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Portaging the Canoe - A Rite of Passage - Algonquin Provincial Park

The photos and video used on the Loon Island Outdoors site are almost exclusively the original work of Loon Island Outdoors. A limited number of the photos have been contributed by friends and trip companions and are being used with their permission.

Purchase & Licensing

Photos on this site are available for purchase as prints or licensing for use in print, web sites or merchandise. Pricing for prints is based on the cost of the printing plus a flat rate for the chosen image. My current preference is to order prints through Posterjack for direct shipment to you. Commercial pricing is based on current stock photo pricing and varies depending on intended usage. Pricing for print and web usage is typically a flate rate fee while pricing for usage on merchandise will have a minimum rate plus royalty for increasing volumes.

Videos are hosted through my YouTube channel. Videos hosted on YouTube can be embedded and reused as per the YouTube license agreement. Select videos are currently posted under the Creative Commons license which allows reuse with attribution.

Educational Use

Loon Island Outdoors is willing to provide photos and video for educational use free of charge. We do still require that the materials be licensed to ensure copyright is recognized and protected.


To order prints or inquire about licensing please e-mail us at: LoonIslandOutdoors@rogers.com


Believe it or not, Loon Island Outdoors is old enough to have pre-dated the digital revolution in cameras. I remember desperately wanting a scanner so I could use photos which I think are a huge part of the trip reports. Back then I was using a Canon EOS 630 35mm film camera with a 35 - 105mm f3.5-4.5 lense.

My first couple of digital cameras were Nikon Coolpix point and shoots with about 3X optical zooms on them. The zoom was comparable to what I had with the film camera and being able to take a couple hundred digital pictures during a trip compared to a couple dozen with film was a big help in documenting routes. Those early digitals even let me take some short video, although the quality wasn't great.

Currently I am using a couple of higher end Canon Powershot point and shoot cameras. The newest one is a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS which is a 14 mp camera with a 35X optical zoom equivalent to a 24-840mm 35mm lense. The older one is a Canon PowerShot SX10 IS with a mere 20X optical zoom giving a 35mm equivalent 28 - 560mm focal range. The huge zoom range on these cameras finally let me start taking wildlife pictures where you can actually see what type of animal I'm taking the picture of.

The SX10 is also the camera that got me using video a lot more as it provides pretty good quality standard definition video recording. The SX30 has the added benefit of providing 720p HD video recording. Combined with some pretty easy to use digital video editing tools and the availability of YouTube for publishing and hosting videos, they have become an important part of the website.

I am looking to get back into the DSLR camera space since there are significant benefits to the autofocus ability and much larger image sensors. On the video side that would also give me the option of using an external microphone which should be a big improvement on audio quality.

Photo Editing

Photos are primarily managed and edited using Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is by far the best tool that I have used for cataloguing and managing photos. The ability to tag groups of photos and organize in both static and "smart" collections without having to make copies of the originals or even edit each one individually means that my photos are better organized and easier to find than ever.

Lightroom also provides enough editing features that I do about 95% of my photo editing directly in Lightroom including cropping, straightening, adjusting exposure among other tools. Since Lightroom also preseves the original photo, I can always revert back to whatever mess I have created and start over.

Finally Lightroom provides some fairly extensive support for publishing and exporting photos including generating the photo galleries that I use with the trip reports. I still prefer the look and feel of the Flash template that I use compared to any of the HTML templates that I have seen, so I'm sticking with the Flash gallery for now.

The other tool that I currently use for photo editing is Adobe Photoshop Elements. This is not as sophisticated as the full Photoshop product but it does provide support for both panorama stitching and HDR photo stacking. I have used other tools for stitching panoramas in the past but I find that I get better results with Photoshop Elements than with the tools that have come standard with my cameras. I haven't done much with HDR composites yet because I can't seem to find the right combination of exposures. I know HDR can be overdone but if used well then it can also make some great pictures.

Video Editing

My primary tool for editing videos is Windows Live Movie Maker. This program is a free download from Microsoft and provides the basic capabilities that I need including the ability to trim and split video clips, add sound recordings (usually for voice over or narration), adjust volume and add captions.

The other tool that I use in video editing is Adobe Premiere Elements. I find that Premiere Elements doesn't do a very good job of real time rendering which makes it frustrating when working through the bulk of my video editing. However Premiere Elements does provide more sophisticated tools for editing the audio output such as trying to filter out the wind noise. It also provides support for outputting a broader range of video formats which can be important as some uses require a specific output format.

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