Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Prairie Aurora

Prairie Aurora

Sitting out in the cold finally paid off. We got a small light show at about 2:30 AM. I had been firing off multiple frame sequences with my Triggertrap (free app $35.00 cable/dongle) there was just a hint of color for the first half hour. The action lasted about 15 or 20 minutes.

In the best light…

Moon Mars And Saturn

Moon Mars And Saturn

This was a night for preplanning and last minute research. That evening, I was getting pinged by my Aurora Alerting app (free, with a $2.99 alert upgrade, in app purchase), so I thought a late night excursion was in order. I checked The Photographer’s Ephemeris ($8.99) to find the moons position and phase. While we were on location, I noticed a bright celestial object, so I checked Sky Guide ($1.99) to learn more. I found out that after the Moon, the next brightest objects were Mars and Saturn. The orange glow in the lower left was Airdrie and Calgary.

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Tin Soldiers

Tin Soldiers

Grain bins are a common sight on the Alberta prairies, however, wandering about in the middle of the night in farmyards to take pictures may not be advisable. Getting permission first is the best course of action. We were out doing some night photography and I wanted to check my exposures. I thought I’d do some test shots with a subject and the grain bins were handy. After I had the settings dialled in, I tried another exposure while light painting the bins with the Maglite flashlight that I keep under the seat of our truck.

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Cataract On The Coquihalla

Cataract On The Coquihalla

Hopefully spring will actually arrive here, only three weeks after the official start of spring. I reprocessed this older file because it had kind of a spring feeling to it. I liked the freshness of the water and the young foliage in the bottom corner. A slower shutter speed allowed me to smooth the water and better show the flow lines. The image is held together by the solidity and detail in the rocks.

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Fencelines

Fencelines

After the last blast of winter a couple weeks ago, the fresh snow cleaned everything up nice and bright white. The contrast with the snow and the dark fences and shadows is emphasised.

In the best light…

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