For the most part, the weather was cloudy and overcast, rainy and cool, less than favourable conditions for any vacation let alone one of a photographic nature.
During a trip to Costa Rica last year, I was drawn to this majestic rock on a point near Playa Conchal. After the sun had risen, this jagged rock jutting out from the ocean looked absolutely majestic against the back drop of a clear blue sky. But the harsh sunlight created an extreme dynamic range of exposure, the perfect fit for some black and white pictures.
For some reason, when you live in a city, you take for granted the very things to which tourists flock. So when I was on Toronto’s Centre Island to play volleyball, I decided to take along my camera gear and stay into the evening hours to do something that I have wanted to do for some time, but haven’t because, well, I live here—take pictures of the beautiful cityscape of Toronto at night.
Taking long exposures on digital cameras is not without problems, namely in the form of hot pixels. During long exposures, the camera’s sensor heats up creating hot pixels which show up as red, green, and white dots.
So what started as a mistake ended up being the best picture of the weekend. And while every morning brings the promise of a beautiful new day, sometimes a mistake may just be the perfect start to a day.
The Loyalist Parkway and Bath Road (hwy #33) winds its way along the edge of Lake Ontario from Picton to Kingston, Ontario. The shoreline along this route is dotted with trees listing south towards the sun, leaning precariously over the water.
My goal while I was at Killbear, was to use the Big Stopper to create some long exposure pictures to give water and waves a mystical, smokey, foggy look.
On a recent trip to Niagara Falls, I had an opportunity to play around with the Lee Filters System. I took pictures with and without the big stopper and placed each image side by side for comparison purposes.
But as with any trip, I enjoy rising before the sun and getting some pictures. This time I ventured over to Niagara Falls to get some early dawn shots of this natural wonder.