Natural landscapes: When snow invades the forest

WINTER AT GLENBOW RANCH PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

The seemingly random pattern of snowy cottonwood tree trunks grabbed my attention. The trick was to photography them in such a way as to make sense of all the directions of the trunks, and enhance the scene with the wild grass at the bottom. How did I do?
PS: this section of forest has a path through it and I tried a photo with me in the scene. Here’s the result: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-10P.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: hanging on against the snow

OLD AUTUMN LEAVES, GREENWOOD CONSERVATION AREA, AJAX, ONTARIO

One of my favourite photo locales in the Greater Toronto Area yielded this image during a snowy visit. It’s one of my earliest successes using ‘fill-flash’ – that is, using a flash during daylight to make the subject ‘pop’ against the background. Most people wouldn’t think of using a flash in daylight, but you can see how it can make a good picture even better. 🙂
Nikon D50, tripod

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Natural landscapes: the snowy mountain flow

KICKING HORSE RIVER, YOHO NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

There was just enough snow on the trees to make worthwhile a walk along this Rocky Mountain river. The snow on this boulder makes the scene; take it away and the picture becomes ho-hum. There wasn’t much colour in this scene, so it was an easy decision to heighten the contrast/drama by going black-and-white.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, neutral density (darkening) filter

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Natural landscapes: me in the epic winter landscape

SNOW-COVERED BADLANDS, DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA

I was blessed to visit this area just a few days after a major November snowfall. As you can see, the photo opportunities were practically endless–especially as lots of people have never seen badlands covered with snow.
In this case, I had a high viewpoint and immediately saw the value of adding a person to the scene. So I set the timer on my camera and ran back and fourth several times until achieving the right composition and exposure.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the frigid prairie dawn

SUNRISE FARMSTEAD NEAR BEISEKER, ALBERTA

I was blessed to be driving east when the first light of day appeared. Then it was a matter of finding a suitable silhouette to make for a viable photo. This farm worked out quite well, right? All I had to do was park the car on the side of the road and withstand the -20c long enough to work out several compelling compositions.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: frigid and fabulous

WINTER SUNSET NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

I used a big telephoto lens to squeeze the farm field and fence against the distant front range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It was definitely cold, but freezing conditions make for compelling photos, so the colder, the better. 🙂
Nikon D7100, 70-300mm. zoom lens, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: dawn on the city rivers

ELBOW RIVER JOINING THE BOW RIVER, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I got up early on a frigid November morning and explored the icey shoreline of these rivers (which start in the Canadian Rockies) with some very satisfying long-exposure pictures. It’s ta 15-second exposure that turned the water pleasingly silky. Here’s another picture from that same amazing morning: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1Ij.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, two graduated density (darkening) filters on the sky

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Rural landscapes: the magical dawn

NOVEMBER SUNRISE LIGHT NEAR DIAMOND VALLEY, ALBERTA

An autumn snowfall persuaded me to head out with my photography equipment. As you can tell, it was a good decision. This one location yielded several ‘keeper’ images as the dawn light grew stronger over a silent, white landscape. What a blessing to be there!
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, enhancing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Urban landscapes: the street at night

GRAFTON STREET, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA

While the rest of the team I was with on the business trip enjoyed dinner at a restaurant, I grabbed something at Tim Horton’s, then headed out with my photography equipment to see what this eastern Canadian city could offer.
As you can see, there was plenty of memorable scenes like this to capture with long exposures. In this case, I waited about ten minutes for a car to go by in order to add light trails to the composition.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the pause before winter

NOVEMBER AT SPRAY LAKE, KANANASKIS, ALBERTA

I enjoyed a relatively warm day in the Canadian Rockies, where the snow on the heights had not yet descended into the valleys. As I wandered around the lakeshore, this scene presented itself.
I made a strategic decision to arrange the composition to omit the lake (hidden behind the grass) and squeeze the tree trunk against the green forest, winter peaks and blue-bird sky.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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