Approaching storm

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

At the approach of a storm, I went out outside to see the beauty of clouds. As the clouds move and change appearance quickly during a storm, I opted for the nearest camera to capture the landscape. My Canon G1X, my 1D Mark IV would have been better, but it was less accessible …

Natural camouflage

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Where am I?

On an outing to Nun’s Island to photograph the Eastern Screech-Owl, I thought I’d make some images to illustrate the natural camouflage of this bird. Given that the human eye sees with a perspective equivalent to a 50mm lens, it is easy for a person to walk close to the bird without noticing it’s presence. The images were taken with a Canon camera with a sensor APS-H. As we must add 30% to the length of the lens mentioned below (1.3 x focal length).


The first photo taken at 70mm (91mm actual) the bird is barely visible.


The second image taken at 150mm (195mm actual) the bird is visible, but not so obvious.


The third image, taken at 300mm (390mm actual) Now the bird is visible.


Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 840mm (600mm +1.4x).


Availability: 2012 Calendars La Baie James en nature

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The 2012 calendars have arrived and are available online in the boutique section.

Baie James 2012 – Images by Francis Lépine

Larger Blue Flag

Friday, July 15th, 2011

While on a trip to James Bay (Eastmain-1 area), I had the opportunity to explore with a kayak a pond  that I never had time to explore in the past. It was then that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing for the first time in James Bay this beautiful flower that is the Larger Blue Flag.

Common Loon

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

My “loon” adventure has started in the summer 2009. It’s while paddling on a lake near Radisson in James Bay, that I discovered a nest. Following that discovery, I made several visits over a period of about a month. My comings and goings of the lake led me to believe that the eggs had not hatched.

In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to revisit the same lake and to once again see the previous year’s nest (which was not occupied), but also to discover a nest at the other end of the Lake. This time, the new nest was occupied by a couple. That’s when I decided to do a photo story using a kayak as a shooting platform.

In the hopes of covering the incubation period (approximately 30 days), my intention was to follow the couple for a period of 15 to 20 days. So, from mid-June to mid-July, rain or shine, I set out several times a day to take pictures. In order to reduce the loon’s disturbance and also to obtain a greater variety of images, those visits were short and spread throughout the day.

Out of the 4000 images captured during this adventure, 300 have been especially selected for my online image archive of which 60 are shown on this image gallery.



Plongeon huard – Images by Francis Lépine