Longhouse at Crawford Lake

A couple of days ago my wife and I made a quick visit to the longhouse at Crawford Lake Conservation Area, as well as taking a short forest hike. This article shares some handheld, longer exposure images of the interior of the longhouse.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec, ISO-200

This was my first visit to Crawford Lake Conservation Area. My wife accompanied our children here during various school trips when they were still in grade school.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 16 mm, efov 32 mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec, ISO-200

We both enjoyed the couple of hours we spent at the location. On the way home we talked about the possibility of buying season passes to the network of Halton Region conservation areas.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1000 sec, ISO-200

Hopefully by next spring things will have returned to a more normal state. If so, then we’ll likely buy a couple of season passes and explore all 8 conservation areas.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/4, 1/2 sec, ISO-200

This image of the inside of one of the longhouses will give you an idea about how some of the display materials are presented.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/2 sec, ISO-200

It has been a while since I’ve done any slow shutter speed test photographs, so it was a good opportunity to brush up on my technique. We didn’t have much time at Crawford Lake Conservation Area so we basically did a pretty quick walk-through of the longhouses.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/5.6, 0.8 sec, ISO-200

Since my M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS only recently arrived, this was my first opportunity to go out to use it.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/5.6, 1.3 sec, ISO-200

Given the dark interiors of the longhouses it was a good opportunity to give the lens a bit of a slow shutter speed test.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/4, 1.6 sec, ISO-200

I was definitely a bit rusty and it took some time for me to find my groove.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/5.6, 1.0 sec, ISO-200

Just for the heck of it, I tried a couple of Handheld Hi Res images at a bit higher ISO values.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 16 mm, efov 32 mm, f/5, 1/4 sec, ISO-800, Handheld Hi Res mode
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/5, 1/4 sec, ISO-640, Handheld Hi Res mode

I’m looking forward to the possibility of future visits to Crawford Lake when we won’t be quite so rushed.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 12 mm, efov 24 mm, f/4, 1/2 sec, ISO-200

The last photograph in the article is one of my favourite slow shutter speed test images. Given the amount of detailed webbing in the snowshoe photograph below, I was pleased with this 4 second handheld exposure.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 24 mm, efov 48 mm, f/5.6, 4 sec, ISO-200

As owners of Olympus cameras we can sometimes take the wonderful technology in our camera bodies and lenses for granted. Visits like the one we did to Crawford Lake serve as a good reminder of the photographic versatility and capability we hold in our hands, made possible by leading edge technology.

Technical Note

Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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4 thoughts on “Longhouse at Crawford Lake”

  1. Long overdue shout out to the value of your postings and how my own results have improved by emulating your described techniques. Still not sure I could pull off a 4-second handheld shot, though. Thanks for what you do!

  2. Looks like an interesting place to visit. Great images even without considering the slow shutter speed. I haven’t managed a 4 second shot yet!😀
    Nice to visit when there are few other visitors.

    1. Hi Jim,

      Glad you enjoyed the images! My wife and I were actually pretty lucky being able to get into Crawford Lake. We were unaware that visits are supposed to be pre-booked so Halton Region can control the number of onsite visitors during COVID-19. Luckily the facility was under its quota at the time of our visit and we were able to get in.

      Tom

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