Mazinaw Rock is a massive cliff that rises 100 m above the lake and spans 1.5 km across with more than 260 ancient Indigenous pictographs. The history and beauty of this place is palpable.
This month’s FREE digital download is of a fall view of Mazinaw Rock in Bon Echo Provincial Park.
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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
Gazing over a river meandering through a forest on the cusp of changing colours is the perfect way to welcome the change in seasons.
This month’s FREE digital download is of the view at Big Bend Lookout in Arrowhead Provincial Park.
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A wind-swept pine silhouetted in the foreground of a magical view. Can you see yourself stretching out on the shore and looking up at this scene?
This month’s FREE digital download is of the breathtaking night sky at Killbear Provincial Park.
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What parks are you visiting this summer? Is Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on your list?
This month’s FREE digital download is of the glorious view of Lake Superior at the peak of the “Top of the Giant” trail.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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