Preserved Light Photography: Blog http://preservedlight.com/blog en-us (C) Preserved Light Photography info@preservedlight.com (Preserved Light Photography) Tue, 02 May 2017 01:17:00 GMT Tue, 02 May 2017 01:17:00 GMT http://preservedlight.com/img/s2/v52/u431859537-o541824749-50.jpg Preserved Light Photography: Blog http://preservedlight.com/blog 120 120 Spotted Lake - A Landscape from Dr Seuss? http://preservedlight.com/blog/2017/5/spotted-lake-okanagan Spotted Lake - Okanagan Grasslands, Osoyoos, British Columbia

The Okanagan Highlands is home to a myriad of unique natural phenomena but nothing quite as otherworldly as Spotted Lake. Known to the Syilx People as Khiluk, or the "grandfather of lakes", it is a sacred place for healing and is said to contain 365 coloured spots, one for each day of the year.

The Okanagan Highlands is home to a myriad of unique natural phenomena but nothing quite as otherworldly as Spotted Lake. Known to the Syilx People as Khiluk, or the “grandfather of lakes”, it is a sacred place for healing and is said to contain 365 coloured spots, one for each day of the year.

Scientifically speaking it is a saline endorheic alkali lake. The coloured amoeba-like pools are formed each summer when the lake evaporates, leaving mineral-rich deposits of calcium, magnesium & sodium sulphates, making it one of the most mineralized lakes in the world. Their colours vary according to mineral composition & seasonal precipitation, varying from blue to green to yellow and nearly every shade in between.

The land surrounding the lake is owned by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and is normally closed to the public, both because of its cultural significance and its environmental sensitivity. It can, however, be viewed quite well from a pull-off on Hwy. 3, North-West of Osoyoos. Here's an excerpt from the Statement of the Okanagan Tribal Chiefs on Spotted Lake in 1979... “Since the dawn of history, Spotted Lake or 'Ha? Ki lil xw' as we call it, has been a sacred place. Indians from all tribes came to visit the lake for the medicine the lake contains. The ceremonial cairns, too numerous to count that surround the lake testify to that. Some of these are so ancient they have sunk underground and only their tops remain above ground. Some are buried altogether. There are many stories told by our ancestors about the cures this lake has provided, physically and spiritually through its medicine powers… …Its medicinal powers are not to be taken lightly. This lake is a Chief among lakes, its powers are above the purely physical. It contains 365 circles in various shapes, sizes and depths. Each particular day of the year. Anyone who goes to this lake will find the right circle if he seeks.

Here’s an excerpt from the Statement of the Okanagan Tribal Chiefs on Spotted Lake in 1979…

“Since the dawn of history, Spotted Lake or ‘Ha? Ki lil xw’ as we call it, has been a sacred place. Indians from all tribes came to visit the lake for the medicine the lake contains. The ceremonial cairns, too numerous to count that surround the lake testify to that. Some of these are so ancient they have sunk underground and only their tops remain above ground. Some are buried altogether. There are many stories told by our ancestors about the cures this lake has provided, physically and spiritually through its medicine powers…

…Its medicinal powers are not to be taken lightly. This lake is a Chief among lakes, its powers are above the purely physical. It contains 365 circles in various shapes, sizes and depths. Each particular day of the year. Anyone who goes to this lake will find the right circle if he seeks.

Scientifically speaking it is a saline endorheic alkali lake. The coloured amoeba-like pools are formed each summer when the lake evaporates, leaving mineral-rich deposits of calcium, magnesium & sodium sulphates, making it one of the most mineralized lakes in the world. Their colours vary according to mineral composition & seasonal precipitation, varying from blue to green to yellow and nearly every shade in between.

How to Get There

The land surrounding the lake is owned by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and is normally closed to the public, both because of its cultural significance and its environmental sensitivity. It can, however, be viewed quite well from a pull-off on Hwy. 3, North-West of Osoyoos.

 

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Escape to the vanishing horizon of the Pacific Ocean, where time is measured by the rhythm of waves.

Located near West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay neighbourhood, Whytecliff Park is home to more than 200 marine animal species and is one of the first Marine Protected Areas in Canada. You're almost guaranteed to see sea lions here!

The park offers numerous short hiking trails, sheltered beaches, tennis courts and is a popular location for underwater diving. You won't ever believe you're so close to the city of Vancouver!

Enter the park on Marine Drive and pull in to the parking lot on the left shortly after. From there you can explore on foot (it's a small park) or continue driving along Marine Drive to the other side of the park and venture out again.

