Exceptional Lighting.

One of the things I am always on the look out for when I am out hiking is Lighting effects on various trees.This usually occurs late afternoon and into the evening.The trick is to fine a composition to fit the tree into.The above photo shows an example of what I did to show the best effect of the side lighting.I created a very tight composition showing quiet water along the river’s edge,some green reflection of the tree in the foreground and reddish rocks to add depth and color.This photo was shot with the zoom lense at 80 mm.The shutter speed was set at 0.6 sec @ f22.

Early evening lighting filtering through the trees and side lighting  the evergreens atop a cliff was the subject of this composition.Using the rocks as a base and the water in the foreground I was able to complete this photo.Shot with a zoom lense set at 100 mm and a shutter speed of 25 sec and f 5.6.

There are many lighting effects to be seen as you hike along trails and rivers edges, you just have to learn to observe the various effects and see what type a composition you can come up with.So until next time happy trails.

McGee Falls

Happy Easter everyone and your families.

A couple weeks ago Paul Smith and myself stopped in at the East Bull Lake Wilderness Lodge.The lodge is located 22 miles North of Massey in a  beautiful wilderness area.You may access there website for more info and plan a beautiful photographic experience.

http://www.thunderbearlodge.com

The hospitality is excellent.We stayed for coffee and Jerry the owner of the lodge told us about McGee Falls. We headed out there yesterday with two quads from the lodge as the falls is 5 miles off the main road. Paul and I are novices at driving quads so we took our time driving over some pretty rough trails.On arriving we where not disappointed  in the scenery.An area of pristine beauty lay before us with rushing water and colorful rock structures.

The day was cloudy with a threat of rain and very windy.It was difficult photographing at best.We were able to get some photos by not photographing any trees in the photo as you can see in the above photo.The photo was shot at 135 mm with a shutter speed 0.3 sec at f 22.

The next photo was shot with the zoom lense set at 56 mm and a shutter speed of 1 sec at f 22. There is some nice lighting in this photo and I wanted to show the rocks to good effect.The cloud cover got darker and it started to rain so we thought we had better head out and back to the lodge.

If you are ever in the area stop in for a coffee with Jerry and enjoy the scenery.For those looking for a different photographic adventure call Jerry at the East Bull Lake Wilderness Lodge and make arrangements.

East Bull Lake Wilderness Lodge

This past Sunday I took a trip into Cameron Falls for an evening shoot.The sky was clear and blue with no cloud cover.The wind was brisk and cool but we have to remember it is still March.The water levels were quite low and there were lots of pools. A trio of Hooded Mergansers flew in to the open water below the falls. It was fun to watch the males chase after one another in there attempts to court the female.

With blue from the sky,copper from the rocks,gold from the evergreens reflecting into the pools and the low light filtering through the trees onto the rocks in the top right hand corner I created this colorful scene.

I set my 28-135 zoom @ 80mm and the shutter speed  at 1 sec,F22.Using the black rocks for fore ground  I set this shot up.

Northern Spring

Spring appears to have arrive in the North country.The rivers are starting to open up and Paul Smith and I headed out to Chutes Provincial Park,Massey. It was a beautiful warm sunny late afternoon.The photo possibilities were scarce but I managed to get some shots in.We found an interesting piece of ice sculpture and I created the composition above with the ice along the shore line as a lead in. The water is very dark at this time of year,which allowed for better contrast in the photo.I shot this photo at 1 sec at f22 with the zoom lense set at 30 mm.

This photo was taken in the same locale but at a different angle. The ice formation is very prominent here and you can use your imagination as to what you see.I used sections of ice in the foreground to add depth and low shutter speed to give the water a soft look. Again the dark water adds contrast with the snow to create a pleasing effect.The photo was shot at 0.4 sec @ f22 with a zoom setting of 28 mm.

I find that at this time of year there is not much color and the lighting can be harsh off the snow. We waited till late evening to do most of our photographing.

