Windblown trees on the Pacific Coast, while hiking the Wild Pacific Trail. The trail offers some truly breathtaking vistas, and is a fairly easy hike if you don’t mind the relentless rain. That’s not to say you won’t get beautiful sunny weather, but don’t plan on it. However, without the heavy rainfall and onshore winds this lush, windblown coastal rainforest wouldn’t exist.
The beauty of digital landscape photography is you as the photographer have a great deal of artistic freedom. Here is an image of the Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. With a little tweaking it becomes a much more dramatic composition. I was going for a similar look that in the film days would have required a tobacco filter. This was a blend of two RAW files one exposed for the foreground the other for the sky.
The topic of artistic freedom and image manipulation will always be an ongoing debate. With High Dynamic Range photography and Photoshop manipulated images all over the web. My personnel view is to create images that could have been accomplished with multiple exposures and filters used in the days of film. But, by no means do I have any great problem with photographers who manipulate images with HDR software such as Photomatix. To each there own, I must admit though, there are some horrid examples of over manipulated, cartoon like images all over the internet. Definitely not my cup of tea.
Finally a break in the chilly winter weather, the spring melt has finally arrived. I love the clean simplicity of winter photography, but there just comes a point when you’ve had enough and long for the sound of birds and running water. It will even be nice to feel the pavement and grass on your feet once again.
Angus did get a lot of use out of his winter coat, but now has a case of cabin fever.
The entrance to the newly constructed Children’s Garden at Assiniboine Park. A playground set to open this spring, looks great from the outside, and was long overdue.
I frequent the park often and am glad to see that many changes are in the works. This image was blended from multiple raw files to extend the dynamic range, sort of a pseudo or manual high dynamic range. But still maintaining a more traditional looking image.