Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “National Park

Smooth Water

Smooth Water

 

Through the magic of photography, a 25 second exposure turns Athabasca Falls from a roaring torrent into a gentle and creamy stream.

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Benson’s Glory Hole

Benson's Glory Hole

 

Hidden just off of the Yellowhead Highway in Jasper National Park this small water feature is warmer than its fellows nearby and manages to stay open in all but the coldest of weathers. This makes it a favourite of landscape photographers, especially in the winter.

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Streamside

Streamside

An interesting spot on a bright winter day.

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Details Sunwapta Falls

Details Sunwapta Falls

 

Sometimes when you are out shooting pictures, you get really focused on the “trophy” shots, the sweeping vistas and grand landscapes. Occasionally you need to step up and take a closer look at the environment and find something eye catching. I thought the patterns of snow and ice on the rocks inside the falls looked interesting.

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Break Through

Break Through

 

There is something about the sun coming out from the clouds that seems to just brighten my day. It’s warming, even on a cold and frosty day like this one.

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Graveyard Flats

Graveyard Flats 3

 

When out shooting with a group, it is sometimes hard to keep people out of your shot, but sometimes their tracks still get included. It makes me wonder where they were going and why I don’t see them in the distance.

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Mt Amery From Rampart

Mt Amery From Rampart

 

I love the mountains. One of my favourite things about living in this area, is to be able to visit places like this and to photograph them. The beautiful sunny day and the crisp snow do their best to highlight this mountain.

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Rampart Clouds

Rampart Clouds

 

This is an older image that I decided to reprocess in black and white. It was taken at Rampart Flats in Banff National Park, north of the Saskatchewan River Crossing on the Icefields Parkway.

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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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Fresh Snow

Fresh Snow

 

I love the look of clean, fresh, untrammelled snow. Being in the mountains makes the experience even better. Shooting into the sun, with the low hanging clouds, cranks up the contrast to the max.

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Leaning Tree

Leaning Tree

 

The high runoff in the spring raises the water level and increases the erosion and undermines the trees on the edge. When there is no longer enough soil to support the roots, gravity takes hold and pulls the tree over.

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Water Flow

Water Flow

 

From a couple of years ago, just off of the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. I had tried for a longer shutter speed to smooth out the water, and wish I was able to make an exposure at an even longer exposure, to make the water even smoother.

I do remember a great day in the mountains with a great view.

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Before Moonset, Yaki Point

Before Moonset, Yaki Point

 

In order for the moon to be full, it must be on the opposite side of the earth from the sun. So, moonrise happens at sunset and moonset happens at sunrise. Two days after the full moon the moon is still in the sky when the sun is up. The sun is up high enough to reach into the canyon but hasn’t reached the Colorado River at the bottom of the gorge.

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Morning In The Canyon

Morning In The Canyon

 

Early or late in the day is when I think the Grand Canyon looks the best. The strong cross lighting highlights the deep crevasses in the rock formations showing the textures and patterns of the strata.

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Dawn At The Grand Canyon

Dawn At The Grand Canyon

 

The light comes in hard, the first thing in the morning at the Grand Canyon. When the sun gets above the horizon enough peer deeper into the recesses, it hits the canyon wall creating dark shadows on the formations behind. The early light is very warm looking, giving the coloured rock a deep rich hue.

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Across From Vishnu Temple

Across From Vishnu Temple

 

Early explorers in the Grand Canyon must have been hearty souls with a rounded education in foreign religion and mythology. In the center is Vishnu Temple, I believe to the left is Wotan’s Throne. Isis, Osiris, Diana and Jupiter all make appearances in Grand Canyon nomenclature.

On this morning, the sun’s ray are starting to shine down the canyon creating streaks of light. The smaller formation in the canyon is being lit by reflected light from the cliff where I’m standing.

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Moonrise Over The Canyon

Moonrise over the Canyon

 

The sun had just dipped below the horizon in the west, and when I turned around the moon had risen above the Kaibab Plateau for the evening. Starting into the Blue Hour the colours were more muted than with the direct sunlight shining on them.

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Hikers’ Rest

Hikers' Rest

 

Two hikers take some time out of their day at the Grand Canyon to sit and read in the last of the sun’s rays for the day. The late afternoon light gives off a warm glow on the light coloured rocks.

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Canyon View From The Rim Trail

Canyon View from the Rim Trail

 

Meanwhile, back at the Grand Canyon, there is just so much to see and although it is recognizable every shot seems to be different. Taken in the late afternoon, I like the sun highlighting the formations on the opposite rim. It shows off the interesting patterns in the way that the erosion has worked it’s magic on the strata of the canyon.

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West Fork Little Soda Canyon Before Dawn

West Fork Little Soda Canyon Before Dawn

 

Not being a morning person, you know that when I get up on my own and am out shooting before the sun comes up, there is something special going on. Mesa Verde National Park is an amazing place! I was incredibly well rested, sleeping at over 8000 ft. elevation. The Far View Lodge is very comfortable, but don’t expect things like TV to disrupt your stay. As it was, it was dark by the time we returned to the room after dinner, and little to do but sleep. After I slipped quietly from the room, it was like I had the whole park to myself. Far View does live up to it’s name. It is nearly fifty mile to the distant ridge on the horizon at the right. In the nearer distance, the scrub oaks and other shrubs are starting to turn to their fall foliage.

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Flame Over Fog

Flame Over Fog

 

There are parts of Vermillion Lakes that are open in the winter, due to a warm spring feeding the lake water. When the thermometer drops, the mist rises off of the water. The clouds are lit by the setting sun and have turned a brilliant red/orange. It doesn’t matter when I visit Banff National Park, I always find something great to photograph.

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Frozen Moon

Frozen Moon

 

The moon looks down on us, and sometimes it looks back up. The moon is reflected in the ice at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. After the sun dips below the mountain tops, everything takes on a blue cast.

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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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Graveyard Flats Snowbank

Graveyard Flats Snowbank

 

I’ve been doing more work in Black and White lately. Some of it is a return to my roots developing and printing my film, without the chemicals, smells and mess; and some due to lively discussions with friends aimed at working a better image. This has been mistaken as a night image but it was shot around lunch time in late November a few years ago. I wanted the dark moodiness and the reappearance of the sun to relieve us from a sombre time.

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