I attended a conference in Banff and managed to spend a few momentsÂ at Vermillion Lakes during the peak of fall colours. It wasÂ one of those stunning days when the light and the sky and the weather all come together and create a fantastic experience
Two Jack Lake in Banff is a fantastic place and the stars really cooperated for me the other night.Â
These star trails are a result of an hour-long exposure. Shortly after that the moon came up and washed everything out.
I recently had the goodÂ fortune to spend a week in Banff attending the 2014 International Snow Science Workshop. The conference was an excellent mix of snow science researchers, practitioners, and industry members and covered a lot of ground including snow mechanics, materials properties, human factors, and of course plenty of time for networking.
While in Banff IÂ swapped out a night of networking in favour of astro photography. One of my favourite things about doing night shoots is that by their very nature they force meÂ to slow down. I have found that it takes at least 30min of open exposure to time to get a star-trails image that I’m happy with, any less doesn’t do it, and this is 30min of slow, outdoor, timeÂ that I wouldn’t otherwise take. Unfortunately, the night I chose had a few clouds blow in on me and I ended up cutting the session short.Â I think the images still worked out,Â and I’d like to go back again for another try.
Since the clouds were covering Castle Mountain I re-oriented and tried for some shots of the Milky Way galaxay, another favourite of mine. Unfortunately there were clouds thereÂ too.
Larch Valley is an amazing locationÂ in the Canadian Rockies. Starting from the trailhead at Moraine Lake it doesn’t take long to wind your way up through the pines on a solid trail into an alpine world of Larch meadows.
Marble Canyon is a fantastic place. It’s a very accessible slot-canyon with an easy paved path right off Highway 93 South. The path starts out at the river level and before long you’re climbing up and up while the canyon and river drops beneath you. The rocks there have a great rusty-red colour and lend some contrast to the pale-blue glacier water.
Marble Canyon is inside an old wildfire burn area which lends it a very spooky and other-worldly feel.
I went for a walk around Nosehill park tonight, it’s a fantastic urban park here in Calgary with many great trails. We even ran into some wildlife.
We (Jonathan Neufeld and Keith Szlater) were published in the April 2011 edition of Outdoor Photographer.
Check out the Solutions: Spring Safety article on pg 94, it’s got some great information on avalanches, running water, and hypothermia. It’s the second article now that we’ve had published and hopefully there will be a few more on it’s heels.
I was out at the Spray Lakes today just south of Canmore. Weather was great with sunshine and lots of blowing snow. Here are some of the best pictures
The skies today were a beautiful blue colour and I went out despite the -20C temperature.
An iconic image is one that evokes an immediate reaction, something with an immediate sense of place and emotion. For me, iconic images of Alberta always have a juxtaposition of prairies and mountains. There is something about the rolling fields in the foreground with the towering white mountains standing firm behind them that really appeals to me.
The north side of Highway 1, just west of the Springbank turnoff, is a location that I’ve noticed while aiming for destinations further west. Today however I went there with the express purpose of capturing the juxtaposition of prairies and mountains while there was a small break in the winter weather.