. A misty morning in the rain at Morant's Curve turned out to be a great opportunity to try out some daytime long exposure on my @nikoncanada Z6. Almost exactly 5 years to the day since I last took a long exposure image at this location of the Silver Bullet Express. F14 | 60s | ISO 100 @nikoncanada Z6 with 24-70mm F4 Z 6 stop ND #nikon_canada
. Some clear, Emerald waters of a small pond made for some nice mountain reflections on the Icefields Parkway earlier this week in Banff National Park. This particular morning was filled with all kinds of weather, driving rain, sleet, and even a little snow at times. Mist and fog evaporated from the valley bottoms, and eventually when everything settled down, this reflection scene revealed itself. I hope you enjoy it, happy Friday everyone!
. Autumn has arrived in Alberta. After four rainy, overcast days in the mountains, the sun finally came out and made the classic Abraham Lake blue pop yesterday. Yellow and orange foliage are currently on full display in this region. Such a beautiful time of year! Shot on the @nikoncanada Z6 with 24-70mm F4 Z series lens. F8 | 1/320s | ISO 100
. Early season snow at Peyto Lake from around this time last year. These are the types of conditions we will be looking to photograph during our upcoming Jasper Transitions workshop retreat next month. Just a couple of spots remaining. Click on Get Tickets in my bio, or message me for more details and information.
. Autumn is definitely in the air, especially locally, quite brisk out there this morning. Here is a colourful image I captured last fall season during the peak colour phase in Muskoka, Ontario. Shot on the @nikoncanada D850 with Nikkor 200-500mm lens. #nikon_canada f6.3 | 1/500s | ISO 200
. A splash of Autumn colour at Ram River Falls on the front ranges of the Alberta Rockies from a previous season. While I was in the rockies earlier this week, I noticed quite a bit of colour change already in the foliage. I'm estimating we will likely experience peak colours in mid-September this year, slightly ahead of schedule, which will hopefully coincide with my next multi-day visit to the mountains. I absolutely love Autumn. My favourite time of year for photography, hands down. Besides the obvious (beautiful colours in the landscape ), the days are nicely balanced between light and darkness, the tourist traffic has lightened, and the wild temperature swings can create incredible atmospheric conditions
. Some nice glow on Mount Chephren in Banff National Park this morning. After an all nighter capturing Milky Way and Northern Lights along the Icefields Parkway, this sunrise capped off an incredible 24 hour quick trip through the rockies. Check out my stories for behind the scenes of this shot, and to see the uncropped version. Shot on the @nikoncanada D750 with 20mm prime lens. #nikon_canada 5 shots focus stacked for front to back sharpness. Circular Polarizer & 3 stop soft grad. Shooting on location with @shane_turgeon
. Last night as we chased the northern lights, we moo-ved from location to location, took stock of our surroundings, and at one point I herd some movement behind me. Turns out it was only some cows, so I wont milk this one for more than its worth, or else I'll be put out to pasture. A bit unnerving at first hearing large animals snorting and grunting 5 feet behind me in the pitch darkness, haha. Have any of you had any animal encounters at night that startled you? Would love to hear your stories in the comments below. A fun night out North of Edmonton with @wherezjeff , @shane_turgeon & @timber_48
. Some pink puff clouds at sunrise while teaching a private photography lesson earlier this season at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. Not a bad looking classroom if you ask me. Shot on the @nikoncanada D750 with 20mm prime 1.8 lens. F11 | 20s | ISO 100 6 stop ND
. A little Northern Lights time-lapse I have been working on from some footage I've captured over the last year or two. Mostly shot in Alberta, around Edmonton, but some from the Northwest Territories as well. Hopefully we see some nice shows this Autumn/Winter, despite being mired in Solar Minimum. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend everyone!
. Sunrise at beautiful Ram River Falls. While I was out exploring central Alberta this past weekend, I noticed some trees are already starting to turn to fall colours, as splashes of yellow dotted the landscape. Wont be long now until we're into full blown Autumn, my favourite season of the year.
. A 5 minute exposure on a beautiful summer evening in William A Switzer Provincial Park, Alberta. @nikoncanada D750 with 20mm prime f13 | 300s | ISO 100 15 stop ND
. Fireweed and fire peaks. The summer wildflowers are out in full force in Kananaskis Country currently. I chose a patch of Fireweed for foreground interest here, to match the sunset glow on the Opal Range, as it reflects at one of my favourite spots. Have you visited Kananaskis Country before?