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Attractions:

  • Sunbathing
  • sea lions
  • Premier dive spot
  • Short, yet breathtaking trails
  • Beaches
  • 30 minutes from Vancouver

Pack List:

  • Picnic essentials
  • Athletic footwear or barefeet
  • Raincoat in winter, sombrero in summer
  • Camera
  • Swimwear
  • Frisbee
  • Slackline
  • Diving/Snorkel Gear
  • Kayak/Paddleboard
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How to Find and Photograph the Northern Lights http://preservedlight.com/blog/2017/4/how-to-photograph-the-northern-lights Professional photographer and filmmaker based in the South Okanagan Valley. Commercial, Advertising, Marketing, Real Estate, Travel, Tourism, Wedding, WorkshopsProfessional photographer and filmmaker based in the South Okanagan Valley. Commercial, Advertising, Marketing, Real Estate, Travel, Tourism, Wedding, Workshops So you’re Social Media accounts have been bombarded with photos of green, red and violet skies and you’re thinking to yourself “I’ve spent so many nights outside and have NEVER seen the Northern Lights, how can I find them?!”. Easier said than done but with a little preparation, persistence and understanding of what causes these aurora to light up the sky, you’re chances of seeing them will greatly increase. There are a myriad of factors to consider before venturing out with the expectations of seeing the aurora borealis; nearby light pollution, moon phase, your location, local weather and most importantly, auroral conditions. They must be active to be visible. Below are a few websites I use before heading out in search of the Northern Lights. There are also smartphone apps that will notify you when they are active. The Geomagnetic Activity level (kp) must be around a 4 or 5 for them to be visible in Southern Canada/Northern USA.

Green and purple northern lights fill the night sky over Naramata's Wharf Park and Okanagan Lake in the South Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.Green and purple northern lights fill the night sky over Naramata's Wharf Park and Okanagan Lake in the South Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

What Causes the Northern Lights?

Great storms on the Sun, most notably Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections, send massive bursts of gas and magnetic field hurtling into space. When these charged particles from the Sun strike atoms in our Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or Northern Lights. Oxygen results in a green aurora while nitrogen causes the blue and red colours. If the storm is strong enough, the sky will shimmer with a magnetic pulse similar to a strobe light.

A collection of photographs from a solo backpacking trip to Iceland in 2012. Skaftafell National Park, Hofn, Reykjavic, West Fjords, Golden Circle tour, Thingvellir,A collection of photographs from a solo backpacking trip to Iceland in 2012. Skaftafell National Park, Hofn, Reykjavic, West Fjords, Golden Circle tour, Thingvellir, The Northern Lights and a lenticular cloud are reflected in a small melt-pool near Skaftafell National Park, Iceland.The Northern Lights and a lenticular cloud are reflected in a small melt-pool near Skaftafell National Park, Iceland.

When & Where to Look for the Aurora Borealis?

North of course! Although that’s not so easy in the dark without a compass so here’s a guide to finding Polaris, the North Star. You’ll also have to make sure there are no cities in the direction you are looking as this will cloud the night sky with “light pollution” or ambient light. Find a dark location with a clear northern viewpoint away from ALL light sources. You heard me. Put away your phone and let your eyes adjust to the dark night sky. Keep an eye on the “Auroral Oval” map for any dense areas of red or yellow; this is an indication that the northern lights are extremely active and visible in the sky. There is no specific time that they appear so you’ll just have to get out there and wait. I can tell you where the storm is but not when the lightning will strike. Bring a blanket, chair, hot beverages, friends and whatever else you can think of to pass the time and make it enjoyable.

How to find Polaris, the North Star

How to Photograph / What Camera Settings to Use

Possibilities seem endless photographing the Northern Lights. You’ll need a long exposure so set your camera up on a tripod and set your camera to Manual Mode. I’d recommend a fast, wide angle lens so that you can capture as much of the sky as possible. f/2.8 is best but f/3.5 will work great. Start by setting your ISO to ~1600, give or take depending on the brightness and speed of the aurora, and open up your aperture. Shutter speed will vary from 6 to 20 seconds depending on the intensity of the lights so play around with settings until you find that sweet spot.

Camera Settings:

  • Aperture: f/2.8 or 3.5 - as wide as your lens will open to
  • Shutter Speed: 6-25 seconds - the faster the aurora shimmers, the shorter the shutter speed
  • ISO: 800-2000
  • White Balance: Daylight or 4000K

Equipment:

  • Tripod
  • DSLR/Manual Settings
  • Wide Angle Lens
  • Extra Batteries
  • Intervalometer/Remote Shutter Release – optional
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