Rural landscapes: those fitful moments of spring

SNOW AND SPRING POND, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

Spring is a fitful beast in southern Alberta; one day it’s sunny and the next is cold and snowy. I found this gorgeous prairie scene, only 10 minutes’ drive from my house,  just after sunrise. There’s a lot going on here, but I think the strong diagonal thrust of the near pond shore and the fence help pull everything together. I also like the near-far perspective provided by the wide-angle lens.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, probably a graduated density filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the opening light of day

SPRING POND AT SUNRISE, NEAR CALGARY, ALBERTA

I saw this just off the dirt road and, as daybreak neared, I knew it would make a compelling photo. The landowner was already there, but had no problem with me setting up my equipment and capturing this scene as the first rays of light hit.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky, enhancing filter.

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Natural landscapes: the harmony of ice and water

SPRING ICE AT BIG HILL SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

This charming little park, west of Calgary, is one of my go-to photo locales when the weather isn’t good. On this overcast day, I found all kinds of intriguing scenes of spring ice hanging on as the weather slowly turned away from winter. (Here’s another Big Hill Springs ice/water combo: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-vs).
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: standing against the waves

THE ROCKY SHORE, PRESQUILE PROVINCIAL PARK, ONTARIO

This park, on the north side of Lake Ontario, is one of my favourite photography locales. I was wandering along the shore in April when I spotted the boulder and saw the backdrop of little waves. I figured it would make a compelling composition if I focused on the boulder and kept the waves out-of-focus, so they complement the boulder, rather than compete with it.
Nikon D50, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: where the light is reflected

BORD  GAIS ENERGY THEATRE, DUBLIN, IRELAND

This stunning example of modern Irish architecture was designed by Daniel Libeskind of New York and RHWL Architects of London. According to Wikipedia, it seats 2,100 and was created to present theatrical productions that were previously unable to visit Ireland.
I’ve seen other pictures of this theatre and it’s plain the best photos are to be had during evening blue hour; I didn’t have the luxury of being around at that time, but I think this abstract approach, which captures reflected light off nearby buildings, is pretty interesting.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: when the snow won’t let go

COUNTRY HOMESTEAD NEAR BRAGG CREEK, ALBERTA

Spring has begun with unusual cold and snow in the southern half of this western Canadian province. I made this photo on the last day of March, when the temperature was -10. That said, the overnight snow and frost created absolutely ideal photography conditions. Those conditions turned scenes I wouldn’t normally bother with — like this rural home — into worthy subjects. As is so often the case this time of year, the only significant colour was the blue sky, so I opted for a black-and-white treatment.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: the transition to spring

WALKING PATH, GLENBOW RANCH PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

I wanted pictures that clearly illustrate the winter-to-spring transition in this western Canadian province and I think this scene fits the bill. I especially like the meltwater flowing across the path and how the path leads you to to the visitor centre amongst the distant trees. Glenbow Ranch is near the town of Cochrane; parts of it are still a working ranch, which enhances the visitor experience.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the awesome atmosphere of worship

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST BASILICA, ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND

Most churches older than a century tend to be dark, but I was delighted to find a lighter atmosphere in this basilica, completed in 1855 in Canada’s easternmost province. At that time, it was the largest Irish cathedral outside of Ireland. (The exterior is nearly as impressive. Check it out here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-14V.)
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Urban landscapes: walking over the river

ELBOW RIVER PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

A beautifully designed bridge, made even better for photographers thanks to the strong lighting. I used a long exposure to make the water silky so it would complement, rather than compete, with the strong lines and lighting of the bridge’s underside.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: the lighthouse and the fence

CAPE SPEAR LIGHTHOUSE, NEWFOUNDLAND

I would have loved better weather, but I think I did a reasonably good job working with the fog to create a moody picture of the most eastern point in Canada. I carefully timed this exposure to ensure the light was shining when I clicked the shutter. There was almost no colour in this scene, so I went all the way and made it a black-and-white photo.
NikonD7100, tripod.

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