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What a view. Given the haze of the late afternoon sun I played around with the image to make the most out of the washed out file I got into Raw. Not as beautiful as a sunset shot, but frankly the sight & natural composition is worth an image regardless of the time of day.

The lee side of this island in the Bras d'Or lake was calm, so the kelp and lichen were clear on the iron-tinged rock. Early morning light, Canon DSLR, Photomatix Pro, 3 exposures, warming and noise reduction in LR3.

 

HDR TIP:

 

Since this photo was made with a hand held, not tripod mounted camera, a fast shutter speed was key to prevent the 3 exposures from getting out of register. So, I ensured that the slowest shutter speed of the 3 was 1/250th of a second, and still there was a slight misalignment when the frames were combined in HDRsoft's Photomatix Pro.

 

COMPOSITION TIP:

 

The visual weight of the foreground is very important in a landscape. Here, it worked that the large rock at lower left was underwater, as it would have been too "weighty" if it were dry.

 

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Quick shot through the window of the tree reflection in the water,

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

I took this photo by stepping over the fence to get the view of the fence and road ahead. However, I didn't realize there was poison ivy there (missed the sign in my enthusiasm to get the shot). Goes to show you what happens when you break the rules to get the shot!

Along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Sunrise at the entrance to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Of particular note to me that morning was the interplay of the sunrise with the storm clouds moving in. And that rainbow.

HDR, 3 exp., CS3 and Photomatix.

The amount of photo's I keep meaning to post is staggering.

 

Located in Highlands National Park, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Seal Island Bridge is an arch truss bridge crossing the Great Bras d'Or channel of Bras d'Or Lake in Victoria County on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island.

Stuck in a summer mood.

Maybe I'll go hunting for Christmas feelings today

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