After the rain

Thirsty lupin foliage collects tiny droplets in tidy rows guiding moisture down into the center.

Lupin drink

This image was my first attempt at ‘stacking’ shots. With a long lense, it is not possible to get the whole image in focus. I took several shots adjusting the focus each time. The images are stacked in Photoshop and parts of each are masked to reveal the clearest part. A greater amount of the overall image is then in focus.

It is essential to use a tripod. The slightest movement becomes evident in post processing. I tried to reduce movement by shooting with the 2 second self-timer. There was still some movement between shots as the shoot took place in the ditch along side the highway and passing vehicles created an unavoidable draft .

Two of the 4 shots used were overexposed and needed to be adjusted to match the other two. I will have to look into where the exposure lock is on my camera and how to use it!

March 2016

Looking forward to seeing the blue of fresh not frozen water!

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Frosty Fall Morning

In my typical last minute form, I had no photo for the October desktop calendar at the end of September. I was fortunate to be out early this morning while in Thunder Bay and caught early light at the Fort William Golf and Country Club not far from my grandsons’ school. What a beautiful morning it turned out to be!

free desktop calendar Oct 2015_1440x900Although I was limited to walking the pathways due to frost on the grass (footsteps could kill it I was told), there were ample promising scenes. This one ended up being my favourite. Hope you like it.
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November 2014

Sad to say but November tends to be a dreary month around our parts. All the beautiful fall colours have been blown away by October winds. Crisp frost and delicate snow have yet to return with bright freshness. In the meantime we watch the shades of grey dance on the water, in the sky and on the far shore.

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Fogbow?

The last two posts feature images of a misty morning shot from the shore of Agimak Lake. I was determined to shoot from the water at the next opportunity. Each night, I made sure my gear was ready for an early morning departure. A crisp morning not days later started off crystal clear but ground fog moved in thick and fast. Setting off from shore I headed straight out of our bay in the direction of ‘my’ island.

kayak in the mistIt wasn’t long before I was in a silent dome of fog, no shoreline in sight. It was only slightly unnerving. I knew I couldn’t get lost and that the mist would eventually burn off.  I kept the sun on my 8 o’clock which should take me on a direct line out form the shore and to the island. Directly on my 2 o’clock, a bright arch began to appear. You can see just a hint of it in the image above. My camera had a difficult time processing the arch alone but as the fog lifted, the arch remained and became more defined.

kayak to island with arch of fogI’ve never seen anything like this before. We’ve lived here almost 30 years. This summer has certainly provided some remarkable sights!

fog arch over island

 

 

Optical Prism?

While shooting the spectacular morning of previous post, I noticed a bright patch of light to the right side of the island.

island in the mist

At first I thought it was a beam of sunlight breaking through the mist but as the morning brightened and at closer look, a spectrum of colour was clear.

surface prism

The full range of colour became even clearer as it seemed to stretch and move closer to shore.

fog generated prism on lake

Physics was not a strong subject of mine in school and is still a challenge to process. Even searching on line to find what this is or how it is formed made my head hurt. The best (simplest) info I found was this Wikipedia article for ‘prism‘. What I do know is it was a treat to notice and capture it.

 

 

october 2013 desktop

Shorter days and cooler nights are upon us. With a little humidity overnight, we get some great moody moments.

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