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

14 comments:

  1. Great post and images Ethan. So true that the places close to home often provide some of the best photographic opportunities.

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  2. Just beautiful shots Ethan. Thank you again for introducing me to this spot. I had no idea what to expect in hiking that trail in the dark so early in the morning. :-) I hope to return someday soon.

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  3. Ciao Ethan, bella questa serie di immagini mi piacciono molto quelle con il movimento dell'acqua. Io vivo in Sardegna (Italy) quindi circondato dal mare e amo tanto fare le foto con il mare come soggetto. Intanto mi associo al tuo blog e ti seguirò nei prossimi blog. A presto.
    ciao
    Paolo

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  4. Great post, Ethan! Looking forward to view more of your images of nature, landscape and wildlife photography!

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  5. Agree with Ethan, thanks for the gr8 post... pictures are so good that I am eager to open this site on my HD telivision.

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  6. There are some good pics of sea. I can see this photography is not easy. Beautifully taken photographs these are.

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  7. u r content and picture is a great stuff

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  8. a nice and a worthy share for all photography lover

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  9. You are doing a fine job.Keep it up.

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  10. Excellent write-up. I absolutely love this site.

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  11. a very well written write up to handle

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  12. I love the effect that is created on the water, and as an amateur (rubbish) photographer I am very grateful that you share your equipment and settings for each image!

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