Natural landscape: the beauty of a desolate landscape

FROZEN LAKE ATHABASCA SHORELINE,
FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALBERTA

The temperature was a mind-numbing -25c, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from photographing the beautiful landscapes of this northern Alberta village.
I wore long underwear, two pairs of gloves, a giant parka and my Calgary Stampeders toque. At one point, I still had to duck into the community’s historical museum just to warm up. But, as you can see, the effort was absolutely worth it! 🙂
Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70-mm zoom lens, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Rural landscapes: a place for a winter rest

SNOWY GAZEBO, PETAWAWA, ONTARIO

Isn’t this a wonderful view? As it flows through this military town in eastern Canada, the Petawawa River makes for great pictures, even when it’s just providing a pleasing background. I was blessed to visit Petawawa right after a six-inch snowfall. A path above and behind the gazebo made this composition possible. As with so many winter scenes, there was almost no colour to be had, so it was an easy decision to go black-and-white.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Rural landscapes: me and the snowy day

WINTER WONDERLAND ON FROG LANE, DEEP RIVER, ONTARIO

As the snow gently fell, I found this rarely used lane through the forest of eastern Ontario and proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes finding compelling scenes to photograph. This is one of them, featuring me just to add a human touch. You might notice that outside of me, the photo seems very monotone. That’s because there was so little colour that I converted everything but me into black-and-white. Pretty cool, eh? 🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Urban landscapes: merry Christmas from Alberta

HOLIDAY DISPLAY AT BANKER’S HALL, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I was blessed to have full access to the hall, meaning I could set up my tripod and make long exposures with no interference (a rarity inside most buildings). This is one of the results.
Ironically, my camera told me this is overexposed, but I ended up liking it more than the proper exposures. To my eyes, it has a wonderful sense of lightness.
May you appreciate the reason for this Christmas season: a light in the darkness that can change lives for all eternity. 🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Natural landscapes: winter in the canyon

HAY RIVER CANYON, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

The river is pretty flat flowing through the northern Canadian town of Hay River, but just 30 minutes away, it spills over the impressive Alexandra Falls and into a deep, wide canyon that is truly impressive to see. One of the pictures I made there focused on the nearby steep canyon wall and the ice falls. Pretty raw and primitive, eh?
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Urban landscapes: epic church in a tiny town

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL,
FORT SMITH, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

This town in Canada’s north (population: 2,200) seems a strange place to build a Roman Catholic cathedral, but here it is.
An internet search failed to find any information or history on the church, so all I can tell you is it’s pretty impressive. And I was blessed to get inside, where a staff person turned on all the lights so I could make many long-exposure photos. I’ll publish some of them in the future.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: Hope in a barren landscape

WINTER AT FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALBERTA

This hamlet of 800 in the province’s far north is only road-accessible in winter (thanks to an ice road). The rest of the year, people can only get in and out on a plane. So it’s deeply isolated. But it’s also on the shore of Lake Athabasca, making for many beautiful landscapes.
This cross went with a Roman Catholic Church that burned to the ground in early 2022. For me, it’s a vital reminder that no matter how bleak life can be, we need never face it alone. (Learn more about that here: https://frankscottage.blog/)
Apple iPhone 13, processed with Photoshop Elements

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Rural landscapes: the warm winter sunrise

HAYROLL AND DISTANT PEAKS
NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

Hay rolls are one of my favourite photography subjects, especially when they’re positioned with the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the background.
I used a big telephoto lens to bring this roll closer to you and also reduce the distance to the distant peaks. The super-warm dawn light was icing on the cake!
Nikon D7100, 70-300mm lens, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the race to the mountains

TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY TRAFFIC, BOW VALLEY PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

Morning traffic is always busy on weekends as thousands of Calgarians head west to go skiing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I found a perfect spot on an overpass to make long exposures of that traffic. I ultimately went with this 30-second shot because it also has the long exposure lights from an eastbound vehicle. It was a cold and windy dawn but, as you can see, the effort was worth it.
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Natural landscapes: When snow invades the forest

WINTER AT GLENBOW RANCH PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

The seemingly random pattern of snowy cottonwood tree trunks grabbed my attention. The trick was to photography them in such a way as to make sense of all the directions of the trunks, and enhance the scene with the wild grass at the bottom. How did I do?
PS: this section of forest has a path through it and I tried a photo with me in the scene. Here’s the result: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-10P.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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