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
Hecla Island Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Winnipeg is an incredibly diverse area of Manitoba. Offering outdoor enthusiasts a variety of ecosystems more akin to coastal and maritime locales. At the heart of the scenic island is Hecla Village, an Icelandic settlement, which keeps much of it’s historic charm. Aside from being a tourist destination, the village maintains a working fish station.
Lake Winnipeg shoreline and Hecla Village Fish Station
Rocky Lake Winnipeg shoreline
The island was originally accessible only by ferry, but modern times required the building of a causeway. The causeway bisects Grassy Narrows Marsh. A terrific area for hiking and wildlife viewing, particularly bird watching, but moose, deer, beavers and other mammals are common.
American White Pelicans in flight, my personal favorite. Since you don’t require a massive 600 mm birding lens to get a decent shot.
Approaching the wildlife viewing blind that overlooks Lake Winnipeg and an airborne Canada goose.
Hiking the marsh boardwalk in early spring
Gull Harbour on the east side of the island, a quite little marina and a nice spot to grab lunch. For an upscale stay, Hecla Oasis Resort is a truly world class spa resort and conference center, with a golf course to match.
The original Gull Harbour Lighthouse still stands, replaced with a modern steel structure. A short hike from the resort or marina.
Boat wreck on Lake Winnipeg
Hecla Island is still largely untouched and has not been overly commercialized, aside from he resort only a few places exist to get food, gas or groceries, so plan accordingly. But it’s only a 2 hour drive north of Winnipeg, Canada and offers a great deal of diversity in a fairly small island.
Icelandic signpost, after all ‘Hecla’ refers to ‘Hekla’ the name of an Icelandic volcano.
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.
Windblown water of Lake Alma, Banff
If you’ve ever experienced the vivid blue waters of the lakes and rivers of the Canadian Rockies, you know how stunning they can be, particularly on bright sunny days. It’s not the clear blue sky itself that creates the colour, nor is it the fanciful tale that it comes from the colourful tail of the Peacock.
So how does this colour form? It occurs as a result of what’s called ‘rock flour’, a powdery substance created in the glaciers which feed the mountain lakes and streams. Rocks trapped in the glaciers grind against each other, forming the flour. Glacier meltwater washes it into the Lakes and streams resulting in the vivid blue and stunning turquoise colour.
Athabasca Falls/River, Jasper National Park
Moraine Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff National Park