You’ve recently unwrapped the latest iphone or a shiny new digital camera, perhaps an SLR with some fancy lenses.
Now you have itchy shutter fingers. You’re ready to point our camera at something spectacular and capture a beautiful memory forever. But where to go?
Not to brag, but Ontario Parks are beautiful, iconic places. Covering nearly 10% of the province and protecting some of Ontario’s most rare and scenic habitats, our parks are home to a variety of wildlife, from fascinating insects to enormous moose.
Basically, they’re a photographer’s dreamscape.
We’re animal lovers too. We know how exhilarating wildlife encounters can be. We understand how badly you want that perfect photo.
But before you hit the road, ask yourself: is taking the perfect photograph worth risking an animal’s life or an ecosystem’s health?
If your answer is “no,” check out our list of 7 common photography infractions to ensure you’re keeping our parks safe and healthy.
Continue reading Are you an ethical wildlife photographer?
Today’s post was written by photographer Rob Stimpson, a long-time lover of Killarney Provincial Park’s wild spaces. All photographs below are copyright to robstimpson.com.
Killarney has been part of my life for years. It was one of the first canoe trips after moving from Montreal to Toronto in the late ’80s. The images I shot on those trips (long before becoming a professional photographer) may be amateurish in composition and lighting, but still hold strong memories of a place that I have returned to time and time again.
Continue reading Killarney is my muse
Macro photography exposes you to a whole new world.
Macro photography zooms in extremely close to its subject, making it appear bigger than it actually is. You may never notice the beauty and strangeness of a creature until you examine it up close.
Focusing your attention on new photographic subjects also lets you experience your favourite park in a brand-new way.
Instead of walking the same trail down to the same lake, you start noticing new details. You may discover a weird and magical collection of fungi on a rotting log beside the trail, or that jewel-like damselflies like to sun themselves on the cattails by the lake shore.
Continue reading Up close and personal: macro photography tips
One of the best parts about camping at one of our parks is the breathtakingly clear night sky. These clear skies provide the perfect backdrop to see the wonders of our solar system sprawled out above you.
Seeing these magnificent skies is one thing, but being able to capture them adds a whole other level to the experience.
Here are our top tips for night sky photography:
Continue reading Tips for night sky photography
Today’s post comes from Marketing and Communications summer student Mitch Jackson.
Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better. No longer do park enthusiasts have to drag clunky DSLR cameras through the wilderness. Taking your smartphone with you will free up room for snacks, sunscreen, a lunch, a water bottle…did we mention more room for snacks?
We’ve seen that smartphones can already act as a field guide and support citizen science. Along with that, many phones also have incredible photo capabilities. Gone are the days of blurry, low-res phone photos. High-quality nature photography can happen right on your mobile device, without the burden of a camera strap.
Add some sparkle to your snapshots with the help of these apps:
Continue reading The best apps for smartphone photography
Our visitors sure have a gift for photography!
Staff at Grundy Lake Provincial Park had a ball judging the entries to their 2015 Photo Contest.
Ready to see the winners?
Continue reading Smile! Stellar shots from Grundy Lake’s 2015 photo contest
Do you secretly wish you could produce photos that would take people’s breath away? There’s no better time than now to pursue your dream!
We chatted with Thunder Bay photographer Barry Wojciechowski and our own Natural Heritage Education & Marketing Specialist Barb Rees who shared these five tips for capturing award-winning nature photographs.
Continue reading Nature photography 101
Today’s blog article was written by Rob Stimpson. He is an internationally published, award-winning photographer best known for capturing the wilds of the Canadian outdoors. His outdoor photography workshops – many in Ontario Parks are very popular! http://robstimpson.com/ Continue reading Photographing Spring Wildflowers
Get some new camera gear for Christmas? Then you may be interested in signing up for one of the Giant Digital Photography Workshops offered at Ontario Parks in the Thunder Bay area this season! Continue reading 2012 Giant Digital Photography Workshops Announced!
Barry Wojciechowski is one of several professional photographers who delivers photo workshops in Ontario Parks as part of the Giant Digital Photography Workshops partnership. He provided the Parks Blog with these quick tips for taking great panoramic pictures Continue reading Fall colour photography tips