Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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It’s Raining Again

It's Raining

Well, it was raining, snowing and/or sleeting when I made this image, near Peyto Lake in Banff National Park. At 7000 feet the weather is a bit unpredictable and usually cool, even in the summer. The Gray Jays are very curious birds and followed me around as I was shooting landscape image. When I switched to trying to get their picture, they jumped around from branch to branch quite quickly, not cooperating. I managed to get a good frame with it’s head turned.

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Vermillion Ice

Vermillion Ice

I’m back out at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. We were there in Banff to attend Paul Zizka’s gallery opening at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, and made a side trip to the lakes for a little me time. I ventured out on the ice for this shot. The cold weather that we’ve been having lately gave me confidence that it was safe.

With this post, I’m starting my fifth year of blogging. It was a little shaky at the start but I soon got into this three posts a week schedule that I’ve been faithful to keeping. I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I want to bring you better images and commentary. More feedback from you, on what you would like to see would be helpful.

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Castle Afternoon

Castle Afternoon

I’ll be the first to admit it, Castle Mountain is one of my favourites. I’ve featured it in at least 10 other posts. Castle has a distinctive profile and a detailed exterior that looks good from many vantage points. Lighting and clouds make your image. I liked the bit of color reflecting off of the Bow River.

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The View From Harvie Heights

The View From Harvie Heights

When the light gets good, you are either in place to get the shot or you aren’t. If you are not quite in the right place, you have to try and make the shot work. Sometimes that works.

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Vermillion Lakes Autumn

Vermillion Lakes Autumn

From a few years ago and recently reprocessed. An overlook of Vermillion Lakes and the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Open Water

Open Water

This image was taken in 2009 on Darwin Wiggett’s Fire & Ice Photo Tour. The location is Graveyard Flats on the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper National Parks. The snow encroaching on the open water is just over knee deep and there were significantly deeper spots getting to this location. I remember it as the beautiful day that it appears to be here. One of the things I love about photography is that it preserves your memories.

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Vermillion Sunrise

Vermillion Sunrise

A classic scene from Banff National Park, the sunrise over Mount Rundle and the Vermillion Lakes is one of the most photographed scenes. To me, it doesn’t matter who has photographed a location before me. If you try to not compare yourself to others, perhaps you can approach any situation with a view of your own. I often find that when shooting at workshops, I’ll be setup beside other photographers, and we’ll each come back with something quite different. So don’t sweat it, work a scene and shoot what you like. And if you do like a location, and are able to return, do come back and shoot it again. Every day is different and the photographic choices that you make will make each shot different. This is the start to developing your own style, you just need to get out and shoot.

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Castle Smoke

Castle Smoke

Castle Mountain is one of my favourite subjects, and I photograph it in all seasons. When smoke from a controlled burn obscured the peak, I just had to get one more shot. The dusting of snow on the river bank and on the evergreen trees adds to the wintry mood of the image.

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North Rundle Enveloped

North Rundle Enveloped

The view of Mount Rundle in Banff National Park is such an iconic image, it’s hard to find a view that is fresh and new. Here is a view from the north side on the highway. I liked the way that bits of the mountain face appeared through the clouds. I thought the line of evergreens at the bottom of the image would anchor the scene.

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Castle By The Bow

Castle By The Bow

There are views of Castle Mountain all along the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park. After the spring runoff ends the Bow River returns to it’s classic high country turquoise blue. Summer storms roll down the valley regularly.

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Cloud Feathers

Cloud Feathers

Looking up I was astounded to see some of the most unusual clouds that I had ever seen. I look at a lot of clouds and these near Banff, Alberta, made me do a double take. The fanciful shapes reminded me of feathers.

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Castle Bow Clouds

Castle Bow Clouds

The Bow River winds it’s way down the valley below Castle Mountain. The clouds roll through leaving the valley in shadow and the light from the clouds reflects off of the river.

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Sawback Clouds

Sawback Clouds

Banff National Park is a world class destination for photographers but great mountains are better with spectacular clouds. The light is falling on the Sawback Range in the Bow River Valley, and is accentuated by the deep shadow of the evergreen trees in the foreground.

