Ice storms and shooting at 1 am … again

I must have a thing for night time photography when I don’t even think twice about heading out at the wee hours of the morning to take pictures.

I was getting ready for bed and looked out my bathroom window to the back yard and saw a light from the building behind me shining though my trees that were covered in ice from an winter ice storm.

Walking around was pretty hazardous since there was at least a centimeter tick layer of ice on the snow.

I’m glad I went out though because the pictures are STUNNING.

 

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

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Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

Quebec Ice storm dec 2014

 

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Rural Photography in the Eastern Townships

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Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography  I went for a drive over the mountain roads in the Eastern townships a few days ago. It was a beautiful sunny day and I couldn’t resist stopping to take pictures.

Rolling hills, farms and animals were the highlights of my photography that day.

I even made friends with a small herd of Belgian horses. They were at the far end of a field and I nickered to get at least one of them to look up while I took a photo.

Well they did look up, and then decided to come greet me by the fence. I spent a good few minutes introducing myself to the various horses and gave them each in turn a scratch and pet.

It was a good afternoon 🙂Nina Haigh Photography

Nina Haigh Photography

New Lenses for Nina Haigh Photoraphy

I got really lucky last week with a sale I saw on Kijiji of a photographer selling off his Nikon Film kit. The kit included 5 lenses and a teleconverter as well with a film camera body. I snatched it up quickly and I am so glad I did.

I got in one shot the lenses I needed to fill the large gaps in range that I had. I am all set now, especially since I also won an auction for a terrific Macro & Portrait lens.

I went for a walk around my house this weekend and tried out my new toys and I LOVE the results.

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Lost in the moment – Taking photos of Aurora Borealis

I follow several feeds and alerts for Northern Lights.

This usually means dropping everything, often in the wee hours of the night to go hunting for the elusive light show. Many times its a no go, the conditions aren’t right, Light pollution from cities (or even the full moon).

Sometimes its the weather, or even that the sun flare hits in the middle of the day. Once I got so excited and jumped in my truck with my camera gear, drove up the mountain to my “spot” the whole time NOT realizing it was raining – duh can’t see anything with cloud cover!

Then there are nights like last night, everything just works perfectly. I moved not long ago to a new area, and every time we drove around for the past few months we would take note of places that had great panorama views towards the north. When I got the notification for an Aurora STORM I gathered my things, got in the car and off I went.

I live in a valley so my first stop was up the hill, parked in the entrance to a famers feild and took a good look. I could only barely see a feint green glow at the horizon. I snapped a few long exposures and had Great color!

The only problem was being on the side of a highway with cars frequently driving by – no good when each time your camera is doing a shot one or two cars go by. so off we went to a spot we had scouted a few weeks prior that we found while lost on back roads.

We found an old logging road going though a farmers field on the very top of the mountain and got out and was greated by the most spectacular Aurora display I have seen in my life. I was in such a dazed awe that I had completely forgotten about taking pictures. The sky looked like it was on fire and I hadn’t seen red Aurora since I was a little child.

Eventually I snapped out of it and began documenting what was to be a spectacular light show from mother nature. I stayed for nearly two hours, desperately wishing for better photo equipment. I did the best I could with the tools I had and here are the results:

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