22 November

Watermarks

In the Abraham Lake area for our fall photo workshops, Darwin and I came away with an image each of the effects of the high water from the June 2013 floods. This summer the reservoir was the highest we’ve ever seen it: the retreating water left a clear warning on the shoreline vegetation. Coincidentally, last night we also went and saw the thought-provoking film, Watermark co-directed by Edward Burtynsky. I would like to believe otherwise, but I’m afraid human memory is short, and short-term solutions tend to take priority over long-term issues. Maybe films like Watermark will help keep evidence of a possible future in our present memory.

©Samantha Chrysanthou - The forest was visited by the lake.

©Samantha Chrysanthou – The forest was visited by the lake.

©Darwin Wiggett - Watermarks on willows on the shore of Abraham Lake

©Darwin Wiggett – High water lines on willows on the shore of Abraham Lake.

21 December

Minnewanka Memories, Part II

I thought I would share my images from our Minnewanka shoot, since they are quite different from Darwin’s.  Without fresh snow, the shoreline was pretty grungy.  And we tracked up the shoreline with our big boots as you’ll see in the last image.  But I had fun making more compressed landscapes and playing with my telephoto lens on the distant fire burn (I think on Mount Astey).  The purplish hue in the last two images is from me accidentally leaving my Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer on my 70-300.  When I took the lens out of the bag, the Polarizer stuck in the cold air and I couldn’t get it off!  I kind of like the purple haze, so I left it in processing.

Shoreline of Lake Minnewanka

© Samantha Chrysanthou

Nikon D300S, Nikkor 70-300mm lens, 1/30s at f16

Lodgepole trunks at Lake Minnewanka

© Samantha Chrysanthou

Nikon D300S, Nikkor 70-300mm lens, 1/15s at f16

Lone pine in fire burn at Lake Minnewanaka, Banff National Park

© Samantha Chrysanthou

Nikon D300S, Nikkor 70-300mm lens, 1/2s at f8

Fire burn, Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

© Samantha Chrysanthou

Nikon D300S, Nikkor 70-300mm lens, 1/2s at f8

Rocky shoreline of Lake Minnewanka

© Samantha Chrysanthou

Nikon D300S, Nikkor 17-55mm lens, three image vertical stitch

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