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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

Earlier this week I held my first-ever Bruce Peninsula Photographic Workshop with fabulous participants in attendance.The Bruce Peninsula is on the Niagara Escarpement, which is designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere.

We began the workshop with a visit to Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay and were greeted with a rather pleasant sunrise. The endless cobblestone beach at Halfway Log Dump has always been one of my favourite sights in Ontario.

Our next stop was at Indian Head Cove and the Grotto. The water levels on Georgian Bay are quite high this year and have submerged much of the foreground elements at Indian Head Cove however, there were many stunning vistas to capture, particularly when using wide angle lenses to exaggerate the rugged details along the small cliff face at this location.

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Indian Head Cove on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

 

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Indian Head Cove on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

As the end of day approached we ventured over to Dorcas Bay / Singing Sands to photograph sunset. Our first sunset opportunity was thwarted by rain, but on the second night we did have glorious conditions for sunset with pastel tones in the western sky and nice clouds to the east.

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

Dorcas Bay on Lake Huron, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

Our second morning outing was cancelled due to heavy rain so we opted sleep in, have breakfast, and hold a Photoshop class until conditions improved to get back outside. After lunch the rain had subsided and our trip to Little Cove was a go. A light fog had developed along the Georgian Bay shoreline which was quite pleasing.

 

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Little Cove on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

The timing of the Bruce Peninsula Workshop was scheduled to coincide with the newly emerging leaves of the forest trees, which tend to present all shades of green for very pleasing forest imagery as well as intimate photographs of the new growth.

Aspen Trees in early spring, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada

New Growth on Aspen Forest, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

Sadly there are many abandoned homes on the Bruce Peninsula, but some of them make wonderful images, especially for applying creative edits such as I did with Topaz Impression for the abandoned homested below.

Abandoned home on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Abandoned Homestead on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Our final morning was a return trip to Halfway Log Dump for a second chance at sunrise photography. This morning proved to be a better sunrise than the first morning, hence the reason I do make repeated visits to the same locations for sunrise photography. You will NEVER be presented with the same conditions as you had the day before 🙂

On this morning there was heavy cloud cover, but as the sun rose it found enough of an opening to illuminate the pre-dawn sky. After the sun had risen it was blocked out by much of the cloud cover, however, there were numerous shoreline scenes worthy of photographing and some of them would be prefect for creating black and white conversions.

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

 

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Halfway Log Dump on Georgian Bay, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

We will be offering the Bruce Peninsula Photography Workshop again in 2020. To ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity please do send me a note by clicking here to be added to my workshop contact list.

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Balls Falls, Twenty Mile Creek, Ontario

Sorry for the lack of posts to the blog lately folks. I have been very busy lately with various projects, not too mention by bad back acting up on me. With the workload nearing an easing up time period and my back pain subsiding somewhat, I have been going through many of my image files that I have been unable to attend to until now. Above you will be Balls Falls on the Twenty Mile Creek along Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment, an UNESCO World Biosphere. Often I have visited this waterfall and there has been virtually no waterfall due to low levels of rainfall. This past spring was rather wet and it made for some excellent waterfall photography, especially along the Niagara Escarpment. This is one of my favorites from my visit to Balls Falls. And below you will see that I just could not resist the temptation to run the image through Topaz Labs ‘BW Effects’ plugin for Photoshop. I have saved a selection of settings in BW Effects for my ‘waterfall preset’ and will share those settings in an upcoming post soon. Hope you like today’s images.

Balls Falls with BW Effects applied

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For those folks that follow my blog, you will remember me posting images of a rather odd-coloured Green Heron that I photographed in Cuba, on the island of Cayo Santa Maria, in the Jardines del rey archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. The Jardines del rey is a UNSECO World Biosphere. As it turned out, through my hopes to identify this heron, I had photographed a melanistic or genetic variant of this species. Subsequently, I was invited by Dr. James Kushlan of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Heron Specialist Group to write a paper on my observations for their inaugural online issue “Journal of Heron Biology and Conservation.” It is now believed that this is the first record of such abbarent plumage in Green Herons. I would like to extend a big thank-you to Dr. Kushlan for this opportunity. It was a privilege to write the paper for an organization such as the IUCN. If you are interested in reading the article please click here.

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Hola! This will be my last post for about a week and a half. Tomorrow I will be traveling to Cayo Santa Maria in the Cuban archipelago,  Jardines del rey, a Unesco World Biosphere. I am including various images from my last trip to this region of Cuba on the small island of Cayo Guillermo. Hope you enjoy the images.

Hasta luego! (hope I said that right)

Sunset on Cayo Guillermo

Green-backed Heron

Rippled Beach Sand

Mangrove Wetland

Tricolored Heron

Black-necked Stilt

Sunrise on Atlantic Ocean

Sunrise on Atlantic Ocean

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