Manitou River

ManitoulightingFirst off, I would like to thank everyone who came for a visit and the nice comments I received. The photographic  equipment that I use is very sparse. I use a Canon Tsi  equiped with a Canon 28-135 zoom lens. This zoom allows me to get my tight compositions in most situations. A polarizing filter is a must. The camera is mounted on a SLIK Pro 700DX tripod with a ball head. This stuff I carry around in a Lowepro backpack so I am hands free.When ever I move to a location the camera goes back into the backpack as I seem to be forever climbing up and down rocks and always near water.Better to be safe than sorry. Nothing dramatically expensive, but what I can afford at the moment.

I have upload another photo that I took at the Manitou River on Manitoulin Island,Ontario. I had previously scouted this area the evening before and liked what I saw. I knew there would be cross lighting at daybreak. Arriving before daybreak I set up my tripod on location. The lense was set at 125mm in order to cut off a large expanse of water and to put the rocks located in the bottom right corner of the photo in the foreground. This allows me to create depth. I also wanted to tight crop the cedar trees to avoid any sky. The rocks and cedar now allowed your eye to go to the back of the photo. On the left is a clump of grass with some color at the edge of the water.This was the first area that recieveded some light and then the grass reflected into the water. The next part of the photo to light up was the upper right side of the photo on part of the cedar tree. Things were starting to take shape. Then a light beam appeared on the water towards the right side of the photo by the rock in the background.Cool. As I watched the beam started to lengthing itself to the left creating the effect you see. The bit of mist adds very much to the photo. Then I had a nice light beam appear in the foreground by the rocks that was a nice gold touch. After that it got to bright and the highlights became blown out. All in all this was a 2 hour setup that was a thrill to watch. This photo was the last shot I took of many.

Until next time happy photographing.

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