Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Benson’s Glory Hole

Benson's Glory Hole

 

Hidden just off of the Yellowhead Highway in Jasper National Park this small water feature is warmer than its fellows nearby and manages to stay open in all but the coldest of weathers. This makes it a favourite of landscape photographers, especially in the winter.

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Streamside

Streamside

An interesting spot on a bright winter day.

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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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Box Canyon Falls

Box Canyon Falls

 

Tucked into a tiny corner, hidden just off of the Coquihalla Highway, there is a little water feature that is one of my favourites.

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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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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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Evening Clouds

Evening Clouds

 

This time the clouds at sunset are front lit, but the layers of cloud in front are creating shadows and shaded clouds. This gives the image more depth, the clouds more texture.

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Canyon View From The Rim Trail

Canyon View from the Rim Trail

 

Meanwhile, back at the Grand Canyon, there is just so much to see and although it is recognizable every shot seems to be different. Taken in the late afternoon, I like the sun highlighting the formations on the opposite rim. It shows off the interesting patterns in the way that the erosion has worked it’s magic on the strata of the canyon.

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Vermillion Lakes Autumn

Vermillion Lakes Autumn 2

 

This an older shot that I might have posted before in another incarnation. I’ve reprocessed it using the DeHaze tool in Lightroom and it’s brought out more definition in the clouds. Keeping with my autumn theme of the last two weeks, the grasses have turned color and the aspens to the right of the truck are near the same ones from my September 25th post. My favourite details in this image are the larches in their fall colours high on the slopes of Sundance Peak.

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Mancos Valley Autumn

Mancos Valley Autumn

 

Down in the Southwest corner of Colorado lies the Mancos Valley. It is situated between Durango and Cortez, near Mesa Verde National Park (our destination this day). This hillside which would be green in the spring and summer, was resplendent in the warm colours of fall.

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Lamar Valley Autumn Poplars

Lamar Valley Autumn Poplar

 

On a 2010 trip to Yellowstone National Park, we spent a morning in the Lamar Valley, ostensibly to see if we could spot the Lamar Valley wolf pack. We did catch a distant sighting of wolves but came away with some great landscape shots. It was near the peak of fall colours in that part of the park.

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Wispy Clouds

Wispy Clouds

 

I often find myself looking up at the sky and finding interesting shapes or patterns in the clouds. Depending on my mood, I can see different things in a cloud. Why don’t you tell me what you see?

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Mossy Rocks

Mossy Rocks

There are many quiet spots tucked away in Cascade Gardens at the Headquarters of Banff National Park, down at the end of Banff Avenue. With the soothing sound of water splashing over the rocks, this little hideaway is a gem. I liked the way that the sunlight dappled the moss covered rocks.

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Row Of Begonias

Row Of Begonias

At Cascade Gardens in Banff National Park there is lots of shade for hot sunny days. The openings in the trees let shafts of sunlight fall to the ground to create interesting lighting effects. All you have to do is find them.

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Winter Sunshine

Winter Sunshine

 

On the days in the winter when the sun comes out on newly fallen snow, it looks really amazing.  What else needs to be said?

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Castle Shadows

Castle Shadows

 

A few hours after sunrise and the sun peeks through an opening in the clouds. The light rakes a path across the face of the mountain, which was dusted with a light snowfall from the night before. The foreground trees are still below the snow level this early in the season.

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Side Window

Side Window

 

Shooting from the Peace Bridge, on the recent Worldwide Photo Walk, I noticed that if you stepped back from the opening, the bridge’s structure would frame what you were looking at. So I centered the matching apartment buildings and framed them using the bridge and the autumn foliage below.

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A Tree Dies In The Forest

A Tree Dies In The Forest

 

On a foggy morning in the Cypress Hills, we were wandering through the forest. I came across this fallen aspen tree. The triangular shape was repeated behind it in the spruce tree.

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A Walk In The Woods

Walk In The Woods

 

Back when I did more regular work, I took more time off to go hiking and such. Most of the time I took my camera with me, usually loaded with Kodachrome. I don’t exactly remember where this was taken, but most likely was somewhere in Banff National Park. There are a great number of trails that are great for day hikes in the park.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro

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Red Streak

Red Streak

The predawn light was still pretty dim, and the train engine had it’s headlights on. The shutter speed had to be quite slow at 2.5 seconds. The camera was panned with the movement of the train for a feeling of movement, with the trees and bushes turning into a green blur.

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Hillside Shadows

Hillside Shadows

I love to watch the light play on the landscape as I drive through it. Seeing the clean snow on the hillside with the long evergreen shadows, really caught my attention. The clouds nicely framed the scene.

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Down The Road

Down The Road

Sometimes a drive in the country is just good for your soul, sometimes it’s good for photography, and on a good day it is both. It helps if you time your drive for the changing light in the early morning or in this case in the late afternoon. With the angle of the sun, I knew there would be a blown out portion of the sky. I thought it might be balanced by the dark woods on the right. I was hoping the road would lead you eye into the distance.

Like I’ve said before, you don’t have to go far to get great pictures. This shot was taken about 5 or 6 miles from the house.

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The Face Of The Yam

The Face Of Yam

I go past Mount Yamnuska every week. Driving by on the highway, there usually isn’t a good place to stop and shoot. Often the weather is drab or the light is weak, when the light is good, the sky is clear. So, I’m really happy when the light is good and there are some clouds to shoot against, to make a nicer background.

The official name of the mountain is Mount John Laurie, but it’s be long known as Mount Yamnuska, nicknamed “The Yam” by many hikers and climbers.

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