Moose Lake

Moose Lake

Moose Lake

Yellowhead Highway, British Columbia

May 29, 2019

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Moose Lake

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Icefields Parkway

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Moose Lake

On the first night of the Jasper Trip, I decided to venture out of Jasper and make a quick stop in British Columbia for an epic sunset!

It’s not that there wasn’t enough in Jasper to shoot, but I really wanted to see this lake because just from Google maps I could tell it would be a great spot. I aimed to get out there a little before sunset, so that I would have enough time to find a decent spot and wait for good light, but due to the smoke in the air all of golden hour made for good shooting.

A big thing I’ve been working on with my photography is trying to find good foreground interest, which can be quite difficult when shoot across a large lake. That’s the reason I ended up with five different compositions, experimenting with using the shoreline, rock outcropping and the waves in the lake.

I’m very interested in hear which image is your favorite, there’s a poll in the video card so you can vote for your favorite or you can leave a comment below letting me know!

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I really like how the warm light catches the dandelions in the foreground, in hindsight it probably would have been better to get down nice and close to them to really capture the beautiful glow.

 

Focal Length: 10mm

Exposure: 1/500sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 29, 2019 | 9:02pm

With the wildfires in Northern Alberta there was a lot of smoke in air which created this amazing layering effect in the mountains. I went with B&W for this shot to emphasis the layering.

 

Focal Length: 82mm

Exposure: 1/500sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 29, 2019 | 9:05pm

This was a really interesting time to be shooting this spot because it’s probably more of a sunrise location, but I do like how the reflection of the sun on the lake guides your eye up to the mountains.

 

Focal Length: 10mm

Exposure: 1/640sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 29, 2019 | 9:20pm

Much like the previous shot I like the lines around the sun and in the water, on this shot though I went for a little different style with the edit, really trying to show the haze that was in the sky.

 

Focal Length: 14mm

Exposure: 1/250sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 29, 2019 | 9:29pm

This is always my favorite part of sunset, when you can catch the coldest blues and warmest oranges in the same shot. I’ve always been a fan of high contrast images and through the beauty of nature and a little color theory this shot has some amazing contrast to it!

 

Focal Length: 40mm

Exposure: 1/640sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 29, 2019 | 9:38pm

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Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

Icefileds Parkway, Alberta

May 29, 2019

Also from this trip:

Moose Lake

Moose LakeYellowhead Highway, British ColumbiaMay 29, 2019Also from this trip: Keep going there's still more! Moose LakeOn the first night of the Jasper Trip, I decided to venture out of Jasper and make a quick stop in British Columbia for an epic sunset! It’s...

Icefields Parkway

Icefields ParkwayIcefileds Parkway, AlbertaMay 29, 2019Also from this trip: Keep going there's still more! Icefields ParkwayStarting off a three day trip to Jasper National Park by exploring the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful drives in Canada. This was...

Keep going there’s still more!

Icefields Parkway

Starting off a three day trip to Jasper National Park by exploring the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful drives in Canada.

This was the longest drive I’ve done alone so I wanted to make it as painless as possible by stopping at a lot of awesome places. The first was Hector Lake, a short 4km hike but well worth the stop, and now one of my favorite places in Banff!

Working my way along the parkway stopping at Mistaya, Sunwapta and Athabasca falls, all of which are pretty big tourist traps. Even though I wasn’t able to do a lot of video at these spots it was nice to see these at least once to know what all the hype is about. If you get the chance, I highly suggest stopping at them too, it’s kind of exciting seeing tons of water cascading through canyons.

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Even with the harshest of mid-day light Hector Lake is still super cool to look at. I can’t wait for the opportunity to come back to this location at a better time of day!

 

Focal Length: 10mm

Exposure: 1/320sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 29, 2019 | 12:45pm

With no idea how to shot photos of a narrow canyon I deiced to find a nice high vantage point and just capture the depth of the canyon. I love how much power there is in the one shot, know that these thick chunks of rock were carved away by flowing water.

 

Focal Length: 75mm

Exposure: 1/125sec

Aperture: f/10

ISO: 160

May 29, 2019 | 2:33pm

Taken at the iconic Parkway viewpoint, this shot is nothing special but it was fun to add this iconic view to my photo library.

