I returned to Victoria Beach, MB for another photo shoot. This time, it wasn’t for surreal long exposures but rather to take advantage of the gusting winds and wave action.
The wind on Lake Winnipeg was gusting to about 45km/hr which was producing about 3-4ft waves one after another.
This location was perfect. I wanted to capture the motion and drama of these waves.
I even brought out the crystal ball for a couple shots.
This was the photo I hoped to get and I got it. (see above). I was standing in the water and got soaked up to the waist waiting for this shot.
The sunset was not as great as I had hoped so I decided to play with the white balance to achieve a surreal sunset mood. (see above)
Hopefully the next visit to Victoria Beach will be as successful. I may not return until Winter.
On the way back home from Little Limestone Lake we made a stop for the sunset and some night shooting at Steep Rock, Manitoba.
The was setting as we arrived and it wasn’t much of a sunset. I did manage to catch some nice color before it completely died.
Even thought the color in the image below was nice, I decide to go for a more dramatic look. This sparked a series of BW conversions.
Some really interesting rock formations and caves to explore at Steep Rock.
7 angle panorama covering over 180º of view.
While taking night shots we captured what we thought was a hot air balloon. It was in a lower altitude and had an orange flame. So we naturally thought balloon. Except it didn’t act as one. It was moving rather fast and the flame never changed. There were also no lights and no silhouette of the balloon. This happen again about 20min or so after from a different direction. I managed to capture it as well but didn’t get a good exposure. Some people are saying it could be a Chinese lantern that you light and floats to the sky. That could work but the second sighting was moving pretty erratically. It would seem to stop then quickly move in a different direction. I guess it is possible that the wind currents higher up were quite different then below where we were. UFO’s or not I plan to return to Steep Rock.
Little Limestone Lake is a majestic turquoise body of water. It is a marl lake that visibly changes color as the calcite in the water, dissolved from the limestone bedrock, chemically reacts to the heat of the sun. On hot days the water turns a rich milky blue. It is considered by experts to be the largest and most outstanding example of a marl lake in the world.
Unfortunately due to the massive amount of rain this summer the lake was much higher then normal. So much so that most of the shores and even some shallow islands were buried under water. It made navigating the shores difficult and limited. Next time we have to bring a boat to explore the whole lake. Since the landscape to shoot was limited in interest I decided to create my own. I found some pieces of drift wood and put them to good use.
I was able to find some interesting pieces of drift wood like these. (see above and below).
The color of Little Limestone Lake’s water is so beautiful. I felt like I was in the tropics.