Archive for June, 2011

Elbow Falls – Metallic Duotone Collection

Following on from the color images of Elbow Falls here are a set of duotone images from the same evening up on the river.

I created the metallic effect using Lightroom’s Split Toning feature.  Using gold for highlights and navy blue shadows gives a look that works really well with water.

This is a hard place to leave.


Late Spring Runoff at Elbow Falls

I went out for a photo shoot of the Elbow Falls in Kananaskis, Alberta with a couple of fellow photographers last week.  The flow of the water and the textures created by the currents and the rocks were mesmerizing.

The river is still rising from the spring runoff from the snow. Spring was late and so is the peak of the high water from the melting snow and ice in the mountains. The flow is very different from the rest of the seasons. The waterfall is engulfed right now so that the normal lip is overrun. This creates a very different face for the falls which is great to explore with a camera. Here are a few from the edge and around.

As night took hold, blue colors were accentuated creating a cool, dreamy feeling to the long exposure images.  This is one of my last from the evening.


Prairie Ford

Went by this old truck for another visit on the weekend.  The last time I was there the morning light was pretty warm, today it was harsh but still fun to shoot and then play with the image.

Nice subject even in the middle of the day under a lot of bright light.


A Stag Off Lake Windermere

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I wandered away from the Lake Windermere shoreline and up a trail to this marshy field. There were two young mule deer stags lounging away the early evening in the tall grass. They showed a little interest for a minute and then went back to relaxing.

This buck stood up to walk over to a fresh set of grass. There was a bit of a glow off the velvet of the growing antlers in the soft light. With the buttercup wildflowers providing a little color and detail to the scene it was pretty easy photography. The osprey and the river otter proved to be more challenging when I finally headed back to the water’s edge.


Quartering a Window Taxi

Along 9th Avenue in downtown Calgary, Gulf Canada Square’s dark panes of glass often provide a large mirror that abstracts the traffic heading east on the one way road.

I watched traffic for a while, looking down from the 12th floor of Banker’s Hall, until this taxicab drove by distinctive and separated from the other vehicles in that moment.  The slight curvatures of the glass did the real work to create this warp of a simple scene.


Cinnamon Black Bear in the Canadian Rockies

Between Banff and Radium, in the Kootenay National Park, I found this young bear grazing on dandelions on a steep hillside at the forest’s edge.   Probably three years old given the size but still impressive in appearance and bearing.  I was happy to have a long lens to bring this one close.

This subspecies of the black bear has even earned its own formal name, Ursus americanus cinnamomum.  They are beautiful animals no matter the color but it was great to see one that had such a distinctive rust hued coat.  With the rain, the colors really saturated and created a sheen that worked at some angles but was a challenge at other ones.


Still life from the Bar U Ranch

The Bar U Ranch is a national historic site in southwest Alberta.  A nice drive from Calgary and a great place for photography with the clock turned back over a hundred years.

I was revisiting this photograph that I made last summer.  The door to this bunkhouse was open with all of these pieces of ranch hand gear laid out so that it seemed like one of them could walk up any moment.  Just one of many interesting scenes they have created at the ranch for visitors to see and feel how life on the western frontier was lived.


Summer Storm Breaking Up

I was in a great location to watch the storm that had rolled in Friday night and dropped many, many buckets of rain through Saturday afternoon start to break up.

The drama in the clouds west of Calgary was beautiful to watch build and fall away for a few minutes.

Certainly a different feel in black and white.  In the version above I wanted to bring the weathered barn to greater prominence.  I ended up shedding the color and adding a little grain to create a more historical, antique feel.


Sunlit Coyote on the Prairies

Driving along Springbank’s backroads, west of Calgary, I found this coyote touring through a field as a storm cleared and the sun had just broken through.  Very nice light in the early evening off this resident of the Prairie.

The coyote watched me suspiciously for a minute and then trotted off, heading north across the field.

The last glimpse had her looking towards the west and staying very wide of a farm on the top of the hill.


Leanne and Dane’s Wedding

I was up in Canmore last weekend to photograph the wedding of Leanne McIsaac and Dane Moran.  The weather came around just in time and we had a beautiful afternoon up on a hill overlooking Quarry Lake for the ceremony.  We went down to the Bow River for some photographs with just the wedding party. 

 

It was a really fun day and I can’t say enough about the couple and how much fun they were to work with.  I wish them all the best together – I can’t wait for the baby photos in a few years! 

 Thank you to my friend Jeff Rhude who signed on as an assistant but was more a second shooter and a discussion board throughout the day.


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