Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Clouds And The Wall

Clouds And The Wall

 

The clouds roll up to the mountain and get stopped or go over. The weather in the Rockies is ever changing.

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Prairie Barn

Prairie Barn

 

Wandering around the countryside you can see many barns, but it’s not often that they are by themselves. The livestock that used to go into the barn are long gone. Even the fences and corrals normally associated with animal husbandry have been removed. You wonder what happened and what changed.

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Circles And Lines

Circles And Lines

 

I think that this is actually a bike rack, but I loved the way the the design was repeated and knew there was a picture in there somewhere. The multiple circles contrast the angular lines of the supports which are backed up by the lines of the railing.

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The Woods

The Woods

 

A simple shot of aspen trees in the Alberta foothills, after the leaves had fallen. I converted it to black and white to emphasise the starkness of the scene. The light coloured trunks with the dark markings lend themselves to a monochrome medium.

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Best of Black & White 2015

I’ve done more black and white this year than I’ve done in a long time. These were al shot this year and I chose them as my best of the year. In no particular order.

58 Apache

‘58 Apache – From the Didsbury Show and Shine, I liked the luminous quality of light that I was able to bring out in this shot.Edge Of The Field

Edge Of The Field – There’s a certain magic that harvest time on the prairies brings out.Jaws

Jaws – A close up of the cutter on a swather brings out detail not normally seen.

 Bay Arcade At Night

Bay Arcade At Night – Handheld, going back to my car after dinner with Dave Brosha.After The Fire

After The Fire – A small section of the area between Ft Providence and Edzo, that burned in 2014.Simmons Building

Simmons Building – Wandering around downtown Calgary, I had to get a shot of a new Icon of redevelopment in the East Village.

I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did taking and processing them.

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In Situ

In Situ

 

When driving somewhere, I often take a cross country route, taking secondary highways and even some gravel roads. It takes longer because I drive slower but I see more and if I leave earlier, I have time to stop and take pictures. I saw this tree and knew that I had to stop and make a photograph. It made me wonder how long it had been there and what it took for it to survive. I think that there is a small dugout behind, hidden by the limbs. Close enough to the water hole to drink in and escape the plow. I think the lesson that I learned here was, that perseverance will get you farther in the end.

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Simmons Building

Simmons Building

 

I’ve seen the Simmons Building around the East Cal, or now the East Village, for years and have wanted to photograph it. Well, it has been around for years, since 1912 to be precise. It started life as a mattress factory and later just a warehouse. Renovations and preservation began in 2008, with a restaurant, coffee roaster and bakery now occupying the premises.

I love the signage painted on the sides of old brick buildings, and this one was no exception. Luckily there was only one business in the place for most of it’s existence, so there was no issue with painting over as occupants changed in the over one hundred years of being. I wanted the dark, stark, contrasty black and white to suggest age and to deemphasise the cars and other modern trappings in the parking lot. The “Guaranteed” in the oval graphic, to me, shouts old time!

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Abraham Bubbles

Abraham Bubbles

 

Photography is often a work in progress. As you develop your skills and learn new techniques your images can improve in quality and expressiveness. This is an interim copy of this scene that I’ve been working on in the past weeks. I’ve made some changes to my workflow and am implementing more features in Photoshop itself.

This is an image of Abraham Lake, east of the Saskatchewan River Crossing just outside of Banff National Park. It is well known for the methane bubbles that form in the ice on the surface of the lake.

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Edge Of The Field

Edge Of The Field

 

On a field with low wet spots, the machinery has to go around them or risk getting stuck in the mud. It does create interesting patterns in the fields.

I converted this image to monochrome to highlight the different lines and contrasts in the crop.

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The Stones Themselves

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In Monument Valley, the red coloured rocks are quite prominent and the vivid hues are in your face. I thought that removing the colour and presenting the scene in black and white would show the grain and structure of the giant boulders and cliff face. Hopefully the tuft of grasses included at the bottom of the frame gives the image a sense of scale.

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Under The Bridge

Under The Bridge

 

While crossing over a pedestrian bridge on the Elbow River, I heard the sound of talking and laughing. It was coming from under the bridge. I leaned out over the guard rail and grabbed a few frames. In only one the young girl has her head turned with a smile. In this case, the vertical format leads the eye up into the image. I converted to black and white in Silver Efex Pro to remove the colour and focus on the contrasting forms and textures.

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Boats

Boats

 

I’ve been going over a few older images this week and processing them. Some had been done before, this one had not been previously posted. I liked the repetitive shapes and lines. I also found the names of the boats interesting. Can you identify the sources for the names?

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Lone Tree

Lone Tree

This blast from the past was taken on a 2008 trip to Prince George, BC at the Norton Ranch. The area was hard hit early by the mountain pine beetle. Where a forest once stood, this lone tree is a stark reminder of what once was.

I found this image resting unprocessed in my archives, and thought it would be a good candidate for conversion to black and white. It was done in Adobe Photoshop CC and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

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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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Pending Storm

Pending Storm

Many of my first memories of photography were of processing black and white film in the darkroom, and looking at Ansel Adams pictures. I’ve always liked the detail and contrast in my monochrome images. I used Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2 in Adobe Photoshop CC to create the sort of image that I remember. I used the red filter and the Kodak Panatomic X film effect to get closer to what I liked.

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Distant Rays

Distant Rays

Photographers like what they call “God Rays” or crepuscular rays. They make an interesting aspect to an image. The rays are formed when sunlight shines through small openings in the clouds. They are more noticeable when seen against a darker background.

Travelling west of Calgary, near Morley, Alberta on the Trans-Canada Highway, I spotted this scene, and knew it would make a great image. I chose to post process in black and white to accentuate the texture in the clouds.

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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)

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Back To Banff

Vermillion Lakes

An over cast day at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park is always a treat for me. The shaded light is ideal for it’s evenness. No harsh shadows glare out at and you can explore the details in your scene. I was glad to retain some detail in the clouds above Mount Bourgeau. A tree floating in the lake adds some interest to the foreground.

I had got my D300s wet in the rain at Lake Louise, and it was still drying out when we got back to Banff, so I turned to my backup camera, my old D80.

Nikon D80, Nikkor 24-70mm, @48mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 900, Adobe Lightroom, Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

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