A quick post to the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Landscape
iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/1900 sec; f/2.2; ISO 32
While winter has been slow to arrive in southern Ontario this year (we’re in fog and rain right now), that was not the case last year. The image above was made last winter on Ahmik Lake, near Parry Sound, Ontario. It had snowed gently most of the night, partially obscuring the tracks of others and was quite cold, but the day quickly brightened up. At the top left of this image is an island which I set out to explore in the morning. The snow on the lake was too deep to just walk on, so I donned my snowshoes and headed out.
As I got back to the cabin, I looked back and saw the scene I’m sharing today. It’s an interesting introspection on the ‘why’s’ of our journeys. When I set out, I headed straight toward the end of the island, but there are rises, drifts, and other structures in the way of a straight walk, so I recalibrated a few times. It’s interesting that these ‘objects’ to not appear on the photo very well, but they were there and very real. Then I adjusted my path a few more times. I can’t think right now why, but it was probably to get a different view of something interesting on the shoreline of the island.
The analogy here is: when looking at my path, you would have no idea why I did not just make my way directly to my destination. Even I, having made the journey, can’t explain the whole thing, only that I made it and enjoyed the experience.
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6, @ 75mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200
A switch today from my mono posts of late and a look back to a winter past, in abstract. The above is a view through the edge of the forest at Fraser lake Camp, near Bancroft. There was a bit of fog in the air and frost on the branches. The whole scene had a dreamy feel to it. Since the vertical elements were present, I decided to try a vertical pan to add more of a surreal feel to the image. When looked at the final product, I had the sense that the trees were dancing, as they seemed suspended above the ground, as the branches wove and blended together. The thin horizon helps to anchor the whole scene.
Nikor 28-70 mm f/3.5-4.5 @35 mm
1/2 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200
It’s a very rare occasion where you can return to the location where you made a good photo and try to make it better, especially a landscape photo.
A few years ago I made a photo of a horse grazing in this same spot. That photo has been very popular and was featured in the North Hastings “Destinations” guide. A local tourist publication. I even sold a few larger prints of it.
During a recent trip back to the Bancroft/Fort Stewart area, I drove past the same field and the horses were back out grazing. What was different, this time, was the wonderful fall colours in the valley behind them. The previous photo featured muted tones and layers of dark green and gray, whereas this scene shows the green-yellow colours of early fall transition. What I call a ‘fruit salad’ forest. The light this day was glorious and warm and nicely shows off all the layers and structures behind the horse as well as the tree and rock pile at the centre of the composition. It is also a calming scene. The horse is in no hurry, is very relaxed, not even paying attention to me making the photo, and the sky is a soft blue.
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm
1/125 sec @ f/5.6 +1.33, ISO 250
This is a VERY recent photo I made this past weekend during a family event near Ancaster, Ontario.
As usual, I had my camera along to capture those family moments, but I found my kids had that pretty much covered off. Yes, my children like photography too. I had visited this location many times before and had photographed it many times, and so, was having a hard time figuring out what I might photograph that had not already been done. Photographer’s block?
After dinner, I walked out into the nearby corn field looking for opportunities. Last Sunday was a hot, somewhat humid day, typical of southern Ontario this time of year. The forecast called for a chance of showers, but as the day progressed, the showers never materialized. But, some beautiful clouds formed. As I walked the field I was struck by the appearance of this particular cloud in the distance. It had the making of a potential rain storm. It was big, billowy, and white, with the appearance of cotton balls. What set this cloud apart was the contrast of dark portions in the foreground against and white clouds within the same structure, against a deep blue blue sky. All this floating over fields of corn and a few trees.
I made the photo and when I got to my iMac to process the image I found it required very little work. I boosted the contrast a touch to get the ‘look’ of the cloud as I remembered it. Then, I just desaturated the whole thing and sharpened it a touch. The result is the attached image. For me, it really portrays the scene as I saw it, with a bit of extra drama for the black and white treatment. Overall, I am very pleased with this photo and hope you enjoy it too.
Nikor 70-300mm @ 70mm
1/400 sec @ f/10, ISO 250
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A classic scene to those of us who spend time in the north.
After a cool night, the waters of the lake are warmer than the surrounding air and a thick fog forms. As the sun rises higher in the sky the fog begins to rise higher and higher to eventually form small clouds. The small clouds eventually join together to form larger clouds. It’s a fascinating process to watch. I often look up at summer clouds and wonder what lake that cloud came from.
Last Sunday was no exception. The warming sun played across the lake as mist swirled and rose higher and higher. The warm glow of the rising sun shone on the distant shoreline in golden hues.
For me, it’s such a calming scene and I could spend day after day watching each new day dawning, just like this.
I hope you enjoy the view.
Nikor 70-300mm @ 240mmm
1/160 sec @ f/6.3 ISO 2500