Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Locations

Calgary Aglow

Calgary Aglow

Calgary is a great city to photograph. Mike Fitton and I were up on Meredith Road NE to overlook the downtown core of the city for sunset. We didn’t get much color in the sky but there was lots of twinkling lights in the office towers. The Christmas lights on the outside of the Telus Building showed up nicely.

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Bow Storm

Bow Storm

The Bow is the tallest office tower in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I shot here earlier in the year with Peter Carroll and made a blog post featuring the sculpture Wonderland. This time I went with Mike Fitton just after Christmas. We had stopped for coffee in Inglewood (about 12 blocks away) and walked back to the car it was a nice cool winter evening (about 5c). When I pulled up in front of the skyscraper the temperature had dropped to –12c with a wind chill of –20c. The wind nearly ripped the car door out of my hand when I opened it. Bundled up against the cold, we went ahead with the photo shoot. The weather warning had materialized instantly and I nearly froze my finger tips in my fingerless gloves. I looked up and could see the storm rolling over the top of the building. I didn’t want to take the time to set up my tripod and had been shooting hand held. The shot metered 1/4 second and I knew that I couldn’t stand there and hold the camera steady. So, I laid on my back on a bench in front of the plaza, locked my elbows and clicked the shutter.

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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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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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End Of The Line

The End

On a recent trip to a friend’s farm, I happened upon a couple of old combines. It’s been many years since these machines have harvested a crop.

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Weather Near Ten Mile

Weather Near Ten Mile

When the clouds take over the sky and you can see the rain falling from afar, it’s time to get shooting. I find that weather is one of my favorite things to include in a landscape photo. You can see the rain streaking down with the sun making it’s last appearance before it retreats to behind the mountain.

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Underwear

Underwear

Clothes on a line at the Bar-U Ranch near Longview, Alberta, from 2010.

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Chicken On The Way

Chicken On The Way

Chicken on the Way is a Calgary, Alberta, Canada landmark. The same family has been operating this location since 1958. I’ve been eating their chicken from just after I moved to Calgary in the 1970’s. The giant rooster, at the extreme right of the frame, stands facing Fourteenth Street North West. They still wrap your boxed order in brown paper using paper tape to seal it. The weather was rainy on this day’s visit, and it made the colors vibrant. The nice even overcast lighting brought light into the shadow areas and increased saturation. Don’t forget to try the Corn Fritters!

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Crowsnest Pass Ahead

Crowsnest Pass Ahead

Heading west on Highway 3 in Southern Alberta the road takes you through the Crowsnest Pass. The municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta was created from the amalgamation of the towns of Coleman and Blairmore, and the villages of Frank and Bellevue. This time the sun is lighting an area of the local foothills as I approach Crowsnest Pass. Overhead, dramatic cloud create an amazing scene.

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Waterton Gate

Waterton Gate

Waterton Lakes National Park is often overlooked as one of Alberta’s mountain parks. It’s more northerly cousins, Banff and Jasper get the lion’s share of attention. The annual Waterton Wildflower Festival has just ended, but the Waterton Wildlife Weekend is coming up near the end of September. The above image was taken just a few feet from the road near the park entrance. There are numerous opportunities for photographers to make great image in this small park.

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Super Moon

Super Moon Through The Tree

We got out to shoot the super moon. Of course, we arrived at our location a little late and the moon was already up. I did get a few shots that I did like. The mosquitoes were out like crazy, so I didn’t want to stay too long. Did you see the super moon? Did it look different to you?

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Morning Mist

Morning Mist

Fog

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandberg 1916

One thing about getting up in the morning, that you don’t get when you sleep late and usually only shoot the sunsets, is the mists and fogs that often happen just before dawn. The fog does seem to creep in before it burns of with the coming of the heat of the day. There are so many wonderful images that you can make even with just a bit of mist. And, if you stay up really, really late, it’s morning.

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Car Shows For All

Old Ford Dually Super Cab

Summer is a great time for car shows, and car shows are a great opportunity for photography. There are often interesting and photogenic vehicles. The owners usually enjoy talking about the the various customizations that they have done on their vehicles. The above Ford pickup from the 1940’s didn’t come from the factory as a Super Cab, nor was it born with dual rear wheels. This custom also has a modern engine and running gear. Check out the next car show in your area to see what you can find.

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Birds And Water

Avocet Feeding

Wetlands make an excellent area to work on your bird photography.

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Spring Blossoms

Mayday Blossoms

Spring seem to be a long time coming this year. I finally got a chance to get out with my macro lens to get a few close ups of the blooms.

Saskatoon Blossoms

The upper image is of our Mayday tree flowers and this bottom image is of Saskatoon berry bush blossoms. Both are from our yard. Proving that you don’t have to go far for good subjects.

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Forms and Textures

Coyote Canyon, Brimhall Nizhoni, NM

It’s been a few years since our trip to the Four Corners area of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

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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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More Details

Wind Sculpture

Looking down instead of looking across a scene, you find different things.

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Try Again

Light In The Lake

This was my second attempt at shooting the edge of the ice and the water backlit.

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Ice Crusts

Stump In The Ice

As spring slowly approaches, the ice releases it’s grip on our lakes and rivers. Where it can’t stay in open water, it hangs on to the edges and surfaces protruding from the water.

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Reeds On The Lake

Sproingy Curves

The reeds in Vermillion Lakes are quite interesting the repeating curves attracted my eye. Find what to shoot and how to do that was another question.

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It’s In The Details

Warm Spring Detail

Near Vermillion Lakes #3 there are warm springs that feeds into the lake that keeps that water open nearly year round. I found one that started on the other side of the road. The algae was thriving in the warm water and the steam coming off of the surface in the cold weather, caused droplets of ice to form on the stems of the grasses above the water line. It has to be far enough above the warm water so the ice doesn’t melt, and higher, the mist doesn’t coagulate and form on the grass stems. It is an interesting process that would be easy to miss. This little puddle wasn’t very photogenic as a whole, but by moving in close and seeing the details, I was able to find an interesting image.

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By The Lakeside

Mt Rundle And Vermillion Lakes 3

Nearly everyone who photographs near the town of Banff, in Banff National Park, shoots Mount Rundle from Vermillion Lakes.

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