If you have been to Lake Louise, no matter what time of year it is, then you know just how busy it can get. For something different, I thought I would check it out at night, as in past midnight and what a different place it is. Quiet, peaceful, serene, still, hauntingly beautiful… how many more words basically meaning the same thing can I use to explain it. With the exception of a couple of other photographers with the same idea as me and a couple of night owls strolling around the pathway from the chateau, the difference literally was night and day.
The stars were out in their millions and the was a perfect crispness in the air without it feeling too cold. Once of those beautiful mountain nights.
It has been way too long since I have been able to get out and see a decent aurora show…
It seems like every time the data is looking good for a show, a good show anyway, that the clouds always want to spoil the party. Oh and of course, the day before and after, we always seems to have beautiful cloudless nights.
Here is one from February 2014. 12 months is too long between drinks!
Another shot from this night out is up in my gallery. This is another one from that same night but playing around with my foreground a little to make it look like gigantic green flames are burning the tree on the side of the road. A great night out despite the clouds trying to ruin the party and a near full moon. Fingers crossed we get some action soon. That may even mean heading up north to Yellowknife to chase them down.
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.
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;
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.
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta pull over and appreciate what’s around you…
Castle Mountain stands a tall, lonely figure while the stars majestically waltz overhead.
It was a beautiful night last night in Banff National Park with clear skies, millions of stars, a meteor shower and the aurora. Well worth the 2:00am start.
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.
Calgary. September 8th, the snow has arrived! I feel like I should be disappointed and upset like just about everyone else in Calgary but I’m not. I was so pleasantly surprised when I heard someone mention it snowing that I got up and went out into the lobby at work just to see the snow fall. I love it.
As soon as I got home, I got changed, grabbed my camera and straight back out the door. I drove downtown to Price’s Island Park and walked around a little through the trees and along the river just taking it all in. It’s always the most beautiful when it first falls.
This is short lived though. We are expecting temperatures back in the low 20s by the end of the week. Oh yeah, for those of you not in Calgary reading this, it was 27 degrees celsius yesterday. Yup, and I thought Melbourne was bad for having 4 seasons in one day.
Another attempt at HDR photography. I headed out into the mountains again, this time in behind Canmore along the Spray Trail in Kananaskis. It was -22 when I left in the afternoon and it didn’t get much warmer! This photo was taken half way up the mountain and the wind was absolutely howling! It read -24 on my car thermometer but with wind chill it had to be close to -35. I took my glove off a couple of times on my right hand to make adjustments on my camera as I was shooting and I got absolutely punished for it. I don’t think I got feeling back in the tips of my fingers for 10 minutes. I think it was worth it though…
What do you think?
First of all, happy new year to everyone. 2013 was another fantastic year for me and I feel extremely grateful I got to share it with family and friends from Canada and Australia as well as my beautiful girlfriend. It was actually the first full calendar year I have spent abroad. 2014 is going to be even better and I am excited for what is to come. I look forward to sharing it with you all on here.
I got to finish work early yesterday and took advantage of actually coming home in daylight rather than normal when I leave work in darkness. I headed straight home, got changed into warm clothes, loaded up the car with my camera gear and headed out to Elbow Falls in Kananaskis Country. I hadn’t been there before but was keen to check it out to first of all see if it was frozen or flowing which to my surprise it was and also see where I would be able to get some shots.
There was a pathway which was closed due to it being pure ice which I still decided to take that came to a look-out but I wanted to get down on the river bank for a better position. I walked through the trees, along the cliff and fell on my ass a couple of times but just couldn’t find a way down that wasn’t going to end with me being airlifted out of there. Getting down would have been the easy part but as I was there for sunset, I wasn’t sure how long the light would hold out for and I was envisioning me trying to climb the cliff in the dark which didn’t sound too appealing to me. I settled for the look out.
I tried setting up my exposures for HDR (high dynamic range) which is 3 photographs combined in to 1. One photo is at normal exposure, one is underexposed and the other is overexposed. You can actually take photos with that function on an iPhone believe it or… Above is the result and I have to admit I was extremely happy with what I ended up with.
As always, thanks for checking out my photo and blog and I hope to see you coming back through out 2014 along with many more new faces from around the world. I was amazed to have so many people view my humble little website from 41 different countries around the globe. Absolutely amazing.