We were in Sault Ste. Marie this summer for a few days and, as usual, I found some time to take a few pictures.
While downtown in Sault Ste. Marie this August I took the opportunity to get some shooting in at The Sault Locks. An elderly gentleman approached me, laughed good-naturedly, and commented that I must be a tourist. He was alluding to my large camera and slingpack camera bag that I had with me. I smiled and replied that I am originally from The Sault and enjoy visiting the grounds whenever I'm in town because it's such a picturesque place to shoot.
If you enjoy photo walks like I do you probably get 'the tourist question' or 'the tourist look' regularly. I know I do when walking the streets of my home in Toronto. While some people don't like to look like a tourist I find it quite liberating. Local residents tend to be more tolerant and friendly towards a tourist than a local shutterbug, opening up more opportunity for photos that might be less accessible to local photographers. These opportunities might include portraits and candid street shots. Conversations may be had with area residents that may present ideas for future shooting expeditions as well. During a recent trip to Windsor, Ontario I think I spoke to more local residents in a weekend than I did in a month when I lived there!
The images that I'm featuring today were shot at The Sault Locks in the space of less than an hour. I like shooting in this location because of the variety of subjects in this one small area which lends itself to quick photo opportunities like on this day or a full day of shooting. The St. Mary's River, the locks and canal, train bridges, vintage buildings and The International Bridge overhead are all elements that can keep a photographer interested on their own. When the elements are combined it makes for a great day! I had the good fortune of a compelling sky adding drama to the images. Because I was only there for a short time regrettably I could only shoot a small part of the grounds on this occasion.
If you find yourself in Sault Ste, Marie, Canada or across the river in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in the United States, the Sault Locks are a must stop. If architecture photography isn't your thing, you can also photograph nature, wildlife and landscapes on Whitefish Island which can be accessed from the lock grounds. Whitefish Island features hiking and bicycle trails for great views of the river, rapids, Lake Superior and the both cities. If you let your 'tourist flag' fly you will enjoy the friendly locals enjoying the grounds, having a picnic or fishing on the island.
All images are taken with a Canon 5D MkII DSLR with Canon 70-200mm f4 L Lens.
Some History of the Sault Locks
The Sault Locks is a Canadian National Historic Site. It is a man-made waterway that passes between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and Whitefish Island on the shipping channel joining Lake Huron and Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It was completed in 1895 and at the time was the world's longest lock and the first to operate with electrical power. Closed in 1987 due to a lock wall failure, the canal was equipped with a modern lock and opened for recreational use in 1998. Visit HistoricPlaces.ca for more information.
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