Natural landscapes: the wall of snow and rock

WINTER LIGHT ON THE PRESIDENT, YOHO NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

I was many kilometres away from this peak but, standing on the shore of Emerald Lake, I was able to bridge the distance with a decent telephoto lens. Look at the trees along the bottom third; they’ll tell you this scene is a gigantic chunk of remote and raw real estate in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
As usual, I made the initial photo in colour and I like that version (you can see it here: https://bit.ly/YohoWinterPeak), but I knew going monotone would heighten the drama. Do you agree?
Nikon D7100, 70-300 mm. zoom lens, polarizing filter, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: topped with tasty white

BERRY TREE AFTER SNOWFALL, CALGARY, ALBERTA

It looks like whipped cream, doesn’t it? I spent all kinds of time around this tree, in the downtown of this western Canadian city, finding ways to capture the white-and-red combinations. The out-of-focus background berries serve as a nice secondary point of visual interest.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the colourful decay

ABANDONED PRAIRIE HOMESTEAD NEAR STAVELY, ALBERTA

I spent nearly an hour finding various ways to photograph this beautiful old western Canadian property. Playing around with the results produced pictures like this, where I converted everything but the house into black-and-white. Makes for an impactful image, yes?
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: no moving in this weather

FROSTY ANCIENT WAGON
NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

Yes, it was absolutely as cold as it looked — in fact it was -25C with a wind chill that made it feel like -30. Thankfully, this wonderful old wagon was right by the road, so I barely had to walk 10 feet to quickly make several pictures. This is one of the best, in part because it doesn’t show any of the very modern house in the background. Going black-and-white was a no-brainer; there was almost no colour in this scene.
Nikon D7100, tripod, fill-flash

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Urban landscapes: Me and the frigid daybreak

FROSTY WINTER DAWN, CALGARY, ALBERTA

As soon as my eyes saw this western Canadian scene, I knew it would make a compelling photo, but only if someone was added to the composition. So I set the timer on my camera and galloped back and forth for several long exposures. This was the best of the bunch. Seeing as I was pretty much the only colour in the scene, I turned the rest of the photo into monotone. Want to compare? See the full-colour version here: https://bit.ly/TheFrigidDaybreak.
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Natural landscapes: the snowy solitude

BADLANDS AT WRITING ON STONE PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR MILK RIVER, ALBERTA

One of the great things about making pictures in winter is the solitude. As I spent hours exploring the incredible hoodoos and badlands of this western Canadian park, I don’t recall seeing even one other person. It was a wonderful time of photography, peace and prayer in a stunning part of God’s cathedral.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: a walk with the bridge

HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA

Built between 1907 and 1909 (and still in use today), this 1.6-kilometre bridge is the largest railway structure in Canada and the largest steel trestle bridge in the world. A 100-man gang erected more than 11,000 tons of steel.
I’ve photographed High Level Bridge several times, always challenged to adequately capture its sheer, gobsmacking massiveness. I photographed this viewpoint without the footprints, then went for a walk to add in the tracks and see which version was more compelling. This one is the victor because it gives you a strong line to follow into the distance.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Natural landscapes: the intimate long exposure

SINCLAIR CREEK, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

This Rocky Mountain stream, running along Hwy. 93 for several kilometres, was fascinating to follow. Near the bottom it was free-flowing, but the further up I went, the more snow and ice showed up. So it was just a matter of making pictures where the water-ice ratio was just right. 🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter and, possibly, a neutral density (darkening) filter

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Natural landscapes: the snowy mountain sunrise

DAWN ON HIGHWAY 93, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

What a delight it was to make this drive over the Alberta border and into this Canadian Rocky Mountain park. Snow on the trees opens the door to many photo opportunities, such as this one just as the sun was coming up.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peak and sky

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Natural landscapes: in a world of frost

WINTER GRASS, DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK, NEWELL COUNTY, ALBERTA

In the midst of spectacular badlands, I found entire fields of wild grass covered in frost. When I found a nice mix of sunny grass and blue shadows, I set aside my wide-angle lens, slipped on a telephoto lens, and spent time searching out intimate close-ups like this.
Nikon D7100, tripod, 70-300-mm. lens

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