Monday, September 05, 2011

Tourism photos from around Ontario

It's a cold, drizzly Labour Day and I'm sitting here in a pair of blue jeans and a sweatshirt in disbelief that it's already September and summer seems to be on the way out. It's been one of the busiest summers I've ever had, which explains the sparsity of blog posts. The past month I've been working on photo shoots for tourism clients, traveling around Ontario with minimal sleep, but fueled by grand ideas for photos and, of course, plenty of medium roast coffee.

One of my favorite parts in the process of photography is conceptualizing the images. After discussing the key elements and objectives with my clients, I think about locations, lighting/time of day, perspectives, props, etc and begin to previsualize potential images. When I lock onto an idea for a shot, I often draw rough conceptual sketches on a note pad (my skill level at drawing is limited to stick people!). Once all of the planning and leg work is done, then it's time for the best part.... shooting the photos!

Here are a few of the tourism images I've been working on over the past month from some of my favorite parks:

Point Pelee National Park marsh at sunrise. Canon 5D mk II, Sigma 24-70/2.8,
Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo polarizer & 3 stop hard edge ND grad.

Bruce Peninsula National Park - hikers along Georgian Bay shoreline. 
Canon 5D mk II, EF 17-40/4, Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo polarizer.

Rondeau Provincial Park beach at sunset. Canon 5D mk II, Sigma 24-70/2.8,
Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer & 2 stop hard edge ND grad.

Point Pelee National Park tip at sunrise. Canon 5D mk II, EF 17-40/4, 
Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo polarizer & 2 stop hard edge ND grad.

Bruce Peninsula National Park - hikers along Georgian Bay shoreline, sunrise.
Canon 5D mk II, EF 17-40/4, Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo polarizer & 3 stop
hard edge ND grad.  


  1. Bill Kostuk8:09 PM

    Ethan your pictures are always amazing.
    Well composed and beautiful colours.
    Your photos are truly "worth a thousand words"

  2. Ethan these images are outstanding. Just fantastic. I've been considering joining the Toronto Digital Photography Club and noticed that you will be speaking this year. I think you've just helped me make my decision.

  3. September? I'm not kidding when I say I just flipped my calendar over last week from June to August.

  4. Those are great photos. And a great blog post too!

  5. Thanks for the comments, much appreciated!

  6. It is the day after Labour Day. I am in my snug North Bay Formal (apologies to the folks from North Bay)a thickly lined plaid shirt. I found my wool socks. To get some beauty out of this weather flip, I had a look at January 31 2010 - Ice + sunshine = a great winter photo shoot! By the way, your pictures may cause me to "go south" yet. Is it too late to go to Point Pelee for some rays, Ethan?

  7. Que maravilla de fotos saludos

  8. Anonymous4:04 PM

    Hey guy!

    Is that Mom in the Rondeau shot?

    Ron R.

  9. Excellent photography captures the beauty ideal time and place, Greetings

  10. Ron, you bet.... good looking models in the family!

  11. Great pictures!
    i like the colours and the ambiance you create in your captures!

  12. Great photos, and I especially like blur from the water movement in the 4th picture. But that last picture, the sunset, is so striking. Amazing, really.

  13. Wonderful photographs happiness always showing great scenery and incredible places, Greetings friend

  14. Absolutely beautiful photo of the hikers,what a sky,just fabulous.

  15. I really like the sunset in the last shot, such a perfect moment.

  16. Awesome work lol. You deserved great appreciation for took this amazing pictures. I most like the first pic of the list.

  17. I am glad to read this post, its an interesting one.

  18. great good work i like to be here thanks to you very much for sharing these information with us.

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