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Elliot Lake: November Snow

Elliot Lake November Snow2b

Late November we had a taste of winter, here in Elliot Lake. These two shots were taken from the Health Clinic, looking down over the parking lot. Note the multi tier parking lot and the rugged tree covered  ridge in the background. Level land is rare in this part of Ontario. If you want flat you have to make it flat.

Elliot Lake November Snow 3Gr

The changing elevation as you travel through the community creates some unique opportunities for photographers. Even a driveway can provide a different angle or outlook.

November Snow Elliot Lake 4

It can be frustrating at times trying to get the sight-line you want for a particular subject, but it helps you see things in new ways.

November Snow Elliot Lake 5

Looking up from part of the E.L.S.S. enter-way at a home that is facing the street demonstrates the elevation challenges. The street itself is on an incline  that rises to the left of the image. E. M. Escher would have loved the place. Sometimes we think the community planners used his work as an inspiration; others think they were just drinking  and wanted a good laugh.


7 responses

  1. Michelle Gillies

    Some interesting perspectives. My vote goes to the drinking senario.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    • elmediat

      If you saw the way the roads form semi-circles and loop about you would bet money on that scenario. For example Hillside Drive South ( see early roads post) and Hillside Drive North are the same street. It loops like the letter P and both ends meet the same highway at different points.. I believe our prize location is the corner of Axmith and Axmith. This street forms a P, but the one end loops on to itself. Even the GPS weeps with fits of giggles.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      • Michelle Gillies

        That’s hysterical!

        December 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  2. it’s amazing how the “painterly” effect adds interest to what would normally be mundane views (parking lots, etc.).

    December 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks John. It is an interesting effect. It ends up resembling the hyper-realism paintings a bit. I use my own textures and various plug-ins. It was either that or go with some form of B&W. Part of the challenge were the windows. Besides the reflection of some of the waiting room ceiling lights, the windows were tinted and a bit dirty. The trick was removing some of the glare spots and speckles.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  3. Pretty wild how something as simple as a slightly different P.O.V. can have such a dramatic effect on a scene, isn’t it?!

    December 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    • elmediat

      True. And this place has some interesting P.O.V. .

      December 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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