Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “Bow River

Bloom On The Bow

Bloom On The Bow

 

Bloom is a public art piece that was installed in 2015 on St Patrick’s Island across from the East Village in downtown Calgary. It can be accessed from the Bow River Pathway on the north or RiverWalk on the south via the George C. King pedestrian bridge.

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Chronic Canoe

Chronic Canoe

 

Another shot from my friend Neil Zeller’s photowalk. I was on the pathway on the north side of the river west of the Peace Bridge, when I saw the nice reflection from the street light on the water. I could see a canoe coming down river and wanted to include it. However, they stopped in the middle of the river, just to the right of the frame and weren’t going anywhere. Then I saw a small flame at one end followed shortly by another small flame at the other end of the canoe. Two large puffs of smoke later and the canoe was moving, allowing me to get my shot.

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Walkway

Walkway

 

There is something about going for a walk that is calming and soothing. It’s great for the soul to wander along a path at your own pace. If it is a new place, your mind wonders “what is behind the next turn?”.

I liked the back lighting on the leaves.

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The Lions Sleep Tonight

The Lions Sleep Tonight

 

A lone car streaks across an empty bridge in this five second time exposure. The Centre Street Bridge has long been one of my favourite subjects. The small aperture in the lens creates starbursts on the street lamps.

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Wind Blown Grass

Wind Blown Grass

 

With the wind blowing down the river on the day of the Worldwide Photo Walk in Calgary, Kensington, it made me wonder how to show the movement from the breeze. So, I set the ISO to the lowest setting and cranked the aperture down to the smallest opening f/22, which gave me a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second. This was enough to catch the grass heads doing the dip.

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Autumn Storm

Autumn Storm

 

When outside taking pictures, there’s always something on my mind. That is, keep an eye on the weather. I looked to the east from the Peace Bridge on the Worldwide Photo Walk with Gudrun, shot this frame out the opening. It shows a storm blowing up to the east of Calgary, which , thankfully, kept moving to the southeast.

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City Of Light

City Of Light

 

The Worldwide Photo Walk put on by Scott Kelby are usually fun. This year’s Calgary event hosted by Gudrun Schulze Ebbinghoff, was no exception. It was well organized and planned for a nice walk with lots of time to take pictures and talk to people. Gudrun staged the walk for later in the day, specifically to have more interesting light during the walk. It ranged from full, but directional light to sunset, if you wanted to stretch it a bit. The area is quite interesting and I have plenty more to post in the next few weeks.

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Old Pilings

Old Pilings

 

On an outing a couple weeks ago with friends, we went down along the river near weir in the Bow River near Pearce Estates in southeast Calgary. I saw these old pilings near the base of a railway bridge. I was pleased to see that the river still retained the blue of glacial fed mountain waters. I like the contrast between the smooth water and the deep grooves in the wood.

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Castle Afternoon

Castle Afternoon

I’ll be the first to admit it, Castle Mountain is one of my favourites. I’ve featured it in at least 10 other posts. Castle has a distinctive profile and a detailed exterior that looks good from many vantage points. Lighting and clouds make your image. I liked the bit of color reflecting off of the Bow River.

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Castle Smoke

Castle Smoke

Castle Mountain is one of my favourite subjects, and I photograph it in all seasons. When smoke from a controlled burn obscured the peak, I just had to get one more shot. The dusting of snow on the river bank and on the evergreen trees adds to the wintry mood of the image.

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Castle By The Bow

Castle By The Bow

There are views of Castle Mountain all along the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park. After the spring runoff ends the Bow River returns to it’s classic high country turquoise blue. Summer storms roll down the valley regularly.

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Castle Bow Clouds

Castle Bow Clouds

The Bow River winds it’s way down the valley below Castle Mountain. The clouds roll through leaving the valley in shadow and the light from the clouds reflects off of the river.

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View From The Peace Bridge

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Looking to the west from the bridge, you can see a C-Train crossing the Bow River on the next bridge up stream. Beyond that is the Louise Bridge that connects 10th Street Northwest to downtown Calgary.

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Peace Bridge Traffic

South Entrance

The Peace Bridge has a fairly wide entrance way, with sidewalks on either side and a center section for bicycles.

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The Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge Pano

On our photowalk a few weeks ago, the furthest point was the Peace Bridge. It is a pedestrian/cyclist bridge over the Bow River in downtown Calgary.

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1886 Cafe

1886 Cafe

Although the Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company was formed in 1886, the present building that is occupied by the 1886 Buffalo Cafe was built in 1911. The lumber company was formed by Isaac Kerr and Peter Prince. Nearby Prince’s Island was named for Peter Prince. The company floated logs down the Bow River to be milled at this location until 1945. At one time it was the largest lumber supplier in the Northwest Territories.

I thought that a monochrome conversion was in order for this image. The plain black and white was quite stark, so I added a very slight sepia/brown tone. After processing in Capture NX2 with Nik Color Efex, I opened the image in Snapseed for Windows and added a rustic frame to complete the image.

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View To Mount Brett

View To Mount Brett

This week I’m presenting a series of vertical images taken on a recent trip to Banff National Park. I won’t be verbose as I know people are busy with the holidays this week, as am I.

People often shoot with one camera position, most often it is in a horizontal or landscape format. The vertical or portrait format offers a different view on subjects.

The foreground trees form strong vertical lines that the vertical format enhances. The wide spot in the river was somewhat featureless without the trees. Shooting horizontal through the trees looked to divide the image. I preferred the portrait format where the smaller tree seems to point the way to Mount Brett.

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Waxing Gibbous Moon Over The Bow Valley

Waxing Gibbous Moon Over The Bow Valley

Just a quick image for you today. The moon was rising over the Bow Valley near Canmore, Alberta while the tops of the nearby peaks were still lit by the setting sun.

Nikon P6000, 15mm, f/4.4, 1/86 sec, ISO 64

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To HDR Or Not To HDR

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On a recent trip to Banff National Park, I photographed the Sawtooth Range from beside the Trans-Canada Highway.

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