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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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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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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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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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Aspen Autumn

Aspen Autumn

As winter seems to currently have us in it’s icy grip, I thought I’d post a few of my fall colour images this week.

The trees on this hillside were just starting to turn when this photo was taken. I liked the mix of light and dark yellows, and the greenish yellows of the aspens at this location. The mix of spruce and pine trees added to the interest in this image. I’m not sure if I should have included as much of the sky, although the brilliant blue offsets the dominant yellows in the foreground.

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Autumn View

Autumn View

As winter seems to currently have us in it’s icy grip, I thought I’d post a few of my fall colour images this week.

On a bit of a higher spot west of town, there is a small draw and a sight line to the mountains. The golden leaves on the aspens with the one lone evergreen was irresistible to me. We had to pull over on the side of the road so I could haul out my camera and tripod to capture this scene.

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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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Mountain Highway

Mountain Highway

The distant rains move in on the already wet highway. The fall showers are keeping the mountains lush and verdant. I wanted to keep the perspective with the large trees in the foreground and the misty mountain in the background.

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Alberta Gold

Alberta Gold

The autumn is a time for colorful foliage. In Alberta most native trees turn a shade of yellow in the fall. For the most part, we don’t get the spectacular reds and oranges that they get in eastern North America. Here are the aspens that are quite common in our area, a brilliant gold in the afternoon sun.

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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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A Band Of Light

Band Of Light

One of the greatest things about photographing in the mountains is the light. In the studio you can control the light, in the mountains, you have to find or wait for the light that you want. The three images that I’ve posted this week all have only a small section of the image that is being lit by direct sun light. In this case, the afternoon sun peeks through the clouds to illuminate a tiny portion of the face of Mount MacDonald in Glacier National Park near Rogers Pass, British Columbia. The late day sun cast a warm light and creates shadows that highlight details on the wall.

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Trees And Fog

Trees And Fog

Another of my sunrise shots from near Rimbey, Alberta. The fog layer was fairly close to the ground and allowed the light to come through but left a kind of a glow around the trees.

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Fog In The Trees

Fog In The Trees

Happy Canada Day! Here’s a central Alberta sunrise for your enjoyment!

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Mount Robson

Mt.Robson & Meadow

I haven’t been able to get out and shoot lately, so I’ve been reprocessing old files.

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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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Trees And Snow

Snow And Trees

I was riding with Dave Brosha in Banff National Park, and he saw a tree! Seriously, he saw some trees that he wanted to photograph so we stopped on the side of the road.

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Snow On The Mountains

Thompson Hills

These aren’t so much mountains but hills along the South Thompson River. The actual mountains are not that far away.

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Sunny Near Louise

Saddle, Sheol and Fairview

A lot of the images that I have been showing lately show the bleaker side of winter. On the days that the sun comes out, winter in the mountains can be spectacular. There are many times when I’d love to stop and take the day off shooting pictures, but my work schedule won’t allow it. Occasionally I can pause and grab a quick frame. This is one of the results. One of the benefits of being outside is that I get to see the changing light all along my route.

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Winter Trees

Winter Trees

Another of my images that look black and white, but were not converted to monochrome. The snow was lightly falling and covered the branches of all of the trees in a dusting of flakes. I lightened the exposure in Color Efex Pro 4 using High Key. I wanted to make the snow look whiter, rather than the mid grey the exposure meter suggested.

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Snowland

Snowland

With the light dusting of snow over the entire landscape, it gave the scene a nice light and airy feeling. The brightness carried from the road level to the peak of Mount Bosworth, and on in to the clouds.

The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom using Nik Color Efex Pro 4, and was not converted to black and white as you might suspect. I adjusted the brightness using the High Key filter and added a small amount of Tonal Contrast. If you examine the road closely, you can see the approaching vehicle’s headlights have a yellow glow.

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Clear Road Ahead

Winter Curves

After a few days of snow and blowing snow, seeing a road that has been plowed, sanded and cleared is a welcome relief. The air is crisp and clear on a cold winter’s day. It is perfect for getting maximum sharpness in your images.

I processed this image in Lightroom using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Castle Light

Late Afternoon At Castle

Castle Mountain is one of the most distinctive mountains in Banff National Park. It stands apart from other nearby mountains. It’s up thrust strata is instantly recognisable from the Trans-Canada Highway.

I’ve photographed Castle many times and the light is always changing on the mountain face. Some days the clouds move in and the peaks are not visible, often there won’t be any visibility above the treeline. On this day, the afternoon sun warmed the exposed rocks. The small lenticular cloud in the lower left was also warmed by the setting sun.

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Smoke Get In Your Eyes

And In Your Pictures

Crandell Shoreline

The view across Crandell Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park was a little smoky.

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Light And Shadow

Light

Light is the all important factor in photography. Without it, we only have darkness. Light does have properties and qualities that create mood.

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