Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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River Morning

River Morning

 

Sometimes you break a few rules, but I don’t take photography “rules” very seriously. To me, they are more like suggestions. In no particular order, “you don’t split the frame in half with the horizon”, except if you like it that way. The whole image has a blue cast which some might want to correct. At another time I might have wanted to as well, but it was as I saw it. The image seems soft. This was caused by a haze in the air, which contributed to the blue cast as well. I did like the soft focus look so, I kept that as well.

The scene is over looking the Red Deer River Valley from Dry Island Buffalo Jump near Trochu, Alberta.

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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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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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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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Above The Kaibab Trail

Above The Kaibab Trail

 

Evening falls on the Grand Canyon and it gets dark quickly deep in the recesses. From this vantage point, you can see the Kaibab Trail, one of the main paths to the canyon floor, and the Colorado River far below.

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Golden Light On The North Rim

Golden Light on the North Rim

 

The sun sets quickly in Arizona compared to here above the Fiftieth Parallel. The shadows are deep and dark in the interior of the Grand Canyon. Preserving the details in all of that dimness can be a chore. The highlighted formations stand out.

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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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The Goosenecks

The Goosenecks

 

Slightly off of the beaten path, Goosenecks State Park was a worthwhile stop on our itinerary. It’s a lesser known location than Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado but every bit of a great shooting spot. At home they would be called oxbows and not nearly as deep but here in Utah they have been named the goosenecks. A repeating pattern of back and forth loops like the hard candy you see at Christmas time. I would liked to have gotten more of the river in the foreground but the slope got steeper on the loose shale in front of me, so I took the safer choice of staying where I was. I hope you can see the green of the foliage at the edge of the San Juan River.

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Colorado River From Desert View

Colorado River From Desert View

 

If you haven’t seen it before, grand is just a word. The tiny looking Colorado River below supports both Lake Powell near Page, AZ and Lake Mead near Las Vegas, NV, and many others. The twenty five miles from here at Desert View to the Grand Canyon Village is less than one tenth the distance of the entire Grand Canyon. It is up to 18 miles wide and over 6000 feet deep in places. Grand indeed.

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Foothills Roundup

Foothills Roundup

 

The fall is a beautiful time in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. In certain areas, ranching is still prominent. If you are lucky, you may get to see an actual cattle drive in progress. I liked the lines in the hills and the triangles that they created.

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Remains Of Autumn

Remains Of Autumn

 

Deep in the foothills, west of Turner Valley, in Sheep River Provincial Park, fall comes early to this part of Kananaskis Country. In the brief period between the falling of the leaves and the flying of the snow, patches of trees are less willing to lose their foliage. A small grove faces a lone tree across a valley.

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The Woods

The Woods

 

A simple shot of aspen trees in the Alberta foothills, after the leaves had fallen. I converted it to black and white to emphasise the starkness of the scene. The light coloured trunks with the dark markings lend themselves to a monochrome medium.

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That Oldman River

That Oldman River

The fog changes the quality of the light. It makes everything softer. It dampens sounds and makes the world a quieter place. You have to see deeper into the fog to make sense of what’s in front of you. As you move, things appear out of it, somehow disconnected from our normal reality. The fog makes you closer to yourself, closer to your inner vision.

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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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Sunset Glow On The South Rim

Sunset Glow On The South Rim

 

Continuing our walk on the South Rim trail, the sun was just below the horizon as we arrived at Grand Canyon Village. The trail changes in nature from a narrow path to a wide concrete walkway with a stone wall at the cliff’s edge. The soft glow in the Golden Hour produced magenta pastels in the eastern skies and an even filtered light deep into the canyon itself.

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From The South Rim Trail

From The South Rim Trail

 

For a photographer seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time is invigorating, amazing and awe inspiring. Walking along the South Rim trail is a great way to spend a few hours, communing with nature. As the sun lowered in the west, it became selective in the features that were lit. Adding to an already impressive show.

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Grand Canyon From Desert View

Grand Canyon From Desert View

 

To the east of the Grand Canyon Village is the Desert View Watch Tower. From here you can see the Colorado River as it winds down the bottom of the chasm. This is looking towards the north. The Little Colorado River joins the Colorado just past the outcropping on the upper right of the image.

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Columbia Sunset

Columbia Sunset

 

The Trans-Canada Highway runs along side the Columbia River west of Golden, BC. One evening I saw the golden light of the sunset reflecting off of the surface of the river, and the crepuscular rays were streaming out from under the cloud. Perfect for a simple click.

The highway crosses to the other side of the river a few miles west of here. The river swings to the north and back down around Rogers Pass. The road used to follow the river on the Big Bend Highway before the road through Rogers Pass was constructed. The river comes down through the Mica Dam past Revelstoke, where the Trans-Canada crosses for the Columbia for the final time before the river’s journey to the United States.

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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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Island In A Sea Of Clouds

Island In A Sea Of Clouds

Coming down from a high plateau, sometimes there is a sight that amazes. The clouds and fog had rolled down the Thompson River valley, creating a river of mist. A hill was turned into an island.

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Fog On The Fraser

Fog On The Fraser

Late a night after darkness falls on the city, there is still activity along the river. The fog rolls in and the lights shimmer on the Fraser River. The glow from the lights illuminate the fog.

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Fraser Breakwater

Fraser Breakwater

Often there is a large wake behind the gigantic ships plying their way up and down the Fraser River. To prevent erosion, the authorities have installed breakwaters near the shore. This prevents me from driving to the edge of the yard and falling into the river.

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