A Night at Onaping Lake

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Last week was fantastic. My family on my dad’s side all traveled about an hour north of Sudbury to Onaping Lake for a vacation / family reunion. Onaping Lake was the location of my grandparent’s cottage for many years, and it is also the resting place of my father. It was amazing to be back there for a relaxing and fun visit.

Canon let me test-drive a few lenses for that week, one of which was absolutely perfect for night landscapes. This is probably the best image from the entire week:

Taken from the dock of the cottage that we were staying in. The light you see on the horizon is not from sunrise or sunset, but rather light pollution bouncing off of the bottom of a cloud (likely from Levack). The light was so faint that it was pretty much invisible to the naked eye, but the camera picked it up nicely.

Another favourite activity when camping is sitting around the campfire. I’ve always been mesmerized by campfire and love the great conversations that happen around one. Recently, I’ve taken to looking to the sky on these nights to see the beauty in the stars that I rarely ever see living in a city:

The trees are lit almost exclusively by the light of the campfire; The milky way jumps right out. That might even be a faint trace of the Northern Lights in the bottom right of the image.

Now, the “big lens” that Canon sent my way was their 800mm F/5.6L IS lens, with a 1.4x telephoto extender. I was hoping to get a nice moon shot with this, but weather and timing didn’t coopoerate. Instead, I got some outstanding nature and action shots that I’ll be posting over the next week. Check back soon!

And thanks to James for snapping that pic of me – much appreciated!


  1. Ree
    August 30th, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    The photos are beautiful Donny. The first one is stunning. Great picture of you also, miss you lots.

  2. Dave Gray
    August 30th, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    Beautiful night images Don…which lens did you use for them. I also like the nice portrait shot of you with the 800mm

  3. Desi
    September 3rd, 2011 | 2:14 am

    You are amazing Donny. Keep on doing what you do. You make so many people proud and inspired by you. And I am one of those lucky people to know you and have you in my life!!!

    Forever proud of you
    I love you <3
    Desi<3 Donny

  4. Sylvie
    September 5th, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    Beautiful Pic Don…I will have to commission you to get a picture of the sunset at my camp….Loving your work!

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