Take a kayak

Since my last encounter with a kayaker, he told me that a lot of kayakers train at Bate Island on the Ottawa River. With the spring season being on full throttle, the flow of the river is ideal for kayakers. Knowing Bates Island, it’s really easy to get there and find a good spot to take some photos of those hydro daredevils in action. I was right, they were just a few feet from me. The water conditions were so good (from my point of view) that they were literally lining up to take their turn in the waves created by the river.

I think that for photos like that you really need to zoom in on the subject as he/she becomes the center of attention. They were taken with my Nikon 70-300 mm, ISO 400 with a speed shutter of 1/500 s, I really wanted to “freeze” the moment with no blurred effect.


She was the youngest kayaker that day, in her early teens, but she was paddling like a tigress fighting for her cubs





yes he was upside down


He popped out of the water like a missile launched from a submarine



The “golden hour”

The golden hour in photography is the 30 minutes before and after the sunrise or sunset. It is when you are supposed to catch the best light of the day for photography. Best light surely but it also means more difficult to get the right exposure. Although I have taken a lot of photos at sunset in the past (it is my favorite part of the day) this was actually the first time I went for a shoot with the intention of capturing this “special” light and also learning from my experience. I guess it is like the rest, I will need practice to get perfectly crisp or correctly exposed photos.

Teenagers watching the sunset

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The tower

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A few years ago our local church burned down, now only are ruins. I never visited that Church but I was told it was an architectural gem inside. I had promise myself to visit it one day but unfortunately fire paid a visit before me. In my archives I have only one picture of the church before the fire and now few of what’s left.

I had my 50 mm lens on my camera, no zoom there and the site was fenced limiting very much my shooting angles if I did not want any part of the fence in the photos. It was not possible for me to get too close of the ruins except for the front part where the fence is really close to what is used to be the main door.

The church before

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All that is left

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No more stained glass

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Rocks and walls

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