Crossfield

Crossfield

Crossfield

Rocky View Country, Alberta

April 25, 2019

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Crossfield

The hardest part about shooting on the prairies is finding something to shoot, so when I spotted this line of power transformers on Google maps I knew I had to come out to this spot for sunrise.

I ended getting out to this spot early, which gave me some time to shoot blue hour and really plan out my composition for sunrise. As the sun started coming up it lit the area just out side my composition with beautiful, explosive lighting, the exact look I was hoping for! One of the hardest things about photography for me is patience, and this was a real test of it. Not knowing if this amazing light would seep into my composition I sat around waiting for the perfect moment, finger on the trigger.

At the point where I was ready to call it and pack up, I noticed the light on the power lines which made sitting in this spot well worth while!

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My initial plan for this location was to focus on shooting the closet tower, that you can see in this shot, but I decide to change the composition for sunrise. I really like the look of this image in the blue hour lighting because of the cold and power feeling the near tower gives.

 

Focal Length: 24mm

Exposure: 5.0sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

April 24, 2019 | 5:55am

This was one of the coolest “phenomenons” I’ve experienced while shooting sunrise. While setting up I couldn’t figure out how to make the power lines seam interesting with out and explosive sunrise behind them. All of a sudden I noticed a little bit of color appearing on the lines, not really realizing where it was coming from, but it quickly got more intense and gave off this glowing look, giving the lines an amazing look!

 

Focal Length: 70mm

Exposure: 1/160sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

April 24, 2019 | 6:31am

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South Lawson Peak

South Lawson Peak

South Lawson Peak

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta

April 18, 2019

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South Lawson Peak

Spring still can’t come quick enough, but with some of the trails starting to clear I decided to head out to the mountains for sunset.

One of the things I really want to be able to do as a photographer is catch as many sunsets as possible and that means heading out in the afternoon and driving home after dark.

I’ve had this trail saved for a few months and wasn’t planning on doing it until later in spring, but as luck had it, someone posted a trail report 10 days before saying that it was mostly clear. With good weather in the forecast I started the hike at 4:00 planning on it taking 3-4 hours leaving me with plenty of time to find something to shoot. It ended up taking only a couple hours to climb up leaving me with some time to kill, but also let me practice the “photographers patience”.

Even though the sunset was not very exciting I will definitely be doing this kind of short trip again very soon!

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Shot at the summit of South Lawson Peak, this shot is pretty awesome given that I was cowering behind a pile of rocks. I was to afraid of loosing kit to open my bag, so laying in the prone position with my little canon M50 trying to stop myself shaking in the strong wind, I managed to get just stable enough to capture this quick shot.

 

Focal Length: 45mm

Exposure: 1/100sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

April 17, 2019 | 6:14pm

This is one of my favorite parts of spring, when the mountain peaks are covered in snow but the trees are fully exposed.

I chose to make this shot B&W to put emphasis on the beautiful snow cap of this peak.

 

Focal Length: 120mm

Exposure: 1/250sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

April 17, 2019 | 7:29pm

The only sunset coloring I got on this evening was this soft warm glow on the peaks. Not as spectacular as I would have liked but it made for some nice contrast with the cold sky.

 

Focal Length: 75mm

Exposure: 1/13sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

April 17, 2019 | 8:23pm

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Cochrane

Cochrane

Cochrane

Rocky View County, Alberta

April 8, 2019

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Cochrane

I noticed this spot while looking on Google maps for interesting locations, it was easy to tell that this spot would give a pretty good view and it was just a matter of waiting for a good night to shoot it.

This location offers all of the prairie icons you can think of, railway, foothills and distant views of the mountains.

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I was only thinking about shooting this train if it had an engine at the end, so the initial photos we’re meant to setup for that, but I liked this shot because it’s different from other train photos because it doesn’t focus on the front of the train.

 

Focal Length: 50mm

Exposure: 1/100sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 320

April 8, 2019 | 8:18pm

The best tool a photographer has is perception, in this case the overall idea and mood of the image changes when you know that this is actually the backed of the train.

 

Focal Length: 50mm

Exposure: 1/100sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 320

April 8, 2019 | 8:20pm

Finally the best shot from this sunset shoot, and I chose to make it black & white…

The reason for this is because I didn’t like the colors from this sunset but in B&W the distracting colors are taken away and bring focus back to the main subject, the bridge.

 

Focal Length: 50mm

Exposure: 1/250sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

April 8, 2019 | 8:11pm

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Drumheller Area

Drumheller Area

Drumheller Area

Drumheller, Alberta

April 3, 2019

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With this being my first trip to this area I decided to make use of the whole day, driving to all of the tourist spots and trying to find places to come back and shoot.

I had originally planned to stay the night in the area and shoot sunset at Horse Thief canyon, but quickly realized that the sunset likely wouldn’t turn out very good. So rather than just giving I visited each of the well know tourist spots to see if any are worth going back at another time of the year.

My opinion of the area hasn’t changed much since doing this trip, I would still take a day in the mountains over a trip to the badlands anytime of the year, but now I can honestly say that this is an area that everyone should visit at least once in their life.

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This was one of the few subjects that caught my attention while out in the badlands. It’s nothing to special but the history in this shot is what makes it exciting to me.

 

Focal Length: 200mm

Exposure: 1/2000sec

Aperture: f/10

ISO: 500

April 3, 2019 | 2:39pm

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Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon

Kneehill County

April 4, 2019

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Horseshoe Canyon

Since I started photography, I’ve been of the mindset that the mountains have much more photographic value than the prairies, but with winter still being around the mountains for another month, I’ve decided to venture out to the prairies.

For this first stop, I’m at horseshoe canyon, a small expanse of badlands to get a taste of the what kind of scenery I can look forward to around Drumheller.

One thing I learned in this short trip is that the badlands have many challenges when it comes to photography, mainly this time of year, there’s not a whole lot of color to work with.

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While roaming around trying to find a composition that utilized the soft light of sunrise, I spot this little section that had a lot of details. It’s was only when I got closer that I realized this small section blend nicely into the background.

 

Focal Length: 18mm

Exposure: 1/125sec

Aperture: f/2.0

ISO: 100

Apr. 3, 2019 | 7:08am

I can’t say I particularly like taking pictures of mud, but in this case the amount of texture and color caught my interest. It reminded me of a flowing river and how this patterns created by flowing water taken on that appearances once the water has dried up.

 

Focal Length: 28mm

Exposure: 1/4sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

Apr. 3, 2019 | 7:22am

It’s amazing the shapes that form in this terrain, the super intricate curves in the dirt with cracks from aging are really nice to look at.

 

Focal Length: 16mm

Exposure: 1/80sec

Aperture: f/16

ISO: 100

Apr. 3, 2019 | 7:28am

Going with the theme of textures, this spot was pretty interesting. This is a very common sight in this area but it was how the early morning light lit this spot that made it photo worthy.

 

Focal Length: 20mm

Exposure: 1/60sec

Aperture: f/4.5

ISO: 100

Apr. 3, 2019 | 8:06am

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