Rural landscapes: hard to keep your eyes on the road?

THE ROAD THROUGH CANOLA COUNTRY, AIRDRIE, ALBERTA

July is canola season in this western Canadian province, a time when I love cruising country roads to find eye-popping scenes like this. I used a telephoto lens to zoom in on the canola & the road and exclude everything else that would distract and reduce their visual impact.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the yellow and blue view

CANOLA AND OIL PUMP, NEAR AIRDRIE, ALBERTA

Every July I go on a Canola hunt, searching for compelling views of the fluorescent blossoming grain. This composition, with an oil pump, hit the jackpot in terms of showing two ubiquitous parts of the landscape in this western Canadian province. I like how this picture gives you a sense of being able to see forever on the epic Canadian prairies.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the downtown, reflected

FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN, CALGARY, ALBERTA

Prince’s Island Park is an oasis in downtown core of this western Canadian city. It’s also a great photo locale, with wildlife, the nearby Bow River and several ponds that beautifully reflect the city skyline. I really like how the warm first first moments of daylight brought this reflection to life.
The challenge, which took a few minutes of tiny adjustments, was to position the reflected towers and dead tree in the most appealing way.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: the silence after dawn

FENCE AND POND WEST OF CALGARY, ALBERTA

I’ve photographed this pond several times over the years; on this occasion I appreciated the strong morning light and the lack of wind that allowed for a glassy surface. Ponds like this are common in the prairies between Calgary and the Canadian Rockies.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Rural landscapes: The morning mountain view

DECK CHAIRS ALONG THE SHORE OF WATERTON LAKE, ALBERTA

Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the windiest places in Canada. The breeze is almost always blowing strongly along the lake shore, to the point where many trees grow at a sharp angle away from the prevailing direction.
This spot, protected by trees, is relatively calm and that’s where parks staff set up these red chairs for visitors to enjoy the sublime view and capture selfies.
I published a full-colour version elsewhere (you can see it here: http://bit.ly/WatertonChairs) but wanted to try processing the scene like this, with just the chairs in colour. Do you think it works?
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Rural landscapes: the summertime shoreline vista

ONE OF THE THOUSAND ISLANDS, ONTARIO

There are actually more than 1,800 islands in this vacation paradise straddling the Ontario-New York border. My wife & I did a boat tour in 2007 and were blessed with sunshine and amazing skies for photos like this.
Nikon D50, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: the Irish daisies

DAISIES AND FARMER’S FIELD, NEAR HOOK HEAD, COUNTY WEXFORD, IRISH REPUBLIC

Went on an expedition into the archives and found this beautiful evening scene captured during my 1993 trip to Ireland. This was made with a medium-format film camera, then the slide was converted into a jpeg. This procedure inevitably results in the need for a lot of Photoshopping and that was certainly the case here.
Pentax 6×7 camera, tripod, polarizing filter (probably).

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Natural landscape: the mountain wetland

FOREST POOL, WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

It was windy – it’s almost always very windy in the southwest corner of this western Canadian province – but I found a few moments of relative peace to photograph this wetland and aspen trees near the shore of the park’s largest lake. Conditions were overcast, so I went for a high-contrast treatment to add some drama to the scene.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: Entry #6

MALL ENTRANCE, CROSSIRON MILLS, BALZAC, ALBERTA

This giant mall, on the outskirts of Calgary, has interesting – and well-lit – urban art at every entrance. I photographed several during the pre-dawn hours. This one worked best when I twisted the camera for a more interesting perspective.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: the circling lights

CALGARY STAMPEDE MIDWAY RIDE, ALBERTA

Night photography on your average midway usually presents a ridiculous amount of picture possibilities. In the case of the annual Calgary Stampede, the biggest challenge is almost every square inch of space is taken up by people. They often bump into the tripod and get in the way of good compositions. That said, a little persistence and patience pays off with pictures like this.
Nikon D90, tripod.

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