Brazeau Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area and My New Nikon 70-300mm

Jessica and I went camping on Saturday at Brazeau Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area.  The campground is about 2.5 hours west and a bit south of Edmonton, Alberta.  Its a beautiful and fun little campground.  There are no hiking trails.  The campground does have a little beach that is perfect for swimming and sun tanning.   Since it is a Reservoir the water is deep and a bit cold.  A perfect temperature for a weekend that saw +29 degrees Celsius.  It finally felt like summer.  🙂

During the sunset the sky was mostly clear.  I quickly snapped the above shot, with the Nikon 10-24mm, without looking through the viewfinder.  I am surprised this one has a straight horizon.

Above are some hardcore skiers determined to stay on the water until there was no light left at all.  (Nikon 10-24mm)

Boats (Nikon 10-24mm)

My plan for the trip was to test my new Nikon 70-300mm lens.  I wanted to see how sharp it was at 300mm’s.  I also needed to practice my shooting technique.  I usually don’t shoot past 105mm’s.

The above and below shots were taken with the Nikon 70-300mm AF-S

I was hoping to see more birds while I was camping.  One of the only birds I did see was this little guy.  I am told most of the birds are already starting to fly south.

A couple of hours before sunset I switched to my wider lens.  I was hoping to find a cool subject for the sunset.  I saw  lots of  cool looking drift wood.  But none of it was not located in a perfect spot.  The below and above pictures were taken with my Nikon 10-24mm lens.

This second shot of the logs was taken right before sunset.

I was still looking for a better subject.  This area was located on a small part of the beach that was cut off from the main beach.  Right before sunset I could not decided which side of the beach to go to for pictures.  The sun was setting fast and I had to make a decision.

I ended up giving up in frustration and so I stayed on the smaller part of the beach.  I admit that I was super tired at this point.  The early morning start, the long swim, and the constant exploring was taking a toll on my energy. So I switched to my new lens.  I figured that I would test it out at sunset too.  I managed to capture the above picture with the 70-300mm.

Jessica did not seem to have the same problem as me and captured this great shot. (Canon S95)


And she did not have to look far for another subject.  No my head is not out of focus.  My hair is just really fuzzy from swimming in the water.  🙂

I have a few more shots I would like to share.   The night sky was full of stars and I captured some interesting photos.  But I don’t know when I will have the time to process them.  Computer work is my least favorite thing.  I am way behind on my processing.  Summer is too short in Edmonton.  So I need to shoot as much as possible now.  I will have to save some of the processing for the dark winter nights.

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4 thoughts on “Brazeau Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area and My New Nikon 70-300mm

  1. Truly wonderful beach and pictures too! I really love the first picture. The sun in the middle with clearly reflection, that was amazing captured! Well done. If you interested to visit Indonesian Beach, you can check my blog for some travel reviews 🙂

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  2. Beautiful shots. I love the thought of autumn approaching but dont look forward to the winter that follows. I am fortunate to have longer warm seasons but you do have such unmatched landscapes.

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