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Our extended family, including two Japanese exchange students and a friends son (so seven of us), took a trip this afternoon to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and the badlands of the Red Deer River valley downstream of Drumheller. Having grown up in the badlands they hold a special place in my heart and I absolutely love every chance I get to re-visit the area! These were all made at the world famous hoodoos between Drumheller and East Coulee.
[ Olympus E-M5II, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-150mm II ]
White Pyramid reflecting in Waterfowl Lake, Banff National Park, AB
[ Sigma DP3 Merrill ]
Snow gathers on stone ledges along the Red Deer River southwest of Sundre. There are many tiny pull-offs along the roads in the foothills of Alberta and many times I enjoy stopping to wander around and have a look. This was one of those pull-offs, that my friend Gary and I spent half an hour wandering along the rivers edge watching an American Dipper fly back and forth and listening to the water gurgling along the edge of the ice on the river where it had remained unfrozen.
[ Leica M3, Zeiss ZM 50mm Planar, Fuji Superia 400 ]
While co-leading a photo excursion in Banff and Yoho National Parks, our group made a stop at the Natural Bridge just a few kilometres from Field B.C. We spent a fair bit of time wandering below the falls photographing the many variations of the fast moving water as it tumbles over rocks on it’s way to the Pacific Ocean.
[Olympus E-M5, M.Zuiko 40-150mm]
Situated along the Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland you can view a spectacular falls – Multnomah Falls. It is the highest waterfall in Oregon at 189m (620′). I made this image from the footbridge built in 1914 that crosses over the creek above the lower falls. There were so many tourists it was almost impossible to get the shot. I would love to visit again in fall when the tour buses would be mostly gone and the colours along the gorge would be stunning!
Sunrise in the Alberta Rockies is early when you travel there near the summer solstice. Having been up making images with stars until 12:30am with a group of photography students in Banff National Park, and then needing to be on the road at 3:45am in order to catch the sunrise at Moraine Lake, I was pretty tired for the rest of the day. It was a 45 minute drive up past Lake Louise and then a 10-15 minute hike up to the lookout. Surprisingly there was our group and another couple, so it was a very quite morning. I can’t believe there weren’t throngs of people to view this almost unbelievably beautiful place. One of the women from our group commented to me as the sun was just starting to graze the top of the mountain peaks, “Now this is God’s country!” I couldn’t agree more!!
I made the image using my Sigma DP2 Merrill camera to do a multiple image stitch. This involved being sure to level the camera properly and setting the exposure for the brightest part of any one image and locking it in using “manual” mode and manual focus. I also use the self timer on my camera to avoid any vibration from me pressing the shutter button. Once all is set, I Start at one end of my image and overlapping each subsequent image by about 30% (doesn’t have to be exact) I continue shooting until I reach the other end of where I want the image to end. This image required 5 images, all shot as verticals. I got to try out my new Sunwayfoto ballhead (XB-44 w/ DDH-02) The little DDH-02 allows me to level the head and then swing my panorama above the ball of the head which is so much faster and easier than adjusting three tripod legs independently to get things leveled up! Just for fun I rezzed this image up to a 120″ print in Photoshop CS – it could go bigger still!! These Merrill camera having amazing resolution and stitching five images together creates the ability to print incredibly detailed images at very large size.
[Sigma DP2 Merrill]
While we were relaxing for the weekend at Camp Teepee Pole along the James River, I spent some time leisurely strolling along the shoreline. Looking for stones has been in my blood for many years as my parents were real rockhounds when I was growing up and our family would go out looking for dinosaur bones along the Red Deer River valley or Handhills Agates near and around the Handhills east of Drumheller. The best time for agates was in spring before the farmers had planted their fields and after a good wind which would clean all the stones on the surface of dirt making it easier to find. Dinosaur bones are constantly being exposed through erosion. So, after a good rainstorm, and once the ground had properly dried out, newly exposed fossils would be exposed and waiting for eager eyes to locate. I even had my own small satchel with my initial on it to put my treasures in. In fact, I still have that small satchel and many of the fossils and agates I had collected. Finding interesting stones is a genuine pleasure for me as is searching out beautiful textures such as these.