Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 90, Marina sunset

Took a little family drive towards Ardmore tonight. I knew we'd have a decent sunset so I tried to find some nice open water with a fence going thru to catch some nice reflections. Didn't quite find what I was looking for so we turned back and went to the marina. Got there after the best light but I still got a few decent looking shots, this was my favourite.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 89, Macro Beauty

This is the tip of a bamboo stick leaf photographed at F4 in front of our red ish wall (I say red ish because I don't want to say fuchsia). I'm anxious for the spring colours to come out, might have to do some more indoor shots with all the muddy trails starting to appear.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 86, Having a nap with the baby

Baby was kicking quite a bit this morning, I wonder if Molly knows what's coming? This photo was one of those "don't move, I'll grab the camera" moments. I love it.

Day 4, Winter Magic Photography Tour, March 4th 2011

Started off the morning with a delicious breakfast at Bear Paws in Jasper, thanks again Alan, couldn't ask for better hospitality. With a belly full of pastries and coffee we headed off to the Glory Hole just outside of Jasper. On the drive we did see a "wolf" (I think it was a coyote) but it was too dark to stop for photos (I feel better thinking it was a coyote).

Being my first time at this location, I didn't know about the magnificent view from the road, so I ventured off into the woods to try and get something different than the group. I was pretty happy with my photograph but I was also jealous of Bruce's photo he made that morning. That's why I decided to stay an extra night in Jasper on the way back, so I could return to that location. You'll see the results of that decision on a later post. For now tho, you can go check out Bruce's masterpiece from that morning.

At our next stop, my favourite photo was actually of a big horned sheep. I like how the foreground and background criss cross in a diagonal.

Then we went to one of my favourite locations in Jasper National Park, Medicine Lake. I love that location. Even tho I had been there on my own a few days before, there was great light and nice clouds in the sky when we got there. Of course, I had to venture down to the Inukshuk for a few photos again. I wasn't as worried about breaking a leg this time, I had a doctor with me. It was also a lot easier to navigate the boulders in full daylight. This photo was taken at noon, you gotta love the low sun during the winter.

The next three photos where made at the Quartzize Boulder Pile on the way back to Aurum Lodge. Darwin was laughing at me because I kept saying, "Wow, my new favourite photo". I really thought I would come back from this trip with a grand landscape as my favourite photo.

This was my first favourite. This was on the side of the road everyone was shooting on. I really wanted to try and isolate a lone tree within all the boulders but everything was all clumped together.

So I crossed the street and this is what was on the other side! My new favourite!

And then I saw this... Wow, I love this photograph. I call it "Lost at Sea". To get all the mounds looking close like that I used my D300S with my 70 to 200mm with a 2x tele convertor, which added up to a 600mm focal length to compress the scene. The other lone tree was also taken with this setup. I've already made a 20x30 canvas of this one. It's displayed at Beantrees in the gallery if anyone wants to see it.

For our last location of the day Alan brought us to the Kootenay Plains Reflecting Pools. The sunset wasn't too dramatic so most of the group left early, it was getting late and cold. Rob, Bruce and I decided to stick it out and make some more photos until dark. It was great being on a tour like this with a couple other guys who where just as dedicated (crazy) to getting the shot. We carpooled the whole week. Rob called our vehicle "team testosterone" on the first night, I'm not sure how accurate that was....

Not much colour in the sky but I envisioned this being a nice black and white (I've replaced this image with a version I edited with Silver Efex Pro 2). I waited about half an our for the clouds to spread out a little more above the mountains. I enjoy the results.

The water wasn't very deep here, so Rob and I crawled around on the edge of the ice to get some cool reflection shots. We didn't fall thru, so that was good.

The 4th was a very good day for me. I have many more great shots I took that day but these where my favourites. Thank for the great meal Madeleine, it was nice to come in from the cold to a great supper every night, sorry for being late all the time....

