Urban landscapes: the spinning circle

MIDWAY RIDE, CALGARY EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE, ALBERTA, CANADA

If you can stand the crowds, then it’s lots of fun to take a tripod and make long exposure of midway rides. The colours are always amazing and the patterns of light are simply amazing. I was fortunate to make this photo during blue hour, so the sky isn’t pitch-black.
Nikon D90, tripod.

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Midway ride

Urban landscapes: resting in the chapel

BASEMENT CHAPEL, SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, NEAR QUEBEC CITY, CANADA

Hard to believe this isn’t the main sanctuary, but at the glorious, stunning Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupre Catholic cathedral, the main event is actually upstairs (here’s just one view of the upstairs sanctuary: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-cq). The distant person is my wife, patiently waiting me out.
According to Wikipedia, because of the popularity of the shrine, the building was enlarged several times to accommodate all the pilgrims. In 1876, the first basilica opened for worship. The former basilica was destroyed in a fire on March 29, 1922. The present-day basilica was built on the site of the prior church in 1926.
Nikon D50, tripod

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Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupre

Rural landscapes: amidst the canola

PHOTOGRAPHING CANOLA, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

This is the first time I’ve put a smartphone photo on this website. I’m a snob when it comes to photography; in my view, photos are made using cameras, not phones. All that said, I often try snapshots like this while out on photo trips and I happen to like this composition enough to publish it here. I was careful to make the distant oil pump a secondary point of visual interest, so your eye could start at the camera/tripod, then wander through the glorious canola before landing at the oil pump.

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Canola Canada oil

 

Natural landscapes: pools of artistry

LOW TIDE AT GREENPOINT, PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island is so darn spectacular that even overcast weather can’t dim its charms. I wandered around a rocky section of this beach, checking out pools to see if there was any marine life and any chance for artistic compositions. I think I found the latter with this scene.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Vancouver Island beach

Urban landscapes: Propelled above it all

AIRPLANE ENGINE AND LOWER MAINLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA

I guess it’s no surprise that whenever I’m flying, I ask for a window seat. I liked the combination of engine and coast mountains north of Vancouver (host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics), but even with a very fast shutter speed, I couldn’t entirely stop the propeller movement.
Nikon D7100, polarizer

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Plane Engine Vancouver

Rural landscapes: under the threatening sky

CANOLA FIELD AND STORM SKY, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to fully believe that I live just 10 minutes’ drive from epic, iconic western Canadian landscapes like this. Every July I go on a ‘canola hunt’ as field of brilliant yellow provide all kinds of stunning photo opportunities like this.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Canola prairies Canada

Natural landscapes: the last gasp of light

DUSK AT LONG BEACH, PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The beaches on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island are phenomenally wild, atmospheric and scenic in pretty much any light or climate. I was blessed to be at this popular spot during the last moments of sunlight and made an entire series of ‘keeper’ photos.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Long Beach Canada Beach

Natural landscapes: flowing through the forest

VERMILLION RIVER, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The mid-day light was harsh, but using a polarizing filter helped bring out the attractive colours in this scene in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I also used a neutral density (darkening) filter to ensure a long enough exposure to turn the foreground ‘surf’ into a silky highlight.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Kootenay National Park Rockies

Urban landscapes: all that remains

AFTER THE WILDFIRE, FORT McMURRY, ALBERTA, CANADA

In May, when a catastrophic wildfire swept through parts of this northern Alberta city, entire streets were leveled to their foundations. By the time the fire was finally controlled in the city, more than 2,400 buildings had been reduced to their foundations.
I was there to document the work of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada. They were providing physical, emotional and spiritual help to devastated residents.
I had a few moments to capture scenes of destruction. It was hard to find recognizable things, but the remains of this vhicle made for a good photograph.
Nikon D7100, polarizing filter

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Fort McMurray wildfire

Natural landscapes: where’s the marble?

MARBLE CANYON, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Perhaps the name comes from the beautiful hues of the rock base at the top of this canyon, in the glorious Canadian Rocky Mountains. Maybe there’s another reason. But I’ve never heard of marble coming from this location. Still, it makes for a wonderful photo. This entire area was swept by fire about 15 years ago, so all the surrounding forest has been replaced by stark tree trunks and growth in various stages below.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Marble Canyon Rockies

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