Natural landscapes: the peace of winter silence

LOUISE CREEK, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

To look at this scene, you’d never for a moment think that spring is just five days away. This looks more like January, but that’s how it goes in the Canadian Rockies, especially at higher altitudes where winter doesn’t really start to leave for another month.
I liked the stillness of this scene and the soft lines of the open water. There was pretty much no colour here, so it was an easy decision to show you the more dramatic black-and-white view.

Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: the winter viewpoint

MOUNT TEMPLE FROM MORANT’S CURVE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

While photographing at this famous spot in the Canadian Rockies (here’s a view: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-tH), I loved the clean, simple view of Mount Temple, one of the best know peaks in the park. So I made several exposures and really liked this one because there’s lots of space around the peaks, making the composition almost minimalist.
A key to compelling winter photography is often snow on the trees. I would not have bothered making this picture if the trees were bare. There wasn’t much colour, so it was an easy decision to go black-and-white. That said, you can see the colour version here: http://bit.ly/3dUos3y.
Nikon  D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the most of the sky.

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Urban landscapes: the precarious balance

“DEVICE TO ROOT OUT EVIL”, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I’d seen this 6.5-metre tall sculpture several times while driving around this western Canadian city’s downtown looking for potential photos. But before this winter dawn I’d never tried to make a picture because the setting is very busy with roads and buildings.
The perspective and lighting you see here convinced me to make an attempt. It was still a challenge because isolating the 1997 Dennis Oppenheim creation, mounted on a concrete platform, was pretty much impossible. So I incorporated Device To Root Out Evil in a larger scene, trusting that the lighting would make the surroundings complement the sculpture, rather than compete with it. Was I right?
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Natural landscapes: me and the sunrise river

PHOTOGRAPHING THE BOW RIVER AT DAWN, COCHRANE, ALBERTA

The temperature was a tolerable -8c, but the footing was treacherous along this western Canadian river. Large chunks of snow-covered ice were everywhere and in between was a thin layer of snow and ice that my boots often plunged through. Fortunately, I had a small flashlight in my camera bag and it was quite useful until the daylight increased.
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Natural landscapes: the dramatic landscape of snow

SNOWDRIFTS AT BOW SUMMIT, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

These incredible, sensual formations are caused by a new layer of snow falling on plowed snow at the entrance to one of the most popular places in the Canadian Rockies: the gobsmacking lookout over Peyto Lake.
I was fascinated by the abstract play of light and shadow and how it illuminated the texture of the snow. So before I went any further, I spent a half-hour just exploring these drifts. The colour version is a compelling mix of blues, but going black-and-white produced this eye-popping drama.
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Natural landscapes: the dark and delightful landscape

ATLANTIC OCEAN WAVES AT CAPE SPEAR, NEWFOUNDLAND

I was blessed to spend over an hour in this cold, blustery and stunning place, which is the easternmost point in North America (so the earliest sunrise and sunset on the continent).The low clouds and angry surf made for incredibly atmospheric photos. Here’s another one to prove my point: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1gw.

Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the clouds and distant shore.

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Natural landscapes: the frozen wonder

TROLL FALLS, KANANASKIS COUNTRY, ALBERTA

A two or three-kilometre walk brings you to this waterfall in the midst of a very rocky mountain landscape. It’s a sweet photo locale any time of year (here it is in summer: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-Iv), and when the frozen waterfall is in the winter shadows, it’s possible to record beautiful  shades of blue.
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Urban landscapes: the river and the skyline

BOW RIVER AND SKYSCRAPERS, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I visited this spot the evening before (you can see the results here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1JK) and was blown away by the creative possibilities, so I returned to experience it in morning light. I’m always grateful at opportunities to photograph nature and urban landscapes together.
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Natural landscapes: finding a way through winter

SINCLAIR CREEK, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Hemmed in by forest on one side and a cliff wall on the other, this section of Rocky Mountain creek was the perfect place for a long exposure to highlight the ice formations and turn the flowing water into a gentle silky lines.
I photographed a larger view that’s quite compelling (you can see it here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1Iq), but even as I made that picture, I knew there would be good close-ups, too. In both these photos, I went with black-and-white because the colours were pretty muted and monotone heightens the drama.
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Urban landscapes: the frigid winter sunset

SKYLINE AT DUSK, CALGARY, ALBERTA

During a recent cold spell, I knew compelling images could be made of this western Canadian city’s skyline after sunset. I had the day off from work, so I had lots of time to find a spot to do close-ups of the office and condo towers, but also have a decent foreground for wider-angle pictures. That’s the frozen Elbow River running diagonally through the bottom half.
The temperature, as I made these pictures, was -23 celsius. I was wearing gloves, but they had to be thin enough to manipulate the camera buttons. After 15 minutes, some fingers were going numb and that’s when I knew I had enough.
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