To capthaddock: I forgot...

  • Tan, concerning the ND grad. What brand do you buy? hard edges? soft edges? how many stops?
    Do you buy by internet.
    I've never used filters really...I know they are very useful...
    anyway, if you have any answer to those questions, I guess that would help...
  • Re: To capthaddock: I forgot...
    Hi Marc -

    I use Lee systems 2 f-stop soft edge, but sometimes wish I had a 3 f-stop. Be very careful of hard edge, the horizon line is distinct, so it only works when the horizon is perfectly flat and perfectly level, which means they're only useful when the horizon consists entirely ow water.

    I had no choice but to buy Internet, after shopping around, there is no store in SF or Northern California which has any of these in stock. They are made in England, I bought them from, tey are reliable and deliver fast from their Chicago stock. Of course it would be nice if I was able to try different filters and compare in a store, but the low US dollar means everything carried by US shops are ordered by Europeans (and Canadians!) from the internet.

    I hope this helps.

    My supervisor has approved my vacation, as soon as his boss approves, I will buy the ticket. I hope the 2nd week of October is not too late to see the colours north of Qc (I mean Charlevoix, J. Cartier Park, Bic, Gaspe etc.) Maybe I should change it to one week earlier?
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    thx for the info about filters, I'll check that out no later than today.

    About the colors in Charlevoix, J-Cartier Park and Bas St-Laurent Gaspésie, well, it's hard to tell because it depends form year to year. I can say without any mistake that the last of septembre and the first 2 of october are good. Check out cam's shot of last year's autumn:

    His best ones are taken in the first of october. Although some trees are still green, others have already begun losing their leaves...I remember him coming about 2 weeks earlier (like september 23-24) and the leaves were still all green.

    But to mix it up a little, here is a picture taken september 24th: . Autumn had already started there (Charlevoix).

    To make you feel comfortable, here is a pic from last year on october 21 in Cap Tourmente just southwest of Charlevoix:

    So, with your dates, I think you are right on. But like I said, it depends from a year to another. Cross your fingers!
    Colors come earlier in Charlevoix and J-Cartier Park because it's higher and more northern (colder). Gaspésie and Bic usually come a bit later, so I think it fits pretty well your itinerary.

    I hope this helps,

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    Thanks Marc, it help reassure that it won't be too late, of course as you said, every year is different. I was looking at the Parks' websites and saw that all visitor facilities close on 12 Oct, but I'm guessing the gates will still be open, only the visitor centres and campgrounds will be closed.
    In the northwest of north America (BC, Washington, Oregon) the colours last more than a month into late November, but in Alaska they last less than a week (it's all brown before the 3rd week of September), Quebec is between those extremes, so I think a 2 week window will be fine.