Canon Rebel SL1: Harrison Hot Springs


Welcome to part three in my series with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1, the first of its kind. It is the lightest, smallest and most functional DSLR camera in the world.  Perfect for on the go shots, family photos, or capturing those sweet moments you don’t want to miss. This week’s post focuses on landscapes, plus some more people shots and flower shots. Take a peek below.

Make Me Wanna Take a Back Road

Beautiful Fraser Valley Farm Land Shot on the go going 80 km Now you know why we are called the Valley – breathtaking

One of the things I love most is the drive to Harrison Hot Springs, especially if you take Hwy 7 through Mission. The back roads are filled with beautiful landscape, barns and farms as far as the eye can see, cascaded by surrounded mountains. I decided to take some moving shots from our car as we drove past using the action filter. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how these shots turned out going 80 km per hour. 

Welcome to Harrison Hot Springs

FD stares out over the main beach where the kids are swimming. Shot from the car after parked to get out. Portrait Shot using one point filter of my son Jake and his girlfriend Krista on Main Beach

Harrison is a quaint little mountain/fishing village that caters to campers and seasonal visitors all year round. It’s a super friendly place to visit, tons of people smile and have fun sailing, fishing and boating on the main lake. We opted to stay a bit more inland and enjoyed the main beach, covered in sand, playgrounds and grassy areas with huge trees for shade to enjoy our afternoon. 

Action Shots Are Fun!

One… Two … I’m all right! LOL

Monkey (Trace) wanted me to watch him as he went down the slide. Using any other camera I could get quick shot of him sliding but it usually ends up blurry. With the Canon Rebel EOS SL1  the shots above  are using the action filter. I love how it captures him actually sliding. 

Let’s Focus

One of my favorite features of the Canon Rebel EOS SL1 is it’s ability to focus on what you want. There is a point system inside the camera which you can shift and change. Pressing the shutter button half way down changing your point of focus before you snap the photo. Take a peek at some of these. 

This shot focuses on the flower in the background and surrounding leaves, but blurs what is in front This shot does the opposite blurring out the flower in the background and showing the detail of the buds in front. Final Result breathtaking photos up close and personal


A Look at the Land

One of my favorite things this trip was the true beauty of Harrison. The Lake and mountains that surround this lovely place are breathtaking. I went and stood on the beach which was a good gazillion miles from where the lake actually sits to where we were. But with my 50 x zoom I was able to capture some really beautiful shots that showcase the beauty of this place. Now imagine using the 300x zoom lense – which is next on my Christmas Wish List. (hint hint hubs) 

Sun is beginning to go down and it shows as it hovers its shadows cascading over the mountains. From the main beach where I stood Love the mountains and details of the clouds outlining the lake


Round Up

Overall we had a fantastic day at Harrison Hot Springs. The water was super great, the kids had a blast, and the drive was wonderful both there and back. This little gem is about 45 minutes from Abbotsford and a definite must visit on your summer bucket list. The landscape is breathtaking, the town extraordinary with cute little shops and speciality stores to visit. 

If you would like you can view our first post Family Fun or second post Animal Love with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1 and just know I’m loving this camera. I can see myself using it for not just vacations, but kids birthday’s, weddings, silly moments, anytime and anyplace because it really is that small and easy to carry with you wherever you go. 

I wish to thank Staples Canada for helping me capture my summer moments with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1.  Please visit their website for more great products and information on this camera and various other cameras & accessories, back to school, office and house and home furniture and equipment to help make your life easier!

Stay Tunes as I dive into another week with my Canon Rebel camera.  Next week we visit Othello Tunnels.  So make sure to follow me on FB and Twitter with the hashtag #smstaplesca (summermoments) with so you donโ€™t miss anything!  And you can follow along on Instagram to check out all our amazing shots. 

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  1. Fariha September 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Wow, great shots and impressive camera!

  2. Randa Derkson September 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

    With every post I notice your photos are getting better and better. This camera seems great! I have always wanted to visit HHS! Maybe for next year’s family trip ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Oh thanks Randa I try hard to make the images stand out more and I’m learning as I go. So nice you noticed though makes me feel good ๐Ÿ™‚ I love using the camera.

  3. Bonnie Way September 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Wow, those are fantastic pictures! And I like the idea of “smallest, lightest” camera – one of the things that made me stick with my Powershot when I was buying a new camera a few years ago was the size of most DSLRs. I’ll have to look into this one, because I like doing action shots too (my three kids are always moving!). Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sandy September 2, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Wow! What a great camera! Fab shots! Love that mountain scenery….and my fave shot is the action one of your little monkey launching off the slide. Looks like the Cannon Eos Rebel SL1 is a big hit! I really need to look at getting one of these!

  5. Matthew Tully September 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Nice pics, we have a Canon as well and although we spent a fortune on it with everything extra we purchased for it we are so happy we did.


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