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Storm At Sunset

Storm At Sunset

I spotted this cloud formation when I was near Castle Junction in Banff National Park, and followed it all of the way into the city of Calgary. It was a fast moving storm and you could see the shoulders of the road were wet. At first I estimated that the clouds were maybe twenty five or thirty miles ahead of me, by the time I was getting close to the city, I was still fifteen or twenty miles behind. When I got through the mountains and was in the open prairie lands, you could see the lighting strikes hitting the ground.

… for my Dad, Jack, who would have been 90 years old today. He was always watching the sky, checking the weather.

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Rundle And Moon

Mount Rundle And Moon

Honestly, I had been planning on going out and doing some local shooting on Sunday evening before doing my weekly writing, but something spoiled my plans. It’s Tuesday evening and I’m feeling better but not well enough to head out for some shooting. My brain is still a little fuzzy and I’m moving slow, so work is not a good plan either.

Here’s an image from 2009 taken at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. This shot was taken before sunrise with Mount Rundle and a crescent moon. I kept the shore line in deep shadow to preserve the delicate color coming from the soon to rise sun. It might have been nicer to get out along the lakeshore a little farther to get more of the reflection from the mountain in the picture. As I recall, the water was high and the shore fairly dark and difficult to see or locate. Did I mention the mud? There are places near the edge where you will be walking on somewhat firm ground and your next step can be up over your ankles or higher. Never great especially if you are by yourself.

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Made In The Shade

Wild Lily

Often on sunny days you might notice that the contrast levels are quite high. One technique that I sometimes employ is to find a subject to shoot that is in the shade. The light and contrast is fairly even in shadow areas, enabling you to extract details without blown out highlights or unwanted deep shadows.

This photo of a wild lily was taken in Banff National Park.

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Rundle Reflection

Rundle Reflection

Instead of going for the usual grand landscape with the mountain and the sky, I concentrated on the reflection in Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. I liked the way that the cloud hung in the sky and was mirrored in the still water. The bit of color from the sunrise accents the triangles formed by the upside down peaks.

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Herbert Lakeshore

Herbert Lakeshore

This week, instead of featuring new images, I’m bringing back older images. Some of them have not been seen before and some will be reprocessed. I’m still learning Adobe Photoshop CS6 and there are a few things I’m trying to improve the older images.

This scene is from Herbert Lake north of Lake Louise in Banff National Park.

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Last Light At Vermillion

Sunset Over Eagle Mountain

At the end of the day, Dave Brosha both wanted to stay and leave. You can never tell what’s going to happen to the light, but he was flying out of Edmonton and had to drive there that night, and he was my ride back to Cochrane. Well, we stayed until after the sun set. This was one of the last of my frames from the day. Looking west across Vermillion Lakes 3, with the backlighting on the clouds.

This photo is the last that I’m planning to post, of the ones that were taken as part of the Persistent Vision weekend Field Shoot put on by oopoomoo.com at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park with guest instructor David DuChemin.

Looking back, it was just over a month ago and still fairly fresh in my mind. The experience of a photographic event of this sort should not be minimized. There was a massive amount of learning going on everyday. Even the social events were educational. I met a number of new friends and got together with others, many whom I hadn’t seen in a while. I really want to thank my friends Darwin Wiggett, Samantha Chrysanthou and Catherine Byram from oopoomoo.com for organizing such a fantastic event. I’m hoping we’ll see more like this in the future.

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More Details

Wind Sculpture

Looking down instead of looking across a scene, you find different things.

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Try Again

Light In The Lake

This was my second attempt at shooting the edge of the ice and the water backlit.

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Ice Crusts

Stump In The Ice

As spring slowly approaches, the ice releases it’s grip on our lakes and rivers. Where it can’t stay in open water, it hangs on to the edges and surfaces protruding from the water.

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Reeds On The Lake

Sproingy Curves

The reeds in Vermillion Lakes are quite interesting the repeating curves attracted my eye. Find what to shoot and how to do that was another question.

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It’s In The Details

Warm Spring Detail

Near Vermillion Lakes #3 there are warm springs that feeds into the lake that keeps that water open nearly year round. I found one that started on the other side of the road. The algae was thriving in the warm water and the steam coming off of the surface in the cold weather, caused droplets of ice to form on the stems of the grasses above the water line. It has to be far enough above the warm water so the ice doesn’t melt, and higher, the mist doesn’t coagulate and form on the grass stems. It is an interesting process that would be easy to miss. This little puddle wasn’t very photogenic as a whole, but by moving in close and seeing the details, I was able to find an interesting image.

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