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Prairie Grain Elevator, Saskatchewan, Canada

A common site on the Canadian Prairies, this elevator was painted a vibrant orange.  The color contrast against the blue sky was originally what caught my eye.  On my return trip through the Saskatchewan countryside I got lucky with a dramatic sky at sunset and chose a black and white conversion.  I’ll post an original color daytime image tomorrow for sake of comparison.


Alberta Landscape in Black and white

Rolling Prairie meets mountains, near Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.

Fog shrouded mountains, Banff National Park, Alberta

A couple of my favorite landscapes images from the past year in black and white.   These were originally in color, but I much prefer the quad toned black and white conversions.  The multi-layered tones in these images suit the style very well.  I plan on increasing my black and white output substantially in the coming year.

Winter Photography; blowing snow and low clouds

Living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, we get more than our fair share of very cold inclement winter weather.  In fact, Winnipeg is considered one of the coldest cities in the world.  Now this isn’t going to be a post complaining about the weather.  In fact, it’s the exact opposite, these conditions can provide for some very interesting images.  I admit it’s not easy photographing ice fishing shacks in the open on Lake Winnipeg in January, but when the snow flies and clouds role in you don’t need to head back home.   The above image was shot on a dull dreary day in the Rockies, but the strong elements and textures make for a nice black and white print.

Pulled over in heavy snowfall.  The weather conditions become the subject of what would otherwise be a pretty boring image.

Walking Angus on a blustery winter day, Winnipeg

Photographic inspiration and a lifelong love of horses

I’m an avid animal lover, particularly dogs.  When I visit someone’s home with a dog, I must admit I’m more drawn to the dog then the people I’m visiting.  Some may consider that strange, but it happens naturally, so there’s not much I can do about it.  Animals just bring a smile to my face, and animal abusers, well I’ll just say, they are the bottom of the barrel in my view.  But that’s a whole other story.

A couple years ago I caught the fascinating documentary of New York Photographer Robert M. Dutesco, as he photographed the wild horses of Sable Island off the east coast of Canada.   I was mesmerized while watching, a fashion photographer in this amazing stark, purely natural environment.  The Sable horses exist with no predators on this isolated windswept island.  They arrived decades earlier, the result of a shipwreck.

For reasons I don’t totally understand, I have always been interested in horses.  Perhaps I think of them as big dogs, I don’t really know why.  I grew up in a city, had virtually no contact with them, until I began photographing them later in life.  In fact I have ridden a horse exactly once, and it was not at all memorable.  The horses I see on the Canadian Prairie and Robert Dutesco’s adventure on Sable Island have inspired me to create some of my own series.