Favourite Images
I first became interested in photography in 1976 while working in Quetico Park. My wife Marie and I had the opportunity to observe plants, animals, and landscapes in a beautiful and unspoiled area. The beauty of our surroundings in Quetico, along with the joy of seeing our two kids grow up in the park, were my inspiration to begin to seriously enjoy taking photos.
Family, and an interest in nature, got me started in photography but then I surprised myself by later becoming interested in photographing buildings, bridges, ships, tunnels and other man-made objects in Thunder Bay and other places we visited. The discovery of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography in 2006 allowed me to create realistic images with more details in shadow and highlight areas than what is found in any one photo.
I became fascinated in trying to take exciting photos of cross country skiing after having Lakehead University students, primarily cross country ski racers, live in our basement after our two kids left for University. With age and a lessening ability to take extensive canoe, snowshoe or hiking excursions I also began to concentrate on photographing flowers and lichens in the area around our cabin north of Quetico Park.
My photography has benefited by observing and learning from David Hansen, a long time friend and former journalism and photography professor in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and from Joseph Marohnic, a talented photographer from Atikokan, Ontario.
My primary inspiration has always been my family. My wife Marie, along with our son Leif and daughter Anna, were both subjects and inspiration. Now I am especially energized by my four incredible grandchildren. For them, my friends and any others interested, I have gathered together ninety-nine of my favourite photos.
Jon Nelson
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