I have been wanting to visit Algonquin national park for several years. Mostly due to the amazing fall foliage photography I have seen from this park. The winding roads and the red and yellow tree lines are almost synonymous with the image of Canada. After all, most of the color display comes from the Red Maple-- the iconic symbol of our national flag.
We decided to do one last canoe trip to Algonquin park before the summer end. We planned it to coincide with the peak of fall colors ( the report can be found here). However, it was little tricky due to the hotter than normal summer we are having here in Canada. When we finally reached the park, it was about 80 to 90% peaked. As you will see below, this is nothing to complain about.
Since the drive was 5 hours, we rented sleeping tents and spent the Friday night close to the park entrance. I woke up early in the morning by the sound of birds chirping and blue hour light reaching my bunk bed. I rushed out to grab my camera gear from the car. As soon as I opened my trunk, I realized I had forgotten my tripod! I was upset but a friend had a small tripod and I was determined to make it work by sharing his. It's a good thing that he is not an early riser :)
We spent an hour taking sunrise shots by the lake just opposite of Algonquin Outfitters. We then went into the store to have our breakfast and grab our canoe gear. This was a 2-day trip but we had to take two canoes this time because we had 5 people in our group. Once everything was packed, we headed to our launch point located at the Canoe Lake.
The guide told us that Tom Thomson lake would be the best for sunrise and Sunset photography. Once reached, we realized there is not much color change on this particular lake. So we turned around and headed back to a colorful secluded area we just passed on the Fawn Lake. This turned out to be a wise decision.
Since it was forecasted to rain our first night, we hurried to set up the two tents and cook our dinner. We would soon learn the importance of properly setting up the tents! Our dinner that night was steak, boiled potatoes, and broccoli. Not the easiest menu to cook when you only have a single burner! However, it was delicious thanks to all the spices and butter we used.
While the dinner was cooking I tried few more shots of the lake. It was a very cloudy day and normally I wouldn't be able to see those rocks on the lake bed. I used a circular polarizer and it helped a lot to cancel out that cloudy reflections off the water. I recommend a circular polarizer to anyone who likes shooting landscape photos. It really helps if you do any kind of photography around water, skies, or even foliage.
Thanks for reading this post and your thoughtful comments. Please stay tuned for the part 2 of this trip! This is also a submission to our weekly theme, Fall Colors. If you like to submit an entry or learn about photographing fall foliage, please read Tiffany's post here.