Natural landscapes: a badlands moment

ARTISTRY IN THE BADLANDS, NEAR DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA

Very near this spot is a group of hoodoos that pretty much everyone photographs when they drive through this area in western Canada. I did too, then turned my attention to quieter scenes of artistry like this.
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Natural landscapes: where the light travels

SHADOW AND LIGHT ALONG THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

Gotta love how a telephoto lens can isolate a particular element of God’s creativity. Photographed in bitter cold temperatures in the glorious Canadian Rocky Mountains. You can see the scene in colour here: http://bit.ly/BanffPeak.
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Rural landscapes: wandering through the fields

FIELDS IN THE FOOTHILLS, WEST OF COCHRANE, ALBERTA

When conditions are this good (i.e. snow on the trees and clear, strong winter colours), I like to drive along nameless country roads until I find scenes like this. I’m not quite sure why this picture is so satisfying; perhaps it’s how the trees subtly lead you through the scene, from the foreground shadows to the gentle curves of the distant hills.
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Natural landscapes: view from the top

BOW RIVER VALLEY FROM THE TOP OF SULPHUR MOUNTAIN, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I had the good fortune to take the gondola to the top of this peak, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, while there was snow on the trees. That made all the difference when it came to producing compelling photographs. Scenes like this are why I love winter.  🙂
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: where the bridge goes

CENTRE STREET BRIDGE AND DOWNTOWN CALGARY, ALBERTA

It’s a tricky thing to capture this scene at just the right time. That time is ‘blue hour’ – after sunset, but before all the light disappears from the sky – and when the buildings are still fully illuminated. I pulled it off here; the only thing that would have heightened this scene’s impact further would be open water on the Bow River (instead of merely the sliver of water you see here).
In this western Canadian city, achieving ALL these things is quite difficult, since Calgary is 1,000 metres above sea level so the river usually comes close to entirely freezing. (And there’s no point in trying this scene during summer; the sun sets so late that most of the building lights are turned off by the time ‘blue hour’ arrives.) Still, I’m pretty darn happy with this photo.  🙂
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Natural landscapes: the icy queen

QUEEN OF MALIGNE ICE FORMATION, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

This formation, in Maligne Canyon in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, forms every winter. It’s probably the most awe-inspiring ice formation in the canyon, thus its name. As you can see, I was there on an overcast day with little colour, so it made sense to transform this picture into black-and-white. I also darkened the featureless white sky so your eye would not be drawn to it.
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Rural landscapes: the creeping shadows

FARM AND FIELDS NEAR PETAWAWA, ONTARIO

Driving aimlessly around this region of eastern Ontario, I stopped the car when I saw this foreground fence. What a perfect element to put in a farmscape! It provides something in the bottom half of the picture to offset the farmstead and justify having all the snowy fields in the photo.
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Natural landscapes: afternoon on the river

OPEN WATER ON THE OTTAWA RIVER, DEEP RIVER, ONTARIO

Most of this river, which forms the boundary between the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, freezes over in winter. Fortunately, I found this break in the ice and snow and I hope it makes for an interesting composition – especially after I put my shadow into the scene. The distant shore hills are in Quebec.
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Rural landscapes: beautifully abandoned

ABANDONED HOUSE, NEAR BEAVER MINES, ALBERTA

I came upon this beauty while traveling in the deep southwest of this western Canadian province. I like the touch of snow that pops in the scene.
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Urban landscapes: blue hour at the bridge

LANGEVIN/RECONCILIATION BRIDGE, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

This was just an ordinary bridge over the Bow River, until the city of Calgary installed lights that change colour regularly. Now, especially when covered in frost and snow, it’s a fabulous photo subject that I’ve returned to regularly.
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