The Canadian Landscape Contest – Robert Servranckx

Robert Servranckx

©Robert Servranckx


In spring 2009, the Montreal region had record-high water levels due to large amounts of winter snow melt, followed by heavy April rain. This high water caused me six weeks of spring frustration, as it robbed me of my shoreline access and typical compositions. In May, the water finally started receding, dropping by about 6 feet in 3 weeks. When this shot was taken, the water line was still 4-5 feet above normal levels: the “seaweed” seen in the foreground is actually grass, and the “aquatic plant” in the middle of the image is a dry-land bush… 

In order to tame the very bright sky and properly expose the dark foreground, I stacked two GND filters, a 2-stop just below the bush, and a 3-stop at the horizon. Of course, I also used a polarizer. Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mk II with Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM lens at 21mm. Exposure: 6s at f/16, ISO 100. Filters: Singh-Ray 3-stop GND, Lee 2-stop GND, B+W Polarizer, all mounted on a Lee filter system. Gitzo GT3541LS tripod with RRS BH-55 ballhead, cable release.


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