Yup, that’s the colour of the big blue sky here in Alberta. Did anyone else see this today!! Man it’s been a long time. This is a completely unadulterated image straight out of the camera. No nothing, no curves(OK, a tiny smidge as my camera exposes slightly over), no cloning of clouds, no nothing. Fine art prints are avaiable in an unlimited edition. 🙂 I think everyone should have some blue sky. Pick whatever size print will make those dreary overcast days disappear!
One of my favourite places to go when I just want to get away from the city, is just about 25km east and south a bit from Red Deer along a dead-end road. It’s pretty quite and I’ve only run across some workers checking on a gas plant twice in about 10 years. It’s a place I can go and just sit and enjoy a beautiful view or do some photography that is usually more of the kind that is just for me. I get to take my time interpreting my thoughts and feelings however I please, with no one else around and in my own time. Somedays I get nothing at all and others I come away with a few nice images. To me it doesn’t really matter if I get anything good when I’m out there as it is just my time to relax my mind and be still.
This image benefits from a late day sun warming the trees from the west while a clear blue sky illuminates the trees from the east with a gorgeous blue tone making for a very nice colour contrast.
A beautiful calm evening with a finale chorus from some of coyotes after the dark had settled in.
[Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS]
A couple of abstract images from Dinosaur Provincial Park. One with warm tones…
and one with cool tones…
[Canon 5DmkII, Canon 24mm TS-E II]
A two image stitch showing the Old Court House in downtown Red Deer at night. Another of the excursion courses that I was helping teach with Dwight Arthur, this time on night photography. An exposure of 5 seconds was necessary to capture the light. In order to get the deep blue sky you should squint your eyes and when the brightness level on the building looks about the same as that of the sky it’s time to shoot. I was a bit late on this one as the sky is a bit dark, but it almost always makes this kind of photograph look better than when the sky is black.
[Canon 5DmkII, Canon EF50mm f1.4]
I made this image while teaching an excursion course with about 8-10 students along with Dwight Arthur in Red Deer. We talk for about an hour or so about a photographic technique or method and then head out for a few hours of fun photographing. This night we were doing a B&W course.
I found a few images from last fall that I haven’t posted. This image is from just south of Caroline, Alberta.
Same day as last post. The last tiny bit of colour in the sky reflects off the waves. Evening starts.
[Canon 5DmkII, Zeiss 50mm Makro]
I had great fun playing with a technique I haven’t tried before on this subject. I used as long an exposure as I could get in the conditions. I used the smallest aperture on my lens (f/22) which gave me a shutter speed of 0.4 seconds with an ISO of 100. I then panned the camera with the movement of the waves which created a nice feel to the water.
[Canon 5Dmkii, Zeiss 50mm Makro]