sunset

Just got back from a week down in Tulum, Mexico. First time for me and certainly not the last. I only really got one chance to get out with my camera but it certainly was a show at sunset.

Back to the snow in Calgary which fell as we were away.

Nic


What would you say if I told you this photograph is actually upside down?

I initially dismissed this image and didn’t think it came out too well. I was bored one night and went back through my photos to take a look through my folders from the past couple of months. The reflection came out incredibly! There is one little flaw I kept in there to tell them apart… on the bottom right you can see tree branches stretching out that didn’t make it in the reflection.

Came out quite well in the end, especially upside down.


This image above came about after fooling around with images on Photoshop. There are exposures from two entirely different places but they came together so naturally. The foreground is from a beautiful location I found north of the city whilst the other is an exposure from the south east of Calgary. Both photos were taken facing north west into the setting sun.

I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely love how well they worked together…


The magical thing about Calgary is by far the sunsets! They are absolutely stunning as the sun set sets over the Rocky Mountains.

The photo above though is looking east. Sometimes it pays to step away from what you initially set out to capture and take a second to stop and look around. I just love that big fluffy cumulus cloud peeking over the powerlines on the valley ledge.

Below – Looking west, Calgary.

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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?

Nic


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.

Nic


There is nothing quite like a sunset. It doesn’t matter how many times you have seen the sun go down, it always feels like it is for the first time. Everywhere I travel, no matter where it is, I always do what I can to see the sun set in that city, town or village. It is by far one of my favourite things on this earth.

Above – A large cluster of annual sow thistle catch the last light of the day as the sun slowly makes it way below the horizon.

Below – The sun sets over the wheat fields out in the Alberta prairies. The mixture of soil and dust in the air from all of the machinery out harvesting along with the colours of the sun setting make it a really beautiful site. The photo does is absolutely no justice at all.


I jumped in the Jeep late Sunday afternoon and decided to head out with my camera out east, through the prairies to the Badlands. I had seen some pictures of an old ghost town called Dorothy that had an old wooden church that was falling apart. I thought it would be great to check out and get some photos and so with Maggie May keeping me company, we hit highway 1 and started our 2 hour journey to Dorothy.

My good old iPhone GPS was in fine form as it always is taking me through back roads and dirt roads and just when I thought all was lost I came across the the little town of Dorothy. The final part of that drive was pretty awesome driving through the canola fields and at the end scaling down the valley on the dirt road and across the Red Deer river. To my absolute disgust though, the church had been fully renovated! No longer was it leaning to the right or were its weather boards showing its age. It was just sitting there, all perfect with its new windows, coat of white paint and standing upright. I was shattered! All wasn’t completely lost though. I did come across this grain elevator. Most likely built in the early 20th century, showing its wear from long winters and hot summers out here in the badlands.

Next I headed towards Drumheller. I thought since I was out here I may as well make the most of it. The day was coming to an end and I had always wanted to check out an area out there called Horseshoe Canyon. On way way though as the road ran inside the valley along the river, I came across the site you can see below… They are called the Hoodoos. Rock formations shaped by centuries of wind, rain and snow. They are quite an awesome sight to see.

Further along I went until I reached the canyon. The road that took me out there was the one that headed back to Calgary and it was quite a while out of Drumheller, I just about gave up hope as when I looked around all I could see were crops and flat land. It didn’t look like there would be any canyon in sight. Finally I saw the sign and was relieved that I hadn’t missed it. I spent a bit of time there, walking around, admiring the shapes and colours and watching the sun say its goodbyes for the day. I found a really cool spot where I set up my tripod and took a while lot of shots but coming home and checking out my photos more closely, it made me realise just how much I need to invest in a better high quality lens. Unfortunately, alot of my photos either were too grainy when I tried to lighten them up which had the perfect sunset or were too light and didn’t do the beautiful sunset any justice at all. This is the only photo I could really salvage.

Saying that though, I was lucky enough to be the only person there and loved just taking it all in. Sometimes photos, and in this case in particular, really do no justice to the beauty that is in front of you.

As always, thanks for reading.

Nic


Every morning and night, I cross over this bridge to go to work and back home again. It is such a narrow bridge, so narrow in fact that my passenger mirror is permanently adjusted so I can get close to the side without hitting either cars coming the other way or the barriers. It is beautiful old bridge and I have to admit I love my commute everyday along the river.