Mares and Foals

As an owner along with my wife Maureen of a Miniature Horse farm I have many oportunities to photo these wonderful little horses. The foals are usually born between April and June. The best time to photograph the little foals is in the first 2 weeks. You have to remember that the foals average only 20 to 22 inches in height. Most of the time I am down on my knees to catch the action using my 28 to 135 zoom lense. I set the camera on shutter priority and set the 3.5 frames per second to capture the action.

I like to turn the mares and foals out around 10 in the morning to get good lighting as shutter speed is a priority in this type of shooting.You have to learn to anticipate action and be ready for it.It is a joy to watch these little foals run and jump and play. They sure can run and turn on a dime. You usually have about an hour of fast action and then the little ones get tired and take a nap under the mares watchful eyes. There is a lot of luck involved here too as you have to be constantly on the watch for shots like above.

The main thing here is get low on the ground,fast shutter and be able to anticipate what is going to happen.

The Fine Art of Lighting

Every once in a while as you go about doing your photographing you look up and catch a scene that is made in heaven. Realizing that you only have moments to capture it you grab your equipment and rush to set up. You appraise the scene for a proper composition and set up the tripod and camera. I had to get as close as I could to get an effective composition. The whole scene lasted about 2 minutes so time was important. The sun was below the treeline and receding very quickly. There was enough fall color to add the extra touch to the photo and the lighting had reached its maximum point as it was starting to recede. There was a bit of reflection in the water to add depth and I found a rock to add to the foreground for added depth.

This photo was shot at a lense setting of 135mm set at 2.5 sec @ f29.I took this photo 5:30 in the evening last September.With high hills surrounding the creek and falls it tends to darken early.When photographing you should always be aware of your surroundings for that special photo opportunity.The lighting at late evening changes very quickly.

The Magic Moment

The sun has disappeared below the horizon,the sky is clear. There is about 30 minutes of shooting left. The rocks transform into a beautiful warm reddish glow.The Magic hour.I looked at this particular setup and I wanted to show the color and detail of the rocks. The rushing water helped create depth but at the same time I didn’t want the water to overpower the composition.I created a very tight photo. The settings are 80 mm set at 10 sec @f29. This created the silky and misty feel to the water.

Remember to carry a flashlight with you as you will be walking out in the dark when shooting this late. It can get tricky when walking rough trails in the dark.

Colorful Rocks

Rushing water,colorful rocks can create a very nice composition.You must wait until very late in the evening for the lighting to warm up and bring out the color in the rocks. I have gotten exceptional results when the sun has disappeared below the horizon.In the photo I have placed rocks in the foreground  and framed the running water with rocks to give the photo depth. This photo was shot at 75mm with the settings of 4.0 sec @ f29. This allows for great depth of field.

Red Berries on a Log

It is always exciting when you come upon a great composition of berries and fallen logs. John Kuzak and I were on a day trip down the Killarney highway when we spotted a pond just off the road. We decided that we would explore the pond on our way back. This would put us in late evening and good lighting. When we came back we walked into the pond locale and John pointed out the berries to me. I had never seen these red berries  growing that thick together. With the bright red of the berries and green leaves offset by the grayish color of the fallen log I used the stump as my anchor and came up with this composition. With the camera on the tripod and lense zoomed to 34 mm,I set the shutter speed to 1/40 sec to get my f stops at F8.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

The Lone Strawberry Plant

It was a cool mid November,when my partner Paul Smith and I had trekked into Cameron Falls ,North of Massey Ontario. The cloud cover was moving in that evening making for poor lighting on the waterfalls areas. As I walked among the rocks I spied a lone strawberry plant growing on a small ledge. Its location probably created a micro-climate in order for it to survive this late in the Fall. The reddish color of the leaves along with an interesting backdrop of yellowish rock would create an interesting composition. Setting up as close as I could with the tripod, I was maxed out at 135 mm and the camera was set at 2.5 sec @ f29. The cloudy skies and low lighting provided the soft light. Placing the Strawberry plant to the left in the photo and the small water puddle in the lower bottom right corner tells us that this plant has light and water to survive.Even when conditions are not ideal you can always locate interesting subjects to photograph.

I would like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Landscape Photography

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