Natural landscapes: A cave amidst the rocks

ICE CAVE AND ANGEL GLACIER, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

A drive to Mount Edith Cavell, in this Canadian Rockies park, is a truly unforgettable experience. Glaciers, lakes, icebergs, waterfalls and epic peaks. All in one little area. Truly astounding. I went inside this cave; it’s cool and wet because lots of water drips from the ice. (Here’s a different view of Angel Glacier and, if you look carefully, the ice cave: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-jU.)
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: along the Canola road

TRAIL THROUGH THE CANOLA FIELD, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

Canola makes for amazing photos, but I was looking for something extra and found it when I discovered this field, complete with a winding trail to somewhere. After making a few pictures, I decided to add a human element. Me. Just a few exposures later, I badly twisted my foot running to a spot and stepping on a rock just before the timer on my camera went off. Look carefully along the horizon at the left border and you’ll see the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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Natural landscapes: the light of evening

SUMMER EVENING IN THE BADLANDS, DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

It’s been more than four years since I published a photo of this glorious environment in western Canada (here’s the last one: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-7p), so I dug around in the archives and landed this beauty from way, way back in 1993.
The squarish format comes from using a Pentax 6×7 medium format film camera – a heavy, awkward piece of equipment that I’ve long since abandoned but, as you can see, it produced stunningly crispy slides.
I had this slide put on a CD so I could Photoshop it, bring out the best of the scene, then show it to you.

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Natural landscapes: the angle of the canyon

SIFFLEUR RIVER CANYON, KOOTENAY PLAINS ECOLOGICAL RESERVE, ALBERTA

During my annual sleep-in-the-van overnight photo trip, I was awake before 4 a.m. and started on the six-kilometre return trip to Siffleur Falls. This impressive view along the way highlights the angled wall of the river’s canyon.
Using a graduated density (darkening) filter on the mountains and sky was a key decision; without the filter, the sky would have been a bland, distracting white.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscape: A castle in its setting

MALAHIDE CASTLE AND GROUNDS, COUNTY DUBLIN, IRELAND

During our tour of the spectacular castle and 260 acres of lawns and gardens, I had just enough time to race off on my own to find some interesting perspectives. This scene appealed to me because the shadow on the grass and the silhouetted leaves served to frame the castle and clouds. Notice how the castle seems to lean against the upward tilt of the lawn? I like how that lends balance to the scene.
Malahide belonged to the Talbot family for more than 800 years. It was sold to the Irish Republic in 1975.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Rural landscapes: where the fences meet

FENCES AND PRAIRIE SLOUGH, WEST OF CALGARY, ALBERTA

Sweet morning light and still water made this photograph possible. I really like how the fenceposts and wires stand out against the darker water.
NikonD7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the clouds of morning

COMING INTO ST. PETER PORT, CHANNEL ISLANDS

As we arrived at this town in Guernsey Island (a British protectorate off the coast of France), I was on the deck of our cruise ship room and saw this dramatic scene of the sun trying to break the through clouds above some nearby islands. One of those rare photos made without a tripod. Nikon D7100.

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Rural landscapes: road to the mountains?

RURAL ROAD, KILLARNEY, IRELAND

Dug back into the archives to resurrect this picture from my 1993 trip to Ireland. Photographed on a Pentax 6×7 medium-format film camera. It was a bulky, heavy piece of equipment that required a tripod, but was still a joy to use simply to appreciate the large, high-quality slides.
Deciding it was too expensive to keep, I traded the camera in for used lenses that fit on my 35-mm. camera. Turned out to be a fortuitous move, since the advent of digital made film cameras mostly obsolete and those used lenses served me very well, on digital cameras, for a decade.

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Urban landscapes: morning in the port

INVERGORDON HARBOUR, SCOTLAND

Invergordon is a small coastal town, but because it services North Sea oil platforms, it has a deep port capable of docking the cruise ship my wife and I were on. The strong morning light and eye-popping colours on this ship caused me grab my tripod and telephoto lens and make this photo.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Wildlife: nesting under the leaves

NESTING COOT, ST. JAMES PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND

The dipping tree branches presented a problem because initially, I didn’t want them in the photo. But a fence blocked me from getting any closer to the nest and I’d extended my 70-300-mm. zoom lens as far as possible.
Then a solution presented itself: make the photo vertical and include the branches. I used the built-in flash to help illuminate the coot and add a highlight to its eye.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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