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Heading Out Into The Lake | by jwvraets
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Heading Out Into The Lake

The tug, John Spence, powers out the McKeil Marine barge, Niagara Spirit, as it exits the Burlington Bay Canal into Lake Ontario. The operation is one to reduce the costs associated with trucking equipment to Newfoundland by loading 50+ trucks on board and then sailing across Lake Ontario, through the St Lawrence Seaway and on to their final destination in Newfoundland. If you are interested, there is an on-line article on the operation at with more detail than would be suitable here. The shot was taken from the South arm of the two piers providing a protective entrance/exit from the Canal and looks, more-or-less, East. - JW


Taken using a hand-held Olympus E-3 fitted with a Zuiko 12-60mm lense set to 60mm, ISO200, Aperture priority mode, f/7.1, 1/1000 sec and before you ask, no filters. PP in GIMP: Adjusted the tone curve slightly to get a good look overall in the low, winter afternoon, sunlight, flattened the image, increase canvas size to add room for the bars top and bottom, added a new black layer and placed it below the main image, added the text, flattened, scaled to 1024 wide for posting.




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Taken on December 28, 2011