Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Bow Valley In Black And White

Cement Plant

Bad weather makes for more interesting images. The first image is looking west, up the Bow Valley with the Lafarge cement plant’s plume of smoke rising in the fairly calm air. (calm air, how unusual)

The area the photo was taken is known as “The Squeeze”, it’s the narrowest point in this part of the Bow Valley. The narrowing valley walls funnel the wind through and speed it up. Cars and big trucks on the Trans-Canada highway are often buffeted by winds that can reach 110 km/h (70 mph).

Wind Ridge

The thin snow / fog / smoke increases the farther in the the distance you are looking. It creates layers in the slopes that are barely distinguishable in normal conditions.

The dull light conditions don’t show off the color very well. This made these images perfect candidates for conversion to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

In the best light…


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