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Bow Valley Smoke

Bow Valley Smoke

 

The sun breaks through the clouds as I head into the Bow Valley towards Banff National Park. The smoke has been hanging in the air for the last couple weeks, and it creates a layered effect in the mountains.

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Red Sunrise At Lac Des Arc

Red Sunrise At Lac Des Arc

 

With the smoke in the area from the forest fires further north, the morning and evening sunlight has been strangely coloured. The cement plant on the left fades to grey as the red light glistens on the ripples in the water.

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Burmis Tree In Better Times

Burmis Tree In Better Times

 

The Burmis Tree, aka The Twisted Tree, stands at the eastern entrance to the Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta. It died in the late 1970’s, so was already 8-10 years dead when I made this photograph. Since taking this image in 1986 or 7 the poor tree has been blown over in a windstorm and vandalized. Both times local supporters helped repair the damage and prop up the branches. It is said to be the most photographed tree in Alberta, possibly in Canada.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 

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Ducks In A Row

Ducks In A Row

 

I remember a warm summer’s evening connected with this image. We were at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary walking on the paths and looked back towards the west across the lagoon. An old log was sticking out into the water and was lined with ducks, a lone bird paddled his way out to the end. I liked the way that his wake melded in with the ripples on the water. The golden light  before sunset was an added bonus.

Nikon FM, Tamron 70-210mm, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro

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A Walk In The Woods

Walk In The Woods

 

Back when I did more regular work, I took more time off to go hiking and such. Most of the time I took my camera with me, usually loaded with Kodachrome. I don’t exactly remember where this was taken, but most likely was somewhere in Banff National Park. There are a great number of trails that are great for day hikes in the park.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro

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Flower Eye View

Flower Eye View

 

When I find a field of wild flowers in bloom, I could spend a lot of time finding as many great shots as I can. By limiting the focus you can draw attention to a particular blossom.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome 64

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine

I was hoping for a nice reflection of the tree in the water but the wind rippled the surface of the lake. The blue of Emerald Lake shows up nicely in the ripples, whereas the yellow in the slope reflects in the the calmer portion.

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Maya The Wolf

Maya

Sherri and I spent an afternoon at the Northern Lights Wildlife Center near Golden, BC. We had booked a photo session and were taken for a walk in the wood with a wolf. Maya wandered about and through the trees and I photographed her as she more or less followed her handler.

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Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy

I know, the Oxeye Daisy is an introduced species and it’s invasive, but they are so easy to photography. This image was probably shot later in the afternoon so that the light from the sun can run crossways over the blossoms. The cross lighting highlights the details and contours of each petal.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome

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Bluebell Afternoon

Bluebell Afternoon

 

When you get the sun shining on the back side of Bluebell flowers, you can see the translucent nature of the blossoms. In this example, the sun is slightly to the left, shining through the left flower and reflecting off of the back of the right hand bloom. I try to blow the dust of of each slide before it gets scanned, but this one had an unbelievable amount of dust showing up on the scan. So, I took the lazy route and processed the image in Nik Software’s Analog Efex Pro 2 to create a rougher looking finished product, with the all the the dust spots left in.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome,

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The Outdoors Beckons

The Outdoors Beckons

Looking through an old building, I came across this window sill. I used a large aperture to reduce the depth of field. I wanted the show off the old wood with the lichens growing on it, and didn’t really care to show detail in the background. When viewing the image on my computer, the unknown landscape caused me to question what was out there beyond the window sill.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome

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Majorville Medicine Wheel

Majorville Medicine Wheel

Back in the 1980’s there was no Internet widely available to the general public, So when my wife told me that she wanted to see an aboriginal medicine wheel, it was no easy thing. I got on the phone and just started dialling. I ended up talking to someone from the University of Alberta, who gave us directions to the medicine wheel.

Nikon FM, Tamron 17mm, Kodachrome 64

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Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

If you are a scientific sort of person, you could calculate that, at a 44° angle from the sun the light refraction will create a rainbow on rain or water spray. I mostly just wander around and take pictures. I’m thinking that this might be Johnson’s Canyon in Banff National Park, but I could be wrong. Shooting film there is now EXIF or GPS information that is embedded, until you digitize the file.

Nikon FM, Tamron 70-210mm, Kodachrome 64

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Summer Storm

Summer Storm

When thunderheads boil up on summer evenings, you get the most amazing light closer to sunset. The higher the cloud the longer is stays fully lit. The lower clouds get off coloured in the dusky sky.

Nikon FM, Tamrom 70-210mm, Kodachrome 64

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Red Streak

Red Streak

The predawn light was still pretty dim, and the train engine had it’s headlights on. The shutter speed had to be quite slow at 2.5 seconds. The camera was panned with the movement of the train for a feeling of movement, with the trees and bushes turning into a green blur.

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After The Rain

After The Rain

The rain storm is almost over and the road is still wet from the downpour that has just passed, then the clouds open and the sun peeks out from behind the mountains. The rays streak out and create a V shape, while lighting a small cloud.

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Banff Storm

Banff Storm

The mountains are often the focus of severe weather. The clouds create interesting forms and shapes. The low light mutes the usually strong colors.

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Duststorm Approacheth

Dust Storm Approacheth

At the Cypress Summer 1986 photo workshop with Courtney Milne, the participants were lucky enough to observe a wide variety of weather conditions. As usual, I was one of the last to get up from shooting before the front hit us.

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Sweeping Rain

Sweeping Rain

Sometimes, when you can find a high vantage point, you can see sweeping vistas. One evening, in June of 1986, a group from Courtney Milne’s Cypress Hills workshop was at such a vantage point. We observed an on rushing rain storm coming at us from miles away. As the distance closed rapidly, we continued shooting. We were barely ahead of the storm when the drops started, and from there it was a mad dash to the cars, hoping we had captured some amazing images on film.

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Bluebells In The Wind

Bluebells In The Wind

Shooting with Courtney Milne, I got to previsualize images at his suggestions. Seeing the bluebells waving in the wind, I had to come up with a way of seeing them as being in motion. Using a slow shutter speed allowed the blossoms to move while the film was being exposed. Having lost my notes from 1986, I would guess that this shot was probably made at 1/15 sec at a small aperture with a 50mm lens.

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Storm And Wild Flowers

Storm And Wild Flowers

 

Another image of an approaching storm from Cypress Summer 1986 with Courtney Milne.

Nikon FM, Tamron 17mm, Agfachrome 100

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Sun Beam

Sun Beam

The week I spent in the Cypress Hills with Courtney Milne was a pivotal event in my photographic life. We had our E6 film processed over night, and it was one of the first times that I had speedy feedback on my images. Unlike the digital cameras of today, you could get print film developed at a one hour photo shop, but they usually batch processed E6 every couple of days. Kodachrome had to be mailed in for processing often involving a 10 day to a 2 week wait. So, we shot every day and turned in our film every night. We got to pick up our processed slides when we got back after our dawn shooting. Then we sorted and picked a few selects for showing to the group for critique after lunch. This image was well received by the rest.

Nikon FM, Agfachrome 100

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Dandelion Summer

Dandelion Summer

It was nearly 28 years ago that I spent a week in the Cypress Hills with Courtney Milne. One of the techniques that I learned was what we called shallow depth of field. This was decades before I heard the term “Bokeh”. No matter what you call it, having a nice out of focus background can make a superior image.

Nikon FM, Agfachrome 100

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Cypress Hills Sunset

Cypress Hills Sunset

The storm was just rolling out at sunset in the Cypress Hills.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm, Agfachrome 100

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