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PostPosted: August 21st, 2014, 9:10 pm 
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Here is a link to my blog.... too many pics and time consuming :oops:
http://agawagroupofseven.blogspot.ca/
But here is a taste of what you will see. :D
Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!
Jeff

(I will get around and post day trips that you can do in these areas)

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Sunsets of Superior.
The Coast of Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay is an amazing place. Many of those who have visited, return time and time again. What makes this coast even more amazing is that for as rugged and remote it is, it can be accessed by almost everyone!
We will start this off with a disclaimer and warning.
When shooting sunsets all precautions should be taken to avoid looking into the sun.
Failing to do so can cause eye damage or blindness. There are various techniques to do this and it is worth the research to protect your eyesight.
For these shots I used a Nikon D200 with a 18 – 70 lens, a 70 – 300 lens and a Nikon J 1 with a 10-30 lens.
I will not hide the fact that the type of camera makes a huge difference to capture the classic sun set shot, but you still can get very good shots with some point and shoots.
The next thing is location, and knowing where the sun will be going down and Lake Superior’s east and north coasts give some of the best sunsets of the world.
Weather and atmospheric conditions also play a major roll, all of which will effect what you try and capture for your memories.
There are a lot of really good people who can teach you photography, I am not one of them, but I can introduce you to an area that has inspired more than a few artists.
We will start with Neys Provincial Park go to Pukawaska National Park, and move on to Superior Provincial Park.
We arrived at Neys mid afternoon and the conditions where not looking promising. We went on a Park organized tour of the P.O.W. artifacts around the visitor centre and at the end they point out the old logging boats on “The Point” As neat as the old boats are and who may have ridden in them the lighting at the time did no justice to the spirits around them.
Gichigami was calm and smiled upon us as the evening progressed the conditions changed to give us this.
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The soft orange light gave the boats a softness and glow, that even in the shape they are in now, you are transported to a different place and time. If you look at the wooden post that sticks up it will take you right to the river with these men.
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The soft light also softens up the rocks.
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Sometimes you get lucky and catch some natural phenomenon. I did see these when I took the pic because I was not looking through the viewer. Sunspots!
Way cool capture! With the Northern Ontario landscape as the backdrop!
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/O ... directlink
Here is a link to sun spots Aug 8, 2014.
http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/en/active_a ... d=8&y=2014
On to Pukaskwa National Park.
As anywhere else on Lake Superior with the conditions and cold water, where you set up to watch the Lake, and you have no choice but to respect the lake, if you do you will be rewarded, not just by the beauty, but the power that she holds.
The Nikon J1 shows a much wider panorama without having to stitch a series of photos together, even tougher when you are shooting from a canoe. I feel the J1 captures the image better in brighter light. This is Horseshoe bay as the sun is starting to go down from a canoe. I like how the clouds complete the scene.
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3 ... directlink
For those that have visited this park know how the terrain limits you to photographic locations, so having calm conditions so you can paddle to multiple places is a real bonus. We ended up on the south arm of Pulpwood Harbour.
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/O ... directlink

In most areas you don’t have the vast low profile to the west that Superior offers. So while it may be cloudy/hazy overhead you may still have great photographic opportunities if you have patience. The southern Headland trail can give you great clear, vistas, and is a very close to the campgrounds to scout out what is happening in the western skies. This is where the bigger lens will come in handy to focus on specific areas.
Something else to remember is on a clear day you have plenty of time but when the clouds are moving you may have just mere seconds for your shot.
Break in the Clouds by Pic Island. (26 Kms away)

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The opening in the clouds moved…

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/C ... directlink

Be patient….
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/y ... directlink
And then for fun look for something else and find gold!

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Look around! Even though you may be centred watching one area you may miss other great shots. At the same time those golden ribbons are being painted on the lake they may also be filling other areas with beautiful conditions. The combination of the reflecting light from the clouds and the sunbeam illuminate the bay between the Headland Coastal trail and the opening of Pulpwood Harbour.
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Z ... directlink


That brings us to Lake Superior Provincial Park, this is Ontario’s west coast.
Anywhere along this shore will, after you have been given a glimpse of sunsets that will bring you back year after year. We will get back to those later, but first for the “Stuff” you don’t see from the shoreline. When I paddle the Agawa Canyon in the fall I am hoping for one of those sunsets where the squeaks underneath a cloudbank and the reflecting light illuminates the canyon. I won’t see the sunset but it is this special light that lets me get great shots far away from Superior’s shoreline.
This shot of a Lawren Harris location shows how this reflected light reaches the dark corners of the Canyon floor. (Shot Oct. 2013, where the Little Agawa River meets the Agawa River)
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/G ... directlink
We went to Old Woman’s bay hoping for the cliffs to be illuminated, but atmospheric conditions of a fairly thick haze made the majestic cliffs flat and fuzzy, still beautiful, but something the camera could not catch.
I hate to give away secrets but to sit there on a warm mid summer’s night, few bugs and have the entire bay to ourselves was amazing in itself and it was still a pretty sunset.

