Natural landscapes: the fairytale roadside view

SNOWY CANYON NEAR BOW VALLEY PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

I was starting home after a very satisfying photo trip when I approached a bridge over a canyon. I’d driven over this bridge before without stopping but this time, as I inched across the bridge, I gazed in wonder at the gobsmacking view of snowy trees and shadows far below.
So I stopped the car, hauled out the photography equipment and made several photos, including this one. Often I’ll avoid capturing scenes like this in sunny weather because of the harsh shadows (especially in late winter-early spring, when the sun is so much higher in the sky), but those shadows helped make the canyon so photogenic.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: walk this way to mountain glory

MOUNT YAMNUSKA, BOW VALLEY PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

It was a strange day. I drove deep into the Canadian Rockies to find good pictures, but no snow for several weeks meant lots of bland, grey-green forests that absolutely don’t make for good pictures. But coming into the mountains, I encountered the picturesque remains of an overnight snowfall. So I drove back to that area and was blessed to find incredible scenes like this.
As I made this picture, I knew I’d process a version with the fence and entry in colour, while the rest of the photo is turned into black-and-white. The result is striking, isn’t it?  🙂

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Urban landscape: the lights of early morning

VIVO RECREATION CENTRE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I go to the gym in this facility – which includes a library, ice rink, basketball courts and swimming pool – twice a week and every time I go, I see again how photogenic it is. Finally, I got up before dawn one weekend and spent over an hour finding sweet architectural spots like this to photograph.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: take a winter walk on this bridge

ELBOW RIVER PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

Even this late in winter, snowy and cold conditions can make it seem like a January deep freeze. Nevertheless, I ventured out before sunrise to find this beautifully lit walkway over the frozen river just before it flows into the Bow River east of the downtown skyline.
Two things:
1. Given the dim illumination, a long exposure was needed to gather enough light into the camera.
2. I intentionally twisted the camera to tilt the horizon, because diagonal lines are often more visually dynamic.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: the green coastline

ROCKY BEACH AND ANCIENT FARMLAND, DINGLE, IRELAND

This compelling scene dates back to 1993 during my second trip to Ireland and when I was still photographing on slide film. I was blessed to spend time in the nation’s southwest, where incredible scenes like this are common.
One thing about Ireland: upon arriving, I somehow felt the weight of so many centuries of often heartbreaking history. It comes back to me now as I look at these ageless strings of stone fences.
Pentax 6×7 film camera, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: where the ocean pounds the shore

ATLANTIC OCEAN SURF, CAPE SPEAR, NEWFOUNDLAND

Dark, cold and windy? Yes. But as you can see, that didn’t lessen the stark and stunning beauty of the easternmost point in North America. This is the first place on the continent to encounter sunrise and the first place to witness sunset.
There are two very picturesque lighthouses within walking distance of this spot. Here’s one of them: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-150.
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Natural landscapes: the arrival of spring?

LATE WINTER MELT, CASTLE WILDLAND PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

Spring is a fitful mistress in this western Canadian province. One day it’s 10c, the next day can easily be -10 with snow. In fact, the snowiest “winter” month in this part of Canada is March.
So all that said, this scene from late February certainly looks like the departure of winter. What you can’t see is the wind; Castle Wildland Provincial Park is in the deep southwest and that’s one of the windiest places in Canada.
I was very glad to have a tripod to compose this scene; I also boosted the “speed” of my exposures to ISO 400 (anyone with camera – not phone – experience will probably understand) to make sure my exposures wouldn’t be blurry from constant wind shaking the camera.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: glory in the basement

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHAPEL, BASILICA OF SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, NEAR QUEBEC CITY

My wife and I were blessed to experience this incredible place (which attracts almost a million visitors annually) during a 2007 vacation. The architecture is almost beyond words, putting the basilica on par with Europe’s most spectacular cathedrals.
Even the chapel in this photo (which is in the basement) is simply stunning. While at the basilica, we had the privilege of sitting in on a mass. It was a special time of reverence and prayer for the ultimate Architect and His Son.  🙂
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: into the world of snow

SHADOWS AND SNOW, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I was a long way from this small section of mountain in the Canadian Rockies. But a decent telephoto lens let me show you a close-up view of raw, spectacular winter.
As with so many winter scenes, there was little colour to be had, so I went black-and-white to highlight the epic light. This horizontal view puts what you’re seeing here in a larger context: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1gp

Nikon D7100, polarizing filter, 70-300 mm. zoom lens, tripod

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Natural landscapes: dance of the snow shadows

WINTER SHADOWS NEAR BOW LAKE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I was driving along the Icefields Parkway, regularly rated among the most spectacular drives in the world, when the tops of these snow-laden bushes caused me to stop.
In the end, this photo is all about the play of shadow and light. And given the lack of colour (just blue), it was a no-brainer to remove that distraction and let you enjoy nothing but the dance of the snow shadows.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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