Monday, September 28, 2009

Algonquin finale

Just finished a great weekend photo workshop with a keen gang of photographers in Algonquin Provincial Park. A huge thanks to all the participants, my co-leader Ian "Mooseman" Brooks (see your call on YouTube soon!), workshop host Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, and Gary & Tina Schultz of the Algonquin Lakeside Inn. We had an incredible sunrise on Saturday morning and vibrant autumn colours to fill our memory cards!

Photo 1: The workshop group at the Algonquin Lakeside Inn.

Photo 2: Autumn river colours, digital "Orton" effect. EOS 5D mark II; 24-70/2.8; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer; Exposure: ISO 100; 8 seconds at f/16
I knew this scene was perfect to create an "Orton" image, merging an out-of-focus photo with a sharp version of the same scene (once done by combining two exposures, now easily accomplished digitally from a single image). Here's the link to instructions on how to do it: Orton Imagery
Photo 3: Algonquin Park wetland; EOS 5D mark II; 17-40/4 lens; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer & 2 stop hard edge ND grad (4x6" size, handheld in front of lens). Exposure: ISO 200; 0.8 seconds at F/20. Mirror lock-up & cable release.
I put on hip waders and carefully trudged into this pond to get a low perspective on the lilypads for this wide-angle landscape photo.
Photo 4: Moose; EOS 1Ds mark III; 500/4 IS lens; Exposure: ISO 400; 1/40 second at f/4
During the workshop we showed the group where and how to find moose, but explained that wildlife photography is usually most productive when you're out shooting by yourself. After the workshop ended, co-leader Ian and I were out searching for moose when we found this bull along Opeongo Lake Road. Ready to shoot, we had only a few moments before the moose ran off into the woods. I shot this image from the car window using a Blubb beanbag.


  1. Anonymous4:20 PM

    Was Mike Grandmaison there

  2. Mike was not there because of the small group size. My friend Ian Brooks, an excellent photographer and Nikon guy, came along to help out.

  3. Nice moose. I want to head up there this weekend or next. Algonquin is a great place for fall colours.

  4. Thanks QZ. Try to get up there this weekend - conditions are prime. Wait another week and you risk that alot of the canopy leaves will have blown down.

  5. I was there photographing the beautiful scenery while your group was there....I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the moose call ;)
    Fantastic workshop results, love the shots!