Rural landscapes: the wetlands sunrise

DAWN AT RALPH KLEIN PARK, CALGARY, ALBERTA

This scene looks quite natural, but it’s not. This 75-acre park is entirely man-made, an extensive set of wetlands designed to filter stormwater before it enters the Bow River (one of the chief water sources for this western Canadian city).
The park is named for Calgary’s 32nd mayor and Alberta’s 12th premier. I was blessed to visit just before a stunning summer sunrise, where I had nearly an hour of breathtaking clouds and perfect reflections.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the elegant ocean shore

PACIFIC OCEAN DRIFTWOOD, EL BALSAMAR RESORT, EL SALVADOR

During a day off on our Samaritan’s Purse trip, our gracious hosts took us to a resort to spend part of the day enjoying the surf, dark sand and glorious views. I wandered off with the camera to find artistic scenes like this.
This is another photo where the colour version is good (you can see it here: http://bit.ly/ElSalvadorBeach), but this lent itself very well to monotone.
Nikon D7100, polarizer.

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Natural landscapes: the road to sunrise glory

HIGHWAY 40, KANANASKIS COUNTRY, ALBERTA

As I drove south through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, I kept seeing his beautifully lit peak in my rear-view mirror. Finally, I found a spot where I could stop and use a telephoto lens to combine the peak with a curve in the road. The colour version is good (you can see it here: http://bit.ly/KananaskisRoad), but I like how this version lets you concentrate on the sunrise lighting.
Nikon D7100, 70-300 mm. zoom lens, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peaks and sky.

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Natural landscapes: the morning mountain view

MOUNT RUNDLE REFLECTED IN TWO JACK LAKE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

It was, as you can see, a glorious morning in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and I loved this view framed by the trees. I have what I think is a compelling picture without any human presence, but tried this one (with me) and find it even better. What do you think – would this photo be better without a person in it?
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the final flash of light

SUNSET ON BELMONT LAKE, NEAR HAVELOCK, ONTARIO

I went fishing in the archives and landed this scene from 2006. Close friends rented a cottage on this peaceful lake and invited my wife and I to stay a few days. I found lots of time to roam around with photography equipment at key times of day. All these years later, I still find the colour palette — especially the hint of purple — to be quite compelling.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Wildlife: the silhouette of sunrise

SILHOUETTED HERON, TORONTO, ONTARIO

I was having a lot of problems with my camera when this sunrise photo was made in 2012 (I eventually replaced it), so this photo had significant technical issues. But I’m so happy with the lighting and composition that I spent the time needed – over an hour – in Photoshop to fix the issues and present you this very cool scene, photographed along the shore of Lake Ontario.
Nikon D90, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: me and the river shore

MORNING ALONG THE OTTAWA RIVER, DEEP RIVER, ONTARIO

This little Canadian town along the Quebec-Ontario border is named for one of the deepest sections of the mighty Ottawa River. I was there around sunrise and found the combination of warm light, strong colours and my shadow made for a compelling photo. Do you agree?
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: reflecting the epic sky

POOL AND PEAKS, NEAR KILLARNEY, IRISH REPUBLIC

A fishing expedition into the archives landed this beauty from my 1993 trip to Ireland. Photographed on slide film with my long-discarded (but much-loved) Pentax medium-format camera. Then I did significant processing with Photshop to emphasize the sky and increase the drama. That drama works better in black-and-white.
Pentax 6×7 camera, tripod, polarizing filter (probably).

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Rural landscapes: the distant, dramatic view

CANOLA AND THREATENING SKY, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

As soon as I find a field of canola, I start looking at the surroundings to see what might work with the glowing yellow to create a compelling photo. In this case, a view across the gentle, distant valley to the tumultuous sky gave me a thrill.  🙂
Dikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: the roaring rapids

PETAWAWA RIVER, PETAWAWA, ONTARIO

The “Emerald Necklace Trail” in this eastern Canadian military town leads to a great lookout over the river. The challenge was to reduce the light coming into the camera enough to allow for a long exposure, which smooths out the visually busy rapids. I recall the sky was a bland-off white that morning; that’s why I made sure to exclude it from the composition.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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