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 85, Scouting

One of the things I enjoy about going out everyday trying to make a nice photo is that you start seeing things you never noticed before. Didn't really get any keepers today but I did notice some nice leading lines that I had never really seen before. Notice the nice curve of trees leading to the forest? I walk Molly down that trail almost everyday and I never really noticed until today. I'll keep this spot in mind for the summer. Once the conditions are good for this spot, I'll show this old "snapshot" with the photo I have in mind.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 84, Patterns in Nature

Earlier in the week I posted a few man made patterns found in architecture. Here's a different kind of pattern, a natural one....... I can't write today for some reason, not that I'm any good at it usually.... So here's a picture... I like it. Thank god it's friday.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 83, It's not a car but it's also not a donut...

Tired after work today, so I told myself, "If I roll up a coffee, that's what I'm taking a photo of". Well I didn't win a coffee, so I rolled up Amy Jo's coffee and won, close enough.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 82, View from an Alberta windshield......

Was waiting for Amy Jo in the truck today.... Got bored, then I remembered I had a camera in my pocket. My point and shoot is like my wallet now, I don't go anywhere without it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 81, Starting to see a pattern here

K, that was a bad joke..... (same type of photo as yesterday... and it's a pattern... probably didn't need to explain it....) Moving on...

I've been having the itch to shoot some architecture this past week for some reason. It's like I'm all natured out after my trip in the rockies. I'll have to find some old buildings around here somewhere. If anyone has any good spots around Cold Lake, let me know.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 80, Man made patterns

Not going to lie, I've been saving this idea for a lazy day. It's the brick wall from the Tim Hortons drive thru... First day back at work after being on leave for 3 weeks, longest monday ever...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 79, Baby Room

Was taking some more belly pictures of Amy Jo today and I wanted to do an environmental shot with the nursery. This is what I came up with. The square and rectangle are there because we haven't announced the name yet.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Moon

Pretty big moon and some clear skies = good moon photos. Kinda eery looking at it with all that detail. I shot this with the equivalent of a 600mm lens. My D300S with a 70 to 200 with a 2x tele extender.

Day 76, 77 and 78... I'm back

Just got back from our little baby supplies shopping trip, lets just say our baby boy will be well dressed.

I think it did me some good photography wise, being outside my usual "comfort" zone for shooting. I wanted to get something more city like for my shots while I was there; here's what I came up with, hope you like them!

Day 76, Some architectural patterns

Day 77, Playing with reflections

Day 78, Old buildings on the way back

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 75, Repeating Paterns

Nice day out again today so I took Molly to the Provincial Park. She was mad at me for betraying her this morning when she thought we were going for a fun drive......... not for her grooming appointment.... Maybe she'll look at me tomorrow... Funny how she actually gets angry at me. She'll actually turn her head so she's not looking at me if I go in front of her. So, needless to say, she wasn't listening to me enough to get a good photo of her, which is probably a good thing. Ended up making this nice pattern photo of the rails at the lookout. I like all the different grain in the wood.

Tomorrow we are heading out to Edmonton for the night, so I'll do a double post on Friday when I get back.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 3, Winter Magic Photography Tour, March 3rd 2011

First morning of the official tour. Got up, ate a nice healthy breakfast with some excellent coffee and was ready to head out and get cold. I think it was around -26 degrees Celsius that first morning, either way, that was the coldest it got for the rest of the tour so we were pretty lucky. I could write a novel to account for everything that happened during the trip for each day, so I'll keep it short and about the photos.

No need to talk about the long conversations in between locations, the supposedly 9 Star Wars movies, who the medical expert in the car is or any vehicular accidents that may or may not have happened.... what happens in the Rockies, stays in the Rockies..... Actually it's probably all going to end up coming out... On to the photos.

So many good photos it was hard to choose. I've decided to keep it under 10 for each day, so these are my favourites. For the one above, I just loved how the snow led into the mountains. I had tried doing some photos with ice cracks but this was more pleasing to me.

I shot this one hand held, wasn't really expecting it to turn out but I really like it. I like the one strait line of flare that goes across the whole photo.

If you like Raven's, you're going to see lots of them. I took a lot of photos of them during the tour because I love photographing wildlife, even if it's the all too common Raven. This one posed for me very nicely on a sign and I was able to get a few good shots before he flew off.

