Rural landscapes: the curves of autumn

HIGHWAY 546
SHEEP RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERT
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Autumn is a stunning time to visit this western Canadian park, in the Rocky Mountain foothills southwest of Calgary. Not many people, but lots of aspens, poplars and cottonwoods that turn a stunning shade of yellow.
I was blessed to find a high viewpoint overlooking a river just to the left of this scene. I used a big telephoto lens to isolate the curving road and exclude the dull, cloudy sky.
Nikon D7100, tripod, 70-300 mm. lens, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: the sublime, silent sunrise

APPROACHING DAWN AT JOHNSON LAKE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I arrived at this Rocky Mountain lake about a half-hour before sunrise. This was one of the first pictures I made before walking around the entire lake, making photos along the way of peaks in glorious dawn light. It was heavenly. 🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, enhancing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: a snowy autumn moment

POPLAR LEAVES AND SNOW
BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I visited this world-famous western Canadian park right after a September snowfall and was blessed with ridiculous photo opportunities.
Amidst the larger landscapes, I looked for intimate pictures and found this arrangement of leaves and icy snow.
Nikon D7100, tripod, fill-flash.

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Natural landscapes: the lurid sunrise

DAWN AT VERMILLION LAKES, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I plunged into the archives to resurrect, from 2010, one of the most spectacular sunrises I’ve ever been blessed to witness. This was a tricky picture to process; I wanted to show you some detail in the shadows, but not to the point of making the picture seem unrealistic.
Then there was the matter of colour. It truly was stunning, but I didn’t want it to be so saturated that it didn’t seem real. In the end, I hope I achieved a good balance. Do you agree?
Nikon D90, tripod, (probably) an enhancing filter

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Natural landscapes: the monotone mountain sunrise

DAWN AT QUARRY LAKE, CANMORE, ALBERTA

This spring-fed Rocky Mountain lake, several hundred feet above the town of Canmore, is a dream to photograph on windless days because there are spectacular mountains reflected in every direction.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t much colour in this scene so I went monotone to highlight the drama of the sunrise trying to poke through the clouds.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the rich and barren land

CAIRN AND COLOUR ON THE ARCTIC TUNDRA, NEAR BAKER LAKE, NUNAVUT

During a 2019 visit to this remote and fascinating place, I had time to roam around the rocky, treeless (and I mean that literally!) landscape to search out quietly compelling scenes like this. The Baker Lake region is a land of endless lakes, ponds and rocks, so unlike anything I’d experienced before or since.
Nikon D7100, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the harvest view

HAY ROLLS AND ROCKY MOUNTAINS, NEAR MILLARVILLE, ALBERTA

The dirt road took me to a wonderful overview of this restful, pastoral scene, but my first photos lacked something. So I set the camera on a timer and raced back and forth to the fence for several exposures. This was the best of them, positioning me nicely in the context of a larger scene.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peaks and sky.

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Rural landscapes: the Arctic sand bar

SHORELINE ROCKS, BAKER LAKE, NUNAVUT

My 2018 visit to this fascinating, remote, northern Canada territory included time to wander along the lakeshore searching out quietly interesting compositions like this. See the distant ship? It stayed there for the entire time I was in Baker Lake, pumping gasoline through kilometres of hose into giant tanks that provided fuel for the long winter months ahead.
As this scene had only the blue sky and dull brown sand to provide colour, I opted to go monotone and heighten the scene’s contrast/drama.
Nikon D7100, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Rural landscapes: the summer field of glory

HAY ROLLS IN EARLY MORNING LIGHT, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

The sweet, golden light attracted my eyes to the distant hills, then to the lines of hay rolls. So I designed this composition to highlight both. Notice how the sky and the fence posts/grass serve to frame/enclose the hills and hayrolls?
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: exploring the details

PLANT CLOSE-UP, COSTA RICA

During a 2014 Samaritan’s Purse trip to this Central American nation, I took advantage of a delay in our bus leaving to check out some of the foliage around the parking lot. There wasn’t a lot of light and I didn’t have my tripod, so I had to boost the Nikon D7100’s sensitivity to make this close-up shot. All these years later, I’m still amazed at the quality of the resulting photos, including this study of lines and curves.

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