Natural landscapes: the warm and rocky beach

PACIFIC OCEAN COASTLINE, EL BALSAMAR RESORT, EL SALVADOR

This was a difficult photo to make presentable. The harsh, overhead sun made for very contrasty, shadowy conditions that required two intense rounds of Photoshop processing to mitigate.
But I think the work was worth it, especially as this sweet scene presents a summery contrast to the continuing cold, wintry conditions where I live in western Canada. Here’s another sublime scene from the same El Salvador beach: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1q4.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: the rapturous winter view

FENCE, FIELDS AND FOOTHILLS NEAR BLACK DIAMOND, ALBERTA

New snow, clinging to everything it touched, and morning sunshine made for a stunning day south of Calgary. I toured nameless roads until coming to the top of a ridge and discovering this incredible vista. I prefer the drama of black-and-white, but the curious can check out the colour version here: http://bit.ly/SnowyAlbertaVista. See the grazing cattle ‘way off in the distance?
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: along the winter fence

LONG-GONE FARMLAND, UNIONVILLE, ONTARIO

I plunged deep into the archives to find this scene, photographed on negative film ‘way back in the 1980s just north of Toronto (Canada’s largest city). These fields have long been replaced by a ritzy golf course, but I’ll always have this photo to remind me of how beautiful the area was.
Nikon FM2 film camera, tripod, polarizer

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Natural landscapes: the glowing blue of winter

ICE ON ABRAHAM LAKE, ALBERTA

This lake, a man-made creation in the Canadian Rockies, is a mecca for photographers because of the amazing ice and the even more amazing methane-caused ice bubbles. I have lots of ice bubble pictures (here’s one: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-tY), but the gigantic ice chunks also made for great photo opportunities.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the road to winter wonderland

COUNTRY ROAD OFF THE COWBOY TRAIL, ALBERTA

The view was, as you can see, magnificent and I was all set up to make a photo when a truck pulled into the lane and parked for the next 20 minutes right where I didn’t want him to be. The light was shifting as clouds rolled this way and that, so I impatiently waited and hoped a strong wind wouldn’t arrive and blow the snow off the delicate branches.
Fortunately, all was still amazing when the truck left and I ecstatically recorded this astounding view of God’s winter glory in the Rocky Mountain foothills.  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the frosty & frigid river

BOW RIVER AND WINTER FOG, COCHRANE, ALBERTA

With long underwear, my heaviest winter boots & coat, toque and two pairs of gloves, I was able to stay outside in -25c temperatures long enough to record beautiful winter sunshine on an open part of this river in western Canada. Here’s another view of the Bow, photographed just a few minutes earlier: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1sD.

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Natural landscapes: the peaceful pond

POND AND SURROUNDING SNOW, NEAR BRAGG CREEK, ALBERTA

When snow arrives on ponds that aren’t frozen over, I go on a picture hunt to find utterly silent and peaceful scenes like this. The overcast conditions actually accentuate the introspective mood far better than sunshine.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Urban landscapes: lighting the architectural marvel

RYERSON UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEARNING CENTRE, TORONTO, ONTARIO

This extraordinary example of modern architecture, designed by the architectural team of Zeidler and Snøhetta, replaced a truly iconic piece of Toronto. Those of a certain age (like me) spent many hours in “Sam The Record Man” browsing the records and, later, CDs. It was wonderful.
Sam and almost all of his stores are long gone, but I sure loved capturing this new structure as dawn approached. Here’s another view I captured the same morning: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-Jf
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: abandoned in a somber landscape

OLD BUILDING IN THE WINTER FIELDS, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

The lighting was quite dull, but something about this rugged old structure in an introspective winter landscape attracted my attention. Darkening the sky was key to making the picture work, since white, featurless skies tend to suck you eyes away from the rest of the photo.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: flowing through the frost

FRIGID DAY AT BIG HILL SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

It was -25c that day, but signficant parts of this spring-fed creek remain open no matter what and that let me find sweet scenes like this to photograph.
It wasn’t a far walk from the warmth of my car, but I wore long underwear, my heaviest winter coat and boots, toque and two pairs of gloves to avoid the danger of frostbite.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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