Rural landscapes: sleep that knows no waking

EVENING AT THE CEMETERY, CARBON, ALBERTA, CANADA

In Alberta, it’s rare to find a rural cemetery that isn’t surrounded by trees. So when I came upon this place, I was eager to explore it for potential compositions. This scene, with glorious evening sun and an epic view, was just one of the compositions I found. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Canada cemetary praires

Rural landscapes: the end of winter

PRAIRIE SELF-PORTRAIT, NEAR AIRDRIE, ALBERTA, CANADA

Man, I love my red winter coat. It’s been useful in almost a half-dozen compositions just in the last few months. When I decided to put me into this scene, I thought it might work to keep me in colour and make the rest of the solitary prairie landscape black and white. Works pretty well, eh?  Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Prairies Canada Alberta spring black and white

Urban landscapes: in the midst of the Arc

CHINOOK ARC, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

This interactive sculpture, completed last year, sits just south of Calgary’s downtown in Barb Scott Park. Designed by Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, the idea is to echo the streetcar line that once encircled the area as well as the dramatic Chinook Arch cloud pattern that dramatically changes winter temperatures in Calgary.
Visitors to Chinook Arc have control over the lighting through an optical sensor that projects the movements and colours it sees onto the sculpture. Visitors can wave their hands, move colored objects or play a movie on their cell phones in order to create their own light sequences. It’s very cool — so cool that I decided to get into the photo.  :-)  Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Chinook Arc Calgary

Urban landscapes: the black sky

SUNLIFE BUILDING, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

Canada’s largest city has tons of modern architecture to photograph. This structure is near the intersection of King and Bay streets, which is the nation’s financial heart. The colour version has a strong blue cast (which I like), but this version has an almost apocalyptic drama (in my humble opinion). Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Sun Life, Toronto Ontario

Urban landscapes: the beauty of blue hour

SPRING ICE, BOW RIVER, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

Street lights on the opposite shore made for a wonderful contrast with the pre-dawn blue cast on ice chunks in the river, which serves as the north border of downtown Calgary (in other words, soaring skyscrapers are just a short walk away from here). A loooong exposure helped smooth out the rushing waters. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Bow River, Calgary, Alberta

Urban landscapes: soaring into the blue

ENCANA PLACE, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

The 31-storey, 410-foot Encana Place was completed in 1982. Until a few weeks ago, nothing about the building truly grabbed my attention. Then I started walking around the front plaza and found this dramatic angle of lobby juxtaposed against the tower. So I found a spot where it sticks into the sky almost as much as the tower and made this picture. During processing, I converted the building to black & white and liked the effect. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Encana Place Calgary Alberta

Natural landscapes: almost frozen

AWAITING SUNRISE, BOW RIVER, CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA

It was a bitterly cold winter morning in the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Thus the steam coming off the river as it crossed under the Trans Canada Highway. I saw a potential photo, so I pulled off the road, walked to the bridge and made this picture before running back to the van to warm up. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the top half.

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Canmore Bow River winter mist Rockies

Urban landscapes: the splash of red

INSIDE PALLISER SQUARE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I’ve been trying this processing technique lately, taking compositions with a strong section of colour and processing the rest of the photo in black and white. This quiet holiday morning spot was perfect for this; it’s a rare place where the security guards let photographers set up their tripods and make pictures, but this is one of ‘em. Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Palliser Square Calgary red

Rural landscapes: the lonesome barn

RURAL SCENE NEAR MILK RIVER, ALBERTA, CANADA

I’m a sucker for old buildings on the prairies, so this lonesome barn grabbed an hour of my time as I wandered around it, making a variety of exposures. You might notice that while the barn is the primary visual site, I’ve made sure it was flanked by equally prominent secondary visual stops – the fence posts on the right and the grain sClick on the picture for a larger view.

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Alberta barn winter snow

Natural landscapes: on the edge of dawn

WINTER POND, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA, CANADA

In the midst of the cold, this mountain pond remained unfrozen. I pulled off the road to investigate and found very good reflections and a glorious spot all to myself.  Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter, hard-edge graduated density (darkening) filter on the top half.

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Jasper Rocky Mountains winter

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