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Canoeing a winter wonderland
Camera: Optio W80 & W90 Photo Location: Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada 
Posted By: tessfully, 05-05-2012, 06:15 AM

We recently went on an "ice out" canoe trip into Algonquin Park and we ended up in a snow storm during our last day of paddling. I took quite a few photos with my point and shoot, which doesn't perform well in low light, producing too much purple, so I converted my favourites to black and white.


....the water looked like mercury, new snow hanging heavy on the boughs of the trees, so moody and beautiful ... I am very disappointed I didn't have the good camera out... one of those very rare photographic opportunities missed...


Not sure how effective these are, but wanted to share a few. Thanks!


My favourite








At the portage







heading down the small river







our travelling companions...







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05-05-2012, 09:36 AM   #2
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The b/w really gives a different perspective and feel to your photos Tess, love them all.
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I'll have to think about these...maybe come back a few times.....anything that looks cold won't let me linger too long....

The first one, I kind of like that smokey look in the background....warm fire somewhere?

Dogs! Tess, I want Doggies! Otis too!

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My favorites are the first and last, but they're all excellent portrayals of a late season snow and how it just clings to everything. You got it on the water in the second one -- that sodden slush that makes paddling feel like pushing through a slushy. Nice job!

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Very enjoyable set of fine images Tess. Makes me wish I was paddling with your group! <envious>
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Thank you everyone for the great comments on this series... I was uncertain as to the effectiveness of the conversion, so was really happy to read your comments.

riff, we are always taking people out on trips, some of them specifically for photography. We are planning another canoe trip this week, hoping to get out one more time before the bugs get bad. And we go out in July, August and September for the fall colours. You are always welcome to join us, just drop me a pm.
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Stunning shots Tess - I love the snow covered trees and cold clear water - excellent series.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tamia Quote
My favorites are the first and last, but they're all excellent portrayals of a late season snow and how it just clings to everything. You got it on the water in the second one -- that sodden slush that makes paddling feel like pushing through a slushy. Nice job!
I actually find I like these the least

Tess - they are good conversions and good shots. But I'll put on my critic hat because I think they can be better and I hope you'll experiment to see if I'm right or not.
For the 1st and 4th photos - why not do a much tighter crop. The focus of the 1st photo is the tall tree on the island. So why not crop so that it reaches close to the top of the photo? Right now there is too much sky that is of a fairly uniform shade. On the fourth photo, I'm less certain of my suggestion, so it is more of a curiosity of how it would look - crop so that the canoe is pretty close to the right edge. By keeping the aspect ratio the same this will take out much of the uniform sky.

In general, I'd also spend time gently tweaking the contrast. I think you can pull more out of some of these images by making them more contrasty which will bring out the stark feelings they can evoke - especially the first image.

I will say though, that I want #3 on my wall. That's the image that is sucking me in and won't let go.

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thanks Dave and Marc, I really appreciate your comments.

Marc, I will give your ideas a try. Because these are JPEG from a point and shoot I am very limited on what I can do, but will try to bump the contrast as well as your crops. I'll post for comparison. Thanks so much for the suggestions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tessfully Quote
Marc, I will give your ideas a try. Because these are JPEG from a point and shoot I am very limited on what I can do, but will try to bump the contrast as well as your crops. I'll post for comparison. Thanks so much for the suggestions.
Tess, even with JPG there is a fair bit of scope for playing around, especially if you are only going to display the images on screen. Part of suggesting the exercise, and often when I do the processing myself, I push just a little too far but it gives a sense of what the boundaries are for tweaking an image. I look forward to seeing what you can come up with even if it isn't "perfect"
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QuoteOriginally posted by tessfully Quote
And we go out in July, August and September for the fall colours. You are always welcome to join us, just drop me a pm.
Thanks Tess, I'll keep that in mind. I'm sure it would be a great time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MSL Quote
... often when I do the processing myself, I push just a little too far but it gives a sense of what the boundaries are for tweaking an image. I look forward to seeing what you can come up with even if it isn't "perfect"
That's a good point, Marc, and one worth my remembering.

I look forward to what you come up with, too, Tess. However, I still stick to my favorites ... for now!
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Well, I did some cropping on the first and fourth, probably not as tight as MSL suggested, and I bumped the contrast on both. They are added in above.

I can see how the changes made the images more dramatic. But, I still like my originals as for me it is the sense of space that defines the subjects in both shots (I had trouble cropping it in the first instance as the vastness of place seemed to disappear), also, there was very little by way of contrast that day .... the light was silky soft, snow was falling, mist was rising from the forest, the water was mercurial in places and it was a sightless grey sky.


Maybe others see it differently? I'd love to hear opinions.


Well, my Optio images seem to have developed legs. Thanks for the great feedback and suggestions MSL.
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The tighter crops make good images, but I have to agree with you, Tess, about the sense of expansiveness provided by the original images. The composition of the first shot has the tall dead tree a bit close to center, but I don't mind that, especially as the island is offset left a bit. The thing I like about the originals is that they take me to times when I've been on similar large lakes, where the feeling that the water is wide is there with each paddle stroke. And the snow plastered on the trees, along with the monochrome landscape (contrasting with the people and canoe), sets the scene very well. They evoke the cold wet aromas, and the sounds of the post-storm lakes, and paddling across them. BTW, the crop of the first one has a crooked horizon, where the first didn't.
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Tess,
With apologies for playing with your images, as I always feel a little strange doing this.
This is more of what I was thinking of. The second image didn't work quite as I would have hoped, and may have benefited more just from bumping up the contrast/shadows/highlights rather than any cropping.
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