Hello and welcome to my website! My name is Benjamin Carnochan and I love photography! I am a wildlife photographer living at Kennisis Lake in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, Ontario where Mother Nature shares her beauty in the many lakes, beautiful scenery, and the wildlife that makes the Highlands so attractive.
I grew up and have lived in the Haliburton area most of my life with some short trips to Newfoundland, Alberta and British Columbia, but I have always been drawn back to Haliburton. I have a deep admiration and appreciation of wildlife and the outdoors. There is really nothing I like better than to grab my camera and go look for the many opportunities to capture pictures of this great area and beyond.
My interests in the arts started when I was very young. I started to experiment with oils then merged into watercolour painting. I always liked paying particular attention to detail when doing my paintings and this frustrated me. When using watercolours one has to sometimes let the paint do its thing.
Capturing detail and perfect composition in any form of art is where one is most rewarded but is also very time consuming. Having this inherent ability to see and appreciate this detail and composition led me to photography where the challenge was to capture that perfect shot every time in a photograph.
I picked up my first film camera, a Fujika 35mm format camera with a Karl Zeiss lens back when I was in Grade 11. I experimented with the camera, taking many bad and good images. I also experimented with night sky photography, with some really amazing results. I would show them on my site but do you think I can find those photographs? They have been lost in the many moves I have been in.
Then in the spring of 2005 I bought a Canon EOS Rebel Ti 35mm camera with two lenses from eBay and my photography started again in earnest. I continued shooting slide photographs until 2006 when I transformed into the digital world. After moving into digital photography I have not picked up another film camera since.
My photography has been published on the front cover of the Haliburton & Area Canpages phone directory for the 2009 year and has appeared in the Highlands Communicator Magazine. Later in autumn of 2009 a photograph of a Common Loon was Editors’ Choice of National Geographic.
I print Gift Cards of any images in my inventory. These are for sale at the Rails End Gallery in Haliburton, at The Cookhouse at Haliburton Forest and can also be viewed at the Century 21 Real Estate Office at Kennisis Lake, Ontario. Also, some of my photography is displayed at the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre.
In the autumn of 2010, I had my first photography exhibition hosted at the Rails End Gallery in Haliburton. The exhibition focused on some of the many old landmarks in the County and was displayed in black and white. The photography was very well received.
Feel free to check out my website, make comments on the blogs, and check back regularly as the galleries are updated periodically with new photos. I hope you’ll enjoy my images as much as I have when taking them!