 

Focal Length: 44mm

Exposure: 1/125sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 29, 2019 | 3:22pm

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Backroads

Backroads

Backroads

Madden, Alberta

May 23, 2019

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Backroads

This was one of the first trips of the year where I headed out with no expectations, just hit the road and tried to find some interesting views.

I spot this area on Google maps, the large number of small lakes seam like it could make form some interesting scenery. The only downside to this area is all the private property, due to all the fences and no trespassing signs, the great views in this area are nearly impossible to capture. There are upsides though, along the road there are a lot of spots to see wildlife, including moose! Before heading out to this spot, I thought you could only see moose in the mountains but now I’ve got a secret location (not so secret, there’s a map below) to practice shooting wildlife.

The location where I finally found a spot to shoot was most likely private property, so enter at your own risk, but because there where no visible signs I took the chance. I’ll be very clear, you should respect private property when doing photography, so if you need to enter an area you may or may not be allowed be respectful and leave no trace. It also helps that all my gear is pretty well camouflaged…

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It took me a minute to realize what I saw as I drove past this moose. At first I thought it was just a horse and was about to keep driving but then something in my brain snapped and I realized that it was a moose! Not one to miss an opportunity, I quickly put on the long lens and snapped a few shots before they ran off into the bush.

 

Focal Length: 550mm

Exposure: 1/400sec

Aperture: f/6.3

ISO: 100

May 23, 2019 | 8:13pm

A more common, yet still beautiful sight is a this trumpeter swan. Since I already had everything setup, it was worth the effort to snap some shots of this swan. I really liked how imperfect it is, it’s not the typical pure white swan, and it’s a little more ragged than most but still a beautiful sight.

 

Focal Length: 600mm

Exposure: 1/80sec

Aperture: f/6.3

ISO: 100

May 23, 2019 | 8:27pm

Normally I don’t like shooting anything man-made but I make an exception for dirt roads because they can make for some great leading lines.

I purposely cranked the contrast on this image because I loved how bright the road became compared to the surroundings.

 

Focal Length: 75mm

Exposure: 1/3sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 23, 2019 | 9:18pm

Utilizing the mood of blue hour and the large storm clouds I narrowed in on this lone tree that seamed to standout against the surrounding bushes. This isn’t a spectacular shot, but I do like the moody atmosphere and soft reflection.

 

Focal Length: 48mm

Exposure: 5.0sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 23, 2019 | 9:45pm

The magic of an ultra wide lens, there’s not really anything to make this shot interesting other than the distortion from the lens. This magic can be a little over abused in landscape photography but every once in a while it’s fun to just open it up as wide as possible and snap a shot!

 

Focal Length: 10mm

Exposure: 5.0sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 23, 2019 | 9:53pm

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Opal Ridge

Opal Ridge

Opal Ridge

Kananaskis Country, Alberta

May 13, 2019

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Opal Ridge

This is my favorite kind of photography, when I am able to push past my own limits and get to a location that is breathtaking at the perfect time of day.

From the beginning I didn’t plan on climbing the whole way up opal ridge for sunset, I just wanted to get close enough to get the amazing views but with the summit just in reach I couldn’t help myself. This being the first hard climb I’ve done in 2019, it was well worth the effort for the views I was greeted with at the top.

Overall the hike up was very physically challenging but not hard to find, the trail switch-backs all the way up and is easy to find even in the scree sections. Right from the parking lot your straight into the climb with very few flat sections so you have to make sure to take rests where ever you can. The views also aren’t great during the climb but once you near the ridge the whole valley opens up in some of the most beautiful views I experienced.

Sitting alone on the summit of this mountain watching the sun go down is an experiences I won’t forget for a long time to come, the feeling of pure exhaustion as I dropped my backpack and just sat enjoying the views is just about the best feeling in the world!

Sadly the images from this trip didn’t turn out great, I missed most of golden hour and due to how tired I was didn’t do the simple things like checking my focus. To top it off this was my first time with the big zoom lens on top of a mountain and I definitely did not spend enough time picking out the beautiful details all around.

This trail is going to be going back on my list and I will hopefully be able to attempt it again with better sunset conditions!