. I just returned from an amazing few days in Kananaskis Country, at the beautiful @mountengadine lodge, where I met and swapped stories with some wonderful people from all over the world. I was blessed with a plethora of incredible photography opportunities, from stunning wildlife sightings, to immaculate reflections, and gorgeous light. Looking forward to sharing some fresh images. I took this photo yesterday morning from highway 40 West of Longview, always a beautiful drive. Shot on the @nikoncanada D750, with the Nikkor 200-500mm lens.
. Some fiery alpenglow on Mount Rundle during sunrise in Banff National Park last month. Looking very forward to getting away for some quiet time in the mountains, and shooting the night skies this week. Shot on the @nikoncanada D750 with 20mm prime lens. #nikon_canada f13 | 60s | ISO 50
. A fun little reflection shot from Jasper National Park. This is a single 5 minute exposure using a 10 stop neutral density filter. Join myself and @deviantoptiks here for our Jasper Transitions photo tour this coming October 24-27. Just a few spots left! Link in bio.
. As most of the North American continent is in the grips of a heatwave currently (or heading into one ), a nice, refreshingly cool, icy dip in the Sheep River doesn't sound so bad right now, does it? Shot on the @nikoncanada D750. f8 | 1/10s | ISO 100 Circular Polarizer.
. Last night's stormy sunset in Wetaskiwin. I had to maneuver about 25km around this storm to get into position for this shot. I used the rain core which was being unleashed over Wetaskiwin as a light diffuser for the beautiful sunset light, and then managed to catch a lightning strike as well. Such a great evening out in the country south of Edmonton.
. A typical summer scene on the prairies as a storm passes over a farm in the Calmar, Alberta area yesterday. Not much bite to this storm as it never quite made it to severe warned status, however it drop pea sized hail between here and Beaumont, and I did measure some wind gusts upwards of 70 km/h. Thanks for looking!
. More lightning today, this time from over a farm near Waldeck, Saskatchewan, as we watched this storm start to die off in the evening hours, which at one point was tornado warned. Shooting on location with @shane_turgeon
. A supercell over a blooming canola field in Southern Alberta at sunset from a previous season. Great to see the canola blooming all over the province while I was out tracking some storm systems yesterday. Such a great time of the year! Shot on the @nikoncanada D750 with 20mm prime lens. f8 | ISO 100 | 1/125s
. An early Summer reflection scene at Emerald Lake, British Columbia, with a possible circumhorizontal arc (not to be confused with iridescent clouds ) and a cheeky little lenticular cloud on the far left. Taken recently during a private workshop with @ayegtraveller Check out Monique's awesome work, she has really come a long way!
. A 1000 frame timelapse I stitched together from a tornado warned storm over Hazlet, Saskatchewan, West of Swift Current a few days ago. This system never did produce a tornado, but I do love a good shelf cloud. Enjoy! Such a great couple of days exploring that corner of the province with @shane_turgeon
. A sunset in Kananaskis Country, AB, from around a month ago while staying at the beautiful @mountengadine lodge. One of my favourite areas in the entire province.
. Roughly about a year ago, I saw these beautifully formed Undulus Asperatus clouds appear just after sunset, about 50km South of Regina, Saskatchewan. These type of clouds usually form after a day of severe weather in the area, but are generally harmless themselves. Really wonderful to see, these ones slowly danced across the sky like waves in an ocean. I ended up observing and photographing them for about an hour into the darkness of blue hour. Looking very forward to getting back to Saskatchewan and Manitoba soon, as Summer storm season starts to ramp up. What are some of the coolest clouds that you have seen?
. The final rays of sun setting after a long, but thrilling day of showing @scoobuhhsteve around Jasper National Park recently. It's always a wonderful feeling to see the passion and awe of someone from out of country visiting this area for the first time. Have a great weekend everyone! If you're looking to visit the Canadian Rockies and want someone to show you around to all of the best spots, feel free to send me an e-mail. I'm fully licensed and insured for photography operations in all of the National Parks of the Canadian rockies. Cheers!
. Not much structure from this storm the other night in Wetaskiwin, but it sure pumped out a lot of bolts. My first decent lightning show of the season 2 nights ago. f16 | 1s | ISO 50 @nikoncanada D750 with 20mm prime lens