Explore Alberta

Tonight was like any other week night in good old Calgary town. Come home from work, listen to some tunes, cook dinner, watch TV then bed. The 1 difference though is that Ash and I caught an amazing light show between TV and bed. The Northern Lights.

It all came about from me checking a Facebook group set-up for people in Alberta called the Alberta Aurora Chasers. (You can find the group here.) I usually check it a few times a night to see if there looks to be a chance of an Aurora show. Most nights when there is activity, it usually tends to be a week night and I know it’s going to kill me the next day so I play it safe and stay home. The other nights that there is actually activity, it is usually overcast. This time I didn’t want to risk it and Ash was happy to come along too.

We headed north east of the city out of the city lights and just as we got off of the freeway we could see a faint arch. We kept driving until we found a place to stop, got out of the car and just stood there in awe as they danced before our eyes. They were the brightest I have ever seen them. It was amazing to share that moment with Ash.

I grabbed my camera, found my subject and my spot but the lights were a lot more faded and washed out than when we first arrived but you know what, I didn’t care because it was still an amazing show. I was pretty happy with what I ended up with. I hope you enjoy it too.

Nic


I find I am getting more and more adventurous living out here in Canada. More specifically, Alberta. I guess you could say that this relates to my last post about wanderlust but I am loving getting out there and exploring new places whether it is by myself or with others, it doesn’t matter. As long as I am getting out there and seeing new things. These photo’s took a bit of work to get to, nothing crazy but a bit more than parking in the lot and shooting from the viewing platform. I got some great guide books from the area that I have been able to find some places that have caught my eye so I look forward bringing them to you in 2015.

I had a fire by the Elbow River while I waited for the sun to set last week. The shots in my last post were from this same location. The first photo is looking towards the falls, you can just make them out in the background. The second photo below is actually looking the other way, a shot not too many people take but with the stars shining so brightly towards the east, I couldn’t help but take a couple of photos. For this image below, i keot the shutter open for 1min 30secs. You can see how much the stars move in that time as the earth turns. Adds something a little different I think.

Elbow Falls - The other way


I had a weekend to myself this past one that went by and after the craziness of the holiday season, I have to admit I was looking forward to spending it doing absolutely nothing… Those of you who know me well will agree that being lazy comes a little too naturally for me and that it shouldn’t have been too much of a stretch for me 🙂 The problem for me though, is that over the past year or so I have developed somewhat of a condition;

Wanderlust!

Yes, yes I know it is one of those overused words that everyone throws out there and one that everyone, especially in 2014 probably saw splattered over a photo of the PNW but I have to say that it’s real. The main culprit in my case that causes it is Instagram, my new obsession! I find myself browsing through photos as I did this weekend and I start to feel an urge that I need to get outside, get off my damn phone or computer or away from the TV and explore my backyard here. People say how much damage social media is doing to our society but for me, in particular Instagram I have found to be so incredibly inspiring. People who go on the most amazing adventures and share with us a little square of these breathtaking places, for me personally it makes me want to get out and choose my own adventure. Hence, my wanderlust.

I headed out to Elbow Falls on Sunday afternoon. Quite a popular spot for Calgarians wanting to get out of the city but not willing to go too far. It is only about 30-40 mins out. I have been there once before, the link to that post can be found here. If you take a look at that, or even Google Elbow Falls, most likely you will find an image similar to my older post as far as perspective and composition so I wanted to being a fresher angle and view. Most of the photos you see from people are from above the falls on the lookout. There is no ‘official’ track or pathway that leads down to the base of the falls so a little bit of careful manoeuvring, I was able to make my way down the gully. There were tracks in the snow I could see of other people doing it so I didn’t feel too worried. It was great to be down there all alone away from all of the crowds and so I did a bit of exploring trying to find a couple of good spots to set up my gear. There are lots of caves down there and it really was a cool spot. I decided on a couple of shots, a couple of close ups when the sun sets and also when it gets dark out with the stars glowing.

The sun set wasn’t quite what I was hoping and unfortunately I forgot to bring my spot light so I could illuminate the falls at night so I just had to wing it… I went for black and white as a change. I love B+W photography but it is not something I play around with too much. Those of you following me on Facebook or Instagram would more than likely have seen the other photo I took which I will post up later in the week.

Right now, I will show you these two. Both of Elbow Falls from the river bed underneath the oblivious tourists above. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Elbow Falls

Thanks

Nic


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I have been fortunate enough that in my time here in Canada, I have been able to see some absolutely stunning places. Some can be seen from the road, some take a bit of work to get to but they all have the same result. A feeling I think only people who have come to these mountains would know. It’s special!

I had an awesome adventure on Saturday afternoon/night in Kananaskis Country along the Marmot Creek and Troll Falls Trail. I will leave you with this one for now of Upper Troll Falls.

More photos and story of my trip to follow later in the week.

Nic


Here’s a shot of Mount Rundle, one of the more magical looking mountains in Banff National Park. This was taken at Vermilion Lakes just out of the village of Banff.

There are literally millions of photos that you can find of this mountain online, even from this exact spot but it just never gets tiring to look at and even driving through here on Highway 1, I find myself watching it the whole way past. This time I was driving back from another shoot and noticed the reflections in the lake as I was driving past. Even though this was the middle of the day, I just couldn’t resist.

Hope you enjoy.

Nic


This image is from a couple of weekends ago when I stayed out in the mountains. The conditions were too treacherous at Bow Lake but as I drove along Highway 1 back towards Calgary I came across this spot. I pulled over and spent most of the time just enjoying being back amongst the fresh mountain air. To my surprise, out of no-where, a couple of Moose started walking towards the river. I had seen a Moose once but it was absolutely incredible to see them come out to the river and take a drink. These are the moments I have really enjoyed whilst exploring out on my own. It is cool to think that I am the only person who saw that, it really makes it special.

It has been a crazy few weeks and I have so many images to process and play around with including some from Australia too. I will eventually get to them though I am sure.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nic