Archive for Fire and Ice Photo Tour

Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Earl Merrimen

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

Below are Earl’s favorite six photos from his time on the Fire and Ice Photo Tour. Earl decided to ‘stretch’ himself and shoot most of the time in black-n-white.

©Earl Merrimen

©Earl Merrimen

©Earl Merrimen

©Earl Merrimen

©Earl Merrimen

©Earl Merrimen

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Fire and Ice Photo Tour Results – Roger Raepple

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Roger Raepple’s favorites form the Fire and Ice Tour:

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

©Roger Raepple

 

The Weekly Photo – Nov 21, 2011

Posted in TCBlog, Weekly Photo, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by Darwin

I just got back from the final Fire and Ice Photo Tour this year. We were ‘blessed’ with cold temps (-25 degrees over night) and therefore some nice ice and even a little bit of fire (sunrises and sunsets). The gang of shooters were a blast and everyone was open to the amazing possibilities nature tossed our way.

Part of each tour is a safety meeting about ice conditions. You can see here what happens when someone does not listen to the safety spiel! The good news is with my super long exposure of the scene (5 minutes using a Lee Big Stopper ND filter), the waves and bubbles of the struggling participant did not even register in the image. So let this be a lesson, always listen to your instructor….

This one is dedicated to Joe (thanks for leaving the camera gear on shore) 😉

©Darwin Wiggett

The colour version – Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Canon 24 TSE, 5 minutes at f11, Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer, Singh-Ray 3-stop soft-edge grad, Lee 10-stop Big Stopper ND filter.

©Darwin Wiggett

The B+W version (conversion done in Nik Silver Efex Pro) – which version do you prefer?

The Weekly Photo – November 14, 2011

Posted in Art of Photography, Image Processing and Software, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2011 by Darwin
Where's the Fire?

©Darwin Wiggett

Here’s the Ice, Where’s the Fire?

This photo was taken on the last morning of the Fire and Ice Photo Tour in the Canadian Rockies which ended yesterday. Unlike most November tours, this tour we were given cloudy and snowy conditions. But even with the lack of ‘fire’ (sunrises and sunsets), the group of intrepid photographers made some great images.

One of the tricks I use in ‘bad light’ (e.g. overcast, grey days) is to set my digital camera to ‘monochrome’ so that the LCD of my camera shows B+W photos. I find it helps to strip away the colour to see compositions in B+W. Often there will be great images out there that speak to be taken even in the ‘crappy’ light. The image is a case in point. In colour it had no life but when I saw how it looked on the LCD in monochrome, I decided the photo was worth taking. If you shoot in RAW format the camera will display a B+W image on your LCD but record a full colour image in-camera which you can use to make B+W conversion later in post processing. I use Silver Efex Pro 2 as my default B+W conversion program (for a 15% discount on the software just enter darwin as the discount code on checkout). Stay tuned for great shots from participants in the following weeks most of whom used the monochrome setting on their cameras to mine wonderful B+W images in the moody light

For anyone wanting to see the new ice in the Rockies and hopefully to get a bit of fire to boot, there is one spot left starting this Wednesday (November 16) until Sunday (November 20). Contact Alan at the Aurum Lodge (info@aurumlodge.com) to for more information.

Weekly Photo – December 10

Posted in Filter, Inspirations, Photography Gear, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2010 by Darwin

Over the last two weeks I have posted results from participants in the November Fire and Ice Photo Tour. I have also posted three of my own photos from the tour on November 19, November 26 and December 3. Theses three previous posts along with the six images below are my favorite keepers from the tour. If anyone is interested in signing up for the 2011 or 2012 Fire and Ice Tour click here.

©Darwin Wiggett

Abraham Lake at Preacher’s Point, Kootenay Plains, Alberta

Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, TS-E 17mm 1 second at f11, ISO 100

©Darwin Wiggett

Athabasca River at Old Fort Point, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, TS-E 24mm 1 second at f8, ISO 100, Singh-Ray 2-stop soft-stop grad filter

©Darwin Wiggett

Athabasca River and Gargoyle Mountain, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, TS-E 24mm, 20 seconds at f16, ISO 100, Singh-Ray 2-stop soft-stop grad filter and Lee 4-stop solid ND filter

©Darwin Wiggett

Snowbird Glacier, Mount Patterson, Banff National Park, Alberta

Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Sigma 120-400mm lens, 1/50th at f8, ISO 100

©Darwin Wiggett

Beauty Creek, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, Sigma 24-70mm f2.8, 1/5th at f8

©Darwin Wiggett

Mount Chephren, Banff National Park, Alberta

Canon EOS-1ds Mark III, TS-E 17mm 1/80th second at f5.6, ISO 100, two image stitch using shift

Fire and Ice Photo Tour 2010 – Dawn Traverse

Posted in Inspirations, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2010 by Darwin

The photos below are images Dawn Traverse created while on the 2010 Fire and Ice Photo Tour.

©Dawn Traverse

Beauty Creek, Jasper National Park, Alberta

©Dawn Traverse

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta

©Dawn Traverse

Coleman Creek, Banff National Park, Alberta

©Dawn Traverse

Tree Trunk along Mistaya Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta

©Dawn Traverse

Preachers Point, Kootenay Plains Alberta, Canada

©Dawn Traverse

Preachers Point, Kootenay Plains Alberta, Canada

Fire and Ice Photo Tour 2010 – John Knight

Posted in Inspirations, Techniques, Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by Darwin

Below are John Knight’s images from the 2010 Fire and Ice tour. Be sure to drop by John’s website for lots more inspiration!

