Urban landscapes: light and lines

VIVO RECREATION FACILITY, CALGARY, ALBERTA

This is where I go to work out, about five minutes’ drive from my home. I’ve always been impressed with the architecture, but knew I couldn’t photograph it well without making long exposures. Fortunately, the folks who run the place kindly allowed me to bring my tripod in just after the facility opened and before the place was overrun with people. This is one of the results.

Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: where the birds stay

BIRDHOUSE IN LATE WINTER, NEAR PINCHER CREEK, ALBERTA

I was blessed with strong morning light to illuminate this glorious scene in the deep southwest of this western Canadian province. The mountains in the background are mostly in Waterton Lakes National Park. The mountains are slightly out of focus, which is perfect to ensure your eyes go to the birdhouse first, then enjoy the rest of the scene..
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter, fill-flash (to illuminate the front of the birdhouse).

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Natural landscapes: wetting a frozen line

ICE FISHING ON UPPER KANANASKIS LAKE, PETER LOUGHEED PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

Yes, this is usually what the Canadian Rocky Mountains look like as spring arrives. It will be at least another month before spring physically arrives here. After making this photo, I returned to the same viewpoint in mid-summer to capture the scene at sunrise: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-xQ
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: photographing the orca

TOURISTS AND ORCA WHALE STATUE, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

I was in this west coast city for the Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope and didn’t bring my tripod because the weather was supposed to be cloudy and rainy the entire three days. Then this happened on the second day. *Sigh*. Oh well; just walking around the glorious downtown and hand-holding my Nikon D7100 still led to photos like this.

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Vancouver clouds whale statue

Rural landcapes: the BIG view

HAYROLLS AND PRAIRIES, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

I’m constantly amazed that I live within a 10-minute drive of scenes like this, which are etched in the consciousness of Canadians when they think of western Canada. I went with a shallow depth of field so the focus would be on the near hayroll, yet all the background is still sharp enough to let your imagination roam through it, starting with the distant hayrolls (which serve as a secondary point of visual interest).
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: on the edge of spring

SNOW AND SLOUGH, COWBOY TRAIL, ALBERTA

The Cowboy Trail is another, more lyrical name for Hwy. 22, which runs south through incredibly scenic ranching country in the Rocky Mountain Foothills. Outside of the mountain national parks (such as Banff), it’s one of my favourite drives and almost always yields many memorable compositions. In this case, I waded through snow to capture the drowning fence. When the sloughs are no longer ice-covered, you know spring is not far away.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the brooding river

OTTAWA RIVER BEACH, DEEP RIVER, ONTARIO

I’ve made so, so many photographs over the years that I’m often discovering forgotten gems. I like to think this scene is one of them. I made the picture in January, but it feels more like March to me. The river (which serves as the border between the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec) is open, but all the snow suggests winter is tenaciously hanging on.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: the windy sunset

DUSK SKY ON THE PRAIRIES, CALGARY, ALBERTA

The sunset was looking to be quite photogenic, so instead of going straight home from work, I detoured into the rolling prairies just north of where I live. This scene looked very good, but oh man, when I got out of the van, the wind was so crazy that it was all I could do to set up the tripod and make five or six exposures. Even with the tripod, some of the compositions were blurry. Fortunately, this one came out just fine.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: a view of the mountains

PRAIRIES, FOOTHILLS AND PEAKS, NEAR CARSTAIRS, ALBERTA

A big telephoto lens squeezed together all this glorious western Canadian scenery north of my home in Calgary. The February air was crisp enough, especially with a polarizing filter, to make all this scenery crystal clear. I used a graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: a drive through heaven?

ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

As glorious as the setting sun is on the peak, I would not have stopped to make this picture if the trees weren’t snow-covered. That’s the key to this photo having a ‘winter wonderland’ feel. And yes, it was an amaaaaazing drive. I’m truly blessed to live in this part of Canada. 🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peak and sky.

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winter snow Rockies Canada

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