Natural landscapes: rainforest path

THE WALK TO SCHOONER COVER, PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK, VANCOUVER ISLAND

Light rain accompanied me through the rainforest on Canada’s west coast but as you can see, it didn’t hurt the quality of the scenery I was blessed to photograph. It takes some work to get to this park; from our home in Calgary, Alberta, we drove 12 hours to Vancouver, took a 90-minute ferry ride to the island, then drove another two hours across the island to the west side. Absolutely worth it!  Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Schooner Cove

Natural landscapes: a walk with God

SPRING WALK, LONG BEACH, PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK, VANCOUVER ISLAND

My wife and I visited this stunning park, on Canada’s west coast, a few years ago and the sight of her walking through this opening made for what I hope is a good photograph. Nikon D90, tripod, polarizer.

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Pacific Rim

Rural landscapes: cloudy with a chance of spring snow

CANADIAN PRAIRIES SOUTH OF CALGARY, ALBERTA

Conditions weren’t great for strongly lit photographs, but I venture out anyway, reasoning this could be a good day for minimalist pictures. I didn’t get a lot of photos, but the ones I did make turned out pretty good. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Rural landscapes: alone on the prairies

OLD HOUSE AND SKY, SOUTH OF CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

Finding old, abandoned structures on the Canadian prairies is always a bonus for me. In this scene, the strong sky is also important to make the picture work, as is the scattering of old snow. Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Old house Alberta

 

Natural landscapes: a lovely spring morning

THE WEDGE, KANANASKIS COUNTRY, ALBERTA, CANADA

Kananaskis Country isn’t nearly as well known as nearby Banff National Park, but it’s a glorious area that Albertans have pretty much to ourselves. This scene was captured with a big telephoto lens on a glorious spring morning. Yeah, spring takes its time arriving in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Kananaskis

Natural landscapes: patterns of light

SNOW ON GRAVEL PILES, GOLDEN, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

With a covering of new snow, these very unremarkable piles of gravel became amazing examples of abstract art. I spent a half-hour exploring all the possibilities, aided by relatively soft sunshine that kept the shadows from becoming too harsh. Nikon D7100, 70-300 mm. lens, tripod.

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Golden Snow

Natural landscapes: contrast of light & shadow

WINTER MORNING, KANANASKIS COUNTRY, ALBERTA, CANADA

I don’t know the name of this gloriously lit peak, but the contrast between it and the shadowed, snowy landscape was too good to resist. The trees on the left serve as a strong secondary point of interest. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the top half.

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Urban landscapes: the curves of light

“FLAMES”, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

The metal sculpture, in front of one of Calgary’s many skyscrapers, is two licks of stylized flames. As I walked past, I wondered how the light would bounce around the inside parts of the flames. As you can see, the light created an amazing abstract composition, especially when I eliminated all traces of the outside world. Tried a few pictures with fill-flash and was pleased by the results, but didn’t process them because the flash left a shadow. Nikon D7100, 70-300 mm. lens, tripod.

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Flames Sculpture

Natural landscapes: winter in the canyon

VERMILLION RIVER, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Most people come to this spot to look the other way, at Vermillion River as it flows over Numa Falls. It’s a great scene that you can see here: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-nv. On this occasion, I looked the other way and appreciated the snowy canyon and surrounding forest. It looks very, very wild and wintery. Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Numa Falls

Wildlife: Alberta lawn ornaments

MALE ELK, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

A long telephoto lens was handy to stay far enough away from these majestic (if sometimes dangerous) animals to keep them from getting spooked by my presence. In fact, I had the time to carefully ‘arrange’ compositions like this, where the horns of one animal frame another. Nikon D50.

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