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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Drumheller Area

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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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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Boom Lake

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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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Castle Mountain

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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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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