Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shooting the Spectacular Shoreline Scenery of Ontario

One of the best things about being an outdoor photographer in Ontario is that there is water just about everywhere. Point your camera in any direction and chances are there is a pond, creek, river, marsh, bay, small lake, big lake or a Great Lake nearby!  It’s a core part of our human biology to be drawn to water, so is it any wonder that we go to the shoreline to play, relax or simply be inspired?

The magic of shorelines has a firm grasp on my brain, to the extent that I spend more time photographing shorelines than any other subject. Seriously, how could I possibly resist with so many great opportunities nearby?!

I’ve travelled all over Ontario with my camera in search of inspiring scenery and there are three locations that make my all-time favourite list because of their utterly awesome, world-class scenery.

Lake Superior Provincial Park
Lake Superior Provincial Park claims the top spot, hands down. This park has spectacular shoreline scenery (ancient granite + Lake Superior = wow) and fairly easy access. That’s a winning combination for landscape photography, which is best in the rich light at sunrise and sunset.

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park, in my own backyard, claims number two. The rugged cliffs, boulders, caves and overhangs along this stretch of Niagara Escarpment are stunning on their own, but when you add the topaz waters of Georgian Bay to the mix, it’s over the top for scenic photography.

Killarney Provincial Park
Killarney Provincial Park ranks as a close third and has great vistas on both Georgian Bay and the granite-rimmed interior lakes. The classic scene that comes to mind in Killarney is of white pine trees on stark granite over a crystalline lake. That’s a quintessential Canadian landscape to me!

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  2. Great post and images Ethan... this is one of the reasons that I love photographing this province. Like yourself I'm almost always drawn to water when creating images. I never have photographed Lake Superior Provincial park but drove through it many times while in school. I hope to get up there before the end of the month for a couple days. It truly is breathtaking.

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    Fantastic photo the first is very beautiful, the colors are very hot.

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  7. I love the wonderful places where you leave.
    Great, great landscapes.
    Grat shots!