Archive for October, 2010

Henry’s Kanata Nature Photowalk

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This past Saturday we had another free Photowalk held in Kanata’s Old Quarry Trail across from the Hazeldean Mall. We lucked out because the weather forecast was calling for rain and snow(!) but it turned out nice and sunny with a bit of cloud cover thrown in the mix.

We first came across a flock of Chickadees that came right to us and fluttered around and landed in closeby bushes. It was a good light practice for the attendees to try out continuous focus tracking and framing fast moving wildlife. We must of spent a good 15 minutes capturing images of these little fast movers. A fast f/2.8 telephoto really helps isolate the subject with shallow depth of field while providing motion freezing fast shutter speeds without having to crank up the ISO too much.

One of the attendees was gracious enough to hold a Nikon SB-600 flash unit off to camera right to help me create this moody image of a fallen tree:

I liked the grouping of these mushrooms. Decided to use a warming amber gel on the SB-600 flash (camera right) and use a cooler white balance to create the blue tone:

Some late afternoon light was just enough to catch the last remnants of fall in a beautiful glow:

The highlight of the day was coming across a family of wild deer and capturing a variety of great poses from them. One of the trail walkers had brough some carrots and coaxed the animals closer for some great detail shots:

All in all you could not have asked for a better way to end the photowalk. I think everyone enjoyed the happy surprise.

Henry’s Kanata hold a free photowalk pretty much each month. You can contact the store at (613) 836-1016 during business hours for more information. Hope to see you on the next photowalk!

Stephen