Archive for Banff National Park

The Weekly Photo – December 19, 2011

Posted in TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett

Click on the photo to learn the back story of this photo (and my meet-up with famous photographers!) plus see a few more photos from the shoot.

Fire and Ice Results – Dan Wheeler

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Dan Wheeler’s favorite six photos from the Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

©Dan Wheeler

Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Fikret Onal

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Fikret Onal’s six favorite images from the Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

©Fikret Onal

Fabulous Film Fridays – November 25, 2011

Posted in Fabulous Film Fridays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2011 by Darwin

Alberta recently passed a distracted driving law where you not supposed to text, put on make-up, or sketch while driving. I looked carefully at the regulations and there was nothing there about using a Holga while driving (but electronic cameras are banned – yeah for film!). So last time I went into Banff National Park I pulled out the Holga at nearly 100 KMPH (check the speedometre in the photo) and snapped this shot of Cascade Mountain from the Trans Canada Highway (as you can see the road was empty so who was I distracting anyway?). Safety first though; I was wearing my hard hat and steel-toed boots while doing this dangerous exercise (and I did put my coffee down before snapping the shot)! 😉

©Darwin Wiggett - Holga GN120, Fuji NPH400 film

Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Dan Marston

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Dan Marston’s six favorite photos from the Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

©Dan Marston

Athabasca Falls Jasper National Park

©Dan Marston

Jasper Nov 2011

©Dan Marston

©Dan Marston

Panther Falls

Banff National Park

©Dan Marston

©Dan Marston

Fire and Ice Tour Results – Mike Blanchette

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Mike Blanchette’s six favorite images from the Fire and Ice Tour.

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Athabasca River Bend: Jasper National Park, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Fallen Tree in Talbot Lake: Jasper National Park, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Bend in the North Saskatchewan River

Banff National Park

Photo by Mike Blanchette

Sun Hitting the Peaks: Abraham Lake, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

 Aspen Trees in Snow: Kootenay Plains, Alberta

Photo by Mike Blanchette

Cracks in the Ice: Abraham Lake, Alberta

Fire and Ice Results – Alan Ernst

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Alan’s six favorites from the Fire and Ice photo tour. We had ‘interesting’ weather that forced participants to dig deep to come up with creative images. As you can see from Alan’s images below, there is always something to shoot no matter what kind of light and weather nature throws at you.

©Alan Ernst

Cline River Canyon
Lumix GH2, Zuiko 11-22mm lens at 22mm (44mm equiv.), ISO 160, f8 at 1/60s, + 1.33 EV

©Alan Ernst

Fairyland Gate

Lumix GH1, Lumix 100-300mm lens at 200mm (400mm equiv.), ISO 100, f16, 1/10s, +0.7 EV

©Alan Ernst

Morning Sun on Vision Quest
Lumix GH1, Lumx 100-300mm lens at 170mm (340mm equiv.), ISO 100, f9, 1/40s, +0.7 EV

©Alan Ernst

Panther Claws
Lumix GH2, Zuiko 11-22mm lens at 21mm (42mm equiv.), ISO 160, f16, 0.6s, +1 EV, solid ND filter

©Alan Ernst

Sunwapta Falls
Lumix GH2, Zuiko 12-60mm lens at 21mm (42mm equiv.), ISO 160, f16, 1/5s, + 0.66 EV

©Alan Ernst

The Drain at Whirlpool Point

Lumix GH2, Zuiko 11-22mm lens at 11mm (22mm equiv.), ISO 160, f14, 0.8s, +0.66 EV

Canadian Rockies Fall Photo Tour Results – Catherine Byram (AKA The Border Collie).

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by Darwin

When Catherine, Darwin’s assistant, wasn’t running around trying to herd all the participants to a designated spot,  or wasn’t busy collecting lunch garbage, headed for the recycle bin at Aurum Lodge, she did manage to take a few photos. Below are the six favorite pictures from Catherine Byram on the Fall 2011 Photo Tour.

Photo by Catherine Byram

 Abraham Lake

Near Nordegg Alberta

Photo by Catherine Byram

 Misty Morning at Waterfowl Lake

Photo by Catherine Byram

Forest fire area near Abraham Lake

©Catherine Byram

Garden Path at Nordegg Mine Site

Photo by Catherine Byram

  Exposed tree roots on a well used path at Waterfowl Lake.

Photo by Catherine Byram

Sunset at Reflecting Ponds

Beyond the Trophy

Posted in Art of Photography, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2011 by Darwin

Samantha and I just got back from the SNAP! Photography Seminars ‘Weekend Workshop’ with John Marriott which, based on the feedback forms was a great success. We had a wonderful group of talented photographers ranging from absolute beginners to semi-pro shooters. Because our location was based in the heart of Banff National Park near Lake Louise it was hard for photographers not to wish for ‘good light’ for the sunrise and sunset shoots. Good light to most of us means richly-coloured skies and warm light skimming across the peaks. Well, the weather did not co-operate with these expectations and we were mostly met with overcast skies.

The problem with expectations is that they blind you to other opportunities which can lead to thrilling images. On the last day of the workshop we all went to Lake Louise at sunrise. Of course, there was no sunrise but instead it was cloudy, then fog rolled in, and then it started to snow. There was some grumbling about the ‘crappy’ light but where some people saw a curse of bad luck, others found inspiration. There really is no such thing as bad light (just bad attitudes ;-)). Below are two images made from the ‘crappy light’ that morning at Lake Louise that show that photographers with an open mind can create amazing images no matter what the conditions.

These two photos were the images that John, Sam and I felt were the most compelling of the weekend (all made in the ‘worst’ light by the way). To us these were refreshing and novel images of Lake Louise. How many more pink alpen-glow images need to be made from here anyway? To see more work by each photographer simply click on their photos. Watch in the future for new workshop offerings from Samantha and myself and new offerings from John Marriott.

©Wojtek Zlobicki

©Rosana Ramos

Canadian Rockies Fall Photo Tour Results – Fran Maletsky

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2011 by Darwin

Below are the six favorite pictures from Fran Maletsky on the Fall 2011 Photo Tour

Photo by Fran Maletsky

 Sunrise at White Goat Lakes, Kootenay Plains  

Nikon D300; 16-85mm lens; 1.0 sec @ f/11; ISO 200

Photo by Fran Maletsky

  Allstones Creek, Kootenay Plains  

 Nikon D300; 105 mm lens; 1/80 sec @ f/6.3; ISO 400

Photo by Fran Maletsky

   Sunrise at Upper Waterfowl Lake, Banff NP  

 Nikon D300; 16-85 mm lens; 1/10 sec @ f/11; ISO 200

Photo by Fran Maletsky

  Sunrise at Hoodoo Creek Bay, Abraham Lake 

 Nikon D300; 16-85 mm lens; 5.0 secs @ f/11; ISO 200

Photo by Fran Maletsky

  Yoho National Park  

Nikon D300; 16-85 mm lens; 1/8 sec @ f/5.6; ISO 200

Photo by Fran Maletsky

 Preacher’s Point  

 Nikon D300; 16-85 mm lens; 1/250 sec @ f/8; ISO 200