Best Spots in Canada for Nature & Landscape Photography this Spring

Spring brings with it one of the best times in the year to head out and capture some beautiful, nature-rich landscape photographs. Lucky for us, in Canada we’re blessed from east coast to west coast with loads of picture-perfect locations to shoot! Planning a photography getaway with just you and your camera? Our LDExperts in the Photolab are sharing their must-visit places to capture stunning shots of Canada’s natural beauty this spring.

Dempster Highway

Planning a road trip this spring? The 740 km bucket list journey from Dawson City, Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories offers incredible scenery, wide open spaces and remote beauty. It provides the perfect opportunity to cover all of Northern Canada in a single trip, and there are several picturesque locations to snap beautiful landscape shots. The best part of the journey? It even traverses the Arctic Circle! For aerial shots that capture the pure vastness of the terrain, consider bringing along a drone to take some epic shots from above.

Gros Morne National Park

For a diverse range of landscapes, look no further than Gros Morne National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 1,805 square kilometres, it offers views like no other. Soaring fjords and moody mountains tower above a diverse panorama of beaches and bogs, forests and barren cliffs. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get a chance to capture a shot of some local nature, like a moose!

Kananaskis Country

Situated to the west of Calgary, in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, Kananaskis Country is a popular destination for Albertans looking for a wealth of landscape photo opps. Photographer Tyler Todesco captured this beautiful shot and had it printed on one of our aluminum mental panels: “I chose to print on aluminum because it gave the picture a lot of depth. I was really happy with how it turned out when blown up, the colors were extremely vivid.”

Vermillion Lakes

This year-round 4.3 km scenic road offers wildlife viewing opportunities and breathtaking scenery. With Mount Rundle creating the perfect backdrop, it’s no surprise this is a favorite destination among photographers. Spring brings the added beauty of snow-capped mountains and clear blue lakes against a beautiful sunset.

Cabot Trail

Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the Cabot Trail will take you through majestic ocean vistas and quiet fishing villages. It is one of the world’s most scenic drives and if you’re looking for something more adventurous, it offers hikers a great experience with a rewarding view. A trip around the Cabot Trail is not complete without seeing the highlands from the water. We guarantee you’ll be stopping every 5 minutes to snap a photograph along this route!

Grand Beach

Looking for a destination that offers great landscapes for photography and doubles as a beach vacation? Check out Grand Beach, Manitoba! Resting along the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, Grand Beach is a freshwater beach with white sand backed by sand dunes that are 30 ft high. It is truly an undiscovered treasure in southern Manitoba.

Fogo Island

With a long maritime history, Fogo Island is the largest offshore island of Newfoundland and Labrador. With bright-colored houses, sea-cliff footpaths, and a lush forest set against a striking coastline, it provides the perfect landscape for picturesque photographs.

Tofino

Surrounded on three sides by saltwater and emerald islands, Tofino is a great spot to capture the West Coast in the spring. Perfect for a weekend getaway, Tofino offers photographers an opportunity to capture sandy beaches, vivid sunsets and beautiful waves. The spring season also marks the return of the whale migration with Pacific Gray Whales and possibly Humpback Whales.

Victoria

If you’re looking to capture beautiful spring cherry blossoms, Victoria is the perfect destination. One of the most well-known places to photograph spring blossoms is along View Street in the heart of Downtown Victoria. North of Victoria, The Butchart Gardens erupts into a sea of vibrant colour each spring and offers tulip displays and fragrant blossoms. For photographers looking to capture the floral beauty of spring, Victoria is definitely a must-visit.

 

Don’t leave those gorgeous shots lying on your camera or laptop! At the London Drugs Photolab, we’ve got a wide range of printing and enlargement options. Or create a photo book to showcase your best spring photography. Our aluminum metal panels are also great for making the vibrant colors in your spring shots really pop.  Unsure of what the best option is for your pics? Head to your nearest London Drugs store and speak to one of our LDExperts in the photolab!

Spring Photography Tips

Spring officially rings in on March 20th, but for photography lovers like yourself, we know you just can’t wait till then to head out and capture some beautiful shots of blooming cherry blossoms and chirping birds! With such a wide variety of colors, landscapes and subjects to play with, our LDExperts in the Photolab thought they’d put together a few tips to help you navigate and get the best out of your spring photography. Whether its macro photography or capturing beautiful lush landscapes, here are some things to keep in mind while you’re snapping away.

