Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Falls in Maligne Canyon from Bridge #1

We were headed up the Maligne Lake Road when we saw a sign that read Maligne Canyon. Sherri said “What’s That?” I said “I don’t know, I’ve never been there.” Then let’s go.” she replied. So we found ourselves in a largish parking lot next to a Teahouse and what appeared to be trail heads. What caught our attention was a herd of deer in the parking lot. We took a good number of frames of the deer in their various poses. At some point I turned to my wife and asked “Is that a waterfall I hear?” We wandered toward the sound I was hearing and found a path along side of a rushing creek that had been carving it’s way into the rock below it. The patterns worn into the rock were amazing. Farther down the trail I came across a bridge over looking this falls. Of course my trusty 25 year old aluminum Manfrotto tripod was left behind in our vehicle. My beloved carbon fibre Gitzo was still waiting on parts, after breaking it at Allstones Creek on the ice. I was growing tired of the extra weight of the aluminum and thought I could get along without it on a short walk. It was darker in the slot canyon where this waterfall was located. I was worried about camera shake with a slower shutter speed with no VR on the 24-70mm. I rested the edge of the camera on the bridge and managed to pull off a sharp image. I could have run back and got the tripod but I didn’t have the energy.

D300s, 24-70mm @ 24mm, 1/80th sec, f/8.0

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5 responses

  1. Ruth Knox

    I love this intimate shot, and I like it more because you found it on a spur-of-the-moment side trip!

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    May 15, 2010 at 03:47

  2. Mike Fitton

    I really like this one too John! What a fantastic find 🙂

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    May 15, 2010 at 06:53

  3. Schmengy

    Reading this post made me think of how hard it can be to hold a camera still, especially if you’re breathing hard from exertion. Then my mind started to wander and created a new kind of biathlon where you ski or run around a course as fast as you can and stop at different stations to take five photos while standing, sitting, or lying down then get points on how clear they are. Whattya think?? Ya, well, maybe I do need a hobby…

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    May 16, 2010 at 08:58

    • Would that be the Bi-Focal-Athalon?

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      May 16, 2010 at 15:18

      • Schmengy

        Very punny!

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        May 20, 2010 at 16:56

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