1 January

Happy New Year from oopoomoo!

Footprints in the snow

©Samantha Chrysanthou – Stride into your creative future!

Hey everyone! We wish you all the best for 2014. Stride boldly into your future!

18 December

On Dave’s Pond – Images from a Prairie Slough

During my three week stint as a temporary kennel operatorI managed to get out to photograph a couple of sunsets on Dave’s Pond which is a little prairie pothole pond on the Gone Wild Kennels property. The great thing about the Cochrane, Alberta area is that we get fantastic sunrises and sunsets especially in the winter when a chinook arrives. Anytime I see an arch of chinook clouds I head out for sunset in hopes of a colourful light show. Literally it’s as easy as  ‘f8 and be there’. I am not joking. I use my 24mm tilt-shift lens, tilted to match the plane of the prairie, and then set my aperture to f8 (for the best resolution) and start pressing the shutter button. I also always have a polarizer on my lens (to reduce reflected glare) and in all the cases below I also used a grad filter to hold back brightness in the sky. In two of the images I used  a combination of a grad filter and HDR together to make sure I got a photo with detail from the darkest shadow to the brightest highlights. For the square and the vertical panorama image I used shift on the tilt-shift lens to make a multiple image stitch. To learn more about these photo techniques, simply click on these links: filters, Tilt-Shift lenses and HDR.

©Darwin Wiggett

©Darwin Wiggett

Pond in winter on praire near Cochrane, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett

Pond in winter on praire near Cochrane, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett

Pond in winter on praire near Cochrane, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett

Pond in winter on praire near Cochrane, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett

Pond in winter on praire near Cochrane, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett

Pond in winter on praire near Cochrane, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett

Pond in winter on praire near Cochrane, Alberta

©Darwin Wiggett

14 December

Fire and Ice in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour Results – Dan Wheeler

Dan Wheeler has been on almost more tours out of Aurum Lodge than I have been! Dan has graduated to co-leading tours with Royce Howland. Dan also teaches photography and  printing and is currently setting up a new website that will highlight these offerings. We can’t wait to see it when it’s ready for its debut! For now, enjoy Dan’s images from his ‘blue’ period during the photo tour 😉

©Dan Wheeler – Three Waters

©Dan Wheeler – B+W Mountain 2

©Dan Wheeler – B+W Mountain 3

©Dan Wheeler – Ridgeline

©Dan Wheeler – Split

©Dan Wheeler – Twist of Life

 

12 December

Fire and Ice in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour Results – Lynne Anzelc

Lynne Anzelc was super enthusiastic about being in the Rockies. Lynne told me in an email: “Such a spectacular place, I was in awe the entire time!  I think I did more looking than photographing, but hopefully will return and try again.” As you can see from Lynne’s photos below, when she stopped gawking, she made great images! Personally I think the more photographers actually ‘looked’ first, the better the image would be once the shutter is pressed! Thanks for that reminder Lynne!

©Lynne Anzelc – Athabasca Falls, Jasper NP

©Lynne Anzelc – Bighorn Sheep, Jasper NP

©Lynne Anzelc – Horseshoe Lake, Jasper NP

©Lynne Anzelc – Icy Stumps, Hoodoo Creek Bay, Abraham Lake

©Lynne Anzelc – Mistaya River above the Mistaya Canyon, Banff NP

©Lynne Anzelc – The North Saskatchewan River at Whirlpool Point, Kootenay Plains

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

3 December

The Compressed Landscape

In the last year or so, I’ve found myself making the occasional odd photograph.  What I mean by odd is that they seem to have the air sucked out of them; they are pressed landscapes, flattened like a pretty flower in a heavy book.  It’s an optical illusion created in part by compositional design and focal length, of course.  But I like it because I can use my creative photographic toolkit to portray reality in an unusual way.  Gets one thinking!

rocky outcrop at Whirlpool Point, Bighorn Wildland, Alberta, Canada

© Samantha Chrysanthou - Folded Landscape

 

Lodgepole trees and the Sawback Range

© Samantha Chrysanthou - Peek-a-boo Sawback Range, Banff National Park

 

snowy shore and lone aspen tree by a blue lake, Abraham Lake, Bighorn Wildland, Alberta, Canada

© Samantha Chrysanthou - Life at the Edge

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