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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Sir Lawrence

Sir Lawrence

 

I called him Sir Lawrence but Larry is a former school teacher from Three Hills. He’s been operating combines for Carlson Ag for many years. On this day, he’s in the cab teaching his young friend the finer points of running the big harvester.

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Shanyn

Shanyn

 

Our friend Shanyn has a worried look as she watches out for the weather. After a rain delayed harvest, the combines are back in the field but her husband Earl, still has to keep fixing them as they break down.

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Sherri

Sherri

 

The late afternoon light is causing her to squint a little but she’s enjoying the sun while we’re out in the field watching combines.

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Wooden Tracks

Wooden Tracks

 

Metal tracks can be very rough and give a harsh ride. Someone has added wooden planks to the track pads on this machine.

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Weather Worn

Weather Worn

 

Tires are an expensive part of maintenance of farm machinery. As they age, the rubber becomes less pliant becomes cracked and weathered. It makes for interesting patterns.

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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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Bloom Is Off The Rose

Bloom Is Off The Rose

 

Sometimes a rose is just a rose…

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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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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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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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Firehole Falls

Firehole Falls 2

 

Taken a few years ago in Yellowstone National Park, I found the falls on the Firehole River to be very picturesque. There are many more things to see in the park than just geysers. A slower shutter speed helps smooth the water into a creamy flow over the rocks in the falls.

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Bay Arcade At Night

Bay Arcade At Night

 

The downtown Bay store is one of my favourite locations. The outside arcade has a variety of shapes and patterns using granite and cream coloured terracotta. I was surprised that the lights were not on in the walkway but thought  that must be because of the construction that was happening behind me.

Taken with my Nikon Coolpix, hand held at 1/6 sec, slow enough for the pedestrian going past is blurred.

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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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Call Of The Desert

Call Of The Desert

Even from 25 miles away Shiprock stands like a sentinel in the desert. The monadnock is located in New Mexico and I’m shooting from Colorado. It is one of the iconic images in my mind when I think of the Four Corners country. I find it strange that one geologic formation can have an effect on a person’s psyche. I often find my thoughts on Shiprock for no reason. On our next trip I definitely want to spend more time with Tsé Bitʼaʼí (Navajo for “rock with wings” or “winged rock”).

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 for the monochrome conversion.

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Fields Forgotten

Fields Forgotten

Some images affect me differently. I like the graphic nature of the short stubble in the field with the underlying row of the grain stalks from the seed drill. With the way that the land contours, the whole picture is filled with lines in many directions. But, all of the lines create tension in the frame that I find unsettling. The monochrome processing in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 with a sepia toning, heightens the feeling by simulating an old fashioned look. There’s a timeless mood that I was trying to convey. What are your feelings?

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Is Life Complicated?

Prince Of Wales Reflection

I’m running behind this week and won’t be doing a lot of writing.

Sometimes you create an image with a lot of detail like this one of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton National Park. Although I like the image, I find the front to back sharpness and detail to be a little distracting. I could have gone for a vignette to highlight the hotel, but didn’t think the effect would suit the image. What would you do to accentuate the hotel?

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People On The Street

Chillin'

As we were wandering up Stephen Avenue Walk taking pictures, I spotted this fellow just sitting on a bench having a smoke.

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Busking On The Avenue

In Tune

The good weather brings out the performers, and the photographic opportunities.

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The Real Power Wagon

The Real Power Wagon

I’m sure this is one of my wife’s favorite vehicles from the Didsbury Show and Shine. She really likes the old trucks and this one is a beauty. I took a different approach to this image. I did a single frame HDR in Photomatix and did the conversion there. I brought it back into Nikon Capture NX2 and did a Darken/Lighten Center from Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0, and added a couple of Color Control Points to selectively brighten and increase contrast. Then I exported a .jpg file and opened the image in Nik Snapseed. Then added a frame, which I thought added a rustic quality to the picture, which went well with the old stake bed truck.

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Driving Rain

Driving Rain

Sharpness is one of the things that I first look for in my images. There are times when you don’t need fine detail to convey a mood or message. Sometimes the weather conditions are such that it is impossible to see very far at all. When heavy rainfall obscured the mountains, I concentrated on the foreground trees and the mid-ground hills as the background the mountains. You see the shades of grey going from dark (close) to light (distant). Some of the blurring in this picture is caused by water droplets on my window. Nothing is really sharp, but I think it’s fairly clear what is the subject of the image.

Again post-processed in Nikon Capture NX2 and converted to monochrome using Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0, with the frame added using Nik Snapseed for Windows.

Nikon Coolpix P6000, 16.6mm, f/4.7, 1/81 sec, ISO 97

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