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The Agawa Bay Campground is famous for its sunsets and it is accessible to everyone! And that makes it even more special. It is pretty amazing to watch the campers migrate to the beach as the sundown approaches. I like to get there early and stay for the whole show. The whole scene of sky, clouds and lake is so fluid, constantly changing, each scene being painted differently. Depending on the season and the tilting of the earth no 2 sunsets will be alike and only you will have that view and it is eye candy that will bring you back for more.
These shots are from 2 different nights.
Evening Paddle
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And Don’t leave to early, sometimes good stuff happens. I have a shot like this of my kids when they where 4 and 8 on the same beech except it was on film)
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/B ... directlink
So there you have it, right in our own backyard, some of the most exotic sunsets in the world.
Jeff

Link to album, more images will become available as I get around to changing them from raw to jpegs.
https://picasaweb.google.com/1142241160 ... directlink

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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2014, 3:01 pm 
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Some very nice images here. I love Superior's north shore. You just can't get tired of it.

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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2014, 3:55 pm 
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Ok. When do I get a sunset????


Anytime in the next ten days??? We've been on Superior a week now and I still can't see 100 meters. I have lots of pics of. Nothing!

End of rant. It takes time to compile sunset photos. I think I ought to move to the Superior shore. (Though our sunsets at home are very good mountains block an extended view )

Jeff did you really have to post these today ? Lol


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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2014, 8:49 pm 
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I guess the spirits where smiling on us. :thumbup:
Great place just to sit there and enjoy.
Jeff

Even though part of the fun is sitting there waiting for it to happen.
The shots from the southern Headland trail happened in seconds as the clouds moved to different locations. So sitting up there eating blue berries.... 8) and waiting... with no one else up there...... :D
Littleredcanoe I guess that does not make you feel any better.
There where a fair number of campers in the campground but the sky straight above us was covered in dark grey clouds. Even though there was wind on the lake the air was very still on top of the hill, It is pretty amazing how well you can hear peoples conversations below.

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PostPosted: August 23rd, 2014, 3:31 pm 
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I'm sitting at our campsite 15 meters above Lake Superior on Stockton Island in The Apostles. Waiting for the sub to break through the fog.
Perhaps the problem is that I am in the US.


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PostPosted: August 24th, 2014, 1:34 pm 
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Thanks for posting the great pictures Jeff! We live just off of Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan which is beautiful, but we rarely paddle on it because it just does not compare to Lake Superior. Thats where we go to paddle.
We saw that you were giving a presentation on the Agawa River at the Agawa Bay Campground while we were at LSPP. We would have liked to attend, but the when Lake Superior entices you with calm water, you just have to get out and take advantage of it.


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Old Woman Bay

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Looking for the mouth of Till Greek

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Till Creek Falls

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Grindstone Point. Not in a grinding mood today.


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PostPosted: August 24th, 2014, 4:32 pm 
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The lake was super calm for most of our trip...
except the 2 days we planned to paddle to the "Devils chair"
Then those days where very windy.
Sorry didn't get a chance to meet you.
Jeff

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PostPosted: September 2nd, 2014, 4:58 pm 
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This was Oak Island Wisconsin. One of the unholy Apostles and not on the North Shore

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Minnies Island. One of the Rossport Islands.

For extra credit can you tell what the weather was going to do? For the next ten friggin days?


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I'm guessing it was a tad wet

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Great Photos Jeff! I live in a Lake Superior town but I never get onto the Lake. I seem to focus inland and further north. Nice to see some photos of my "neighbourhood"!

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I have always been amazed by the sunsets up there and on my trip last week we saw the most amazing one yet. Weather for the week had been less than desirable :-? but on the night we came out from the canyon we got this at the Agawa Bay campground.
It didn't start like much just a thin slit of light hitting the point of Montreal River Harbour, lighting the front line of hills but keeping the big ridges still in the shadows.
The slit slowly opened up more and the sun beam moved north to take in the beaches of Agawa bay.
The few on the beach where shrouded in a beautiful gold hue, it was incredible eye candy.

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Some tremendous color there... the sunset light breaking through those clouds created something magical for sure. Something to remember, gotta love the north.

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