Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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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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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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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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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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Coot Wake

Coot Wake

Rain was not a deterrent when we went out to Vermillion Lakes. This little American Coot was in a hurry going somewhere. The wake that it left behind made a pleasing pattern in the water with the rain drops spotting the surface.

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Coot And Reeds

Coot And Reeds

When the weather turns overcast and the clouds move in so that I can’t see the mountains, there are still things to photograph. We went out to Vermillion Lakes just to enjoy the outdoors and see the sights. I managed to capture a few frames that I thought were decent. I loved the patterns in the water.

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Cameron Falls

Cameron Falls

This image was taken on an outing with my photo buddy, Mike Fitton at Waterton Lakes National Park. Cameron Falls is an iconic attraction that is adjacent to the Waterton town site. The stream flow was fairly low when we were there. By using a Singh Ray Vari-N-Duo neutral density filter, I was able to lengthen the shutter speed to 0.6/sec to make the the water more silky.

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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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