Photographing through dawn on the prairies

Dawn hoar frost landscape - © Christopher Martin-9565

I spent a morning photographing the sun rising over the prairies west of Calgary on the weekend.  In the image above, the alpen glow to the west heralds the sun’s coming approach.  When the sun came up, the pink quickly washed out of the sky and painted the eastern flanks of the Rocky Mountains and then these stands of trees that break up this field along Highway 8.  I love watching these transitions as colors deepen, fade and change altogether.

Dawn hoar frost landscape - © Christopher Martin-9614

Facing a low sun, shadows stretched out long across the snow.  I played with those for a bit under the increasingly blue sky before heading home.

Dawn hoar frost landscape - © Christopher Martin-9755

93 responses

  1. That was a great and creative scenery…thxs,

    April 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

  2. So Beautiful

    March 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm

  3. Very Beautiful photo

    March 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm

  4. Very Awesome Photo

    March 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

  5. Amazing pictures and colors!

    March 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

  6. May I thank you for sharing these lovely sunrises. So very awesome.

    February 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm

  7. Truly stunning shots – gotta love the colors of the sunset in the countryside. You’re making miss my home town🙂

    February 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    • Thank you Randall – appreciate your perspective. Do you ever make it back?
      It would be great to get out for a shoot together!

      February 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  8. katsumi1980

    Love the photography.

    February 4, 2016 at 4:58 am

  9. Tres belles, peut etre une préférence pour celle du milieu

    February 2, 2016 at 6:18 am

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  11. Beautiful images, thank you for sharing.

    January 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  12. love it. Please follow me.

    January 29, 2016 at 1:01 am

  13. stunnig

    January 28, 2016 at 2:39 am

  14. Gorgeous colors! Love the soft pastel ones

    January 27, 2016 at 5:45 am

  15. Such beautiful work! I love the light in the early morning. Here in Belgium, we don’t have prairies, but I enjoy photographing sunrises en sunsets.

    January 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

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  18. This is just breathtaking and a perfect work with the lens of a camera

    January 22, 2016 at 3:01 am

  19. Reblogged this on mwangindegwablog.

    January 22, 2016 at 2:59 am

  20. Exquisite ands beautiful colour. You are very lucky to be living there🙂

    January 22, 2016 at 2:09 am

  21. Beautifully captured! ❤

    January 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm

  22. Just truly beautiful

    January 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm

  23. Woah, I would love to live somewhere that beautiful

    January 21, 2016 at 5:08 pm

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  25. ❤💓

    January 21, 2016 at 7:34 am

  26. So beautiful!

    January 21, 2016 at 7:14 am

  27. stunning

    January 21, 2016 at 4:03 am

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  30. Spectacular imagery. Thanks for sharing!

    January 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm

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  32. Wow beautiful photos. That top one is just stunning!!!

    January 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

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  34. So beautiful! Just makes you want to get up really early and experiece such a magic thing. You captured it really well, especially all the colours and so on. ~ Janet & Lenja

    January 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm

  35. Beautiful pictures, Mesmerizing..Thanks for posting it.

    January 20, 2016 at 7:57 am

  36. Stunning pictures and country! What I wouldn’t give to be dancing around in those pictures right now. Amazing job

    January 20, 2016 at 7:10 am

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  38. That’s awesome. I like your blog.

    January 20, 2016 at 4:19 am

  39. great shots

    January 20, 2016 at 12:21 am

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  42. just W.O.W, definitely stunning pictures, i can’t take my eyes on it. any tips for me, how to shot thoses amazing photos, cause im still amateure

    January 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm

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  44. Gosh! all those image are stunningly beautiful…

    January 18, 2016 at 12:11 am

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  46. Stunning photos – it makes me want to go back there again. Thank you

    January 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  47. RMW

    Lovely images… like looking at a whole other world.

    January 17, 2016 at 11:57 am

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  50. Wow, lovely

    January 17, 2016 at 5:28 am

  51. Some really beautiful photos.🙂

    January 17, 2016 at 3:12 am

  52. pandacheeseworks

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    January 17, 2016 at 2:43 am

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  54. Absolutely gorgeous!
    I love the sky especially in the first photo of this set.

    January 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm

  55. Astonishingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

    January 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm

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  57. Stunning lights! Gotta love winter and the light.

    January 16, 2016 at 2:07 pm

  58. Alluring and captivating. Gosh it is such a beautiful picture!

    January 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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  61. Divine. Truly divine

    Best wishes

    January 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

    • Thank you – warmest regards.

      January 16, 2016 at 11:57 am

      • Martin. Do not thank me. It is the right of any artist to get recognized for one’s Creation if it is worthy of appreciation it will surely get its due credit.

        Keep clicking. The pics are epitomes of spirituality that lies in nature.

        January 18, 2016 at 9:17 am

  62. wow very impressive pictures… stay warm out there! lol

    January 16, 2016 at 9:40 am

  63. Ali

    Looking awesome

    January 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

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    January 16, 2016 at 9:34 am

  65. Very beautiful and evocative photographs – such beauty in open space

    January 16, 2016 at 9:15 am

  66. Barren but beautiful

    January 16, 2016 at 8:59 am

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    January 16, 2016 at 8:39 am

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    January 16, 2016 at 8:01 am

  69. Wonderful shots, well worth the effort in the cold!

    January 16, 2016 at 7:48 am

  70. Such awesome display of nature’s touch. Great work. How long were you out there?

    January 16, 2016 at 7:41 am

    • Thanks Addy! Just under one hour. The sun almost jumps off the horizon at dawn.

      January 16, 2016 at 7:48 am

  71. Gorgeous. I would be so pleased with myself if I could take any of the three photographs, but my very favorite one is the first one shown. Mother Nature as an exterior designer has the best color pallette. Thanks for braving the cold and for sharing your images.

    January 16, 2016 at 7:28 am

  72. Anonymous

    Great work- you’ve captured the subtleties in just the right amount richness. Very atmospheric.

    January 16, 2016 at 7:21 am

  73. From Florida…. Brrrr

    January 16, 2016 at 7:20 am

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  75. amazing! beautiful beyond words…

    January 15, 2016 at 8:38 am

  76. beautiful!!!

    January 14, 2016 at 10:34 pm

  77. Absolutely stunning photos!

    January 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm

  78. Beautiful colours seems pretty cold there.

    January 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

  79. Vos photos sont très jolies, j’adore les couleurs !

    January 12, 2016 at 10:38 am

  80. How beautiful!

    January 12, 2016 at 5:45 am

  81. Bitingly cold! Liking the composition of the first image. Shame the hay stack overlaps with the cluster of tree.

    January 12, 2016 at 4:49 am

    • Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I actually like the repeating pattern of the bales infront of the stands and the overlaps between elements. That said, I absolutely respect and appreciate your perspective. Have a great day!

      January 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  82. Just…… Wow!!!

    January 12, 2016 at 2:46 am

  83. The colors are so intense – what incredible beauty! For as hot as it is where I am, I am loving imagining the feel of the cold through these photos!

    January 12, 2016 at 2:23 am

  84. What absolutely stunning photos

    January 12, 2016 at 2:14 am

  85. Beautifully captured in such spendid colours

    January 12, 2016 at 1:41 am

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