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The sun was trying to peek through the heavy clouds at the cottage, one morning, and I loved the feel in the air. I knew the conditions were right for a photo b...
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The sun was trying to peek through the heavy clouds at the cottage, one morning, and I loved the feel in the air. I knew the conditions were right for a photo but I needed something for foreground interest so I tied a tow rope to a canoe and pushed it out as far as I could out onto the lake. It made for a great foreground. The mist and somber mood of the scene gave the photo a sense of mystery--and the abandoned canoe a feeling of isolation.
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jorisj
 
jorisj June 23, 2015
BRAVO!
terrysigns13
 
terrysigns13 June 26, 2015
Excellent Shot. The stillness is wonderful Best of Luck
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More June 28, 2015
So peaceful :) love it!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz June 28, 2015
Stunning! Love it!
tazdog Premium
 
tazdog July 10, 2015
nice shot.
ppuru
 
ppuru July 26, 2015
Perfect shot, voted.
BizzlePhotography
 
BizzlePhotography July 31, 2015
Perfection!!!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq August 18, 2015
a beautiful shot that perfectly captures the serenity and beginning of a new day. I love it6!
slyfox1964
 
slyfox1964 September 12, 2015
Love this photo. Scrolling through numerous photos and this one stood out for me. Well done.
nandicmb
 
nandicmb September 13, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Freshmen 2015 Photo Contest!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 27, 2016
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
adamhaworth
 
adamhaworth August 28, 2016
Incredible image
sharilee Premium
 
sharilee October 12, 2016
Perfect.
fealinsugortiz
 
fealinsugortiz October 12, 2016
Wow
gabrielmometti
 
gabrielmometti November 07, 2016
Beatiful atmosphere..
Redjule PRO
 
Redjule November 17, 2016
Stunning! Voted
FredBlundell PRO+
 
FredBlundell December 08, 2016
Superb artistry and creativity!
elued29 Premium
 
elued29 December 14, 2016
amazing.................
congratulations and regards
KoralC PRO
 
KoralC December 28, 2016
Superb shot! Love it!
HandAphotography
 
HandAphotography January 25, 2017
Beautiful location, incredible image
torbenbryannielsen
 
torbenbryannielsen January 26, 2017
Lovely capture. Love the composition.
ziggyzoo52
 
ziggyzoo52 February 18, 2017
Wow absolutely awesome shot. Voted for it in celebrating nature. Good luck
Merlot
 
Merlot April 05, 2017
Such a moody photo love the feeling of peace and tranquility it gives
Ravishing
 
Ravishing April 09, 2017
Ah bliss!
WesP
 
WesP April 11, 2017
Beautiful and serene...
raymond759
 
raymond759 June 16, 2017
I want to be RIGHT THERE! Well done.
angierose
 
angierose July 23, 2017
Amazing ! Love it !
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denisemoran September 25, 2017
Love the peacefulness of this shot.Well done
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography October 30, 2017
Beautiful scene. / Voted
Zipperock
 
Zipperock July 02, 2018
Congratulations !!!!! this is a really beautiful photo!!!
dkoch28 PRO+
 
dkoch28 August 04, 2018
Peaceful
markgriffith_6771
 
Love this photo!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at one of my favourite spots to visit--my brother's cottage up in Northern Ontario. Aside from the fact that my brother has all the toys to make cottage life exciting--fishing boat, houseboat, jet ski and all terrain vehicles--the location and view at the cottage is simply breathtaking! Some of my most successful sunrise shots were taken at that location.
Time
I'm an early riser, which is a blessing if you're into landscape photography. Getting up pre-dawn is a regular thing for me so when I get up in the morning one of the first things I do is look out the window. I do this at the cottage, at home and almost anywhere I stay. I guess I do that to see what my day is going to be like, but also to see if the skies are right for photo opportunities.
Lighting
When I wake up at the cottage and the conditions look like they might be right for a great sunrise shot I often will skip morning coffee, grab my camera and tripod, slip on my shoes and my hat and walk to the lake shore. I have a few spots that I know I like to set up. This particular morning the mood was somber. I liked it.
Equipment
For this shot I used my Canon 6D with my go-to Canon 16-35 f4 wide angle lens. I also used my small but portable fotopro c5I tripod. I like this tripod because it's light weight and I can position my camera in almost any way I'd like. I can even arrange this tripod to have my camera just above the water. The legs can adjust in so many different ways and so can the head. Most people would mention a favourite camera or a favourite lens, but for me this tripod has helped me in so many situations--I just love it.
Inspiration
The lighting this particular morning was quite somber, but the mist really is what drew me. I came out to the lake shore and looked out and wondered what I could do for foreground interest. Something was missing in the scene. When I saw the canoe I knew exactly what I had to do. I tied the canoe to a water ski tow rope and pushed it out as far as I could. There was a bit of wind so often the canoe would wander and I had to reel it in and reposition it. I took several shots that morning but this turned out to be my composition of choice. It just seemed to work.
Editing
I have to admit that I'm a bit lazy when it comes to post--processing. I prefer to do as little as possible. If I can get away without leaving Lightroom and going into Photoshop then that's always a bonus for me. In this particular case I think I just did a bit of cropping, I turned up the clarity on the foreground and brought out the golden glow in the background with a bit of saturation and cleaned out a few lens spots on the photo. I really didn't want to over-think this shot. When I do that sometimes I end up ruining the mood of a photo more than helping. This was a situation where very simple editing was enough for me.
In my camera bag
I mentioned my favourite tripod already, but for landscapes I'd say my Canon 16-35 f4 L series lens is my go to lens. I sometimes go out with my Canon 24-70 f4 for a bit extra reach, and sometimes even the Canon 70-200 f4 comes in handy when the scene I want is further out. That and my Canon 6D, a few extra batteries and sd cards, a small cleaning kit and bug spray and I'm good to go. It's a different story for wildlife shots, but for landscapes this works great for me.
Feedback
I think the best advice I can give for this kind of shot is really simple. When you find a spot that you know has so much potential you really have to make sure you're there as often as you can. I've taken photographs at this site several times. What's static is the scene. What makes a huge difference from shot to shot is the weather. This scene, like any water scene, can go from calm and mysterious to light and lively to dark and moody and to serene. If you have a great scene all you need are the conditions to change and you have a whole new photograph.

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