Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “landscape

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.

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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.

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Down The Road

Down The Road

Sometimes a drive in the country is just good for your soul, sometimes it’s good for photography, and on a good day it is both. It helps if you time your drive for the changing light in the early morning or in this case in the late afternoon. With the angle of the sun, I knew there would be a blown out portion of the sky. I thought it might be balanced by the dark woods on the right. I was hoping the road would lead you eye into the distance.

Like I’ve said before, you don’t have to go far to get great pictures. This shot was taken about 5 or 6 miles from the house.

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Red Barn Sunset

Red Barn Sunset

Winter has yet to release it’s icy grip on us here in Central Alberta. The snow is good for cleaning up landscapes, hiding assorted junk (or treasures) in the  area farmyards but leave a fairly plain foreground. That being said there are still some really nice scenes to be found.

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The Shop

The Shop

I often speak of shooting what’s there. Sometimes everything falls into place; location, light, subject matter and composition all work together and bring together in to something truly magical. Other times it’s a stretch. While not the architectural ideal for a photographic subject, the venerable shop building is a stalwart in most farmyards. However on this evening, the warm pre-sunset light transformed the silver box into a golden edifice, overlooking the frozen plains.

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Winter’s Embrace

Winter's Embrace

It seemed like one of the longest coldest winters that I can remember. When I wasn’t freezing my butt off, and was able to get out and shoot, there were some great wintery scenes out there. The emptiness of the prairies is emphasized in the open space.

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Lone Tree

Lone Tree

This blast from the past was taken on a 2008 trip to Prince George, BC at the Norton Ranch. The area was hard hit early by the mountain pine beetle. Where a forest once stood, this lone tree is a stark reminder of what once was.

I found this image resting unprocessed in my archives, and thought it would be a good candidate for conversion to black and white. It was done in Adobe Photoshop CC and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Sunny Days

Cupola Mountain

Sunny days in the mountains are awesome. The crisp clean air is crystal clear and you can see every crack and cranny on the mountain peaks. The area near Rogers Pass is still snow covered, for now. Soon the warmer weather will remove the ice from the trails and melt the avalanche hazards. Until then, I hope you enjoy the view from the road.

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Snow Road

Snow Road

With spring seemingly just around the corner, a last glimpse of winter might hurry it on it’s way. Soon the frozen over Kicking Horse River will be released from an icy grip, and the melting snow pack will end the threat of avalanches.

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The Face Of The Yam

The Face Of Yam

I go past Mount Yamnuska every week. Driving by on the highway, there usually isn’t a good place to stop and shoot. Often the weather is drab or the light is weak, when the light is good, the sky is clear. So, I’m really happy when the light is good and there are some clouds to shoot against, to make a nicer background.

The official name of the mountain is Mount John Laurie, but it’s be long known as Mount Yamnuska, nicknamed “The Yam” by many hikers and climbers.

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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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Line In The Sky

Line In The Sky

As with my last post on Wednesday, this was shot from my set up on the sidewalk on in front of Canadian Tire in Canmore, Alberta. Mount Lougheed in the late afternoon was looking good. The vapour trail across the top of the sky made a nice accent to the image.

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Shoot Where You Are

Shoot Where You Are

The Three Sisters are a Canmore icon. We had been in town running a few errands when the light started to turn on the peaks. We had just exited Canadian Tire, so Sherri jumped in the truck to warm up, and I grabbed my camera and tripod from the back. I set up on the sidewalk in front of the store and this was the shot that I made from there.

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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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Hillside Grove

Hillside Grove

One of my favourite images that I’ve made recently. A simple snow covered hillside with a small grove of trees is turned into a study of light and shadows.

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Island In A Sea Of Clouds

Island In A Sea Of Clouds

Coming down from a high plateau, sometimes there is a sight that amazes. The clouds and fog had rolled down the Thompson River valley, creating a river of mist. A hill was turned into an island.

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Into The Mist

Into The Mist

I like the way the a landscape can disappear into the distance with fog or mist. The layers stack up to give definition, leaving you with a feeling of mystery.

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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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Straight Horizon

Straight Horizon

A photograph doesn’t always have to be something that smacks you in the face. Like with music, sometimes a quiet song is more soothing. A simple image can have the same effect.

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Pump Jack Sunset

Pump Jack Sunset

Sometimes you aren’t looking for a natural colors and want something that can express a mood for your image.

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Box Canyon Falls

Box Canyon Falls

Another image from a few years ago recently reprocessed. This waterfall is in a hidden location just off of the Coquihalla Highway.

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