Rural landscapes: the autumn cemetery

ST. PHILIPS ANGLICAN PARISH CEMETARY, PORTUGAL COVE-ST. PHILIP’S, NEWFOUNDLAND

During my day off on a business trip to this east coast Canadian province, I came upon this cemetery and church above a village with amazing Atlantic Ocean views.
In this composition, the ocean is way off in the distance. I deliberately went with a very shallow depth of field so the headstones and trees would complement, rather than compete with the last of the autumn colours in the foreground shrubbery.
Nikon D7100, tripod, two graduated density (darkening) filters on the trees and sky.

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Natural landscapes: the late-autumn waterfall

WATERFALL BESIDE THE ROAD, TORBAY, NEWFOUNDLAND

During a business trip to this province in eastern Canada, I took a day to explore the region and came upon this beautiful waterfall flowing beside the main road through Torbay. Spent nearly an hour making my way down the embankment from the road, then pushing my way through undergrowth to explore as much of the stream as possible.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: prairie snow, prairie grass

SNOWY FIELD, GLENBOW RANCH PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

As I wandered around this delightful park west of Calgary in western Canada, I came across meadows of snowy grass and knew if I could find one shrub in the midst of it, I could make a compelling photo. I went for a very shallow depth of field, since having everything tack-sharp simply wasn’t necessary to give you a good feel for this scene.
Nikon D7100, 70-300-mm. zoom lens, tripod

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Urban landscapes: before winter arrives

BOATS IN THE HARBOUR, CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

While in the capital city of this eastern Canadian province, I had time to wander around the downtown. While most of the autumn colours were gone (except for here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-ZR), I did find a few boats that hadn’t been hauled onto shore for the winter. As soon as I saw this big splash of red, I knew some kind of pleasing composition was possible, I just had to find it. How did I do?
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Natural landscapes: the end of autumn colour

LATE FALL COLOURS IN VICTORIA PARK, CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

I was in the capital city of this eastern Canadian province on a business trip and managed to find a few hours one day to capture what was left of autumn colours in one of the city’s charming parks. The key was keeping the dull, grey sky out of the picture. It would have sucked your eyes away from the rest of the scene. Here’s another scene of late-autumn loveliness from the same park: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-ZR.
Nikon D7100, tripod, enhancing filter

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Urban landscapes: the dawn reflections

THE REFLECTING POOL AT NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE, TORONTO, ONTARIO

Named after a mayor of this Canadian city, the square (completed in 1965) is visited by more than a million people each year. It’s the site of concerts, art displays, a weekly farmers’ market, a winter festival of lights, and other public events, including demonstrations. Most people photograph the northern direction, which includes Toronto’s impressive city hall. I did that too, but I also went for this southwest vista that includes a brightening sunrise sky.
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Rural landscapes: splitting the pond

PRAIRIE ROAD AND POND NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

Could I have possibly asked for more ideal conditions to photograph this autumn scene on the glorious Canadian prairies? I think not. I put the road’s destination off-centre to the left, in order to counterbalance the most dominant cloud, which is on the right side of the composition.
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Urban landscapes: the top of the station

SIR ADAM BECK HYDROELECTRIC GENERATING STATIONS, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

I drove past this structure as daylight was approaching and loved the lighting. The key was finding a good viewpoint to include the building, the steel towers and the road, then waiting for traffic to give me good lines of light in a long exposure.
You’re just seeing a tiny fraction of one of the two generating stations; there are several operated by the province of Ontario and New York State, which share the Niagara River far below this road and building.
Sir Adam Beck (1857-1925) was a politician and founder of the Hydro-Electric Commission of Ontario, later  known as Ontario Hydro.
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Urban landscapes: empty and waiting for dawn

THE PIER AT LAKEVIEW PARK, OSHAWA, ONTARIO

The dramatic lighting and dark, empty spaces attracted me to this site on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. I have photos from later in the morning when the inky blackness gave way to dim light, but the contrast and minimalism really work for me. There is some colour in this scene, specifically the light at the end of the pier (an off-green), but going black-and-white emphasizes a distraction-free minimalist approach.
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Urban landscapes: the bridge at dawn

ST. PATRICK’S ISLAND BRIDGE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I had a great time making long exposure photographs of this wonderful pedestrian crossing over the Bow River just east of Calgary’s downtown core. I went for a very low perspective in order to push the illuminated posts higher into the compsition. During this exposure, an illuminated cyclist moved through the scene, adding the intriguing light dashes.
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