Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Sunrise Fog

Sunrise Fog

 

The sun lifts from the horizon and burns it’s way through the morning clouds and fog.

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Burning Through Fog

Burning Through Fog

 

I had been watching a layer of fog on my way home one morning but was waiting for more light to get a shot. When the sun came through the fog dissipated quickly.

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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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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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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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Morning Sky

Morning Sky

 

I’ve never been much of a morning person, but there are some advantages to getting up early. This sunrise is from last October. When the conditions are right it can be spectacular.

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Merganser Morning

Merganser Morning

 

From a few years back, dawn on Shuswap Lake in the fall. The mist rising in the cold morning air being lit by the first rays of the sun on the surface of the lake marks another day. You can barely make out the ridge on the far shore a a pair of mergansers paddle past.. The sunrise turns the mist a golden hue

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Rundle Sunrise

Rundle Sunrise

 

There’s something about standing in the chill dark next to Vermillion Lakes, waiting for the sun to rise. This day had  remarkably still water, for great reflections, and the lack of wind really allowed peaceful contemplation.

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Sunrise At Yaki Point

Sunrise at Yaki Point

 

After getting up before sunrise, I hoofed it out of the room at Yavapai Lodge and made for the bus. Due to a misunderstanding with the bus schedule, I waited in the wrong place for my transfer and barely made it to Yaki Point at sunrise instead of before. Even with no predawn shots, I worked the location with the light that was available. I was attracted to the backlighting on the yellow leaves looking down into the canyon.

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Snap Lake Sunrise

Snap Lake Sunrise

 

After a long slow journey across the ice, seeing the Snap Lake Mine across the lake is a welcome sight. The frigid air is so clear and free from pollutants, you can see across miles of territory. With the wind blowing the steam from the mine sideways, you know a hot coffee at the end of the road will be welcome.

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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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Aquila Mountain

Aquila Mountain

 

The rising sun hasn’t broken over the top of the mountain, although the sun is likely up on the other side of the Rockies. Again we’re in the Kicking Horse Valley amongst the low hanging clouds. In this image I went with an old timey feel by using Nik’s Analog Efex.

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Into The Sun

Into The Sun

 

Time to get the sunglasses out, with the sun staring down the road right at you. The low angle of the rays are lighting the clouds from the bottom and the distant clouds are casting a shadow on the nearer upper sky.

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Foothills Predawn

Foothills Predawn

 

The sun was about to rise west of Calgary on this day. The first beams start to color the upper clouds, but the sun is not so high in the sky to lighten the deep blue of the sky. There was just enough light to reveal the field and trees in the foreground.

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Red Sunrise At Lac Des Arc

Red Sunrise At Lac Des Arc

 

With the smoke in the area from the forest fires further north, the morning and evening sunlight has been strangely coloured. The cement plant on the left fades to grey as the red light glistens on the ripples in the water.

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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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Morning Fields

Morning Fields

Some mornings are especially colorful. This was one of those mornings. The late summer sun blazed through the early clouds and the particles in the air for one of nature’s spectacles. The backlighting on the field and grasses northeast of Calgary just glowed.

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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 Big Picture

Sunrise Lagoon Pano

Sometimes you just can’t get the whole scene in front of you into just one image. So what can you do? I shifted my camera to the vertical or portrait position and shot 7 overlapping images from one side of the slough to the other. I then brought the images into Adobe Photoshop CC and merged to panorama. A little tweaking in Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4.

I came across this scene on my way home one morning on the side of the road.

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Trees And Fog

Trees And Fog

Another of my sunrise shots from near Rimbey, Alberta. The fog layer was fairly close to the ground and allowed the light to come through but left a kind of a glow around the trees.

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Sun Peeks Through

Sun Peeks Through

I managed to catch the sun just as it was peeking over the horizon. The morning fog near Rimbey, Alberta was a delight at sunrise. Day break added some nice color to the image. This is a relatively unexplored time of day for me, I’m usually sleeping at this time, but the light is marvellous. It seems to have a softer quality at this time of year.

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Fog In The Trees

Fog In The Trees

Happy Canada Day! Here’s a central Alberta sunrise for your enjoyment!

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Morning Mist

Morning Mist

Fog

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandberg 1916

One thing about getting up in the morning, that you don’t get when you sleep late and usually only shoot the sunsets, is the mists and fogs that often happen just before dawn. The fog does seem to creep in before it burns of with the coming of the heat of the day. There are so many wonderful images that you can make even with just a bit of mist. And, if you stay up really, really late, it’s morning.

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Rundle And Moon

Mount Rundle And Moon

Honestly, I had been planning on going out and doing some local shooting on Sunday evening before doing my weekly writing, but something spoiled my plans. It’s Tuesday evening and I’m feeling better but not well enough to head out for some shooting. My brain is still a little fuzzy and I’m moving slow, so work is not a good plan either.

Here’s an image from 2009 taken at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. This shot was taken before sunrise with Mount Rundle and a crescent moon. I kept the shore line in deep shadow to preserve the delicate color coming from the soon to rise sun. It might have been nicer to get out along the lakeshore a little farther to get more of the reflection from the mountain in the picture. As I recall, the water was high and the shore fairly dark and difficult to see or locate. Did I mention the mud? There are places near the edge where you will be walking on somewhat firm ground and your next step can be up over your ankles or higher. Never great especially if you are by yourself.

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