Natural landscapes: the colourful close-up

AUTUMN LEAVES,
DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA

This part of Alberta is renowned for its dramatic badlands landscape, but I think it should also be known as a place of remarkable fall colours (just check out this scene: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1nw). Amidst many photogenic landscapes, the dramatic hues of this leaf grabbed my attention.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: a beacon of hope

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHAPEL, PETAWAWA, ONTARIO

I was driving toward the nearby Ottawa River to make sunrise photographs when I passed this beautifully illuminated example of contemporary church architecture. As you can see, it was so compelling that I stopped and made this long-exposure picture.
Like so many people, my early years included attending mass and those experiences stay with me today, even though the church I now attend is a different ‘denomination’.
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Natural landscapes: the smokey world

MOUNTAIN FOREST, CANMORE, ALBERTA

Wildfires in neighbouring British Columbia created this smokey atmosphere. I used a big telephoto lens to capture this murky atmosphere, eliminating the sky and everything else that could distract from the effect.
Nikon D7100, 70-300 zoom lens, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the waterfall close-up

ENGLISHMAN RIVER FALLS,
VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA

I visited this provincial park many years ago and yearned to return, so during our recent vacation we made a special trip to see it again.
The water level wasn’t especially high, but there were still numerous excellent cascades to enjoy in the brilliant sunshine. I pointed the camera at this one, because it was in the shade and that made it much easier to make a long exposure.
The colours were pretty subtle in this scene, so I opted for black-and-white to heighten the drama. (You can see the colour version here: https://bit.ly/EnglishmanRiverFalls)
Nikon D7100, 70-300-mm. zoom lens, tripod, polarizing filter, neutral density (darkening) filter

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Natural landscapes: light on the beach

MORNING AT VALENCIA BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

My first visit since the early 1990s to this part of Vancouver Island’s west coast turned out to be an incredible experience. Glorious morning sun highlighted fog and an entire section of beach with boulders scattered among pools left over from high tide.
I loved the sunlight reflected on the sand and did all I could to reduce the very high contrast of this scene. I think I did OK. PS: Look carefully and you can see my footprints in the lower right. 🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the wondrous wild walk

PAUSING ON THE WILD PACIFIC TRAIL, UCLUELET, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The west coast of Vancouver Island is an amazing place with incredible forests, mesmerizing surf and a remarkable sense of place. I walked this coastal trail shortly after sunrise and found a great vista of a pathway through the forest. It needed a person to complete the composition, so I set the timer on my camera and ran back & forth several times until achieving what you’re looking at here.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the top half.

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Rural landscapes: bring on the day!

APPROACHING SUNRISE, TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Yes, this magical place, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, is every bit as incredible as this picture suggests. Early morning is my favourite time to make photographs because I’m generally alone, the silence and peace encourages prayer, and I can usually park wherever I like with no problem.
Nikon D7100, tripod, enhancing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Natural landscapes: the somber low tide

ENGLISH BAY FROM STANLEY PARK, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

During our recent trip to Canada’s west coast, it seemed like the tide was always low when I visited the ocean. This was one instance when that was good, since it exposed this fascinating rock formation. The overcast conditions played into my hand, since it eliminated distracting shadows and let you fully feel the moody atmosphere.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, two graduated density filters – one on the water, two on the sky

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Urban landscapes: ride into the night

NIAGARA SKYWHEEL, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

My wife and I went on the wheel and it turned out to be such a relaxing half-hour (the wheel turns slooooowly) with classical music piped into each car. Later, I returned to capture a four-second long exposure that turned out, in my humble opinion, quite well. 🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the peaceful dawn

SUNRISE AT PINE VALLEY RESORT, STONECLIFFE, ONTARIO

The sign said all visitors should check in with the resort operator, but at 6:45 a.m. there’s no one available for that, so I enjoyed the silence along the shores of the Ottawa River and made pictures like this as the sun rose. I was finished and gone before a single person emerged from their cabin. Here’s another photo of that wonderful sunrise: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-YA
Nikon D7100, tripod, enhancing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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