Rural landscapes: the road to mountains

HIGHWAY 6 TO WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

The drive to Waterton, in the deep southwest of this western Canadian province, is simply glorious. It was a June morning when I stopped the car to take in this view and then figure out how to capture it. The colour version is pretty sweet (you can see it here: https://bit.ly/WatertonRoad), but I knew this version would also be compelling.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peaks and sky.

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Natural landscapes: the road through alpine glory

HIGHWAY 93, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA.

I climbed above this road, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, because I wanted a clear view to photograph the two peaks on the right. Once I reached the top, I realized the entire view was photo-worthy, especially with a vehicle travelling the highway. The colour version is good (you can see it here: https://bit.ly/KootenayNationalPark), but I knew it would also make a dramatic black-and-white picture. Do you agree?
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: alone with the morning fish

FISHING AT SIBBALD LAKE, KANANASKIS, ALBERTA

This charming lake, set in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is photogenic in all seasons (here it is at the peak of autumn: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-Ji) and has an easy-to-follow trail all the way around.
I was blessed to find this man trying his luck just an hour after sunrise, and he graciously let me improve this scene by having him in it. Here’s the colour version: https://bit.ly/SibbaldLake.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Urban landscapes: the lights of a summer night

THE VIEW FROM SKYLON TOWER, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

I’m thankful my wife’s dad lives in this very picturesque part of Canada; it means we get to visit often and I have many opportunities to photograph the falls, Niagara River and surrounding landscapes.
This long exposure shows off the Rainbow Bridge, one of several connections in the area between Ontario and the United States. Here’s my photo of the Skylon Tower, made earlier that same evening: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-II.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: the badlands and the bad sky

CLOUDY MORNING AT DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR BROOKS, ALBERTA

Actually, the sky wasn’t all that bad–just filled with dull clouds. So I used a few filters to drastically darken it, then boosted the contrast on my camera to add some punch to the fairly flat (yet still gorgeous) scenery.
in other words, this isn’t a documentary picture; I did a lot of interpretation, because I’m trying my best to be a fine art photographer. Finally, because the lighting lacked drama, I went for a black-and-white treatment. You can see the colour version here: https://bit.ly/DinosaurBadlands.
Dinosaur Provincial Park is one of the richest fossil areas on the planet. Forty dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums around the globe.
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Rural landscapes: the heavenly equine landscape

GRAZING HORSES, NEAR MORLEY, ALBERTA

These horses grabbed my attention as I drove along Hwy. 1A west of Cochrane. They were far enough way that I could use a telephoto lens to draw them closer and, just as important, make the distant Rocky Mountains appear dramatically close.
The key to making this picture compelling was to deal with the very flat lighting, caused by the sun being directly behind me. Increasing the contrast with Photoshop brought the picture closer to how I imagined it as I stood in this amazing landscape, taking in God’s glory.
Nikon D7100, tripod, 70-300 mm. zoom lens

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Rural landscape: the road to stormy weather

JUMPING POUND ROAD AND SUMMER SLOUGHS, WEST OF CALGARY, ALBERTA

I was up and on the road for sunrise (which, at this time of year, is about 5:30 a.m.), but there were too many clouds. Fortunately, conditions cleared enough that when I found this scene, the light was good and the sky was interesting. Later that day, parts of Calgary were pummeled by the worst hailstorm in many years.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the epic evening photo

CRESCENT FALLS AND EVENING SKY, CLEARWATER COUNTY, ALBERTA

Crescent Falls Provincial Recreation Area is an amazing place for a photographer. The falls are actually two epic plunges, then the Bighorn River flows on through a spectacular canyon (which you can see here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-Xq).
I spent several hours exploring everything from the top and, here, from the bottom. How amazing is it that these two women would be taking phone shots right when I was ready to capture the epic cloud?  🙂
P.S. I prefer the drama of black-and-white, but for those who want the colour version: https://bit.ly/CrescentFallsSky.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: dawn on the docklands

GREAT LAKES SUNRISE, OSHAWA, ONTARIO

Lakeview Park and the adjacent docklands are one of my favourite photo locales east of Toronto (Canada’s largest city). It has a great combination of beach and industrial area that looks especially good in pre-dawn light. For this compelling sunrise, I combined Lake Ontario with the silhouetted docklands to make what I think is a pretty good photograph.
Nikon D7100, tripod, probably a graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Rural landscapes: the loch landscape

LOCH LOMOND, LUSS, SCOTLAND

This charming village has just 450 residents, but its picturesque setting and endearing streetscapes mean its regularly invaded by busloads of tourists. During our 2017 cruise ship vacation, my wife and I were among them. I stole away to search out compelling landscapes and came up with this scene. The lighting was dull, so I kept the boats in colour and converted the rest of the picture into black-and-white.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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