Spray Lakes

Spray Lakes

Spray Lakes

Kananaskis Country, Alberta

March 28, 2019

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Spray Lakes

It’s official, I am done with winter…

As you may have pickup on in the video, this trip really did not go as expected. The plan was to climb up tent ridge and wait till sunset then hike back down and find somewhere to camp for the night.

Once I got high enough to see the ridge, it quickly became clear that I shouldn’t try to get to the top due to the pretty intense avalanche risk.

Long story short, I started making my way back to Canmore hoping that something would catch my attention enough to make it worthwhile to hang out till sunset. By the time I reached the end of the lakes, heavy clouds had moved in and made it not worth hanging around for sunset. Overall it was a good day, and I’m very surprised how well the black and white photos turned out!

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I took this shot purely because I’d put in effort to get to this spot, that’s not to say it’s a bad shot, I actually quite like the lighting when the image is in black and white.

 

Focal Length: 28mm

Exposure: 1/2000sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 500

Mar. 28, 2019 | 3:06pm

Using the harsh light to my advantage, I took this shot focusing on all the bright spots that really made the snow standout.

 

Focal Length: 35mm

Exposure: 1/200sec

Aperture: f/13

ISO: 100

Mar. 28, 2019 | 4:45pm

On the way back to my truck and this peak lit up for just long enough to get the Canon of my should and snap a quick shot.

 

Focal Length: 38mm

Exposure: 1/400sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

Mar. 28, 2019 | 4:55pm

This has to be my favorite spot in the Spray Valley, the reflection is just so amazing and the isolated peak makes for an awesome subject.

 

Focal Length: 20mm

Exposure: 20 sec

Aperture: f/13

ISO: 100

Mar. 28, 2019 | 5:42pm

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Boom Lake

Boom Lake

Boom Lake

Banff National Park, Alberta

March 6, 2019

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Well, this was a ruff day… With one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve seen in a long time, I took off down the trail hoping to reach Boom Lake, which is a little more than 5km away, before the sunrise fully burned out. But as you’ll see in the video I reach the lake only to find that sunrise had completely finished. Luckily this hike was not a waste of time because after seeing this location and having time to walk around I’ve got some cool ideas for summertime shots when the lake isn’t frozen.

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Hours

Photos Taken

I’m usually really bad at taking “selfies” but this one really worked out well. I will say this is the first time I thought about what I was wearing and how to make it look best with the environment.

 

Focal Length: 35mm

Exposure: 1/200sec

Aperture: f/5.0

ISO: 100

Mar. 6, 2019 | 8:24am

Following the theme of my winter photography, when in doubt find some interesting textures. So even with the harsh morning light, I took this shot focusing on the textures in the rock wall and the peaks.

 

Focal Length: 23mm

Exposure: 1/60sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

Mar. 6, 2019 | 8:37am

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Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain

Banff National Park, Alberta

March 5, 2019

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Living in Calgary, it’s not often I get to see a sky full of stars and while out trying to shoot sunsets and sunrises it’s hard to make time to shoot the night sky.
On this trip, I decided it was time to do some astrophotography. With a powerful subject like Castle Mountain, it is easy to get a good composition even without being able to see where your camera is pointed.

Each shot in the video uses a different technique, first being long exposure with low ISO and medium aperture. Second, long-medium exposure, low ISO and wide aperture and third fast exposure, high ISO and wide aperture.

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Hours

Photos Taken

You don’t realize how much the world moves until you see a long exposure image like this. I decided to go with black and white on this image because it helped bring focus to the bright stars.

 

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure: 20 min

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

Mar. 5, 2019 | 9:37pm

I used a wide aperture to shorten the duration on this one to get that slightly chaotic look. The color gradient was the result of light pollution from the lodge but is what really makes this image amazing to me.

 

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure: 5 min

Aperture: f/1.8

ISO: 100

Mar. 5, 2019 | 10:02pm

For the final one, I wanted to get the stars fixed in place which forced me to crank up the ISO. The image isn’t that good, but the idea is, if you look closely you can kind of see the shape of the galaxy over the left side of the mountain.

 

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure: 8.0 sec

Aperture: f/1.8

ISO: 500

Mar. 5, 2019 | 10:13pm

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Rockbound Lake

Rockbound Lake

Rockbound Lake

Banff National Park, Alberta

March 5, 2019

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Hours

Photos Taken

With no prominent subjects in the area, I decided to try shooting this rock wall and capture the all the nature textures and colors created by the rocks.

 

Focal Length: 20mm

Exposure: 1/125sec

Aperture: f/13

ISO: 100

Mar. 5, 2019 | 2:29pm

Initially I was very disappointed with this photo, but once I stopped obsessing about the lack of sunset colors and flipped it into black and white, it has now become one of my favorite shots of Castle Mountain!

 

Focal Length: 14mm

Exposure: 1/25sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

Mar. 5, 2019 | 6:11pm

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Grotto Canyon

Grotto Canyon

Grotto Canyon

Exshaw. Alberta

February 1, 2019

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With no hope of a good sunrise, we’re heading deep into Grotto Canyon and going beyond the trails end. My plan for this hike was to shoot the icefalls that I had heard so much about! Sadly they were blown out of proportion, don’t get me wrong, they were cool but nothing super exciting. Lucky the further I went into the valley, the more mountain peak started becoming visible, mixed with the heavy cloud cover made for some awesome results!

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Hours

Photos Taken

I genuinely had no idea what I would be able to shoot this day but when I reached this point and turned around to this gorgeous view I knew I had to try and capture the mood of the environment.

 

Focal Length: 70mm

Exposure: 1/30sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

Feb. 1, 2019 | 8:51am

I found the shapes and textures on this peak very interesting, it almost looks soft. If I could change on thing about this shot to make it better, I would get rid of the single deciduous tree because I find it just a little bit distracting.

 

Focal Length: 56mm

Exposure: 1/60sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

Feb. 1, 2019 | 9:32am

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