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Brooks Falls, Almaguin Highlands, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 200
f16 @ 0.5 sec

On Friday October the 13th I awoke at 5:00 a.m. to commence driving into Ontario’s Almaguin Highlands situated just north of the town of Huntsville. I was hoping for stunning autumn colour along the Magnetawan River at Brooks Falls, however, that was not to be as there was already some significant leaf fall in the area. Fall colour in Ontario has been a bit odd this year with some areas having stunning colour while other parts of seen dull colours, and some locales have even seen leaf fall without much colour change at all. Perhaps this has to do with our overly wet, cool summer. Nonetheless, I arrived at Brooks Falls and was pleased to see that the river was full and ragging.

My intention for this day’s outing was to explore several waterfalls with the Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero Distortion Lens. When using such an extreme wide angle lens getting the camera into the right position is very critical to success of the image. Strong foreground subjects are a must to grab the viewer’s attention. Often my chosen perspective for each image was not much more than about 12 inches from the rushing water, which added complications in having to deal with water spray and droplets of water hitting the front element of the lens. Before each frame that was captured I would give the lens a wipe with a micro fiber cleaning cloth. Patience and perseverance did result in several frames without water droplets being present.

When I had finished photographing Brooks Falls I ventured south to the Skeleton River in Rosseau, Ontario to a couple of waterfalls that I was certain would still have some nice colour due to the sugar maple trees that line the river banks. Below are the images created at both Skeleton Falls, and Hatchery Falls. Skeleton Falls is a little known waterfall that is accessed by hiking down a very step grade within the forest, while the more popular Hatchery Falls is accessed by a well worn foot path through easy terrain.

Skeleton Falls, Rosseau, Ontario
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 0.6 sec

What is my most important piece of gear for photographing waterfall imagery? Hip waders. More often than not the best perspective to photograph many waterfalls is from within the river itself. River banks tend be messy environments with distracting elements such as twigs/branches intruding into the scene. By photographing from within the river you can often eliminate or at the very least reduce these distracting elements impact on the scene.

 

Hatchery Falls, Rosseau, Ontario
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 0.3 sec

 

Hatchery Falls, Rosseau, Ontario
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 1/4 sec

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Stubb’s Falls on the Little East River

Several weeks ago I met up with fellow landscape photographer, the very talented Kyle McDougall at Stubb’s Falls in Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario. After spending numerous hours at this location we ventured a little further north to Brook’s Falls near the town of Emsdale. I am just now finding the time to process a few of the image files from this day. We were blessed with some lovely autumn colour and beautiful overcast light which makes for perfect waterfall photography conditions. Most often after I photograph a few images of the grand scene before me, I will often seek out the more intimate scenes that are not so readily apparent. My favorite lens for such intimate landscapes has always been the Nikon 80-400mm VR lens> On occasion I will use my Nikon 12-24mm lens when I wish to compose an intimate landscape image within tight quarters. Below are a few intimate landscapes from the trip to Stubb’s Falls and Brook’s Falls. Please take a moment to indicate your favorite of the bunch.

When you have a minute or two please do check out the additions to the blogroll which now include direct links to the blogs of Kyle McDougall, Mike Grandmaison, and John Shaw. In addition to these updates to the blogroll we now have a Twitter page. Click here for the Twitter page.

The November issue of Denise Ippolito’s Creative Photography eMini-Magazine is now published. Please follow the image-link in the side-bar of the blog to be taken directly to the emini-magazine. If you would like a real treat head over to Denise’s A Creative Adventure Blog for an amazing collection of images from her recent travels to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island.

Please remember to click on each of the photos to see a larger, sharper version.

Stubb’s Falls on the Little East River

Magnetawan River at Brook’s Falls

Magnetawan River at Brook’s Falls

Magnetawan River at Brook’s Falls

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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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Brook’s Falls on the Magnetawan River

I was away last week shooting some fall colour images around the Muskoka region and the Almaguin Highlands region of Ontario. Much of the autumn display this year in those locations was rather dismal, in my opinion, with many of the colours being muted and leaves falling from the trees brown and dry. We experienced a very hot and dry August which probably impacted the fall colours this year, however, there were some small pockets of nice colour to be found. During my travels last week I was sure to stop by my favorite waterfalls in the region and was pleased that some nice colour was to be found at these sites. Each of these sites will be featured in my upcoming eBook. Here are the first optimized images from last weeks adventures. Hope you like the photos.

Stubb’s Falls on the Little East River in Arrowhead Provincial Park

Lower Rosseau Falls on the Rosseau River

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