Up, up and away

free desktop calendar May 2015_1440x900

As I post the calendar for the upcoming months, the ice is breaking up on our lake. Within a week we should be treated to the sights and sounds of the float planes in the air again. The Cessna 206 featured in this shot taken last year, was called on quite a bit while our Otter was off line for extended periods of time. It will be nice to have our whole fleet up and running for the 2015 fishing season.

Night lights

Didn’t see the expected meteor shower at 1:30 this morning but was treated to the beauty of a moonless night sky!

Night Sky

 

I found this article very helpful in getting my gear set properly the evening before so I wouldn’t have to do it ‘in the field’ in the dark. I used my widest, fastest lense a Tamron 17-50mm at f/2.8, 17 mm, ISO 3200 set the mode to BULB and used my wireless timer remote shutter. It was impossible for me to see well enough to fine tune the focus so I crossed my fingers. made sure it was on manual focus and dialed to infinity.

Because of the brightness of our yard light, I took several images with different exposure times. In Lightroom, I selected the image shot at 25 seconds for the horizon and sky (on the left below) and one with a 4 second exposure for the foreground.

exposure time comparison

 

The two images were then layered in PhotoShop. I added a layer mask to the darker shot then applied the gradient tool to reveal just the bottom of image for the foreground.

layered image

All definitely worth the effort, I’d say. 🙂

 

 

June moon at dawn

The June ‘super moon’ was setting as we rose for work this morning. It may not look like a super moon but by the time it dropped to the horizon, the sun had brightened the sky so much the moon faded completely from view. I’ll share a few shots of it rising in my next post.

passing storm

The rumble of thunder at dusk drew me away from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. I grabbed my camera and tripod and set up with a finger on the shutter button to try to catch a lightning strike before the pending rain.

summer storm rolls in

lightning brights sky

Got it!

The mosquitos were abundant and hungry in the calm air. Thankfully, I was reasonably well covered and held out for a few more shots before the wind and rain. Here are two more:

thunderstorm at sunset

aircraft silhouette with lightning strike

Oh, and the game went into overtime! Bonus.

celebrate freedom

We are thankful to live in a free county adjacent to another, the US of A! Cheers to our American neighbours.
Fireworks join the bright light of a near full moon in a clear July sky over Agimak Lake in Ignace, Ontario.
We had a great vantage point in our bug free screen porch. (If you look closely, you can just see the mesh of the screen in the image.)
I hadn’t yet familiarized myself with the longer shutter speed settings on the new camera (Canon 7D) so the resulting images ranged from almost black to so bright it looked like mid day! L should have it figured out by next year’s show…

July 2012 desktop

One of the best things about lakeside living is the abundance of sky!

For specific screen resolutions go here.
Since I’ve had numerous requests for aircraft calendars, I’ve prepared an alternate calendar which is posted on Ignace Airways Facebook page.

May 2012

Spring is marked by the return of certain birds. For us, at Ignace Airways & Outposts, the return of our DeHavilland Beaver and Otter means the summer/fishing season is underway! Back by popular demand is the image of Brad landing the Beaver on Agimak Lake. DIfferent screen resolutions can be found here.