Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Missing Autumn

     We have just had our first blast of cold, snowy weather here in Alberta. Even when you know it's coming, it still takes awhile to get used to. Oh well, hopefully I will be able to get some winter images to share. I thought I would post an image from a few years back that shows the amazing colors and textures found in an Alberta autumn.
     By the way, I would like to thank all those that purchased prints from me last week at the Farmfair show in Edmonton. I hope you enjoy them.
    Thanks for looking!



Friday, October 24, 2014

Hidden Gem

        This past summer I backpacked with friends to a familiar area, Egypt Lake in the Alberta Rockies. We had been there around 3 or 4 years ago but the scenery is so beautiful we had to go again. I photographed these falls last time I was there but this is a different composition, which fortunately captured a little sunlight, a rare occurrence on this trip.
       These falls are located on the outlet creek of Scarab Lake and just a few feet to the left of where I was standing is a 300 ft waterfall descending into Egypt Lake. Never get tired of this hidden gem. Thanks for looking!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Incoming

       Can't believe how long it has been since I have made a post! I took this photo some time ago but recently revisited it and made some adjustments in processing.
      While driving down a gravel road I had my eye on an incoming storm. After driving for some time, I came upon an abandoned house. As the storm was approaching fast, I had no time to look for the owners of the property, so I had to shoot from the ditch. Although I would have liked to get some better shots of the house, the amazing cloud formations made a dramatic backdrop for the lone house and tree. Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrate Summer

      With fall in the air, it won't be too long and the warm weekends of campfires and barbeques will be finished. All the more reason to appreciate the opportunities of getting together with friends and enjoying a weekend of summer fun.
      We spent the past weekend camping with friends, and witnessed a beautiful fireworks display reflected in our friends fish pond. I set up my camera on a tripod, opened the shutter for 20-30 seconds and was rewarded with shots of all kinds of unique shapes of light in the sky. What really made the shots for me was the dock in the pond. While most of us sat on the hill overlooking the pond, some went down to the dock to view the show, which made for a great summer scene and added a nice element to the photo.Thanks for looking!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Lonely Sentinel

    Eastern Alberta is home to many abandoned houses and barns. Not so common are old grain elevators. Years ago these huge structures dotted the prairies and and because they were so big, pilots would use them as directional landmarks when flying airplanes. Unfortunately, these prairie giants are disappearing, many being replaced with more modern structures and even more being destroyed.
     This particular elevator is found at the small hamlet of Dorothy, near Drumheller Alberta.It is very popular with photographers and rightly so. It is rare to find one of these old sentinels still standing tall but at the same time displaying their age, having a real historical feel. Thanks for looking!




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nina Sola

     While preparing to leave the small village of Quimixto on the Bay of Banderas in Mexico, we watched the local children playing on the beach. Running around the beach, dodging the tourists, the small group of ninos were chasing a soccer ball. All except one. This little girl was content to be alone, drawing pictures in the sand. Fortunately, after a little while, one of the boys wandered over to where she was sitting and joined her in making sand art. Minutes later, I put down the camera and challenged the kids to a quick game of 'footie'.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Simple Serenity

     Stay the night in Canmore, up at 5:30 am, drive through McDonalds, $20.00 park entry fee, get off the highway before Banff and a few minutes later, this scene is there to greet us.
    Mount Rundle reflecting in Two Jack Lake is very popular with tourists and also photographers. Literally thousands of people have stood exactly where I was standing and composed almost identical images. That being said, it doesn't make the scene any less beautiful. Besides, I was the only one there taking photographs at the time. So that means I captured this image, with this light, at this particular time of day, from this angle and no one else can say that. This is a one of a kind photograph of a scene that is often photographed, that will never be repeated. That is the beauty of photography. Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Huff & Puff

      This is a photograph I took a few years ago of an abandoned house on a windy afternoon. Sometimes it's nice to go through older files and look at them with fresh eyes. Since I took this photo, I have learned a few other processing techniques and I can apply them to pictures from the archives. This way a person can get a new take on an old scene, so don't forget to check out your older stuff and make another attempt at processing. Thanks for checking out the blog and don't forget to click on the picture for a better look!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wedge Pond at Dusk

     Went for a drive a week or so back along Highway 40 in Kananaskis, Alberta. I have traveled this road numerous times to many of the trail heads that lead to great hikes in the area. But even if one is not into hiking, this area has spectacular scenery that one can enjoy from the road.
      Wedge Pond is found right beside the highway and makes for great photographs. The water can be very calm which makes for nice reflections of the mountains on the other side of the road. One mountain in particular that catches ones attention is Fortress Mountain. It is the flat topped mountain on the left which kind of does look like a fortress. A number of years ago I summited this mountain with a friend. Every time I visit Wedge Pond or drive this highway, I always think back to the day I stood at the top of the Fortress!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Book!

     Many people love art in all its various forms. They take part in art walks, tour galleries and attend local art shows and fairs. They appreciate the time, effort, skill and creativity of the artist; sometimes even to the point of expressing a desire to part with their well earned cash to take it home for themselves or buy as a gift for a friend. Unfortunately, when it comes to photographic art, there is a problem........ wall space. I can't even begin to count the times I have heard- "I love this photograph, but I don't have anymore room on my walls."
    While it is definitely a thrill to have your photograph printed large on canvas or acrylic, hanging in someones home or office, lets face it. For some, it is too expensive and for others, they have no room. One way around this problem is to print a book of some of your work. The photographer can get his work out into the hands of the public and the art lover can enjoy the images without breaking  the bank and giving up space that is taken by art that they no doubt, already appreciate.
     With this thought in mind I will soon have available for purchase my third photo book entitled " Textured Rurality". It is a collection of 49 photographs taken in rural Alberta that have interesting textures, borders and vignettes added to create unique looking images. Now, having no wall space is no excuse! ;-)  If you would like to have this 'gallery' for your coffee table, drop me an email and I would be happy to give you details on how you can purchase it. Thanks for looking!