A friend’s little boy, ice skating at an outdoor rink; a very Canadian image.
On a recent trip to Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island, we headed out in the morning to photograph the surfer’s that the beach is renowned for. But, what often happens, a heavy fog moved in and changed everything, probably for the better in this case. The ordinary became the extraordinary, when we came across this very cute little girl with her mother and dog, who made the most of their visit to the Pacific Ocean beach.
Gimli Beach on Lake Winnipeg, an hour’s drive north of Winnipeg.
With my wife’s nephew in for a visit from Thunder Bay, Ontario, and him suffering from extreme boredom of hanging out with a couple 40 somethings, we decided to venture out to a friend’s cottage in Gimli. More specifically Loni Beach, just north of the resort town. The day trip was short, since we had left Wallace and Angus at home and needed to get back to them before too late in the evening. Rather then my usual landscape and nature images, I got a chance to photograph what for many sums up and depicts summer vacation and cottage life. That would be kids having fun in the good old outdoors.
This was as close as I got to having all three still at the same time.
A couple of real hams, no problems getting these two to pose, but the dark lighting proved a bit challenging for kids that don’t stay still for long. Even shooting with the very fast canon 85L nearly wide open at f1.4/1.6 I had trouble freezing the action at iso400/800. Yes, I know I could up the ISO but rarely go to 1600, unless really necessary.
I’ve written before how as a photographer you can get fixated on technically perfect images. Which of course as a pro is a necessity, but it can also impede the creative aspect of photography. I know I can be guilty of this, just have a look back at one of my earlier post entitled ‘The Rule Breaker’, with the motion blurred image of the moose from Jasper National Park. Well here is another example. A slow shutter speed, out of focus shot, very difficult to capture. Shot at f1.4 at ISO 800, with the slow focusing 85L and full frame Canon 5D mark II. Not an action or sports photographer’s combination for sure, but it does capture the movement and context well.
Loni Beach, Manitoba on Lake Winnipeg