Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Lake Was Placid

Anything I Canoe, You Canoe Better

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Last week, the sun started to break through thick cloud at Kluane National Park in Haines Junction, Canada, as we hiked around Lake Kathleen. Around the same time, the wind was gently rustling the leaves of the beautiful trees around the lake.

In the space of a few minutes, I watched the water's surface change to blue-green to a distinct shimmering silver. Then I watched these two people in their canoe and I realised that if I used my 300mm lens, the bright colour of their canoe would be a perfect foil for the glittering water.

Sometimes things just set themselves up for a great photograph - all we have to do is "see" the image and hit the shutter.

20 comments:

Luke said...

David,

"Anything I Canoe, You Canoe Better"

That might be my all-time favorite of your puns.

Great shot too.

Daryl said...

I love getting to canoe you


:-Daryl

smilimano said...

can U send me an emial-addresse, please. I want to send for u something... :)

fishing guy said...

David: You know I would like water shots but the shimmering water and the red canoe is special.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have no idea and will probably sound a bit like a dullard, but is this on a lake or on an ocean? I have never seen small waves like this on an ocean but maybe in a harbor area. It makes an interesting photograph.

Meg Wolff said...

David,
You do a great job seeing!

Carletta said...

What a beautiful shot! That red really does stand out. But it looks so cold!! :)
I have to agree with Luke over there - I smiled at that title too!

Christine said...

What a great shot! I probably would have tried to center the canoe, and it wounldn't have been nearly as effective. Great name for the post too- very clever!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

how do you come up with the great titles and by lines, for your pics..you are so clever!
another great pic, I really am drawn to images with repeats of patterns or design, here the waves have a symmetry l like.

virtual voyage1.wordpress.com said...

Just drinking this one in...

Annie said...

Ah, what a lovely Canoe photo...well done David again...is there anything you can"t do?

Thanks for your visit, plenty of hibiscus in Brisbane, Queensland..except now I am in Melbourne visiting the family! Good to see the kids again, and celebrate the twins 2nd birthday!

Annie

ps Are there any bookshops down here that sell your book? (around Eltham to Fern Tree Gully areas)? I couldn't seem to locate a copy in Brisbane on the internet?

CrazyCath said...

Getting canoe you is fun. Getting canoe how to use a camera better is fun too! Thank you.

Great shot. And you are so right - I told that to John just today when he said he wanted to be a photographer.

(He said as good as me and I laughed and told him that would be easy. Then he said as good as David McMahon and I stopped laughing and said he could borrow my camera.)

Jeff B said...

You slay me with your tag lines

Bwhahahahahaha

kouji said...

great title. :) and lovely relaxing image.

Mushy said...

You are the headline master...I bow to you!

leslie said...

I love how you positioned the boat at the top of the photo. Most (me included) probably would have centered it. Just goes to show canoe is the better photog. :)

Maggie May said...

Canoe what? That was a good photo!

i beati said...

transporting myself there at this moment sandy

willow said...

This is you at your ultimate wittiness!!! I canoe anything better than you!

womaninawindow said...

I like how there is so much lake in the foreground. The canoe is interesting but it is the water that takes center stage.