Natural landscapes: three layers

MOUNTAIN, EVERGREENS & AUTUMN COLOURS, KANANASKIS, ALBERTA

Besides the fluorescent yellow, what attracted me to this scene in the Canadian Rocky Mountains was the layering: yellow in the front, evergreens behind and backing it all up is the mountain wall. It was a cloudy day, so I was careful to exclude the distracting off-white sky.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: view from the shady shore

AUTUMN AT BASS LAKE, DEEP RIVER, ONTARIO

My wife and I were visiting her son and his family in this sleepy eastern Canadian town when I grabbed some sunrise time to visit this lake and photograph the glorious autumn colours. I didn’t encounter a single soul during my 90 minutes there.  🙂
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: a test of discipline

HAYROLLS AND FOG NEAR DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA

I called this photo “a test of discipline” because I like contrast in my pictures and that’s very easy to create with Photoshop. So it took some focused commitment to keep this scene very subtle in terms of reflecting what I saw that morning on the prairies of western Canada.
I believe this “uncontrasty” photo is quite compelling because it’s easy to imagine entering the scene and fading away into the mist. How many hay rolls can you count in the murky background?
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: among the boulders and leaves

GRINDSTONE CREEK TRIBUTARY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO

This southern Ontario city, best known for its football team (the CFL Tiger Cats) and a long history of steelmaking, is actually awash in wonderful waterfalls. This little stream, near Grindstone Falls, tumbles over rocks as it makes it way to Grindstone Creek. I spent as much time following the tributary as I did photographing the main creek.
Nikon D50, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: the glow of cottonwoods

AUTUMN AT BOWNESS PARK, CALGARY, ALBERTA

One of the oldest parks in this western Canadian city is a stunning place to capture fall colours. If conditions are right, it’s hard to make a bad picture here. I went for this vertical wide-angle perspective because the fluorescent cottonwood trees seem to soar over your head.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: under an autumn sky

WOLF LAKE, TERRA COTTA, ONTARIO

A fishing expedition into the archives landed this beauty from 2000. After 10 years in Alberta, I was back in Ontario and determined to find compelling nature photos in a sea of dreary suburbia. Terra Cotta Conservation Area, west of Toronto, turned out to be a charming place with a big lake and excellent fall colours.

Pentax 6×7 medium format film camera, 45-mm. wide-angle lens, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the autumn stream

KNEEHILLS CREEK, DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA

I was blessed to visit this badlands region of western Canada right at the peak of autumn. The day started foggy, but I was still able to capture the colours flanking the creek as it approached a bridge on Hwy. 575.
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Natural landscapes: when autumn looks like winter

AUTUMN MORNING AT CASCADE POND, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I drove into this Canadian national park hoping to photograph autumn colours, but was greeted by scenes like this. I was quite happy to adjust my plans, spending an hour at this charming pond finding many picture possibilities. Normally, you would see peaks along the horizon, but the clouds hung so low that I barely saw one mountain during my time in the park.
NIkon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: flowing through the leaves of autumn

AUTUMN AT BIG HILL SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

This tiny park, west of Calgary near the town of Cochrane, is a revelation – especially if you’re there in early morning, before all the crowds arrive.
I was blessed to photograph here during the height of autumn (which arrives early in Alberta, since this area is 1,000 metres above sea level). Ensuring a long exposure was important to make the creek flow soft and silky.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the beached boat

SUNRISE ON THE OTTAWA RIVER, DEEP RIVER, ONTARIO

When I found this boat and saw the background, I knew a good photo could be had – especially if I found a way to illuminate the boat, so it wasn’t just a silhouette. I used a small pocket flashlight to accomplish that. The mountain on the other side of the river is actually in the province of Quebec, since this river serves as a border between the two Canadian provinces.
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