©John Knight

Chephren’s Mirror-Mount Chephren and Waterfowl Lake, Banff NP, Alberta

Canon EOS 5D Mark2, Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II

Exposure:  1/5 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100

Filters:  Circular polarizer (Singh-Ray) + 2-stop grad (Singh-Ray)

Tripod & Head:  Gitzo 3540 XLS with RRS BH-55 ballhead & cable release

Description:  Sunrise at Waterfowl Lake along the Icefield Parkway was our first stop on the 2010 ‘Fire and Ice Tour’.  This image was one of my first using a tilt-shift lens.  For this shot, I looked for something ‘simple’, i.e., just the mountain and its reflection.  With my camera in Av mode, I used the camera’s ‘live view’ and the lens’ ‘tilt’ capability (i.e., with a ‘tilt’ of only a couple of ticks with the tripod at eye level) on the lens to make sure that everything was in focus from a third of the way into the image to the mountain top.  Before taking the shot, I adjusted the polarizing filter and inserted a 2-stop grad filter.

 

©John Knight

Fire on Ice, Preacher’s Point, Abraham Lake, Alberta

Canon EOS 5D Mark2, Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II

Exposure:  1/5 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 100

Filters:  Circular polarizer (Singh-Ray) + 2-stop grad (Singh-Ray)

Tripod & Head:  Gitzo 3540 XLS with RRS BH-55 ballhead & cable release

Description:  For this shot, I was poised precariously near the shoreline on the thin newly formed ice of Abraham Lake.  I made sure that I stayed close to the shoreline where the water was shallow.  The main challenge, however, was to stay in one place while lying on the polished ice.  Each time that I moved, gravity tried to pull me down slope towards deeper water.  Walking crampons would have been great, but they were in the car.  A polarizing and a 2-stop grad filter were used with a low ISO to slow the shutter speed so that I could capture some of the time-lapsed colour changes in the clouds.  I took some shots with a 5-stop ND filter (Singh-Ray) to further slow the shutter speed (next image), but the colour caste from this filter (magenta) created a very different look to the sunrise.  I preferred the shot here without the 5-stop ND filter.

 

©John Knight

Icy Stepping-stones, Mistaya River Canyon, Banff NP, Alberta

Canon EOS 5D Mark2, Canon EF24-105 f/4.0L IS USM @ 97mm focal length

Exposure:  0.3 sec @ f/16.0, ISO 100

Filters:  Circular polarizer (Rodenstock) + 2-stop grad (Singh-Ray) + 5-stop neutral density filter (Lee)

Tripod & Head:  Gitzo 3540 XLS with RRS BH-55 ballhead & cable release

Description:  This image was selected from within a larger image.  I wanted to capture the detail of the crystalline and amorphous ice types framed by the moving water.  The smaller ice-covered rocks look like stepping stones, drawing your focus into the image and towards the large boulder in the background.

 

 

©John Knight

Autumn’s Tranquil Transition, Whirlpool Point, Kootenay Plains, Alberta

Canon EOS 5D Mark2, Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II

Exposure:  1/4 sec @ f/16.0, ISO 100

Filters:  Circular polarizer (Singh-Ray) + 2-stop grad (Singh-Ray)

Tripod & Head:  Gitzo 3540 XLS with RRS BH-55 ballhead & cable release

Description:  Near the end of our tour and just before sunset, we stopped at Whirlpool Point along the David Thompson Highway.  I scrambled down to a small protected lake that had frozen recently.  The gathering storm clouds framed the highlighted mountains in the middle ground. The bluish-grey light from the setting sun helped to create a moody feeling.  The protected tranquility of this scene was an illusion of reality.  Only a short distance away, frigid and dust-laden winds howled down the North Saskatchewan River valley, a stark reminder that winter was just around the corner.

 

 

©John Knight

 

Frozen Orbs, Preacher’s Point, Abraham Lake, Alberta

Canon EOS 5D Mark2, Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II

Exposure:  30 sec @ f/13.0, ISO 100

Filters:  Circular polarizer (Singh-Ray) + 2-stop grad (Singh-Ray) + 5-stop neutral density (Singh-Ray)

Tripod & Head:  Gitzo 3540 XLS with RRS BH-55 ballhead & cable release

Description:  This shot was taken with a 5-stop ND filter (Singh-Ray).  The magenta colour caste created by this filter was then adjusted in Photoshop by using the ‘white point eye-dropper’ tool to sample different parts of the image until a pleasing result was found.  The orbs in the foreground were formed from bubbles of methane gas that seeped from the lake bottom and were trapped in the ice as the lake froze.

©John Knight

Bighorn Audio-visual, Bighorn Sheep, Jasper NP, Alberta

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF500mm f/4.0L IS USM

Exposure:  1/250 sec @ f/4.5, ISO 800

Filters:  none

Support:  bean-bag

Description:  Even during a tour focused primarily on landscape photography, it is important to keep a camera and longer lens handy for surprise encounters with wildlife. While returning to Jasper from Moberly Flats we found a herd of Big Horn sheep.  With my other camera, I quickly captured several head-shots before everyone started to leave.  In keeping with the principles of ‘first-best-different’ (Bill Marsh), I decided, in collaboration with my son, Eric, to create an unusual image of the sheep’s head that is ‘different’.  The result focuses your attention around curved geometry of the horn and from the ear towards the sheep’s eye.