This past weekend I participated in Neil Zeller’s July photo tour. We spent Saturday looking at Calgary from various new and familiar vantage points. We spent most of the Sunday session west of Turner Valley. Neil was an enthusiastic guide and was always happy to answer questions. Furthermore, those answer`s were helpful.
My current 5 star classification system is
2 Not particular good but have the germ of a location or idea worth revisiting
3 Air Canada; nothing particularly wrong with them; nothing particularly right with them either
4 Nice Photo
Of the 248 photos that made it into the computer here is what happened to them.
2 star – 67
3 star – 24
4 star – 07 – see below
5 star – 00
You may wonder, given the amount of effort I went to photography water why none made it to the 4 star bin. The answer dear reader is one of the weekend’s lesson. Water falls, for me, work well when the water turns to silk, or when the drops are frozen in time. I have photos that were neither.
Just before going to England, I went on an early morning road trip looking for a particular sunrise location. I think the sunrise pictures will become a time lapse experiment. I also found happy cows. Both cows and penguins make me smile. Cows though are easier to find in these parts.
Yesterday was a good morning at Big Hills Springs Provincial Park just outside of Calgary. My friend Keith and I went for a photo tour. The place was new to us both. My one objective was to photograph water. I am pleased with the results. For this particular waterfall 1/50 of second seemed to work better than 1/25 of a second. ISO was 160. As well, there was this happy accident that once cropped and straightened made me smile.
As always, comments are sought and welcome.
PS – I am sure Keith will have something up soon and I invite you to visit his page too.
This past weekend we had a friend from the west coast visit us. Sunday morning we visited one of my recurring photographic destinations just west of Calgary in the Alberta foothills. We ambled over hill and dale for an easy 8 kilometers sometimes in silence, sometimes chatting, and often with fingers on shutters. It was a good morning.
I know its been a while. It is the nature of work. On my drive to work just north of Calgary, there is a road that goes off to the west. I have been thinking that it showed promise for over a month. Saturday, I drove down that road for a kilometer or seven.
Wednesday was a ski day at Sunshine Village. When the wind wasn’t howling the light was flat. It was not the best day of skiing ever. I spent Wednesday night in Banff and saw a couple of movies from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. I was expecting to see 2 or 3 adventure documentaries. Instead, I was reminded of how a series of well crafted images can tell emotionally charged stories.
The 25 minute long movie “Super Salmon” directed and produced by Ryan Peterson was instrumental in saving a gorgeous river in Alaska from being dammed. Yvon Chouinard, co-founder of Patagonia, said of the movie, “We stopped a dam the other day in Alaska, on the Susitna River. We gave a grant of twenty-five thousand dollars to a filmmaker who was making a film called The Super Salmon. The film comes out, the guy shows it around, and the governor, just like that, he kills the dam. You don’t get many clear-cut victories like that. But sometimes all it takes is one person.” (The New Yorker, September 19, 2016)
The second movie “Holy (un)Holy” is from National Geographic and follows the Ganges from source to the Bay of Bengal. It is a remarkable film that manages to articulate the difference between how the Ganges is venerated by Hindus and at the same time abused.
The photo below is the single photograph from my the two days that made it past the delete button.
I have a number of things to tell you about the previous week.
There are some things that are important to do but should not be shared. My experiment with time-lapse table-top (60 piece Lego boat) photography is such a thing. The results are not shareable. I was pleased with my purchase of a roll of seamless paper and my DIY set-up. I learnt I need more light. Low watt tungsten bulbs are not bright enough. As well, even with the spare bed and furniture moved to the side, the spare-bedroom may not work as a studio unless I remove all the furniture. Probably not a good idea, as some other room would become unusable. mmm
Earlier this week I returned to Glenbow Ranch to photograph a sunrise. I was standing on top of a small hill with my camera sitting on the tripod looking east. I turned my head and realized that the dawn picture was actually behind me as the snow covered Rockies glowed pink. Unfortunately, I could not reach the better vantage point before the light was lost. Instead, I went on a walk-about (see gallery below) before returning to the car. I also discovered that mule deer are named for their ears, which resemble those of a mule.
On a personal note I was reminded of a friend who had dropped and drowned her phone in a toilet. Before using the pit-toilet at Glenbow Ranch I made sure that every zippered pocket was closed. Ah the things we think of, in between trying to say something intelligible.
Yes, this is the same photo as the last post. There is a difference though. I was not happy with the sharpness, so I revisited how the last photo was done. The previous photo had been a sandwich of three images all with slightly different exposures. This photo is a sandwich of two photos and to my mind is just that little bit sharper. I am happier.