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Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park and the Winter Landscape

Assiniboine Park in West Winnipeg, a large picturesque urban park, designed in the English Landscape style.  Parks in London and New York’s famed Central Park also incorporate this style.   The Park was incorporated well over a century ago.   Plans are in place for much needed capital improvements, amounting to 180 million dollars.   Recent neglect and pressure from the city’s main downtown park at The Forks have left it needing some TLC.

Hoar frost covered trees on a winter morning.

Winter sunrise

Freeze up of the Assiniboine River

Strolling the frozen river

Fort Gibralter, home of the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, Canada.

Fort Gibralter in Winnipeg’s Whittier Park on a frosty winter day.  The fort is home to western Canada’s largest winter festival,  The Festival du Voyageur, which celebrates Franco-Manitoban culture and history in the city’s french district, St. Boniface.

Whittier Park and downtown Winnipeg skyline in the background.

Soon the site will be filled with ice and snow sculptures created by international ice carvers.  On this frosty day large blocks were in place awaiting the artisans.

Dramatic Photography with backlighting and the silhouette

Sunset over Mt. Rundle, Banff National Park, Alberta

Often as photographers we are fortunate to get those magical lighting situations, where the sky or background is stunningly lit, but the foreground is deep in the shadows.   This is when it’s time to really concentrate on the silhouette or backlit shot.  Sure if it’s a landscape you could bracket, or blend multiple exposures, or create a HDR image, but I often revert to a silhouette of the foreground, particularly with people or any movement in the image.  Silhouettes can be very dramatic, often creating a powerful visual statement.   So remember to expose for the background and give it a go.

This is a shot of a group of birdwatchers during fall migration, at Fort Whyte Centre in Winnipeg.  It was extremely dark and this shot was actually taken handheld at an aperture of 1.2, fast enough to freeze the birds in motion against the evening sky, but still include the birdwatchers in the foreground.

Woman strolling a Lake Winnipeg Pier at sunrise.

Fall harvest on the Canadian Prairie at sunset, near St. Leon, Manitoba.

Assiniboine River Trail opens in Winnipeg, worlds longest skating trail again?

Last year Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River Trail, extended a whopping 9.34 km’s making it the world’s longest naturally frozen ice skating trail, and a favorite winter destination for locals and visitors alike.  Frazzle ice kept the trail off of the Red River last winter season, and this year may shorten the distance considerably.  Winnipegger’s can usually count on the cold but when temperatures rise to a forecast +4C in the sun tomorrow the surface may suffer a temporary hiccup and be shutdown for resurfacing.  There are ample winter recreation possibilities at The Forks, the starting point to the River Trail, including an interesting trail that carries you over a historic rail bridge, a snowboard park, Olympic size hockey rinks, curling rinks, ice bike racing and the market itself, which offers a wide variety of local shops and eateries.

Evening curling on the Assiniboine River.

Good old fashioned Pond Hockey, viewed from the rail bridge.

Skating on a weekday, on mild weekends the trail can be heavily congested.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights construction well underway.

Designed by world renowned architect Antoine Predock, the $300 million dollar Canadian Museum for Human Rights construction site.  The somewhat controversial structure is being built at the Forks in Winnipeg, Canada.  One of the cities most ambitious projects to date, it is situated on the historic site at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

The view from across the Red River in St. Boniface.

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