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Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Nikkor 18-35mm lens @ 35mm
ISO 100
f16 @ 8 seconds

When I was a kid I used to love watching a TV series called “Land of the Lost,” which aired on the NBC network from 1974 -1976. This series was essentially about a family that was trapped in an alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs. There are a few locations throughout Ontario, especially along the Niagara Escarpment where I am often reminded of this show as the landscape really does make you feel as though you are entering a different world. On a recent excursion last week I found myself again in this situation. The place was the Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park which is a small, park with no services, just hiking trails. The hiking trails are part of the historic Bruce Trail that runs from Niagara River to Tobermory. This trail is more than 890 kilometres inĀ  length with an additional 400 plus kilometres of side trails. Within the Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park we find the Standing Rock and Caves Side Trail which is where all of today’s images were created. After climbing down into the first crevice blue trail markers guide you through the deep, cool crevices with walls that are draped in thick carpets of moss, liverworts, and numerous species of ferns. I spent the better part of about 4 hours exploring these crevices and will definitely need to schedule a return trip to complete the exploration. I took only two lenses with me on this excursion; the Nikkor 18-35mm lens and the Laowa 12mm Zero D lens. The conditions in the crevices were very cool temperatures and due to the steep crevice walls many of the exposures were seconds long. The day was a hot, muggy kind of day but down in the crevices I was actually catching a chill. When I made my out of the crevices my lenses fogged immediately upon exposure to the warmer, humid air. Here are several images created during my first outing to this newly discovered location.

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

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 3 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 4 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 1 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 3 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 1.6 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 30 seconds

 

In the below image we can see how the center slab of rock, millions of years ago, broke free of the rock wall on the right and went crashing into the rock wall on the left side of the composition.

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Nikkor 18-35mm lens @ 35mm
ISO 100
f16 @ 25 seconds

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Craigleith shoreline at Georgian Bay

 

Last Saturday I spent the day up at Craigleith, near Collingwood, Ontario on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. For landscape photography it is hard to beat the impressive vistas that abound on Georgian Bay. From Killbear to Killarney, the Bruce Peninsula, Flower Pot Island, and the 30,000 Islands the opportunities are endless. The shoreline at Craigleith is of special interest not just for the lovely scenes over the open water but also for the number of fossils that can easily be found here. After helping my daughter look for fossils along the rocky shore, I decided to try a few quick handheld landscapes and crashing wave images. I had to try them handheld as I hadn’t really planned on doing much photography so I left the tripod at home. Yikes! As soon as I saw the incoming waves crashing into the rocky shoreline I sure wished that I had brought the tripod along. I will most certainly be planning a return visit, preferably during windy conditions for some really big waves. Here are a few of the handheld wave images I captured on this day as well as one of the better fossils that we found embedded in the rocky shoreline. The fossil is that of a Trilobite which is roughly 300-400 millions of years old.

The wave images were all photographed with the Nikon D800 and a Nikon 80-400mm VR lens with a polarizing filter attached. The two wider view photos were photographed with the Nikon 12-24mm lens and polarizer on my Nikon D800. To bring out the details in the crashing waves I used the Photoshop plug-in, Color Efex 4 from Nik Software and selected the ‘Tonal Contrast’ filter to emphasize the details in the splashing water.

Hope you enjoy these photo and do remember to click on each image to see the larger, sharper version.

Incoming waves on Georgian Bay

Craigleith shoreline at Georgian Bay

Incoming waves on Georgian Bay

Trilobite fossil at Craigleith, Ontario

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