Goderich and Kincardine Beach Photos, April 2012

Good afternoon all,

Just a quick post today and a few highlights from the last week of shooting.  I’ve been reading some good e-books lately from some of my favourite shooters and I’ll share the details in the next post as well as my latest order from B&H Photo.  Happy Easter!

1) Kincardine Beach – Stream Mouth

As usual, I took my camera gear down to a cool area on the beach that had quite a rocky patch (stone cobbles) that I thought would make for good foreground…none turned out the way I liked (didn’t like the composition, relatively boring sky etc) but I had this composition in mind when I first scouted the area.  The long leading lines work well with the vertical composition.  This is shot in HDR with HDR Efex Pro.  Shot with Canon 10-22 lens, ISO 100, f11, Manfrotto Tripod

2) Goderich Harbour – Tree Reflections

Most times I would give a beginner the advice that sunrise/sunset will give the best light for a photo.  Some days you get a bit lucky with really overcast/hazy skies.  This photo was taken in the middle of the day but the sky was so hazy that it worked well.  Single exposure, B&W processing in Silver Efex Pro 2. Shot with Canon 70-200 f4 IS L lens, f4, 1/2000s, ISO 100.

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Sometimes things just work out…

…and sometimes they don’t.  If you’re contemplating more landscape photography in your life, you better get used to early mornings or late evenings where the light just won’t cooperate or your compositions aren’t working out…or both.  I went out last night to capture the elusive Kincardine Lighthouse which I just haven’t had much luck with getting an A+ shot during the winter.  Unfortunately this night was more of the same.  I’ve been driving past the empty harbour for the last month thinking there has to be a way to shoot the harbour and get the lighthouse too in a cool composition.  The first try was from the western boat dock but I just wasn’t feeling the composition so I moved to the south east corner and shot this panorama…more of the same….a small lighthouse in the corner with very little ‘magic hour’ light at sunset wasn’t what I had in mind.

The tough part about this lighthouse is its tucked back with the houses and a brand new bridge which doesn’t add much character to the shot.  I moved to the western edge of the harbour by the picket fence and shot another panorama but by this time the wind was howling off the lake and I just couldn’t get my tripod steady in the sand. The next tripod I’ll buy will definitely have the ability to hang my backpack of the bottom of the ballhead for more stability.  I’ll be back to try this one again when its calmer.  The beauty of small apertures (i.e. f29) is the star burst of the lights which makes for a cool effect and this setup seems to hold the most promise.

The next try was to go and shoot the reflections off the sand.  The sunset wasn’t very warm, few clouds were in the sky and boy was it windy…but there’s always something to learn, especially when photo shoots don’t go well.  High wind and sand are a very difficult combination for sharp images since both will make long exposures unsteady.

As I was setting up shooting the sand reflections, a buddy dropped by to say hello!  I look down the shore to watch for interesting compositions and along comes a beaver.   Continue reading

March Photos Uploaded

Since its the middle of the month, its time for a new upload of landscape images for sale.  This month’s crop are an exciting mix of some of my favourites mixed with some recent photos from earlier blog posts.  I haven’t spend a lot of time in the field lately; sometimes life takes over a bit but nonetheless, the weather in Bruce County lately has been fantastic so we should be able to see more sun and less overcast at sunset.  There’s a rumour right now that National Geographic may be doing a feature on the sunsets we get on the shores of Lake Huron (nudge nudge wink wink…check out my website National Geographic!  I’m available for hire!).

Anyway, I hope you can take some time and check out the latest round of images.  Full size images are available to view at http://www.finnerphotography.com or click on Current Photos For Sale on the banner.

1) Kincardine Sunset at the Pier

This photo was taken with a tripod and my Canon 10-22mm wide-angle lens.  I had been shooting earlier at a different location with HDR in mind so this photo was shot with a -2 Exposure Compensation.  I thought this image was fine without the HDR processing and continually I’m finding sunset photos work best under exposed.  ISO 100, f4.5, 1/8s.

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Kincardine Pier

90 kph winds?  It would have been easy to just sit at home, turn on the fireplace and surf Twitter for the afternoon but I had to head down to Station Beach and check out the pier.  The Kincardine area was forecast for snow and heavy winds (90 kilometres per hour or 55 mph) so I took a drive to see what I could find.  I’ve seen some cool photographs of light houses engulfed in waves during heavy storms but in this area, I’ll have to settle for a light beacon!

This photo was shot hand held @f6.3, 1/50 of a second.  I had been shooting with the tripod set up and my battery started to flash empty.  I figured I’d get up and stretch my legs and shoot a few ‘handheld’.  I still had the camera mounted to the tripodso it gave some good handles to pin the camera tight to my eye/body.  Watch for the next formal upload of photos for sale, I’ll be processing the rest of the batch in Aperture and see what keepers are buried in the RAW photos from the shoot.

JF

Heavy Winds - Kincardine Pier