Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Herbert Lake

Herbert Lake

 

When you turn north from Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway one of the first turnoffs is to the lesser known Herbert Lake. This little gem is a great spot.

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Sunset Slough

Sunset Slough

 

The last light of the day reflects off of a prairie pond. The windless evening creates a mirror like surface.

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Sunset And Water

Sunset And Water 7

 

Looking back on some of my older images, I thought I would share a few that stand out.

After a very rainy spring a nearby field was partly flooded. I liked the reflection of the sunset in the water.

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Flowers In The Water

Flowers In Water

 

Having not spent much time in my youth around water, I find water plants interesting. I saw these small white blooms just above the surface of the water, and when I came over to investigate, I noticed that the branches hanging over the water were reflected on the surface. The flowers appeared to be growing off of the branches.

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine

I was hoping for a nice reflection of the tree in the water but the wind rippled the surface of the lake. The blue of Emerald Lake shows up nicely in the ripples, whereas the yellow in the slope reflects in the the calmer portion.

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Open Water

Open Water

This image was taken in 2009 on Darwin Wiggett’s Fire & Ice Photo Tour. The location is Graveyard Flats on the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper National Parks. The snow encroaching on the open water is just over knee deep and there were significantly deeper spots getting to this location. I remember it as the beautiful day that it appears to be here. One of the things I love about photography is that it preserves your memories.

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Vermillion Sunrise

Vermillion Sunrise

A classic scene from Banff National Park, the sunrise over Mount Rundle and the Vermillion Lakes is one of the most photographed scenes. To me, it doesn’t matter who has photographed a location before me. If you try to not compare yourself to others, perhaps you can approach any situation with a view of your own. I often find that when shooting at workshops, I’ll be setup beside other photographers, and we’ll each come back with something quite different. So don’t sweat it, work a scene and shoot what you like. And if you do like a location, and are able to return, do come back and shoot it again. Every day is different and the photographic choices that you make will make each shot different. This is the start to developing your own style, you just need to get out and shoot.

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Pond Reflection

Pond Reflection

Like my friends Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou are fond of saying, you don’t have to go far from home for great pictures. This image was taken about three blocks from my house at a pond in Tiny Lafleur Park. We were out for a walk with the dog and I was trying to get a shot of the nearby geese or even the shore of the pond. I noticed the reflection of the clouds in the water. I used Abobe Photoshop CC and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Slack Slough Sunset

Slack Slough Sunset

We were probably at least fifteen minutes late getting out to the slough. We were at Westerner Park in Red Deer for the Alberta Big Rig Weekend earlier and I wanted to see if the American Avocets were around. I should have checked The Photographer’s Ephemeris to see what time the sun set. I grabbed a couple landscape shot and on with the telephoto lens to find the birds.

After a long photo drought, I’ve gone out on shoots two weekends in a row. Now I’ve got a backup in the post processing department. So, some of these posts are out of the order in which they were shot. Once the memory cards were downloaded I started in on what was in front of me.

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Morning Geese

Morning Geese

I stopped for the sunrise and after I had been there shooting for a while, the geese noticed me and started honking. I wanted to include the geese in a noticeable way and finally came upon not including much of the sky. I concentrated on the reflection of the clouds in the water. The lower angle had another benefit, I didn’t have to show the power lines that were abundant in the area.

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Sunrise Clouds

Sunrise Clouds

Unlike Monday’s post, I took a small section of the scene in front of me and found the most intense color and captured the frame. A lot depends on where you are in your creative process, on how you take in a landscape and what you wish to portray. Framing is usually the first thing you think of when you look in to the view finder.

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The Pyramids Of Calgary

Building Detail

The art work in front of the lobby of the SunLife building on 4th Avenue SW in Calgary is visually striking. I found when viewed from this angle the top of the art work formed a triangle. The roof of lobby has peaks that also form triangles. By lining up the triangles to form a repeating pattern, I thought it created a more interesting view. The distorted reflections are actually recognizable and were identified by a fellow photographer who lives in Calgary. I find the detail shot of building can be more interesting than shooting the entire building.

Are you getting what you are looking for in your architectural photography?

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Open

Open

The neon sign in the window caught my eye as I walked below on the street. As I moved to frame the image, the chandelier came more into my view and I wanted to include it prominently in the shot. I liked the reflection of the leaves in the glass, and thought it add a texture of  sorts to contrast the hardness of the brick. The repeating circles or ovals helped bring this image together.

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Reflecting On Reflections

Mike Reflection

I have a fascination with reflections. I think it is a common affliction among most photographers.

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Sunset In A Window

Sunset In A Window

Reflections are one of the things that I’m always looking for when I’m out with my camera. When I first arrived at this location the sunset reflecting off of the window of this old pick up truck just jumped out at me. With my focus on the caragana, the window frame of the truck door went out of focus and the bushes have a bit of blur due to subject movement in the late afternoon breeze.

Nikon D80, Nikkor 24-70mm @70mm, f/8.0, 1/20 sec, ISO 1600

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Bugs By The Water

Bugs By The Water

I saw the bridge pilings and their reflections, and thought they would make a nice image. I liked the backlighting and the rim lighting on the pilings themselves. When I did a quick check on the LCD on the back of my camera the image looked fine but when I opened the image on my desktop monitor, I could see that all of the bugs that were flying around and biting me were also backlit and rimlit! Rather than trying to edit out every little point of light, I thought they added to the ambience of the summer afternoon scene.

Nikon D80, Nikkor 70-200mm @135mm, f/8.0, 1/1000 sec, ISO 800

Do you ever have happy accidents?

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In A Pinch

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We were on our way home after an Easter dinner with friends, when we spotted the sky coloring up.

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Adams River Morning

Predawn Shuswap

This time, I’m actually at the mouth of the Adams River. Saturday we spent most of the day with Kelly Funk at Huihill Creek, a tributary of the Adams. We came to the beach at the mouth of the Adams later in the afternoon. I returned to the beach Sunday morning to photograph the dawn on Shuswap Lake.  (more…)


Point of View

Mountain Reflection

When there are thirty photographers milling about searching for that perfect shot, what can you do to stand out from the crowd? Sometimes I just stop and look around. Who cares if you look like a goof just standing there while everyone else is clicking away. What I try to do is, change My focus. I often start out looking for the “great classic landscape”, but sometimes it feels like “been there done that”. You need to look at your location with fresh eyes. (more…)