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Halls Ravine by londonxpress Halls Ravine by londonxpress
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I've always been discouraged by overcast weather but that is starting to change as I've discovered that clouds often provide the right type of lighting for certain scenes - especially forests! During the past weekend we had a lot of rain and many rivers, streams etc flooded their banks. When I drove up to Halls Harbour on the shore of the Bay of Fundy I hiked the Eco Trail (which runs through a ravine behind the tiny fishing community). The water was much higher than I've ever seen it and was moving pretty quickly. I took several shots standing within the water but the ones that I liked the most were actually taken on solid ground.

The overcast light really brought out the colours of the leaves - making for a lush scene that can't be seen when there are clear skies. It also allowed me to shoot a longer exposure than normally possible because of the dim light (13 seconds). I was lucky because there wasn't any wind moving through the area - the leaves of ferns came out nice and crisp and don't show signs of movement. One thing to keep in mind is this: always be aware of where your tripod legs are! I manged to shoot a bunch of frames with a leg in the lower corner (I had to crop the bottom of this shot to take it out - silly me!).

I didn't use the Singh-Rays on this one - just a Tiffen Polarizer to cut the glare of the water and a Hoya ND 8x to reduce the amount of light even further. Saturation levels on the camera were kept at 0 - the Tiffen did a great job of bringing out those natural colours!

Enjoy!

Tools

Canon EOS 20D | Canon 10-22mm | Canon TC-80N3 Remote Timer | ISO 100 | f10 | s13 | Tiffen Polarizer | Hoya ND 8x | Manfrotto 190CL Tripod |
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