Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Broken Feed Drive

Broken Feed Drive

 

The drive chain that runs the feeder on the combine pickup broke and jammed the front full. Under the flood lights from the combine and work lights from the service truck, the canola was brightly light in the darkening night.

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The Web

The Web

Hooking up to a trailer one night, I noticed a spider web in the corner of the light housing. The LED taillight was backlighting the threads and making it stand out.

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Town Aurora

Town Aurora

 

On my way home one morning, I could see the northern lights in the sky. The aurora stretched across the northern horizon as I was driving. By the time I got home to get my camera, the lights were already fading, so, I set up on my front sidewalk and shot across the street. What I couldn’t see when driving was the radiating pulsing in the lights. Unfortunately you can’t capture the movement in still photography.

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Omega

Omega

 

I thought this looked like the Greek letter Omega, the last letter, kind of symbolizing the end. It was the end of our night out but the show continued on much later into the night.

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The Claw

The Claw

 

This one just looked like a big claw coming down from the sky.

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All A Buzz

All A Buzz

 

There are times when the aurora gets really active and it starts moving around quickly. You never know what you’ll end up with in the camera. In this shot, it was different from when I clicked the shutter until when the exposure ended.

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Light Bright

Light Bright

 

It’s been a bit of an Aurora drought around here lately, so please forgive me if I gush on about the G3 storm that occurred early on May 8th. The lights were so bright, we could see them before we left town. I didn’t have to worry about finding the absolute darkest site to shoot from either. There was enough light to illuminate the ground so minimal flashlights were used. My major worry was where to point my camera next. From about 20 degrees above the southern horizon the rest of the sky had aurora at some point in the night. You had to be there!

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Aurora With Colour Streaks

Aurora With Colour Streaks

 

When I’m out at night shooting Aurora, the camera always picks up more than I can see with my naked eyes. There has to be some really intense colour for me to see it. My wife Sherri has an uncanny ability to see the nearly invisible colours in the aurora and can usually point me in the right direction.

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Aurora Highway

Aurora Highway

 

Saturday night rolls in and I’m just settling down with the computer. The first post I read is one from a buddy of mine that says head outside and look up, you can see the northern lights inside the City of Calgary! I’m thinking, can it be? So, I check the Space Weather Report and sure enough, a G3 event is underway. I race upstairs and roust Sherri, who’s just getting ready for bed and I pack up the camera gear to load the truck. We’re out in 5 minutes and on location in another 5. Our spot, next to the busiest highway in the province. This shot takes advantage of the location to add taillight highlights to the composition.

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Sky Wash

Sky Wash

 

From the New Year’s Eve Aurora show.

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Best Auroras of 2015

Aurora Sunrise 

I was up north of Yellowknife in March when I took this shot (8 seconds handheld). The sun will soon rise. I saw the aurora most nights when travelling in the north but, sadly, wasn’t able to stop very often.

Aurora At The Pond

It was a while since I had last shot images of the northern lights and I still had to refine my technique. In this shot the exposure was too long and the stars started to create trails. This time west of Carstairs.

Y Marks The Spot

During the summer, I was able to get out to see the aurora a few times. Here we are at a pond east of Didsbury.

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I saw this beauty in November, just east of the QE2 Highway near Carstairs.

There Be Dragons

December saw me out late for more aurora hunting, to make this catch.

I hope everyone had a great year of photography and wish that 2016 be your best year yet!

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Best Of Twenty Fifteen

My best, In the order that they were taken. I did a lot of post processing on older images, which I did not include. Only images shot in the last year are being shown.

Sherri In The Snow

January 6 – Sherri In The Snow – After shovelling snow off of our sidewalks, I ran in the house to grab my camera and flash to take this shot of my wife Sherri.

Sky Waves

March 24 – Sky Waves – Heading north out of Ft. Providence, NWT, I noticed these strange clouds and quickly grabbed a shot.

Ahead Of The Crowd

May 9 – Ahead Of The Crowd – There is always a wealth of photo opportunities for automobile aficionados at the Didsbury Show and Shine. I often take a snap of a sign or other owner provided info on a vehicle, to correctly identify it later. I didn’t have any ID on this car and had to do an extensive search on the internet to determine that this was a 1937 Pontiac.

Iris Garden

May 23 – Iris Garden – Flowers are great subjects and for me, backlighting only improves them. Blooms were in abundance at the Reader Rock Garden. Located across from the Stampede Grounds, it’s one of the lesser known inner-city parks.

