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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Natural landscapes: the resisting rock

RIBBON CREEK, KANANASKIS COUNTRY, ALBERTA

I loved how this rock stiffly resisted the cold, clear water of Ribbon Creek as it unceasingly battered it. A long exposure turned the flow silky, which helps highlight the sharp shape of the rock.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: seconds from sunrise

SUNRISE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I stood on the 14th Street bridge overlooking the Bow River and downtown Calgary, set up my equipment and hoped for the best. I was rewarded.  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Rural landscapes: the road to sunrise

WAITING FOR DAWN AT CYPRESS HILLS PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

I did an overnight photo trip to this park, in the deep southeast of the Canadian province of Alberta. This photo was captured after a cold night trying to sleep in the car. What a bonus to find this beautiful puddle in the road just as the sun was nearing the horizon.
This park is unique in that it connects with Cypress Hills Provincial Park across the border in the province of Saskatchewan. To my knowledge, it’s the only inter-provincial park in Canada.
Nikon D90, tripod and graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Rural landscapes: the road to Greenbank

SUMMER MORNING ALONG HIGHWAY 12, SCUGOG TOWNSHIP, ONTARIO

I was photographing a charming dirt road at the top of a hill when I looked south towards the village of Greenbank. I saw the wonderful shadows cast across Hwy. 12 and the strong colours created by the morning light and the line of trees. A long telephoto lens isolated this small section of landscape, omitting the distracting off-white sky.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: making the best of ‘dirty’ weather

PATTERNS IN THE ROCKS, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, NORTHERN IRELAND

My wife and I had just a few hours at this renowned tourist attraction (and UNESCO World Heritage site) on Ireland’s northern coast. Unfortunately, the weather for that entire visit was what the Irish call ‘dirty’ – alternating between light and heavy rain.
So I had to improvise and look for compositions beyond the standard landscape views. This was one of them, converted to black and white to remove what little colour was in the scene and help you concentrate on the subtle curve of the interlocking Basalt columns from bottom right to the distant left.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: the summer reflections

MORNING LIGHT ON THE PEAKS, WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

This park, in the deep south of this western Canadian province, is one of the windiest in Canada. Fortunately, the breeze was light on the morning I set up my equipment to capture this scene and I could still pick up reflected highlights from the snow-capped peaks.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: that glorious first light

MT. HECTOR AND HECTOR LAKE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I fished back into the archives to dig up this 1998 scene, photographed from the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rocky Mountains just after sunrise. This is so long ago that I was still using a film camera; the slide was scanned onto a CD and the resulting jpeg was what I worked from to create the final picture.
A long telephoto lens isolated this small part of the astounding peaks to be seen on the parkway, which is considered one of the most beautiful drives on the planet.
Nikon FM2, tripod, polarizing filter (probably)

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Urban landscapes: It’s all open text

OPEN TEXT BUILDING AND TRAFFIC, OTTAWA, ONTARIO

As soon as I spotted this beautifully illuminated building in Canada’s capital city, I gravitated toward it and spent over a half-hour working various compositions and trying to get good long-exposure pictures of moving traffic. This is the best of the bunch.
Nikon D7100, tripod

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