This was at the same stop as the Raven, I noticed the tree on the way up to see the ice climbers on the Weeping Wall. I just love the look of fresh snow.

It was actually a beautiful day, lots of climbers on the wall. Very nice of him to wear something colourful for me to photograph.

We stopped at the columbia ice fields to take a few photos. Nothing really caught my eye at this location so I started shooting the Ravens again. I really do find them intriguing. I'll have to set up a blind at Wall Mart sometime and take photos of the mutant ones that hang out in the parking lot.

This was the day we drove up to Jasper. The sky was clouding over so we headed to Maligne canyon. I think we had about an hour to photograph our way back up..... Rob and myself only made it about 50 meters before our time ran out. There's so many things you can do with all those rock patterns. For this photo I was laying on my back looking up.

There was no sunset that evening, just gray skies so we checked in to our hotel and went for some beers and pizza at Jasper Pizza. Thanks again for the great meal Alan. Here's a "Beer Mug Portrait" I took of Rob.

After climbing up Maligne canyon with all my camera gear and having beer and pizza, I think I had the best sleep I've had in a long time that night.

Day 74, Feels like Spring

What a beautiful day. Hopefully it's not a tease and stays like this until spring.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 73, Best Turkey Sandwich Ever

I think everyone should go to Beantrees and try their Turkey sandwich, it's quite delicious. Ask for it "fully loaded".

Yes, that's cranberry sauce you see.. mmmmmmm. Oh, and while you're there, may as well check out the revamped art Gallery. We've moved a bunch of stuff around and added quite a few new pieces of Art. Be sure to check back often, we are in the process of "mixing " things up.

Photos above where taken with my iPhone...... I could of got some better shots but I was hungry......

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 71, Real Close

Was playing with extension tubes on my old 50mm f1.4 this afternoon. You can get in real close and knock everything but the thinest slice out of focus. The green in the back ground are the leaves from the potted flower, the focus is only in the middle of the flower, everything else starts to blur.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 70, Star effects

Darwin showed us a neat trick on the tour to make a dramatic star on top of a tree effect. All you do is go to the edge of a trees shadow, lay down and take the photo from the tip of the shadow. That way you end up with the sun right at the tip of the tree.

In my photo, the snow was nice and smooth in the foreground. But of course when you lay down in the snow in front of your dog they think you are playing and pounce on you....... goodbye smooth snow...

Day 2, Winter Magic Photography Tour, March 2nd 2011

So my second day started with me waking up at 5am, checking the weather and going back to bed until 7. No point in getting up that early if there won't be a sunrise. This was going to be my travel day to Aurum Lodge and the real start to my photography tour with Darwin Wiggett. Got some amazing breakfast and a chai latte from Coco's Cafe, my favorite spot in Jasper, and headed out onto the icefield parkway. But not before I stopped to take a quick photo of the elk having a snack downtown. Funny how that's normal for the people who live there.

The drive to the lodge is about 2 hours but I took my time, looking for good photo opportunities. The driving conditions where great but the weather wasn't the greatest for photos. The above raven was waiting for me after I stopped for a pitstop, he hung around even after I got back in the truck so I made a few portraits since he was so willing to model.

Gotta Love his Bart Simpson style hairdo.

Except for that, it was a pretty uneventful drive. I could of stopped at many more places but I was just anxious to get to the lodge and meet the other participants.

Came across a herd of deer about 10 kilometres out from the lodge, so I stopped for a few shots.

I was the first to arrive, mind you I was a couple hours early. Didn't take long for the others to show up. Bruce was the next to get there, he was also early so we decided to take a walk and check out the scenery by the lodge. What a view! The following photos where taken not even a hundred meters behind our accommodations. Turns out Bruce is also a fellow iStocker, so that was pretty cool.

Then I got to finally meet Darwin, Sam and the rest of the participants. What a great atmosphere. 11 photographers sharing a meal....... my wife's worst nightmare, ha ha.

And that's pretty much it for my second day. The good photo opportunities started the next day with Darwin and Alan working their magic and bringing us to all the best spots depending on the light.