Pont Marchand

Sunset at the Pont Marchand covered bridge across the Ottawa River at Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Quebec

Sunset at the Pont Marchand covered bridge across the Ottawa River at Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Quebec
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Behind The Lens

The photo was taken in the village of Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Quebec, Canada
This image was taken just before sunset on December 29, 2014. The temperature was about minus 20 degrees Celsius. There was very little snow, but the wind made it a very biting cold.
The setting sun resulted in some warm colours that contrasted wonderfully against the cold blue sky. The reflections of the colours in the ice seemed to help warm up the scene.
The image was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, with a 14 mm f/2.8L USM lens at f/9.0, 1/100 of a second at ISO 200.
I was on my way to take some shots of the Fort Coulonge waterfalls with the holidays lights and decided to leave a bit early so that I could stop on the way to get some shots of this covered bridge. As the sun started setting, the sky and the clouds started to get more colourful, and I knew that I had to try to capture the scene. Maybe the streaked clouds were nature's way of compensating for the frigid temperature.
I used Nik's Color Efex Pro 4 to bring out some of the details, then used OnOne's Perfect Effects to increase the contrast.
In my camera bag
I have my Canon 5D Mark II, with a battery grip. I really love the 14mm lens, particularly for landscapes. A 24-70mm 2.8 lens allows for flexibility, while Canon's 70-200mm 2.8 lens helps me capture details. When I think I may encounter wildlife, I like to pack the 100-400mm lens, although I certainly try to avoid taking that beast on longer hikes.
As always, sunrise and sunset are the best times for landscape photography. Wide angle lenses help the viewer become part of the scene. Dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to handle whatever surprises nature has in store.

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