Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada during the recent springtime ice storm. As tough as the weather conditions can be, I love the images available in adverse conditions. Here are a few from my recent road trip. Above is a fat bike rider braving the elements.
Ice covered tree branches during the height of the freezing rain.
Chain link fencing covered in ice.
Fergus enjoying a post storm hike after much of the ice had melted.
A macro of Pussy Willows with the Canon 5D Mark IV and 100L IS.
A final image of a slightly confused seagull in Dryden, Ontario wondering what happened to the springtime weather.
You can call it “little church on the prairie” or “church in the middle of nowhere”, but Union Point United Church has a very interesting past. It’s the last remnant of the small town of Union Point, Manitoba. Situated in the middle of divided Hwy 75 just south of Ste. Agathe. The original church was built in 1887, burned down in 1939, and was rebuilt in 1940. The town vanished in the 1950’s, steamboats, stagecoaches, and steam engines stopped here in the late 1800’s. The town of Union Point was an important stopover point for many settlers heading west.
Foggy morning in Assiniboine Park, definitely one of my favourite times to shoot, and one that inspires the creation of black and white images.
Still deciding on this one, may leave the colour version intact.
These guys wandered into my landscape shot while I photographed the trestle bridge at Stewart Canyon, near Lake Minnewanka, Banff. Now it doesn’t look like they are very close, but I was using a 16-35mm lens on my full frame camera, so they are very close. One of those rare lucky moments took a pretty mundane image and made it much more memorable. A group of tourists along with my wife and two dogs retreated from the bridge allowing them to cross without much stress.
We returned the next day, hoping to get them front on as they crossed, but after a couple hours of patiently waiting had to move one due to time constraints and impatient dogs, I did manage a few other images on the return including the rocky island in Lake Minnewanka, below.
As a landscape photographer you learn quickly to accept failed attempts when it comes to getting that one great image, particularly when it comes to the weather cooperating. We set out on the past weekend to find a pebble beach for the forecasted mixed cloud sunset. Promising for an interesting long exposure image on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. At very least my wife could find some much prized chanterelle mushrooms and the dogs could get in a good hike.
After several hours of scouting I failed to find that perfect location, the interesting sky was clearing over the big lake, and we found only a handful of mushrooms. The dogs did get in a moderate hike, however. We scrapped the shoot and decided to stop by Oak Hammock Marsh prior to sunset in an attempt to salvage the days photography. Not the best time of year for marsh activity, but we did get in another decent hike and a few keepers.
I particularly liked the image above of the Purple Martin House, although it lacks any bird activity which would have made for a much more interesting image.
Viewing blind at sunset
I’ve been making an effort to concentrate on photographing my own city and province after a few years of neglecting some of the great spots available. The plan is to eventually release a book of Winnipeg or Manitoba images. This is the recently redesigned Duck Pond in Assiniboine Park at night. Soon to be a frozen ice skating surface.
The Pavilion reflected in the Duck Pond under moonlight.
The Sea Lion, on Lake Superior, located in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. This is a 20 second exposure using a 10 stop neutral density filter to soften the water. Two images focus stacked to get the necessary depth of field in the foreground and background.
Once in awhile the photography gods are kind. While travelling on the Trans-Canada highway west of Regina, this crop duster was spraying right next to the highway, on a nice bright sunny day over the bright green crop. I even had the camera ready with polarizer mounted in the front seat, resting on my wife’s lap. This shot was at only 200mm on full frame, ISO 640, f/4.0 1/1250 so the aircraft was pretty close.
View of the glacier fed waters of Peyto Lake, Banff National Park. Probably everyone visiting Banff has taken the same image, this is my 4th time at the lookout, but it is still a stunning view, and easy hike.
A hiking trail winding its way through the hoodoos of Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, in southeastern Alberta, Canada. The park is situated in the Milk River Valley and offers a pretty easy hiking trail through a badlands landscape.