Urban landscapes: it’s easy being green

SHANE HOMES YMCA, CALGARY, ALBERTA

The gigantic recreation centre, which opened in early 2018, is a feast for the eyes. The wonderful curves, colours and shafts of light in the main entryway captured my attention for nearly an hour, despite the pre-dawn -20 degree temperature.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: bands of winter beauty

MEADOW, FOREST & PEAKS, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

My attention was grabbed by the horizontal bands in this scene. Do you see them? Sky-mountains in the light-shadow snow-forest-ground. I like this arrangement because after you check out the brightest part of the scene, you will subconsciously appreciate how the rest of the scene is arranged.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter and probably a graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky & sunny mountain.

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Natural landscapes: over the edge!

RIDEAU FALLS, OTTAWA, ONTARIO

This waterfall always fascinates me because it flows in the middle of downtown Ottawa (Canada’s capital city). There’s an overpass with roaring traffic just a few metres to the right of this scene. Here’s a colour vertical view of the same waterfall: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-nU.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the city sunrise

DAYBREAK, EDMONTON, ALBERTA

I was in Alberta’s capital city for a conference and ventured out on my free time to make some photos. Believe it or not, this scene was captured from my hotel parking lot.  in the distant background is the frozen North Saskatchewan River.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: occupied by ghosts

ABANDONED HOMESTEAD NEAR STAVELY, ALBERTA

This is one of those completely out-of-the-way places on the Canadian prairies where you step out of your vehicle and are presented with endless silence and endless space. In the midst of that was this structure. I kept it in the colour and turned the rest of the scene into black-and-white to make it stand out under the cobalt winter sky.
I also kept the camera as low as possible so the background grain bins wouldn’t get lost in the tree branches. After 30-plus years of making pictures, I’ve come to learn that it’s little touches like this that make pictures just a bit more compelling.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes the view into glory

LAKE LOUISE & LOUISE CREEK, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

This is one of the classic views of this stunning place in the Canadian Rockies, photographed from a charming footbridge over the creek. That creek takes water from the lake all the way down to the Bow River, many hundreds of feet below. I really like this black-and-white treatment, but you can check out the colour version here: http://bit.ly/LakeLouiseWinter.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: at the altar

BASILICA OF SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, NEAR QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC

One of the most stunning cathedrals in Canada, this basilica was built between 1926 and 1931 and receives about a half-million visitors annually. My wife & I were blessed to attend a mass here after I spent close to an hour wandering around with my tripod making long exposures like this. (Some other views: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-HF and http://wp.me/p2ccTX-cq.)
Nikon D50, tripod

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Natural landscapes: road through the badlands

WINTER AT DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR BROOKS, ALBERTA

This is, quite simply, an astonishing place. About two hours’ drive southeast of Calgary, the spectacular badlands in this park are one of the most important dinosaur fossil sources in the world. I was there on a winter day and saw not even one person. It was amazing.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the bitterly cold skyline

WINTER SKYLINE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

It was -20c when I set up my tripod in Rotary Park, overlooking the gorgeous downtown of this western Canadian city, and made a series of 30-second exposures. The trick was to time the exposures for when the maximum amount of traffic was crossing the Centre Street Bridge, which spans the Bow River
What appears to be the tallest structure in this scene, The Bow on the left side, is actually shorter than Brookfield building, the lower-profile rectangular skyscraper in the centre of the scene. The Brookfield building is the tallest structure in Canada, west of Toronto.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Urban landscapes encountering the crossing

PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I saw news media photos of this $13 million project, which safely ushers pedestrians across Macleod Trail to Chinook Centre shopping mall, shortly after it was unveiled in December, 2017 and decided to check it out for potential photos. I was quite unprepared for the stunning main entry on the east side of Macleod Trail. I spent more time photographing here than the rest of the crossing combined.
The entry is mostly monotone, so I decided to add me (and my red Calgary Stampeders coat) to the scene, then keep me in colour and convert the rest of the scene to black-and-white. I’ve used this processing technique before (see https://wp.me/p2ccTX-10P and https://wp.me/p2ccTX-10Y) and like the results.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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