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Catching the morning sun

For a friend who brought me a little sunshine this morning.
Thank you.

Milky Way over Erie PA

It’s amazing how strong the ambient light was in the clouds.
I was standing on the shore at Long Point Provincial Park in Port Rowan, Canada facing South over Lake Erie. Those lights you see are from the city of Erie Pennsylvania, USA. 55 kilometers (34 miles) away.

Firewater

Celebrating the final “late night out” of summer vacation.
Van Wagners Beach, Hamilton, Canada.

Scenic Falls, Hamilton, Ontario

This image of Scenic Falls Hamilton Ontario is one of the more challenging images that I have created in quite a while. The sun was quite harsh on the top half of the hill and I was down in some pretty dark shadows.This drastic dynamic range made it a perfect candidate for HDR. I set out by capturing a 5 image/5 f-stop  sequence. With the lack of colour at this time of year I made sure to use a circular polarizer to bring out as much colour as possible. As well, since the flow of water was quite slight on this visit I stacked on a variable neutral density filter to cut out light. Doing this allowed me to have rather long exposures which gives the appearance of a greater flow of water.

Post Processing

All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom 4.  For this image, 5 initial images were combined using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2 then to finish adjustments to various colour values and saturation were made, as well a slight vignette was added.

Details:

  • Location: Scenic Falls, Hamilton
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon 24-70L
  • Focal Length: 24mm
  • Aperture: f/22
  • Shutter Speed: 2.5 sec., 5 sec., 8 sec., 20 sec., 30 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 055CL
  • Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead

 

Billy Monkley Cascade

One foggy October morning in Hamilton, Canada.

Post Processing

All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom.  For this image some minor adjustments to various colour values and saturation were made, as well a slight vignette was added.

Details:

  • Location: Billy Monkley Cascade, Mount Albion Conservation Area
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
  • Focal Length: 21mm
  • Aperture: f/22
  • Shutter Speed: 2 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 055CL
  • Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead

 

Get out and enjoy the colour!

The leaves may almost be gone but there is still plenty of color to enjoy in Hamilton.

Image Details

  • Location: Mount Albion Conservation Area
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon EF24-70L
  • Focal Length: 70mm
  • Aperture: f/10
  • Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.
  • ISO: 640
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Hand Held