Monday, November 21, 2011

Chilling out and shooting around home - Halfway Log Dump, Bruce Peninsula

This summer and fall I was extremely busy shooting assignments and running the stock photo business. Things have finally slowed down a bit, so I've taken a break to catch up on other important things in life: drinking good wine, socializing and cooking (and as you've probably figured by now, doing anything but feeding this blog). As I write this, I'm watching BBC's series 'Human Planet' which is getting me stoked for an exciting trip or two this winter.

During  my down time, I make regular outings to shoot photos locally. Living in central Ontario, especially here on the edge of the Bruce Peninsula, there's plenty to photograph. One of my favorite subjects is the Georgian Bay shoreline in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Here are a few recent photos from Halfway Log Dump, which I consider to be one of the premier landscape photography locations in the entire province.

On a typical landscape outing, I'll shoot between 50 and 200 images in a morning or evening. I aim for a diverse array of images: compressed landscapes with a medium telephoto, wide-angle shots and of course a variety of horizontal and vertical compositions. I also try to vary exposures to create dramatic effects. In the case of the two bottom photos below, you'll see that I chose slow shutter speeds (1/4 - 1/2s) to show subtle motion blurs of the waves crashing over the boulder. Check out the captions for specifics about each image.

Niagara Escarpment/Georgian Bay shoreline in Bruce Peninsula National Park.
Canon 1D mk IV; EF 70-200/4 lens. ISO 200, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Bruce Peninsula National Park. Canon 5D mk 2,
Sigma 24-70/2.8 lens,  Singh-Ray LB polarizer &
2 stop hard edge ND grad. ISO 50, 1/2s @ f/22

HalBruce Peninsula National Park. Canon 5D mk 2, Sigma 24-70/2.8 lens,
Singh-Ray LB polarizer & 2 stop hard edge ND grad.  ISO 50, 1/4s @ f/22

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Live Polar Bear and Tundra cam from Chuchill, Manitoba

Tundra Buggy Cam - Pearls of the Planet - Polar Bears - explore has live video cameras streaming from a Tundra Buggy up in Churchill, Manitoba. Watch carefully to spot wild polar bears in the tundra. It should go without saying, you need to watch during daylight hours (in Churchill - approx 8am-4pm Central Time).
I haven't made it up to Churchill yet to photograph polar bears, but it's on my bucket list. This just makes me want to go even more!