Natural landscapes: the fenceline view

SUMMER POND NORTHWEST OF CALGARY, ALBERTA

The wind was still and the morning light was perfect. But the photo needed something…maybe a person? So I set the timer on the camera six times, then six times ran crazily down the hill to the fencepost before the camera made the exposure. This is the best of the bunch.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the steps of falling water

CRESCENT FALLS PROVINCIAL RECREATION AREA, ALBERTA

There are lots of excellent photos of this two-stage waterfall, but I found the early evening lighting conditions so difficult (the sun is behind this scene) that I did a rarity for me: I made an HDR photo.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is achieved by combining several exposures of the exact same scene, in order to capture the entire range of light.
In my case, the goal was to keep some kind of colour and detail in the sky without saturating the scene with so much colour that it looks fake (that’s a common problem with HDR pictures).
It worked, but I spent more than an hour using Photoshop to process the resulting jpeg in order to bring out the best in this scene. Phew.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: where the light caresses

BADLANDS FORMATION, DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

Amidst the stunning landscapes of this park in western Canada (where the bones of more than 300 dinosaurs have been found), this little scene might be easy to miss. But I liked the saucer shape of the rock and how the deeply crevassed soil seemed to prop it up. All of this was captured in stunning morning light, which was the key element in making this photo work.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: down in the damp

FIR TREE, SIFFLEUR CANYON, KOOTENAY PLAINS ECOLOGICAL RESERVE, ALBERTA

After photographing a glorious waterfall in this canyon, I was starting on the four-kilometre walk back to the van when I looked down and saw this wonderful natural symmetry. After some careful manoeuvring to get everything just right, I made a loooong exposure to make the thrashing water silky so it wouldn’t distract you from enjoying the balanced relationship between tree, rock and water.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: showered in summer light

GREAT BLANKET FLOWERS, NEAR EXSHAW, ALBERTA

After spending time photographing a glorious lake right on the edge of the Rockies west of Calgary, I was walking back to the van when I came upon  this pair of great blanket flowers in mid-bloom. A telephoto lens and a very shallow depth of field were important to keep the background firmly out focus so it could gently complement the brilliant yellow, rather than compete with it.
According to Wikipedia, the proper name for this flower (which is part of the sunflower family) is Gaillardia, named for an 18th-century French magistrate who was a patron of botany.
Nikon D7100, 70-300 mm. zoom lens, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: summer at the lake

ENJOYING BOW LAKE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

When this lake, high up in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is still when I’m driving past, I just have to stop and see what’s possible creatively. The full-colour version is pleasing, but to my eyes this approach is far more dramatic. Love how computer software like Photoshop makes it easy to convert a photo to black-and-white, while keeping part of the scene in colour.
NikonD7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: the city and the sky

THE CASTLE VIEW, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Edinburgh Castle, which is really more of a fortress, dominates the city’s skyline and provides impressive views like this. Because of the dull, lighting, I had to do a fair bit of Photoshop processing to bring out the best of this scene, which includes the Parish Church of St. Cuthbert. Using a graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky was also important; without it, the sky would have been a bland, distracting white.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: the approaching day

DAWN IN DUBLIN PORT, IRELAND

Among the benefits of going on a cruise is seeing working ports in action. I made this picture from the top of the Caribbean Princess as daybreak approached in Dublin, the capital of the Irish Republic. The hour or so before dawn is a great time to make long exposure pictures like this; artificial illumination still has a visual impact, but there’s enough natural light to see the entire scene.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Urban landscapes: welcome to the old quarter

THE CHARMING STREETS OF ST. PETER PORT, CHANNEL ISLANDS

During a day-long stop in Guernsey Island, I was able to wander through parts of St. Peter Port and capture street scenes like this. The Channel Islands (including Guernsey and Jersey) are UK dependencies, but have their own governments and currencies. They are just off the coast of France and were occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War.
NkonD7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: Lighting the lighthouse

LIGHTHOUSE AND PARKING LOT SHADOW, PORT DALHOUSIE, ONTARIO

There are several lighthouses in this charming community, which is part of the larger city of St. Catharines on the south side of Lake Ontario. I’d finished photographing the sunrise and was checking out this lighthouse before leaving when I spotted the shadow. It makes an interesting counterpoint to the lighthouse, yes?

Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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