Rural landscapes: the road to anywhere

PRAIRIE ROAD, CALGARY, ALBERTA

The empty landscape and the curving lines of the road have grabbed my attention every time I’ve driven this route, just 15 minutes’ drive from my home in this western Canadian city. When the combination of sunshine and dark sky happened, I knew I had the conditions for a good picture. Do you agree?
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Urban landscapes: the ghosts of pre-dawn

WINTER POND, CALGARY, ALBERTA

In the hour or so before daybreak, I found this duck-filled pond near the skyscrapers of this western Canadian city. The loooong exposure needed to capture enough light turned the squawking ducks into strange little ghosts. Kinda cool, eh?
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Natural landscapes: the painterly sky

NOVEMBER MORNING AT CARBURN PARK, CALGARY, ALBERTA

In the strictest sense of the word, this isn’t a natural scene. Carburn Park was created out of a gravel pit operation and now it’s a jewel in the parks system of this western Canadian city. And scenes like this show it’s quite possible to make compelling photographs in overcast conditions.🙂
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Urban landscapes: the music of night lights

PART OF THE VANCOUVER SKYLINE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Photographed from nearby Stanley Park, I was blessed to have relatively still water in Coal Harbour to make this picture. (Here’s another Vancouver skyline photo made the same evening: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-6z.) Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I agree.
Nikon D90, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: the spine of winter

MOSTLY FROZEN OTTAWA RIVER, PETAWAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA

It kinda looks like a boney spine, doesn’t it? I saw this line of hardened, protruding snow from a long way off and, intrigued by the picture possibilities, walked the distance needed to use it for photos like this. My shadow is in there to fill up the relatively unremarkable snow surface; it also serves as a secondary (or primary, depending on which one you looked at first) point of visual interest.
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Natural landscapes: the edge of epic

NOVEMBER SUNRISE, BOW RIVER, CALGARY, ALBERTA

November seems to be the month for astounding sunrises and sunsets in the southern half of this western Canadian province. I captured this one just a few days ago. Set up the camera on a tripod, then waited about 45 minutes for the clouds to glow like fire.
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Natural landscapes: flowing through the ice

WATERFALL CLOSEUP, BIG HILL SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

Because the water comes from a spring, I can always count on finding very pleasing water/ice combinations in this western Canadian park, no matter how cold the temperature (here’s another one I made the same day: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-ta). I love turning the water into a silky flow that easily guides your eyes through the composition.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: walking the canyon

MY FOOTSTEP, JOHNSON CANYON, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I arrived at this amazing place, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in early November with the hope of capturing flowing water in a winter landscape. But the temperature was so cold that most of the Stella Falls was frozen. So I wandered around making other pictures, then found one of my footprints made a great foreground subject with Stella Falls in the background.
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Rural landscapes: that moment of ecstatic light

NOVEMBER HAYROLL, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

The possibilities of this scene grabbed me immediately, but so did the challenge: what do to with that thin, unbroken strip of blue sky. It tended to divide the picture and that’s not a good thing for most viewers. I had two choices: minimize it by using a wide-angle lens or use the hay roll to break up the strip. I tried both; this is the best of the bunch.
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Rural landscapes: autumn in the foothills

HORSES IN THE YARD, WEST OF NANTON, ALBERTA

Photos like this are iconic visions of western Canada: horses with an epic background of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Sometimes, I find there are more interesting compositions to be had in the foothills than in the Rockies themselves. In this case I made several exposures and picked the one where the horses are most ideally placed in the scene.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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