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Castle Mountain, Banff National Park



Castle Mountain on a pleasant summer day, a reminder of what summer looks like, as most of the country freezes in the frigid winter weather.  Also a good example of employing the rule of thirds for composition.


Hiking Parker Ridge Trail, Banff

Saskatchewan Glacier

View of the glacier, after the fog lifted.  A short 1 hour hike up and maybe 20 minutes down.  When we arrived it was totally socked in.  We waited it out on the ridge for 2 hours and thankfully the fog burned off enough to experience what is a great view.   When you get to the top of the ridge make sure you continue on, it’s well worth it.

Fog lifting, on our arrival we could see absolutely nothing even though it was clear near Lake Louise, once we hit the Parkway visibility was a couple hundred meters at best.

My wife enjoying the view.

Looking towards Jasper, Icefields Parkway below.

Family photo

Artistic freedom in Landscape Photography, Vermillion Lakes, Banff

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.

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, B.C.

View of Takakkaw Falls and the Yoho River in the foreground.  Because it`s a glacier fed river from the Waputik Icefield,  both the falls and river take on the stunning  turquoise color.  Located near the small town of Field, B.C., it`s well worth the trip.  Just a side note to anyone with larger RV`s, the access road has a couple very narrow and fairly steep switchbacks that may not be recommended for many.

Takakkaw Falls close up, 384 m (1260 feet) to the high point.


Bridge crossing the Yoho River

Banff townsite and motion blurred clouds over Mount Rundle

This shot was taken from the outdoor patio of our hotel while my wife, Angus and I were in Banff.  I’m a big fan of long exposures, and this is the result when the climatic conditions provide you with something interesting.  Strong winds over Mount Rundle and low clouds gave rise to the interesting motion blurred effect of the clouds as they streaked by.  This image was an exposure blend from one raw file, one developed for the highlights and mid tones, the other for the dark foreground trees.

Banff National Park, from fall, winter, summer in 2 days

Fall colors, Vermillion Lakes

We all know weather in the Canadian Rockies can change at the drop of a hat.  On a very recent trip over a two day period, we arrived to rainy, foggy and overcast skies.  The following day we had a large dumping of very wet snow, temperatures well below freezing, this included power failure and satellite failure in our hotel.  The next day the snow melted and soon after, sunny mid July conditions prevailed, with the temperature approaching 20 Celsius.

Fresh snowfall, Vermillion Lakes

Clearing skies, Vermillion Lakes

Clear blue sky, Peyto Lake

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.

Burnt trees and mountain mist

Some of my favorite images are those taken in inclement weather.  When the forecast calls for these conditions I am usually ready to head out early.  Bright blue sky images make for nice stock images, but the mystery and mood evoked by misty mornings or blowing snow can become truly special images.  The above photo depicts a burnt out Pine forest taken in Kootenay National Park on just such a day.

Another wildfire burn near Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park, B.C.

Sawback burn, Banff National Park, during a moderate snowfall.  The burn was intentionally set to the forest in 1993.