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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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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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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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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To The Far Blue Mountains

To The Far Blue Mountains

With apologies to the late Louis L’Amour for the theft of his title, it makes me wonder what the early explorers thought when the came up against this view. At about 70 miles distant, the mountains look closer than they actually are.

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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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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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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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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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The Old Shed

The Old Shed

The afternoon sun streams across the snow covered prairie lighting the old shed with a warm light. Enjoy your Friday!

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Light In The Storm

Light In The Storm

Stopped for a road closure due to a traffic accident, I was parked in the town of Sorrento, BC. Out my window this church sat in the snow storm with it’s cross alight. Some times serendipity intervenes and you get a magical shot like this.

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Prairie Winter

Prairie Winter

Sometimes winter seems pretty bleak but I think that the expansive vistas and the clean landscapes make for the idea of possibilities. The open images speak to me of hope.

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Last Minute Sunset

Last Minute Sunset

The day was somewhat dreary. I was shooting all these nice even toned images with soft shadows. I wanted some great color for sunset. That didn’t happen but just before the sun dropped below the horizon there was a clear patch of sky. The sun shot across the frozen field and I got my shot.

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One Dog

One Dog

On a walk with the dog, the cold day Sun Dogs appeared around the sun. Although they appeared on both sides of the late afternoon sun, I captured only one with my point and shoot camera. I liked this view with the frost on the shrubs.

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Hello 2014

Hello 2014

My wife Sherri and I went on our first photo drive of the year on New Year’s Day. We usually jump into the vehicle with the cameras in the back at least an hour before sunset. Having a specific destination is not necessary. Mostly we head in a westerly direction to take advantage of viewing the Rocky Mountains in the distance. I hope to do more of these evening or afternoon photography jaunts this year. It helps to be more familiar with your equipment.

We managed to get some great color just after sunset. In this typical scene from the border of Mountain View & Rockyview Counties, you can see large round hay bales in the foreground and the Rocky Mountains in the background.

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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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Christmas Light

Christmas Light

One of our neighbours is filled with the Spirit of Christmas. Every year their house is festooned with an abundance of festive lights, and it is always a sight to see. It provides me with excellent subjects for photography. It seems fitting to post this on Christmas Day.

To all of my friends and followers of my blog, I hope you have a wonderful festive season. May your next year of photography be filled amazing opportunities for stentorian images.

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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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