 

Using flowers for foreground interest in landscape photography

Wide-angle landscape shots tend to look better with some foreground interest and spring blooms provide a variety of choice to fill the frame. While capturing the shot, it is important to keep everything in the frame sharp, hence a small aperture such as f/11 or f/16 with the focus set about a third of the way into the scene would be the ideal setting.

 

Visit parks, gardens & spring festivals

Looking to experiment with zoom lenses while capturing blossoms? Visit one of the many parks and gardens across Canada or look for a spring festival near you. From blossoms and early flowers to trees coming into leaf, parks and gardens offer a wide variety in one setting. A good line of sight is also crucial for showing depth, so look for pathways, stone steps or boardwalks to help capture the perfect shot. The versatility of zoom lenses works great in smaller gardens with confined spaces where movement is restricted. Check out our blog highlighting some great places to capture spring blooms across Canada.

 

Picking the right angle

When shooting tiny spring flowers, sometimes unusual angles make for some great photographs. Take a few shots, try different angles and camera settings. You want to fill your frame with your floral subjects, and the best way to do that is to get down to their level and up close. As an added bonus, getting up close will also give you that beautiful bokeh (“blurring”) effect in the background. Pro-tip: carry along something to lay on the ground to stay clean and dry, like a large garbage bag that can be folded up and kept in your bag or coat pocket.

 

Using multiple colours in a shot

In spring there’s plenty of options for colourful shots, so why stick to photographing just one colour? Keep an eye out for blocks of color that work well together or colors that clash and would have high impact.

 

Get closer and pick one subject

While photographing close-up shots of flowers, a common mistake made is trying to put too much into one image. Take a shot and review it carefully. Check the edges for anything that is distracting or not necessary and move in closer to crop it out of your shot. The subject needs to jump out at you, so make sure there isn’t anything taking attention away from your subject. 

 

Picking the right gear for wildlife photos

Spring is the perfect time to capture some great wildlife shots as well. If you’re looking to up your photography game while capturing wildlife, then a telephoto lens might be just what you’re looking for. The length of the lens depends on the size of your subject and how close you’re able to get to it. Small, flighty birds and animals that are shy require a long lens. The key is to find something that’s big enough to get good resolution, but not so large that it’s hard to hike with.

 

Capturing spring portraits

Snapping portraits this spring? Try a background with blooming spring flowers to create a pretty, out-of-focus background (the bokeh effect) behind your subject. A focal length of 50mm (try these 50mm lenses) with a large aperture of f/1.8 and a shutter speed of 1/640s as used in the image below would give that nice blurry ‘bokeh’ effect behind the subject in their portrait. You can also keep some of the blooms at the same distance from the camera as the subject, so a few of the branches are in focus to frame your subject.

 

Backlit flowers on a sunny day

If you’re looking to shoot flowers on bright sunny days, you can get some great backlit flower shots. Depending on the time of the day, this would require you to get down very low to the ground. Using a small aperture like f/16 or f/2 creates a great sunburst effect if you’re shooting the sun directly in the background of the flowers. Controlling exposure is also important; your meter will want to underexpose as you’re shooting into very bright light, so use your exposure compensation dial and dial up an extra 1 to 1.5 stops of light, especially if you’re shooting JPEG and not RAW. For close up photos of individual flowers you can use a 200mm lens with a relatively large aperture of f/4 so that you get that nice shallow depth of field (or “blurry” background).

 

 

Choosing the right print surface

Once you’ve captured some beautiful shots, the next step is choosing the right print to display them. For macro shots of spring blossoms, we recommend prints or enlargements with a sharp black border frame that highlights the colourful subject.

Textured canvas prints, canvas gallery wraps or bamboo prints offer the best results for landscape photography, while metallic prints and aluminum metal panels are perfect for photos with vibrant colours that pop. If you need help selecting the ideal printing option, you can talk to one of our LDExperts in-store and then order through our Photolab kiosks. Or, you can simply order online, or through our London Drugs Photolab App available for iOS and Android!

We’d love to see your best spring photos – tag them on Instagram with the hashtag #LDPhotolab to be featured on our page!