Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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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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Winter Comes

Winter Comes

 

What first appeared to be dust on a dirty negative, the tiny flecks all over this image are really large snowflakes that are falling. The bare field will soon be covered in snow.

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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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Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

 

There was very little color out on the day this was photographed. The two previous in this series, I processed in black and white. In this image there was a hint of blue in the overcast sky and some of the deciduous trees had a reddish brown color to them, so I thought I would keep the pastel tones. The bridge and temple bell blend into the landscape, as if natural.

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Snowy Evergreens

Snowy Evergreens

 

Back to our photo op at Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens in Lethbridge, Alberta. Facing a scene where the landscape has been manicured, some times it is difficult to reduce a composition to a less “all encompassing” view that first greets you. A small arched bridge gave me a place to start.

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Nikka Yuko Morning

Nikka Yuko Morning

 

On a cold (-20c) New Year’s Eve morning just after the break of day, my buddy Mike and I were walking along Henderson Lake looking for photo ops after the sunrise proved unspectacular. We happened along the open back gate to Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens in Lethbridge after the sidewalk sweeper had entered. We wandered about undisturbed at a very quiet time in the morning. It allowed me to take some time composing shots to take advantage of the beauty of the scene.

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Almost Empty Field

Almost Empty Field

 

Sometimes, for whatever reason, a hay bale gets left behind. Occasionally, they get picked up but this one got caught in an early season snowstorm. You can see where the wind left a large drift that wraps around the bale on the windward side. At sometime, a coyote has visited this bale to discover if mice have made their home here. Life, in a microcosm.

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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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Signs

Signs

 

Despite our current unseasonably warm winter weather, this is a reminder that Old Man Winter might be hiding around the next corner. Taken a few years ago, I liked the contrast between the warmth of the late day sun and the cool shadows from the drifts.

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Frost

Frost

With the colder weather we have been having lately, I thought I’d post an image that showed the nicer side of winter. Hoar frost forms at a point where the humidity is high enough to enlarge the frost crystals on the things that it touches. It creates larger than life twigs and branches on the bare limbs of the winter trees in a white on white environment. One of winter’s more pleasing scenes.

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Retlaw Church

Retlaw Church

 

Retlaw is an interesting place. There’s not much left there but a few houses and the church. The church fell into disrepair and sat basically abandoned for many years. In the 1990’s the local area residents banded together and restored the church. Since then, the building has served for community functions, a couple weddings and even a funeral. The facility comes to life each Christmas when they hold an annual Christmas service. Retlaw also has ties to my family. My Mother taught in a one room schoolhouse there in the 1950’s. Sadly the school no longer exists.

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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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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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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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Thin Ice

Thin Ice

 

Wherever you have moving water in the winter in this area, the temperature fluctuations affect the water flow. The resulting drop in water level creates passages under the snow and ice caps, revealing small alcoves and grottoes. The lowered stream fell below the previously formed ice and created a knife edge.

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Ice Road Sunset

Ice Road Sunset

 

I saw some of the most amazing sunsets and sunrises in the Northwest Territories. The sun is not very high in the sky at this time of year and the low angle gives you a long time to see the sun come up or go down.  Shades of pink and ochre transition to azure and deep blue in the clear cold evening. As I recall it was about –25º Celsius when the exposure was made.

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Morning Skyline

Morning Skyline

 

When you are travelling on a frozen lake the landscape is basically flat. On the land there are low hills and ridges that vary as you move along. The light is amazingly subtle in the north, with pastel shades coloring the sky.

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Predawn Skyline

Predawn Skyline

In the north the “Blue Hour” lasts a long time. You can see the glow coming at the edge of the horizon long before the actual sunrise.

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Fog On The Flats

Fog On The Flats

 

I don’t know if it is fog or just low clouds but it was hanging over the Kicking Horse Valley near Field, BC in Yoho National Park, but it sure looked interesting.

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Three Sisters And Clouds

Three Sisters And Clouds

 

The Three Sisters are an iconic landmark in Canmore and have been featured a number of times on this blog. It is always a good feeling seeing the Three Sisters and knowing that I’m not too far from home.

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