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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: 105mm

Exposure: 1/125sec

Aperture: f/5.3

ISO: 100

May 13, 2019 | 8:48pm

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: 65mm

Exposure: 1/25sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 13, 2019 | 8:56pm

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: 65mm

Exposure: 1/25sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 13, 2019 | 8:56pm

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: 220mm

Exposure: 1/8sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 13, 2019 | 9:03pm

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: 220mm

Exposure: 1/15sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 13, 2019 | 9:04pm

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Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country

Kananaskis Country

Alberta

May 8, 2019

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Kananaskis Country

The whole reason for going out on this night was to try and capture some miserable spring weather, but as luck would have it I was forced to suffer through a nice calm sunset.

I started out trying to hike up Little McDougall thinking that it would be an easy enough hike for sunset but halfway up I hit a massive debris field. In most cases I wouldn’t skip a beat, the only issue on this occasion was that I was planning on hiking down after dark and with the wet snow on all the fallen trees it was far to dangerous to continue on.

While hiking out I had time to think about failure during these trips, and if you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I don’t stray away from sharing when a trip doesn’t go the way I plan. The best way to explain it is that because I make a video every time I go out to do photography and I share them no matter what, you get to see me at my best and worst. I try not to paint a false picture that photography always goes my way because 4/5 times it’s doesn’t workout but on that fifth time I get to witness something truly spectacular!

In an attempt to salvage this trip, I jumped in my truck and drove to Upper Kananaskis Lake knowing that with the elevation gain I just might be able to get a cool shot. Luckily enough I found a service road with a massive clearing that gave a great view of the whole valley and the peaks around the lake.

All in all it was a pretty good sunset and all things considers it was a pretty successful trip.

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It’s always weird editing a sunset shot with decent orange coloring then deciding to make it black & white. This is one of those shots that works better in B&W because it makes you focus on the highlight section of mountain.

 

Focal Length: 105mm

Exposure: 1/60sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 8, 2019 | 8:53pm

I can’t figure out what it is about this photo but I don’t really like it. It’s included here because I think the colors and textures are interesting.

 

Focal Length: 75mm

Exposure: 1/60sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 8, 2019 | 8:58pm

This is my favorite shot from the trip, the warm sunset light contrasts nicely with the snow covered peaks and the rolling tree line adds that little bit of foreground interest.

 

Focal Length: 200mm

Exposure: 1/25sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 8, 2019 | 9:03pm

This location doesn’t lend it’s self well to panoramas because your shooting the line of mountains a steep angle rather than the preferred parallel setup. 

 

Focal Length: 95mm

Exposure: 1/60sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 8, 2019 | 9:07pm

You get to see that exact moment I saw this light appear in the video. Much like the previous shot of this spot I like the composition but this image really would have been spectacular with a 600mm lens!

 

Focal Length: 200mm

Exposure: 1/20sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 8, 2019 | 9:10pm

With sunset nearly finish, this peak got some really good back lighting and the last little bit of color holding onto the clouds.

 

Focal Length: 105mm

Exposure: 1/60sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 250

May 8, 2019 | 9:17pm

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Rosebud

Rosebud

Rosebud

Rosebud, Alberta

May 5, 2019

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Rosebud

The reason for this little trip was to shoot some old railway bridges, only to realize what I thought was large metal bridges on Google maps ended up being flat timber bridges. I knew from the start that it was unlikely that these bridges where still here but I had this nagging voice in my head saying what if?

This area definitely has some interesting features that might work to shoot a little later in the year when things start to go green but for now there just wasn’t enough interesting stuff to make a worth while photo.

I spent the drive home with my head on a swivel trying to find something to shoot, which shouldn’t be that difficult, but as you’ve probably come to understand of my personality finding interesting stuff in the parries is extremely difficult for me.

Luckily, with spring in the air the mountains will be opening up pretty soon and I can get back to the areas that make photography enjoyable!

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It was getting really frustrating trying to find something to shot while driving, so when I saw these structures, I knew I had to try getting a shot. My favorite part about this image is the flat sky, which normally I wouldn’t keep an image like this but the flat sky makes you focus on the subjects.

 

Focal Length: 120mm

Exposure: 1/4000sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 3, 2019 | 7:36pm

Did you notice it in the video when I first saw this shot? I think what makes this shot work is the lines in the field, because without those there wouldn’t be any interesting details to look at.

 

Focal Length: 42mm

Exposure: 1/1250sec

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100

May 3, 2019 | 7:43pm

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