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!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer Sunrise

      Here is a textured image of a sunrise shining through a window of an old shed in Morrin, Alberta. As I walked around the shed looking for different compositions I noticed the front door lined up with the side window. This allowed the rising sun to shoot through. Later in post I added some textures to to create a little more interest in the photo. Thanks for checking out the blog!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Playin Around

       Well, recently I bit the bullet and joined the cloud, I subscribed to Photoshop CC. I use Lightroom to process my images and find that it is all I need for the vast majority of my editing. But there are some instances where I have wanted more options. Exposure blending was my main reason for purchasing Photoshop. Many times in landscape photography it is difficult to correctly expose an image with one shot. The camera tries to find a middle ground and the result may mean an overexposed sky or underexposed foreground. Bracketing your exposures and running them through an HDR program can help, but sometimes the results are not realistic. But with Photoshop, I can take a correctly exposed sky and blend it with a correctly exposed foreground and have a realistic result. I also wanted the ability to focus stack and blend these images together in Photoshop to have a photograph with great depth of field and sharpness. These techniques are not possible in Lightroom. Well........I have gotten sidetracked.
      I plan on using these techniques in my landscape photographs in the near future but in my quest in attempting to understand how to use these techniques, I have come across some neat tutorials. And the results are really cool in my opinion! Below, are two images I created just playing around with my own photographs in Photoshop. I took a photo of the grill of a semi truck, removed the sky and replaced it with a different sky containing lightning. I did the same with the picture of the abandoned house. I then added some filters in Photoshop to simulate rain. I really like the moody, graphic, illustrative look of the images. Kind of interesting how I wanted to use Photoshop to help make some of my photographs more realistic and I ended up creating pictures that are far from real. Thats what happens when your just playin around.