Natural landscapes: the winter waterfall wonderland

WEBSTER FALLS, NEAR HAMILTON, ONTARIO

I dug around in the archives and came up with this photograph, made way back in 2008 when it was still possible to access the bottom of the falls. I was blown away by the fantastical ice and snow formations (here they are from above: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-An) and spent a lot of time exploring them.
There was little colour in this scene except an underwhelming shade of brown-yellow, so it was a no-brainer to go black-and-white.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: the yard, all to himself

HORSE AND BARN, NEAR PARSON, BRITISH COLUMBIA

While driving between the Rocky Mountain towns of Golden and Radium, I’ve come across this scene before and, in fact, photographed it. However, the photo never seemed compelling enough to publish.
On a recent trip, I passed this scene once more. But the addition of a horse in such a perfect position made me stop and pull out the camera again. Thankfully, he (she? I’m no expert in these things) stayed still long enough to make several compositions. This is one of the best.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: the photographer’s viewpoint

PHOTOGRAPHING THE RIVER AND SKYLINE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

By January, the Bow River is usually almost totally frozen over, but this western Canadian province has yet to experience a deep freeze. That meant it was possible to photograph the fully lit downtown skyline reflected in the open water.
I have, of course, the original full-colour version (made on my iPhone), but transforming everything into monotone except the ‘live view’ on the camera back makes for a cool picture.
PS: can anyone guess what that strange filter is sticking up on the front of the camera?

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Natural landscapes: the flow of winter water

KICKING HORSE RIVER, YOHO NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Ice and flowing water usually makes for a photogenic combination and as you can see, this spot in the Canadian Rocky Mountains was no exception. I went for a long exposure to turn the river silky and help guide your eyes through what would have otherwise been a chaotic scene.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, neutral density (darkening) filter.

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Urban landscapes: bright lights in the gathering dusk

CITY SKYLINE REFLECTED IN THE BOW RIVER, CALGARY, ALBERTA

The Bow River is often frozen over in winter, but this year has so far been an exception. That made it possible to find locations like this, where I could capture the downtown skyscrapers, fully lit at dusk and beautifully reflected in the water. Finding an interesting foreground was a nice bonus.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the mountain puffball of snow

ROCKY SHORELINE ALONG THE BOW RIVER, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

After many hours of making pictures in overcast conditions, the last hour of my photo trip was blessed with strong afternoon sunshine. That made pictures like this possible as I scrambled to find as many scenes as possible before the short winter day ended.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peaks and sky

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Natural landscapes: encased in the snows of winter

ICE FORMATION ON THE OTTAWA RIVER, DEEP RIVER, ONTARIO

While visiting family in eastern Ontario, I ventured onto the thick ice of this river, which serves as the border between two Canadian provinces, to find interesting formations like this.
Using a very shallow depth of field put the distant shoreline out of focus so it wouldn’t compete with the ice formation, yet still enable you to comprehend what you’re seeing.
Winter light, coming from so far south, is very good all of the short days of winter and that’s what made this compelling scene so photogenic.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: racing through mountain glory

FREIGHT TRAIN IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES, YOHO NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Construction of a cross-country railway is woven into the historic fabric of Canada, so I’m always stirred by the sight of a train racing through an iconic landscape like this.
The train you sort-of see here was so long that when I saw it coming, I had time to set up my equipment and exposure time and make as many long exposures as I wanted before the last car roared off into the distance. You can see the colour version here: https://bit.ly/dztbefbvaf.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peaks and sky

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Rural landscapes: the road to winter heaven

COUNTRY LANEWAY NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

I was blessed to be able to venture out with my photography equipment shortly after a glorious winter frost covered everything around this western Canadian city.
It really was hard to make a bad picture in conditions like this. And finding a solitary fir tree right at the point where the lane makes a hard left? In the words of a Seinfeld character, “that’s GOLD, Jerry. GOLD!”  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: welcome to the freezing dawn

WINTER SUNRISE ON THE OTTAWA RIVER, PETAWAWA, ONTARIO

Whenever my wife & I visit family near this military town, I make sure to visit the river because there are almost always amazing creative opportunities to be had. This particular morning was as frigid as it looks, but I don’t recall much of a wind and that always makes things easier.
The colour version is good (you can see it here: https://bit.ly/PetawawaWinterSunrise), but I knew it would also make a dramatic monotone picture. Do you agree?
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the trees and sky

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