A few images from the Viking Village at the annual Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. Last year I shot more of the Viking battle scenes, this year I made an effort to shoot the village. Because I arrived a bit late I choose my favourite camera lens combination, the Canon 5D Mark III and the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and shot handheld.
A couple more shots from the Icelandic Festival in Gimli, with a little grit to them. I was hoping to get the gritty, contrasty, and desaturated look you see on the show “Vikings”. Not quite the same, but with the bright sunny day it was tough to re-create the look of the overcast, rugged landscape of the Viking homeland.
More from the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba in Gimli and finally an image where I was almost able to isolate the Viking re-enactment volunteers from the large crowd of spectators. All shot with Canon 5D Mark III and the 70-200 mm Mark II.
Close up of Viking helmets
Viking warriors at the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, in the town of Gimli. Also known as the difficult to pronounce, Islendingadagurinn the event is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary. The town of Gimli, just north of Winnipeg is the largest Icelandic settlement outside of Iceland. For years I had planned on photographing this event, but for whatever reason never quite made it, but since becoming a fan of the show Vikings, like many others finally made the short trip. These are a few images of the battle re-enactment which no doubt requires a great deal of work and planning from the dedicated volunteers involved.
Viking statue at dusk, commemorating the Icelandic settlement in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada
The annual Gimli Film Festival’s outdoor screen on Lake Winnipeg, on a near perfect summer evening.
Three different shots of Lake Winnipeg’s wave action, shot near Loni Beach and Gimli Beach. These were all done using a panning technique, although this can be somewhat replicated in photoshop, anything I can do in camera and not behind the computer is always preferable. I spend too much time sitting at the computer as it is. Besides I think the results are better and more natural when captured on location. Numbers 1 and 3 are horizontal pans. Number 2 more of an experimental wobbling of the tripod, but the clouds and water turned out interesting.
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
Ice Fisherman returning from his shack on frozen Lake Winnipeg.
Every year an assortment of different fishing shacks are dragged out onto the lake. Some are like miniature cottages complete with stoves, little kitchenettes, and comfortable seating to wait out the fish. Others are simply wind breaks, offering protection from the harsh chilling wind of the Canadian prairie winter.
Fishing Shack under the moonlit night, near Gimli, Manitoba
Tire tracks leading out to a distant ice shack.
Sunrise over Lake Winnipeg. Loni Beach, Gimli, Manitoba.