The Lions Sleep Tonight

May 23 – The Lions Sleep Tonight – Later that same night, we relocated to Crescent Road where I shot this great view of the Centre Street Bridge and it’s iconic Lions

To The Horizon

September 25 – To The Horizon – Harvest time in Central Alberta near Trochu. A John Deere combine works the field. By it’s position near the top of a rise, the main body of the harvester is shown above the horizon, as is the dust cloud trailing behind.

Gudrun

October 3 – Gudrun – On Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk our leader, my friend Gudrun showed us through the Calgary community of Bridgeland.  We stopped for a moment and I took the opportunity to make this impromptu portrait.

Remember

October 17 – Remember – Another photowalk, this time hosted by my friend Neil Zeller. We started out at the Peace Bridge and worked our way down to Poppy Plaza, where I captured this image.

Simmons Building

December 8 – Simmons Building – In the city for an appointment and a gallery opening later, we had a couple of hours between. I decided to head over to the East Village to scout about. I saw the old painted on signage and had to get a shot.

Aurora And Moonset Over Carstairs

December 20 – Aurora And Moonset Over Carstairs – I was just getting ready for bed when I checked the Aurora forecast. It looked good, really good, so I went out. Not much was happening when I got, away from the street lights. Not much happened the first hour and I thought I got skunked, but decided to wait. Am I glad that I did, the next two hours were amazing but by 3 AM I had to turn in, even though it was still going on.

These were what I chose to be my best from 2015. I hope you enjoyed them.

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Aurora Home Delivery

Aurora Home Delivery

 

Often the lights of a town or city are enough to preclude seeing the Aurora Borealis but sometimes a strong event can be seen in almost any conditions.

On Christmas Day, I’d like to wish my friends, neighbours and readers a joyous holiday season, however you celebrate it.

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There Be Dragons

There Be Dragons

 

Sometimes out of the charged particles in the air that cause our Northern Lights, patterns emerge. Fleeting though they are, often the shapes evoke memories or stories past. I saw a dragon in this one, you might see something else.

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Orion Aurora

Orion Aurora

 

I have a special fondness for the constellation Orion. It was probably the second constellation that I learned after The Big Dipper. It is easy to recognize in our winter sky. On this night, the aurora was large enough to intrude into the southern sky and grace the top of the frame. The glow from it was so bright, that there is a green cast on the snow in the foreground. The clouds are lit by the light pollution from the city of Calgary.

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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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Sky Circles

Sky Circles

 

Auroras are one of my favourite subjects. Although not an infrequent visitor in these parts, they do not show up as often as I’d like. This show was on November 4th, like my most recent aurora posts. For some reason, I had passed over this frame. On later inspection, I liked the repeating circles and upward spikes.

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I Love The Nightlife

I Love The Nightlife

 

Very similar to Wednesday’s post, this shot is zoomed in a little more and the light is a bit more intense. You can barely make out the constellation the Big Dipper through the aurora and there are bits of orange and yellow in the middle.

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Aurora And Meteor

Aurora And Meteor 15/11/04

 

We were on our way home from a dinner with friends in Red Deer, and as we turned off the highway, the spectacle was unfolding. We quickly found a nearby spot not far from the highway and started shooting. We were so close you can still see some red taillights on the left hand horizon. There is even a meteor gracing the frame with an early sighting from the Taurid meteor shower.

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Orion And Aurora

Orion And Aurora

 

We had an opportunity to get a quick photo shoot in on November 3 and came away with a few good shots. From where we live, just north of Calgary, the Northern Lights are exactly that, from the north. Sure, they can me in the northwest or in this case northeast, but mostly north of west or east. On this night, the aurora just crossed the line, as you can see by the power line running to the east. I was able to include the constellation Orion in this composition.

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Reach For The Moon

Reach For The Moon

 

Steve the Astronaut is up a tree in Poppy Plaza

Neil Silhouette

My friend Neil Zeller has been putting on a Photowalk for the past few years around his Birthday to celebrate with friends and to meet new people. The Photowalk this year was another great success. You can follow Neil all over on Social Media. His Facebook Page or Instagram, for examples.


Space Meditation

Space Meditation

 

Steve the Astronaut at Poppy Plaza.

 

Neil Silhouette

My friend Neil Zeller has been putting on a Photowalk for the past few years around his Birthday to celebrate with friends and to meet new people. The Photowalk this year was another great success. Neil is all over on Social Media. His Facebook Page or Instagram, for examples.


Night Unload

Night Unload

 

Lights are shining brightly as the combines make their way around fields. The truck has all of it’s lights on so the combine operators know where to go to unload the harvest. It is trickier at night to get the auger aligned properly, depth perception changes in the dark. The driver is out checking the suspension gauges so he’s not over the legal weight.

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Last Field, Last Load