Rural landscapes: It’s all about the yellow

PRAIRIE CANOLA FIELDS, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

July is canola time on the prairies of this western Canadian province and I like nothing more than to drive the dusty roads looking for atomic yellow compositions. I like the distant storage shacks that highlight the tremendous distances that can be seen on this landscape.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: see the herd of elk?

ELK ROAMING THE FOOTHILLS SOUTH OF LONGVIEW, ALBERTA

I stopped to photograph the awesome scenery along the Cowboy Trail south of Longview. Only after setting up all my equipment and filters did I look through the lens and notice dozens of elk roaming along the top of the ridge. As if this scene needed anything else to make it special!  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the distant peaks and sky.

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Urban landscapes: the charming streetscape

OLD HOME, KINGSTON, ONTARIO

I was absolutely charmed by the streetscape of wonderful old houses in this city of 124,000, which was the home of John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first prime minister. I was fortunate to have soft, even light to work with, eliminating any harsh shadows.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: view from the bridge

COTTAGES ON THE SAINT LAWRENCE RIVER, THOUSANDS ISLANDS, ONTARIO

This region, which straddles the Canada-United States border, is actually more than 1,800 islands. It’s one of the prettiest places in North America, with charming villages, legendary castles and several shipwrecks.
I made this picture from a pedestrian sidewalk on the Thousand Islands Bridge just an hour after sunrise. Traffic roared along just a few feet behind me; in fact, when a tractor trailer passed by, I had to wait until the bridge stopped vibrating before I could make another photo.
Nikon D50, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: from the river to the peak

SUNRISE ABOVE THE ATHABASCA RIVER, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I visited this Canadian Rocky Mountain viewpoint in overcast conditions and vowed I would return when the weather was better. Fortunately, that was the next morning. Truly one of the most spectacular scenes in all of North America; I made equally compelling vertical and horizontal photos because it’s hard to screw up a vista this stunning.  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the peak and sky.

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Urban landscapes: the boat painter

BOAT MAINTENANCE, INVERARAY, SCOTLAND

While my wife checked out the shops in this charming little town, I wandered around looking for picture opportunities. This scene was an unexpected bonus.
What do you think of the ropes that flow through this scene? Part of me wishes they weren’t there; the other part likes the unique touch they add to the composition.
Nikon D7100, tripod (I think….)

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Natural landscapes: shadows and light in the canyon

BIGHORN RIVER BELOW CRESCENT FALLS, NEAR NORDEGG, ALBERTA

After the challenge of photographing Crescent Falls (you can check out the picture here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-WP), I turned the camera to where the river was going and dealt with the challenge of strong light on the trees and a canyon in shadow.
I managed to balance the lighting pretty well, even as I knew I would transform the dull brown water into a more pleasing blue in Photoshop. Some might think this is wrong, but I have little interest in being a documentary photographer. I’m trying my imperfect best to be a fine art photographer and that means interpreting a scene, rather than simply recording it.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the trees and sky.

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Urban landscapes: the magnificent museum

CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY, GATINEAU, QUEBEC

This glorious Douglas Cardinal design (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization; the name change happened in 2013) is across the river from Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. About 1.2 million people visit every year, making it the nation’s most popular museum. I loved the stunning feminine lines of the structure; the reflecting pool was a nice bonus.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the emancipator’s church

ST. ANDREW’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Amidst the bustle of commuters traveling to work, I stepped inside this church (completed in 1843) and found instant peace and silence, with just a few people there for morning devotions. While not as high-profile as St. Patrick’s Cathedral or Christchurch Cathedral, It certainly ranks among the city’s most beautiful places of worship. I was impressed by the stunning ceiling and the overall sense of light.
Fans of Irish history will be impressed to know that the land for St. Andrew’s was procured by renowned political leader Daniel O’Connell (the “Great Emancipator”) and among those baptized here were poet/singer/songwriter Thomas Moore, playwright Brendan Behan and rebel Kevin Barry.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter above the pews.

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Urban landscapes: the flowery landscape

FLOWERBOX IN THE HARBOUR, ST. PETER PORT, CHANNEL ISLANDS

I had most of a day to explore the capital city of Guernsey island, a charming UK protectorate off the coast of France. Flowerboxes like this are near the dock where I arrived and left from our cruise ship. I went for a shallow depth of field, so the background would complement, rather than compete, with the flowers.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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