So far this year we are experiencing typical Canadian yoyo weather patterns with bone chilling cold to mild spells.
With the recent shot of mild weather and rain we had the ice break up with large chunks deposited on the river banks.
Here we have a nice pile of ice at the dam in St. Jacobs.
I was taking photos down at the dam near St. Jacobs the other day when these sheep came down to the river bank to graze. I put on the telephoto lens and took this shot from across the river.
A shot take from the bridge over the Conestogo River in St. Jacobs.
As the sun dipped below the horizon the sky danced with colour!
We were kayaking down the Conestogo River on Saturday afternoon. When we left the sun was shining and the weather forecast did not call for rain until evening. As the afternoon progressed these cotton candy clouds moved in. I have never seen anything quite like it before. After that the rain clouds moved in and we got soaked.
Despite the weather we had a good little trip and saw lots of different birds which I will post at a later date.
On Sunday I went for a bike ride down the trail along the Conestogo River south of St. Jacobs and came across this guy standing watch on the other side of the river. They are usually pretty skittish and fly away at the first sight of a human but he was content to stay put while I took his portrait.
Today I got an email from a friend telling me that the water going over the St. Jacobs Dam was starting to freeze. Our own mini Niagara Falls she said. With that information I planned to go after work to take a few shots. I was curious about where the sun was setting this time of year in relation to the dam so I went to my favorite website, The Photographers Ephemeris to find out. I was in luck! The sun would be setting in line with the falls. All I needed now was a good sunset.
I arrived with time to set up and as the sun went I took shots from several angles. I was not disappointed. This is one of my favorites.
Thanks Marion for the suggestion! I’ll have to keep an eye on this location to see if the frozen falls expands.
This footbridge can be found on the Health Valley Trail that meanders its way along the Conestogo River between the villages of St. Jacobs and Conestogo. It is a beautiful and relaxing spot!
The effect applied to this photo is a result of multiple process from HDR to texture blending. I just kept experimenting with it until I got a look I liked.
Sunrise over the Conestogo River this weekend with the water running at the limit of the banks.
The Waterloo Central Railway run this diesel train as well as a steam train between Waterloo and St. Jacobs. They also run up to Elmira for special occasions. This was taken in St. Jacobs crossing the Conestogo River.
This panoramic shot was taken at the same location as yesterdays shot of the Conestogo River just outside of St. Jacobs Ontario.
It is made up of 5 HDR images. Each HDR (high dynamic range) image is made up of 3 exposures.
Located on the Conestogo River just outside of St. Jacobs Ontario, this damn forms the head of the mill race that used to bring water power to the flour mill. The cold weather and snow has frozen the river up stream and with the recent warm temperatures and rain the falls are putting on a nice display.
Today the Weather Channel created an event on Google+ called sunset day. I went over to the the Conestogo River between Waterloo and Conestogo and got this shot.
I came across this took this picture a few years ago and decided to process it. It was taken with my old Canon Rebel. I was a beautiful still evening. Perfect for great reflections.
3 Exposure HDR, Lightroom, Photoshop, various filters.
Here is another sunset shot of the Conestogo River. I added a paint filter to change it up a little.
3 exposure HDR with the paint filter in CS6
I know – other countries have beavers also but we have it on our 5 cent coin so we claim it as one of our symbols. When I was taking the Conestogo River sunset picture I heard a splash in the water. Looking back to where the sound came from I saw nothing and assumed something fell into the water. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw several beaver swimming near by. I took the camera off the tripod and waited to see what they would do. One came up on shore and I got this shot. It was a real toss up what to shot – the beaver swimming around and occasionally slapping their tail on the water before diving (the splash I heard) or continue shooting the sunset.
This was the sunset this evening in St. Jacobs looking west up the Conestogo River. I knew today the sun would set in line with the river and the weather cooperated so I could get a shot. How did I know the sun was going to line up with the river today? Well I found a cool program that is free for your desktop. You can find it here http://photoephemeris.com/ .
3 exposure HDR, processed in Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz, & Lightroom
There was a nice sunset the other evening so I joined the fishermen on the river and this is one that I caught.