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UER Forum > Private Boards Index > The great outdoors > My 2015 solo canoe trip up to Algonquin Park (Pic Heavy!) (Viewed 1527 times)
ZenCanadian 


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My 2015 solo canoe trip up to Algonquin Park (Pic Heavy!)
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I usually do my solo trip in May but this year with getting full time at work my schedule wasn't conducive to a trip and I had to wait until the fall to get it in.

I hadn't done a fall solo in about 10 years and the second I gazed out on the lake from the access point that I would start doing all my solo trips in the fall again. The day temps are warm, nights cool, there are no bugs, fewer people up in the park and if you time it right, the colours are incredible.

I was a tad early for the fall colours, only saw a couple trees so far really turning, but that had progressed pretty nicely over the 4 days I was there, with the night time temps dipping into the single digits, the coldest night getting down to +2.

I also timed this trip with the new moon, in hopes of getting some really nice star shots and had one decent night, with the others cloudy and one night of rain.

I stashed my camera in the tent for my day trip up to David Creek in search of Moose as it was raining nice and steady, I'd already lost one camera to water and wasn't taking any chances! The paddle was awesome, a nice light kevlar boat, small pack with food, water and my axe. I didn't see any Moose but did see signs they had been around, maybe next year. One thing though that paddling this year taught me is that my knees and body are starting to show some wear and I will be investing in a pack boat from Swift.

I grabbed a 10 stop filter as well along the way up, something I had wanted for a long time, I'm glad I did. It was fun figuring out how to adjust exposures and compose, etc. Still working on it but loving the results so far with it.

I had some awesome meals, steak, the classic hot dogs, marshmallows, S'mores and most importantly a nice Scotch. Nothing like resetting ones clock to the tune of the sun and nature. Hearing the Loons call during the day and night is one of my favourite sounds. Even the rain on the tent somehow makes me sleep even better.

Next year, the plan will involve a pack boat, rented or bought, my hammock, pack and food, single portages and do either a loop or paddle the Oxtongue river.

Enough talk, on to the pics!

Essentials by Zen, on Flickr

Familiar orange by Zen, on Flickr

Home for the nights by Zen, on Flickr

Smooth waters by Zen, on Flickr

Steaks on by Zen, on Flickr

Golden delicious by Zen, on Flickr

Warmth by Zen, on Flickr

Algonquin glow by Zen, on Flickr

As it sets by Zen, on Flickr

Under milky skies by Zen, on Flickr

Cascadia by Zen, on Flickr

Whisky by Zen, on Flickr

There's more over @ https://www.flickr.../72157658668789475

Cheers,
Zen




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I'd probably die if I tried to do a solo trip. Sounds like you had a good time, definitely got some awesome shots out of it. Though I'm curious why you didn't use a higher aperture on the first one. Any tips for shooting the stars? That's something I've been wanting to try lately and I'm finally in an area where I can get far enough away from the city to see them pretty decent at night.

Great set! Glad you had a nice time!




ZenCanadian 


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I'd probably die if I tried to do a solo trip. Sounds like you had a good time, definitely got some awesome shots out of it. Though I'm curious why you didn't use a higher aperture on the first one. Any tips for shooting the stars? That's something I've been wanting to try lately and I'm finally in an area where I can get far enough away from the city to see them pretty decent at night.

Great set! Glad you had a nice time!


I don't think you'd die That first show was hand held and it was getting dark so I shot at 1.4. As for shooting the stars. Use a tripod, shoot at iso 1600-3200, go as wide open as you can, faster the lens the better. Learn the rule to avoid star trails, basically you take your lens view, 14mm, 24mm etc and divide it into 500. Shooting a 24mm lens = 500/24=20.8 or 20 seconds, that's the longest you can have the shutter open before trails appear. And practice, practice, practice




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I don't think you'd die That first show was hand held and it was getting dark so I shot at 1.4. As for shooting the stars. Use a tripod, shoot at iso 1600-3200, go as wide open as you can, faster the lens the better. Learn the rule to avoid star trails, basically you take your lens view, 14mm, 24mm etc and divide it into 500. Shooting a 24mm lens = 500/24=20.8 or 20 seconds, that's the longest you can have the shutter open before trails appear. And practice, practice, practice



That's good to know! As a recent entrant into the DSLR field, I'm just learning all that stuff.




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That's good to know! As a recent entrant into the DSLR field, I'm just learning all that stuff.


If you ever have any questions feel free to give me a shout




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