Pastel sunset

Pastel sunset

I’d call this a 6.1/10 – nothing spectacular as sunsets go, but pretty nonetheless. Overlooking Port Dalhousie and Lake Ontario. The picture is an HDR composite of three pictures, helping to bring in a bit more details in the shadowy areas and increasing the definition of the clouds.

Bald eagles (new album)

Bald Eagles

Bald eagles living on and just off the campus of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I was in Appleton to hold a community lecture on the ethical and political challenges of geoengineering and as a bonus I got to see bald eagles. Apparently they have several pairs of nesting eagles along this this stretch of the Fox River, the watercourse that runs through Appleton and fuels much of its industry.

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Niagara Falls rainbow

Niagara Falls rainbow

Once again the American Falls, this time in rainbow fashion. The lights illuminating the falls were constantly shifting into different colours and patterns. It was quite spectactular – but also a little annoying, as I missed some pretty constallations while fiddling with the camera. Since I was experimenting with different settings (exposure, ISO, framing), I didn’t necessarily get to do the same shot twice. This one I took with 1.3 sec exposure and 200 ISO. Seeing that they came out a little dark I intended to do it again with a longer exposure, but I didn’t get the opportunity before the lights changed. I had to brighten this picture with about 1.5 stops. More still to follow.

Niagara Falls, polar vortex edition

Niagara Falls, polar vortex edition

After an Arctic blast with temperatures dipping to -20°C, Niagara Falls became the Niagara Icicle. I seen a lot of ice there in the past, but this was probably the most. I’ve seen it dozens of times, but never this spectactular. This is the Horseshoe Falls, from a fairly long distance (48mm) with a 2.5 sec exposure. I brightened the photo a bit in Lightroom. I was there on the last night of the cold period (the day after it rained). More pictures to follow.

Sunset thunderstorm over Lake Ontario

Sunset thunderstorm over Lake Ontario

Fierce thunderstorms rolled in from Lake Ontario yesterday. Sebastian and I were bathing in Port Dalhousie earlier in the evening when we were surprised by a huge thunderstorm and pretty much had to run for it. As we walked to the car we were hit by a wall of wind and just as we sat in the car, the rain came. Later, after the first storm had rolled away I went down to the beach to take pictures of another approaching storm. The light and the sky were really magical. The wind was strong, but balmy. Frequent lightning struck across the water. But I underestimated how fast it was coming! Only minutes after I took this picture, another wall of wind hit me in the face and had to run to the car for the second time in just a few hours. But it was well worth it.

Yellow lily

Yellow lily

I still like photographing flowers. No fuss with flowers, though it’s not easy as you might think. Composition and depth of field and focal point all have to be exactly right, and the scourge of dead petals and pests is ever-present. I’m not going to claim I hit near the mark with this one.