Posts tagged “splash

Kayak Training Session in Kananaskis

Kayaking is a sport I’ve always been interested in.  On the weekend, my friend Jeff and I met up with a team of kayakers at Canoe Meadows on the Kananaskis River.  We had arranged with their coach to meet the team during one of their training sessions and photograph them while they practiced on the water.

Good guys, strong athletes and great water made for some fun photography.  Here are a few images from the session.

An aggressive charge by the kayaker and a longer shutter speed created an image which suggests the power of the sport and of the water.

The fast pace of the downstream sections provided a nice opportunity to drag the shutter and abstract the action a little.

Photographed just after dropping into this hole, the paddler drives in his oar and pulls himself up and out.

  The course at Canoe Meadows is highly configurable and the setup on Saturday appeared to be a good challenge that these guys had fun attacking.

A lucky break in the sheet of water splashing up affords a window into the concentration needed when you are playing in, wrestling on and fighting with a strong river.


Canada Goose Landing Blur

Guy Tal is an excellent photographer whose writing I find to often be inspirational and always thought provoking.  He is currently running a series of weekly photography contests  with the first theme being Natural Abstracts.   This is the image that first came to mind when I was reading the outline for the contest.  I photographed this Canada Goose landing on a small pond in Bragg Creek, Alberta on May 1st, 2008.  Much like this year, the winter had held a tight grip until the middle of April so the brown hues in the image are due to the still dormant greens of spring leaving the trees bare and the dark earth uncovered.  I have photographed many Canada Geese but this panning image is a favourite for the energy in the landing and the color palette matching the bird’s coloring with the environment around it.


Winter’s Art: Ice, Water and Snow

 

An early morning at one of my favourite places in Kananaskis, Elbow Falls.  With the stretches of deep cold this winter broken up by the occasional warm chinook arch, the layers of ice along the river and the waterfall that shares its name are really beautiful right now.   The color didn’t build in the sky this morning but that allowed me to stay focused on the ice.  A very nice morning to spend outside with a camera in hand.