Merry Christmas from Alberta

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING AT EIGHTH AVENUE PLACE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

This beautiful arrangement of trees, flanked by the glittering towers of Eighth Avenue Place, stopped me in my tracks for more than a half hour of trying out various compositions. This is one of my favourites – and here’s another one: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-11c.
From Frank’s Cottage, my other website: “At its heart, Christmas is not about us doing. It’s about God doing. Basic Christianity (which I believe) tells us Christmas is about our creator seeing our broken condition and reaching out to us — coming to earth as a helpless baby born in an obscure Middle Eastern village.”
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: Photographing the winter waterfall

STELLA FALLS, JOHNSTON CANYON, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I visited this spot with the hopes of photographing a mix of water and ice, but the waterfall was almost solidly frozen. Still, I was able to find several very satisfying compositions, especially when a few other folks showed up with the same idea. Here’s another pretty cool view from the same visit: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-Kx.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: the rare snowy morning

WILKET CREEK AND RAILROAD BRIDGE, TORONTO, ONTARIO

My photographic world was a different place when I made this photo back in 2000. I was still using a film camera (and slide film); I sold it off because the film and processing was too expensive. That turned out to be a fortuitous decision, since digital cameras were on the cusp of taking over.
Winter weather like this, with snow clinging to branches, is relatively rare in Canada’s largest city, so I was definitely blessed to capture this scene.
Pentax medium-format film camera, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the scenic winter river

OLDMAN RIVER VALLEY, MOON RIVER ESTATES, ALBERTA

I went exploring in this tiny hamlet (population: 130) near Lethbridge because I sensed there would be good views of the river valley. Turns out I was right. The beautifully lit trees just below me provided a good counterpoint to the distant badland cliffs.
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Rural landscapes: the winter barn

BARN AND SNOWY FIELD
NEAR CARMANGAY, ALBERTA

The ancient barn initially attracted me, then I noticed the sun-dappled ripples in the prairie field and knew I could make a compelling photo. Kinda like the diagonal lines of the tractor trail, too.
I made a version of this photo with the barn in colour and the rest of the picture in black-and-white. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/BARNandFIELD.
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Natural landscapes: the winter badlands view

WINTER AT WRITING-ON-STONE PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

This view south, at hills in the United States, is often photographed — but not in the dead-cold splendour of winter. That’s when I made the 3.5-hour drive south from my home in Calgary to be one of the few people to visit this glorious place in the off-season. That’s the curving, frozen Milk River flowing through part of the scene.
There was very little colour to be had, so I went with a black-and-white version. (Here’s Writing-On-Stone at the height of summer: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-xU.)
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: three friends in a field

LATE AUTUMN HAY ROLLS NEAR PINCHER CREEK, ALBERTA

I like the full-colour version (you can see it here: http://bit.ly/AlbertaHayRolls), but with just these three rolls in a giant field, I could see a compelling picture with just them in colour. What do you think?
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Natural landscapes: the place of peaceful contemplation

PACIFIC OCEAN INTERLUDE, EL BALSAMAR RESORT, EL SALVADOR

We’re in the midst of winter where I live, so I’m offering up this serene, contemplative summer scene captured during a 2018 Samaritan’s Purse trip to this Central American nation.
Our gracious hosts took us to a resort to spend part of the day enjoying the surf, dark sand and glorious views. I wandered off with the camera to find artistic compositions like this. Here’s another scene from the same beach: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1lg.
Nikon D7100, polarizer.

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Rural landscapes: the windy autumn sky

WIND TURBINES, HAY ROLLS AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT RANGE, PINCHER CREEK, ALBERTA

I know there are people who detest wind turbines, but I find them fascinating photo subjects, especially admidst the stunning landscapes of this western Canadian province.
The Pincher Creek region is one of the windiest places in Canada – so windy that I found some nestling deer using hay rolls as a wind break – so I had to use a fairly fast shutter speed to stop the motion of this turbine.
There was lots of blue and gold-brown in the scene, but I also knew it would look stunning in black-and-white. So that’s how I’m presenting it to you.

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Rural landscapes: the epic, snowy autumn view

RANCH ENTRY NEAR BLACK DIAMOND, ALBERTA

I ventured out the day after a four-inch autumn snowfall and found the sublime foothills landscapes still thoroughly coated with snow. It was hard to make a bad photo on this incredible morning. As I moved around capturing different viewpoints of this ranch entry, I had to marvel at all I was seeing and breathe thanks to the One who made it all. Here’s the scene in full colour: http://bit.ly/SnowyRanch.
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