Urban landscapes: standing tall

URBAN ART AND THE THE BOW, CALGARY, ALBERTA

The “Family of Man” art installation (essentially, giant people in a circle) is just east of The Bow, Calgary’s second tallest skyscraper.
I was fascinated by the contrast between the dark, elongated human shapes and the dramatic lines of the tower, so I spent a fun hour working various photographic juxtapositions. This is one of the better ones, IMHO.  🙂
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: the wharfs of dawn

SOUTH GLENMORE PARK, CALGARY, ALBERTA

As the dawn slowly approached, I knew I had the makings of a compelling photo here at Glenmore Reservoir, which is the largest water source for the western Canadian city of Calgary. I carefully positioned the tripod to put the wharfs at good relationship to each other and a looooong exposure smoothed out the rippling waters.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, enhancing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the pond and the sky

LATE SUMMER POND, CALGARY, ALBERTA

This long, unnamed pond borders a pair of busy highways in this western Canadian city. It also has a “No Trespassing” sign where I ventured, so I stood on the shore, beside the sign, and composed this scene with remnants of an old fence.
Nikon D7100, tripod, enhancing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Urban landscapes: the soaring ceiling

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Dublin has two glorious cathedrals and I made it a point to visit both during a whirlwind two-day stay. The light is always dim in these ancient structures, so I made a looong exposure to ensure a well-exposed and tack-sharp picture. The cathedral was founded sometime after 1028; construction of the present church happened in the 1180s and 1350s. Ya, it seems like everything in Europe is a thousand years old. (Check out St. Patrick’s, Dublin’s other stunning cathedral, here: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-UI.)
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: from the boat to the shore

MORNING AT INVERGORDON, SCOTLAND

I had a high vantage point to watch and photograph as the earliest tourists left our cruise ship to explore the Invergordon, a town of 4,000 on Scotland’s east coast. Many cruise ships visit here because the deep water port allows them to pull right up to the dock, rather than drop anchor off-shore and ferry passengers to shore. (You can see another Invergorden photo I made from the cruise ship that morning here: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-Vf.)
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Rural landscapes: the fence & the farm

RANCH AND FIELDS, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

It took a fair bit of time and effort to line up this composition just so. I wanted the centre post of the fence in the horizontal middle of the scene, but had to give up symmetry in terms of the distance between the other posts and the borders of the photo. I also did a lot of height adjustments on my tripod to ensure there wasn’t too much empty fields between the homestead and the fence. In the end, the morning light makes this view truly impressive. All the development you see in the distant left is Calgary’s northern suburbs.
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Urban landscapes: water to the river

RIDEAU CANAL AT DUSK, OTTAWA, ONTARIO

At the time (2012), I was having a tremendous amount of difficulties with my camera — I would replace it just a few months later — so it took a lot of processing work to make this gorgeous scene, in Canada’s capital city, presentable. The canal, which opened in 1832, stretches about 200 kilometres between Ottawa and Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River. Built primarily as a precaution in case of war with the United States, it is now used primarily for pleasure boating.
Nikon D90.

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Rural landscapes: the brooding morning

RURAL POND NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

By late summer, prairie sloughs in the southern half of this western Canadian province have often dried up, but this one was so big that I had lots to work with when I encountered it on a cloudy August morning. Shortly after I made this picture, the sky became such a dull, featureless grey that packed up my equipment and went home.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: deep goes the canyon

BIGHORN RIVER CANYON, NEAR NORDEGG, ALBERTA

I drove to this remote area in western Canada to photograph the sublime steps of Crescent Falls (which you can see here: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-WP) and didn’t expect to find a stunning canyon as well. So I spent as much time here as at the falls. I walked along the grassy ridge you see at the top centre-left and hung out with a hoary marmot.  🙂
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Rural landscapes: evening in the valley

APPROACHING SUNSET IN GLENBOW RANCH PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

One of the newest parks in this western Canadian province has a network of wonderful walking/cycling trails highlighting views like this, which overlooks the Bow River valley west of Calgary. When composing this picture, I took great care in balancing the left fencepost with the distant pathway. If the path was too close to the top of the post, it would have caused unconscious visual discomfort for some viewers.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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