You quack me up!

Having recently discovered a beaver dam in the creek near my home, I took a chance early one morning to photograph it in the morning air, hopefully misty morning air. Although the night had not been cold enough to create the mood, I hiked there anyway.

I was surprised and delighted to find who beat me there.

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This mallard was not alone. How many do you see?

They nibbled a while then drifted downstream past me. A couple hung around and ‘quacked’ me up with their antics.

 

 

Just water off a ducks back. ūüėČ

Bridge to no where field trip

The next nearest community west of where I live is Dryden with a population of almost 8000. Since my town has about 1200, Dryden¬†offers some stuff Ignace doesn’t. A camera club is one of the activities that draws me there.

Recently I was able to attend a Dryden Camera Club meeting which included a field trip to a local park that has a suspension bridge over the river running through town. A club member referred to it as the ‘bridge to no where’ because you cross over to a platform on the other shore then have to return.

The bridge was of little interest to me to photograph but I did cross it (twice). The moving water was of much more appealing to shoot. There were a few significant challenges, however. The setting sun created harsh contrast even the neutral density filters hardly reduced. Man-made structures up stream and down stream were numerous so we worked at tightening the shot.

I was pleased with the composition in the above shot (85mm, 1.0 sec, f/20, ISO 100). I really liked how the white in the foreground rock mimicked the layers of white water on the background ridges but disappointed to discover upon upload that the foreground was not in focus. Even though I shot at f/20, I had focused in the middle of the scene instead of the lower third (explained a club member). It would have been easy to take a second image right away with better placed focal point or another with the foreground perfectly clear then blend the images in post processing. Next time.

When I uploaded the images, I had to look very closely to see if what I thought were animal faces were really animals. Do you see any in the upper image?

This was taken with my 17-55mm for a wider shot, closer to the edge and better focus. It was about a half hour later and the sun had set. (42mm, 13 sec, f/22, ISO 100) I got the clarity I wanted but the change in lens and angle created a much bigger gap between the rocky layers.

I pulled both images into Photoshop to layer the best of both images but the difference in the smoothness of the water and the focus vs out of focus grasses on the lower left were beyond my current skills (and time required) to tackle.

By the way, here’s where I thought I saw something seeing me…

Babbling Brook

Happy July!

September 2017 – Raleigh Falls

Happy 2017!

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Raleigh Falls is just a 15 minute drive west of us. I can’t resist heading out there with my camera when conditions are a spectacular as this. I actually spent 2 consecutive days there and will share more shots in the next post.

Wishing you the very best in 2017.

November 2015 Calendar

We may not get much for glorious red maples in our part of the country in the fall but the under brush of the boreal forest still paints beautiful scenes with flaming yellows and oranges and reds.

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This was taken at the top of the Current River Cascades in Thunder Bay while hiking with my 10 & 7 year old grandsons in early October.

For different screen resolutions of the image, go here or drop down the Free Calendar tab at the top of the page and scroll to November.

September 2015

Why do summers seem to slip by past so fast?!

Much as I love fall when leaves change colour, the mornings are crisp and cool but the sun still embraces with comforting warmth, I hasten to rush away the too few warm days offered in our part of the world.

Time ticks on and seasons change. Happy Fall y’all!

This image is taken at Raleigh Falls which is just 15 km west of Ignace. There’s a beautiful picnic area just off the highway (a picnic table sits just to the left of the frame). There’s also a geocache¬†nearby. It’s definitely worth a¬†stop for a stretch and breather when passing by.

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For specific screen resolutions of the calendar click here¬†or drop down the “Free Calendar’ tab in the menu above and select September 2015.