cave on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

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Dilapidated House_1858

 

During my last trek to Ontario’s Lake Superior Provincial Park I came across a lovely home – fixer-upper of sorts. This house is situated between the towns of Blind River and Iron Bridge, directly across from the scenic Blind River. I have passed this house often, but this time the over-cast, drizzly conditions were just right to stop and capture a few frames, and I also took some time to explore the interior with the Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fish-eye lens. I am thinking this would be a quaint place to pack it in and retire too…all it needs is a little tender lovin’ care…what do you think? :)

In all seriousness though, a colleague of mine who has passed through this area a great many times told me the house began construction roughly 20-30 years ago and was abandoned before it was ever completed.

Dilapidated House_3399

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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.

Please do remember to click on the images to see the larger, sharper versions.

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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Hilton Falls_5511

As mentioned in my previous post, after photographing the old, rusted out cars and trucks in Rockwood, Ontario I made a brief visit to nearby Hilton Falls on Sixteen Mile Creek. This lovely waterfall is one of the many waterfalls that are found along the Niagara Escarpment and is located in the Hilton Falls Conservation Area.. When photographing waterfalls it is always wise to create images from several different perspectives.  One of the perspectives I am particularly fond of is that which can be created at the crest of the falls, looking over the edge. To photograph the scene above I chose to work from a narrow ledge beside the river at the crest of the falls. I excluded most of the surrounding forest due to the significant leaf fall, opting to include as much of the river’s flow pattern as possible. I did retain enough of the far bank and the brink of the cascade to maintain a sense of place in the resulting image. Hope you like the results :)

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Rusty Old Truck_5364

 

On Friday past my brother Gregg (founder of Work Cabin), and I decided to meet up at the Rockwood Auto Yard for a few hours to photograph old cars and trucks in the fields and forest. There is a certain beauty that can be found within the old relics as they sit in a constant state of decay, as forest and field take hold. Here are three of my favorite images processed with Topaz Labs Clarity and Nik Color Efex’s Detail Extractor, which were used to enhance the details in the rust, dents and peeling paint.

At first I had reservations about photographing the wrecks so late in the season, but now think that it was probably one of the best times as the fallen leaves on the colorful wrecks added an extra special element to some of the scenes. And I am a firm believer in getting out to create photographs regardless of the weather conditions, seasons, or time of day. The more this is done the easier it is to ‘see’ the images that are waiting to be photographed. As I compile my list of workshops that will commence in the Spring of 2014, I will most certainly be adding a few visits to this cool location, to capture the dilapidated wrecks throughout the seasons.

Please click on each of the images to see the larger, sharper versions of each. And stay tuned for more grungy images from the day and also some lovely waterfall images, as we saved just enough time to photograph the nearby Hilton Falls too :)

Rusty Old Car_5412

Rusty Old Car_5395

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Rusty Old Wreck - Original Capture

Rusty Old Wreck – Original Capture

Above you will see the original version of a lovely, rusty old wreck that was photographed today during one of Denise Ippolito’s numerous workshops that are planned during her visit to the Toronto area. This morning the weather conditions could not have been better as we were presented with lots of fog and some rain and drizzle to help saturate the colors of the rusted old wrecks we were photographing. Denise will also be presenting her “A Blend of Art & Nature Photography” lecture for the Toronto Digital Photography Club on Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the Edithvale Community Centre in North York. To find out more about how to sign up for the lecture, please click here.

Below you will see the various creative renditions I conjured up using various photoshop plug-ins. Each of the image captions will inform you of the software used to create the effect as presented. Please remember to click on each of the images to see the larger, sharper versions. Also, please take a moment to let us know which is your favorite of these renditions.

Rusty Old Wreck - Topaz Black & White Effects 2

Rusty Old Wreck – Topaz Black & White Effects 2

 

Rusty Old Wreck - Silver Efex Pro 2

Rusty Old Wreck – Silver Efex Pro 2

 

Rusty Old Wreck - Nik HDR Efex

Rusty Old Wreck – Nik HDR Efex

 

Rusty Old Wreck - Fractalius

Rusty Old Wreck – Fractalius

 

 

 

 

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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.

Please do remember to click on each of the photographs to view the larger, sharper versions of each.

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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.

Please click on each of the images to see the larger, sharper versions and let us know which is your favorite of the three.

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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Storm clouds over farm and winter wheat crop_565Storm Clouds Over Winter Wheat Crop, Bradford, Ontario

Sorry for lack of posts lately folks, I have been away on a photography trip through Ontario’s Parry Sound region. During this trip Gentec International, the Canadian distributor for Sigma Lenses in Canada was kind enough to loan me a Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens. I will be doing a full review of this lens in an upcoming post soon, but I can quickly sum it up with one word – WOW! I had a ton of fun using this lens for everything from bullfrogs, rusted old wrecks, urban scenes, landscapes, forest interiors, water lilies, and agricultural scenes (as you can see above).

The image accompanying this post was captured yesterday using the Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens on a Nikon D800 handheld as the wild and wicked storm clouds were swiftly moving across the sky, above a golden field of winter wheat. Yesterday southern Ontario, particularly the Toronto area, was hit with a massive amount of rain which caused significant flooding. The rainfall amount came close to beating the record set when Hurricane Hazel rolled through the area in 1954. Fortunately I live north of the hardest hit areas and only received a small amount of rainfall at home however, as I was driving down a rural road near my home I noticed these ominous clouds and just had to pull off to the side of the road and grab a few images.

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Old Wreck_7202

As I departed Tiny Marsh the other day, due to the heavy rains, I came upon this old truck that was rusting away beside a storage shed with colorful turquoise aluminum siding and an old collection of tires perfectly lined up in front of the truck. Since the rain had slowed to a steady drizzle at this point in my travels home I stopped to create a couple of images of the scene from the side of the road. I knew when I arrived home I would use Topaz Adjust 5 to grunge the old wreck. For this type of rendering I will select one of the ‘Detail’ presets and using heavy-handed slider settings create the grunge-look achieved in the photo above. I find the grunge-look for old wrecks to be most addictive but finding old wrecks like this can be like looking for a needle-in-a-haystack.

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