Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Hillside Shadows

Hillside Shadows

I love to watch the light play on the landscape as I drive through it. Seeing the clean snow on the hillside with the long evergreen shadows, really caught my attention. The clouds nicely framed the scene.

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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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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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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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Mount Stephen

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The sun is almost behind Mount Burgess, across the Kicking Horse River valley, leaving a strip of light along the edge. I liked the bit of a pink tinge to the clouds.

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Pending Storm

Pending Storm

Many of my first memories of photography were of processing black and white film in the darkroom, and looking at Ansel Adams pictures. I’ve always liked the detail and contrast in my monochrome images. I used Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 in Adobe Photoshop CC to create the sort of image that I remember. I used the red filter and the Kodak Panatomic X film effect to get closer to what I liked.

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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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Mountain Light

Mountain Light

“My first thought is always of light” Galen Rowell

Please forgive the obvious reference to the late great Galen Rowell. Back in the 1980’s when I was trying to get serious about my photography, I would see his name in nearly every magazine that I picked up. It made me pay attention to what he was doing. And what he was doing was paying attention to the light.

I spotted this saddle in the Ottertail Range in Yoho National Park near Field, British Columbia. The afternoon light brushed across the contours, casting deep shadows in the crags.

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Kicking Horse Flats

Kicking Horse Flats

The rain storm to the west of Field, BC in Yoho National Park heads for the Alberta border. The sun catches the edge of Mount Stephen on the right and Mount Field in the distance.

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Near Ottertail

Near Ottertail

I thought that the Trans Canada Highway west of Field, BC in Yoho National Park made a great leading line. The rain storm further up the Kicking Horse Valley left streamers coming down over the town.

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Kicking Horse Evening

Kicking Horse Evening

The light reflecting off of the Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park caught my eye. The river and highway curve to the left to point out the distant mountains. The clouds frame the mountains keeping your eye in the frame. The sun is still high enough to light the clouds from the side.

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Waterton Gate

Waterton Gate

Waterton Lakes National Park is often overlooked as one of Alberta’s mountain parks. It’s more northerly cousins, Banff and Jasper get the lion’s share of attention. The annual Waterton Wildflower Festival has just ended, but the Waterton Wildlife Weekend is coming up near the end of September. The above image was taken just a few feet from the road near the park entrance. There are numerous opportunities for photographers to make great image in this small park.

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Just A Bit Of Light

Mount Stephen

Scenic images are not always the greatest on overcast days. Some times you do get lucky and a bit of sun peeks through and you get nice light on what ever you are viewing. Don’t wait because the light will probably change fast and you will miss it if you don’t hurry. With the precipitation that we have been getting recently, I imagine that Kicking Horse Flats near Field, BC is now full of runoff from edge to edge.

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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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