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Wide Angle Over the River


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By Simon Jodoin
Presented by Tour du Québec


May 5th, 2021


In Quebec, the St. Lawrence River is almost a national horizon reserve. No matter from which end we look at it, we are always blown away by the dimension of this river which, by its very nature, draws us towards the infinite. We know that at the end, the sea awaits us. Those who respond to this call from the open sea, as they advance along the roads towards the ocean, know how moving it is to see the other side recede away, until it becomes invisible.

As soon as you try to collect pieces of these grandiose landscapes with your camera, you realize that to do justice to the magnitude of the panoramas, you need to shoot with a wide angle lens to seize the view in its entirety. One could say that this type of lens is to the traveler what the knife is to the mushroom picker: an essential tool!

You'll find everything else on site. The banks and tidal flats on either side of the St. Lawrence River offer not only a breathtaking panoramic view, but also beautifully composed objects that you will discover along the way. From rocky headlands, a boat that seems forgotten in a bay, driftwood stranded on beaches, to saltwater basins that, at low tide, act like mirrors reflecting the sky - you'll find everything you need to have fun staging incredible memories.



Simon Jodoin - Fleuve 1
Rivière-Ouelle - Simon Jodoin
Sony a7 II + Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
1/200s | f/11 | ISO 100


Simon Jodoin - Fleuve2
Isle-aux-Coudres - Simon Jodoin
Sony a7 II + Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
1/200s | f/11 | ISO 100


Simon Jodoin - Fleuve3
Île aux lièvres - Simon Jodoin
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 + Olympus M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO
1/800s | f/7,1 | ISO 200


Naturally, there are some iconic landscapes that everyone wants to keep in their memory, such as the famous sunsets in the Lower St. Lawrence, among the most beautiful in the world. Every hour of the day, however, offers unexpected facets. In this region, it is the tidal flats that offer lovers of the great outdoors an almost infinite playground. Even the sun-dried algae that lie on the ground, marking the tidal lines, have a story to tell.


Simon Jodoin - Fleuve4
Saint-André-de-Kamouraska - 
Simon Jodoin
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 + Olympus M. Zuiko ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO
1/500s | f/10 | ISO 200


Simon Jodoin - Fleuve5
Saint-André-de-Kamouraska - Simon Jodoin
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 + Olympus M. Zuiko ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO
1/100s | f/16 | ISO 200



Naturally, there are some iconic landscapes that everyone wants to keep in their memory, such as the famous sunsets in the Lower St. Lawrence, among the most beautiful in the world. Every hour of the day, however, offers unexpected facets. In this region, it is the tidal flats that offer lovers of the great outdoors an almost infinite playground. Even the sun-dried algae that lie on the ground, marking the tidal lines, have a story to tell.


Simon Jodoin - Fleuve6
Saint-André-de-Kamouraska - Simon Jodoin
Sony a7 II + Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
1/60s | f/4,5 | ISO 100


One big question remains: where can we go to find the most photogenic places? That's where your mission begins! Pack your camera, get a wide-angle lens that fits your budget, and hit the road! Even those who use their smart phones as cameras can get wide-angle lenses that allow you to take big bites of scenery without spending a lot of money. In any case, no matter what equipment you use, the best trick is always the same: drive slowly and don't be afraid to take the back roads that don't seem to lead anywhere. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, no matter how well equipped you are, the beauty of the river will reward you! 

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Photo Equipment Used by Simon Jodoin During This Photo Reportage


 

 

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