Natural landscapes: the snowy mountain perspective

SNOWY TREES IN A HIGH MEADOW, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I made the short, steep trek up from the road to check out the post-snowfall views and was blessed with this glorious scene.
As is so often the case with winter pictures, the colour version is compelling (you can see it here: https://bit.ly/SnowyBanffTrees) but going black-and-white increases the drama.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the road to winter heaven

COUNTRY ROAD NEAR THE COWBOY TRAIL, ALBERTA

The Cowboy Trail is one of the most astonishingly beautiful drives in Canada. I love it in all seasons, but winter often provides the most spectacular photo opportunities – as you can see here. Look carefully and you can spy the Rocky Mountains shrouded under the clouds.
The colour version is nice (you can see it here: https://bit.ly/CowboyTrailWinter) but as is so often the case with winter pictures, the black-and-white version has far more drama.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the past in the present

ANTIQUE RAKER NEAR PINCHER CREEK, ALBERTA

Loved the setting – the glorious Canadian prairies and Rocky Mountain foothills – and loved the colour palette of this antique raker. The trick was to decide on the background.
I made one close-up photo with a wide-angle lens, then moved back and tried the same scene with a telephoto lens. That’s the one I like better, because it brings the distant hills much closer.
Nikon D7100 tripod, 70-300mm. zoom lens, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: Returning to the river

STREAM FLOWING INTO THE BOW RIVER, CALGARY, ALBERTA

This stream is actually part of the river; the water is diverted as it flows around Prince’s Island, an oasis on the north side of this western Canadian city’s downtown core.
I was there on a cold November morning and was delighted to find this combination of flowing water, river and the beautifully lit Centre Street Bridge.
I was on the other side of the creek when I realized there was a great picture to be had, so I darted across the water (avoiding getting a ‘soaker’ – yay!) and made a ciruitous route to this perspective, all the ensure my snowy footprints would not be in the photo.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the bridge and sky

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Natural landscapes: the details of winter beauty

VERMILION RIVER AT NUMA FALLS, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Rocky Mountain waterfall is gorgeous, especially in winter (you can see it here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-zN). But there’s more to this wonderful section of the river, so after finishing with the falls, I spent time searching out beautiful little spaces like this. Cold? Oh, yes. But the creative possibilities were such that I barely noticed.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter and probably a darkening filter

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Urban landscapes: the woosh of transportation

C-TRAIN IN MOTION, CALGARY, ALBERTA

The light rapid transit system in this western Canadian city is always good for long-exposure pictures; the trick is to make those exposures in compelling environments. I think this scene, captured before dawn, qualifies.
The soaring skyscraper, completed in 2017, is Brookfield Place, At 56 stories and 810 feet, it’s the tallest building in Calgary and among the ten tallest in Canada.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: a drive along the river

BOW RIVER AND MEMORIAL DRIVE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

As dawn slowly approached, I found a good vantage point on a pedestrian bridge to photograph the river and road in the dim light. You’ll notice that beyond the road and streetlight reflections in the water, this is basically a black-and-white photo.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: the wintery autumn drive

FALL IN THE FOOTHILLS, NEAR BLACK DIAMOND, ALBERTA

I was blessed to find time to drive through this wonderful landscape just a few days after a significant autumn snowfall. It was hard to make a bad picture that morning.  🙂
There was very little significant colour in this scene, so I turned everything but the farm buildings into black-and-white. Love how Photoshop makes this kind of thing so possible.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: before the lake freezes

LATE AUTUMN AT LAKE LOUISE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I’ve rarely been able to visit this iconic Canadian Rocky Mountain lake with snow and before the water freezes for six months. So this was a bonus; I was there to go for a walk with my lovely wife and this was the only composition I photographed – so a 100 percent success rate on this “photo” trip!  😉
The colour version is pretty cool – you can see it here: http://bit.ly/AutumnAtLakeLouise – but even as I made this picture I knew I would create a B&W version just ’cause monotone is often more dramatic. And if you check out the colour version, you’ll see that’s true.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on most of the sky.

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Urban landscapes: the painted sunrise

CLOUDS AT DAWN, CALGARY, ALBERTA

Yes, that November sunrise really was this spectacular. First, I made some gobsmacking pictures along the Bow River, which flows through this western Canadian city (here’s an example: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-KO), then walked over to a small pond just east of the downtown skyscrapers. A gazebo adds a human touch to the spectacle.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky, enhancing filter.

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