Rural landscapes: looking inside

ME AND THE ABANDONED HOMESTEAD, NEAR BEISEKER, ALBERTA

Traveling along any prairie road that happened to attract my attention, I came upon this abandoned farmstead. The barn is still being used to store agriculture equipment, but everything else had been long left to the elements.
This is just the kind of photo subject that can hold my attention; for this scene, I decided having a person looking inside would make the photo stronger; since no one else was around, that person became ME. (Here’s another version of the scene, with everything but me converted to black & white: http://www.bit.ly/PrairieHomestead.)
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscape: abandoned on the prairies

DERELICT HOUSE, NEAR CARBON, ALBERTA

How’s this for a stunning find? An outstanding setting for a truly abandoned old home in the glorious prairies of western Canada. The entire scene was in shades of brown (spring green doesn’t arrive in southern Alberta until May), so I decided to keep the house in colour to ensure the landscape complemented it (rather than competing).
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: inside the grove

THE FOREST FLOOR, MACMILLAN PROVINCIAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

This is Cathedral Grove, easily the most popular part of this provincial park on Vancouver Island. My wife and I wandered through it on a wet day, which caused the temperate rainforest colours to pop so much that I had to decrease the almost lurid saturation. There wasn’t a lot of light in the forest, so a tripod was a must for every photo I made
NikonD90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: the west coast morning sky

TONQUIN PARK BEACH, TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Our 2012 visit to the exquisite west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island was ridiculously brief, but it did give me time to visit this wonderfully rocky and dramatic beach at sunrise. (My wife and I have visited twice more; it’s not possible to get too much of this glorious place.)
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: before the golf course

FARMLAND, OAK RIDGES MORAINE, WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE, ONTARIO

This quietly beautiful area, north of Toronto (Canada’s largest city) was an area I loved to roam through during my early years of photography. I knew the owner of a property in this area and that gave me access to bucolic farmland and forest. This photo, showing a spring pond, is so old that I made it on negative film. What you’re looking at was scanned from a paper photo, then worked on extensively in Photoshop to bring out what I saw that spring day.
Notice the near-far progression of interest points? You start at the fence post, then go to the tree and finally end at the barn. The entire area is now a golf course for rich people, but I’ll always have photos like this to show it in its glory.
Nikon FM2 film camera, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: reflections in the spring pond

SPRING POND, PRESQUILE PROVINCIAL PARK, ONTARIO

Spring growth was only a whisper when I wandered through this park in April 2007. But ponds were everywhere and I like the supple, mildly surrealistic mix of light and dark in this pond.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: spring, delayed

SPRING SNOW ON MT. KIDD, KANANASKIS COUNTRY, ALBERTA

This is common in the Canadian Rocky Mountains; just when you think spring has truly arrived, along comes an epic snow dump to remind you that at this elevation, anything can happen at any time of year.
Mt. Kidd’s epic twisting rock makes it  one of the most distinctive peaks in the Kananaskis region.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: the disappearing ice

SPRING BREAKUP, GLENBOW RANCH PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

The Bow River flows out of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and through this park, just west of the city of Calgary. I found scenes like this on the river, greatly enhanced by warm evening light.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the beckoning spring

CAMERON CREEK, WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

The strong diagonal lines of old, melting snow, creek and rocky land attracted my eye to this scene. That it all starts with an imposing mountain didn’t hurt, either.  🙂  This is one of the windiest national parks in Canada; so windy that it prevents most of the lake around the Waterton townsite from freezing.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Waterton Rockies stream snow

Urban landscapes: Lines of brick, stone & glass

BUILDING FACADE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I don’t remember the name of this building in Calgary’s downtown; it’s older, not very tall and probably didn’t have a name. But I was intrigued by the converging lines and the one centre line that bisects the entire scene – yet still doesn’t cut the photo in half.

Photos like this, where it’s crucial to achieve straight lines and balance throughout the scene, are a good reason to use a tripod. I kept the bland white sky out of the picture so your eyes could concentrate on the lines and textures.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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