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Fall in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour Results – John Smeeton

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

Below are John Smeeton’s six favorite photos from the 2011 Canadian Rockies Fall Tour. Great having you on the trip John!

©John Smeeton

Abraham Sunrise

The adage “f/8 and be there” was surely intended for this shot. One of the many great things about a photo tour is that a skilled guide, like Darwin or Alan, can interpret the local weather conditions and take the group to where they can get the most out of it. Half-awake I hiked by headlamp with the rest of the group to the shore of Abraham Lake, set-up low looking eastward and came alive as the underlit clouds progressively exploded with colour over the next 20 minutes. It was a pleasure to stand there, cable release in hand, and admire nature’s artistry. Canon 5DMII, TS-E 24 f/3.5L II, 100 ISO, 0.8s, f/11.

©John Smeeton

 Aspen Impression

A long exposure captured the leaves’ and branches’ motion in the light breeze at this aspen grove near Preachers Point on Abraham Lake. I remember thinking at the time that a landscape painter would surely find this vista every bit as irresistible as did this landscape photographer. Thanks to some post-processing, I met the painter halfway. Canon 5DMII, 24-105 f/4L, 100 ISO, 65mm, 0.4s, f/11, Singh-Ray 5-stop ND.

©John Smeeton

 Aurum Vista

We walked down the hill from Aurum Lodge to capture the sunrise over Abraham Lake. I twiddled about and made some OK shots but I just wasn’t feeling the love. I decided to head back to the Lodge for a hot cup of coffee. I shouldered my tripod, took a dozen steps up the hill, glanced up and over to my left and voila! The majesty of the trees standing witness to the fog-shrouded mountains was not only a scene I just had to capture, it also energized me for another great day of photography in the Rockies. Canon 5DMII, 70-200 f/4L, 100 ISO, 200mm, 0.3s, f/11.

©John Smeeton

Canyon Study

This was taken under an overcast sky in the late-afternoon at the Kicking Horse River in Yoho National Park. It’s a three-shot HDR that looked pretty good in colour but the black and white conversion really emphasized the incredible texture in the rock formations. Canon 5DMII, 24-105 f/4L, 100 ISO, 40mm, +/- 2 EV bracket mid 1.3s, f/8, Singh-Ray 5-stop ND.

©John Smeeton

Mistaya State of Mind

I’ve lived in Calgary for 17 years, less than three hours drive from the Mistaya Canyon. I’m at a loss to explain how, until now, I was unaware of this photographer’s treasure trove that lay just a short walk beyond the tree cover along the Icefields Parkway. This was taken on the Mistaya River just upstream from the Canyon. Getting a bracketed three-shot capture while keeping the lens surface dry of the wind-blown rain was a challenge. Canon 5DMII, 24-105 f/4L, 100 ISO, 28mm, +/- 2 EV bracket mid 1/15s, f/11.

©John Smeeton

Waterfowl Confection

Even in the pre-dawn shadow the silent vista that greets you as you emerge from the trees to the edge of Upper Waterfowl Lake is awe-inspiring enough to almost make you forget to capture the images you came there for. Then, like a kid in a candy store, the challenge is to choose something to savour from amongst the limitless (but, at sunrise, time-limited) visual confections offered-up by nature. I like this shot, taken on a frosty morning, because it combines the serenity of the reflection and low-lying fog with the nobility of the sunlit mountain. Canon 5DMII, 24-105 f/4L, 100 ISO, 40mm, +/- 2 EV bracket mid 1/8s, f/11.


Canadian Rockies Fall Photo Tour Results – Don Allen

Posted in Workshops and Seminars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by Darwin

Below are Don Allen’s favorite images from the Canadian Rockies Fall Photo Tour.

©Don Allen

Photo 1: Canon 5dm2, 24-105mm f/4 lens at 24mm, 1 sec at f11

This first image was from sunrise from at White Goat Lakes. Like most of the group I began the sunrise by shooting from the main pond, but when the wind kicked up I retreated to this small pond that was better protected. I stood in the edge of the pond while making this shot, trying to carefully align the mountain reflection with the grasses in the pond.

©Don Allen

Photo 2: Canon 5dm2, 24-105mm f/4 lens at 73mm, 1/160 sec at f11 at f8

At mid-morning the light on Abraham Lake is phenomenal. For this shot I merely composed to have the beautiful trees in the foreground with the peak cropped tightly so that it looms large over the scene.

©Don Allen

Photo 3: Canon 5dm2, 16-35mm f/2.8 II lens at 20mm, 1/5 sec at f8

While I did not find the sunsets around Abraham Lake to be as spectacular as the sunrises, I always took the opportunity to shoot the sunset when able to do so. On this evening, there were just two of us shooting with Darwin from this spot. I liked the colors and the natural features of the landscape flow together to create strong visual interest.

©Don Allen

Photo 4: Canon 5dm2, 24-105mm f/4 lens at 24mm, 1 sec at f11

Sunrises can be spectacular in the Canadian Rockies and this morning was no exception. I alternated between shooting into the direction of the sun and the mountains in the opposite direction that were just being lit by the morning sun. This photo showcases the colors present while shooting towards the sun.


©Don Allen

Photo 5: Canon 5dm2, 24-105mm f/4 lens at 55mm, 2sec at f11

For most of the workshop, I was usually one of the last to finish shooting each scene. This image was a last second shot at the end of a sunrise shoot. I chose to use the Aspens to frame the lake and the mountains. The colorful fall grasses allow for some easy compositions around Abraham Lake in the fall.


©Don Allen

Photo 6: Canon 5dm2, 90mm Tilt/Shift f/2.8 lens, 1/8 sec at f8

While most of the group shot at Meeting of the Waters in Yoho National Park, I admired the ground cover near the parking area. Since fall colors are rare in my part of Texas, I was thrilled to see the myriad of colors in the leaves. Though I did not have a macro lens, I was able to utilize my 90mm tilt shift lens to provide a reasonable close-up with a focus plane parallel to the leaves.


The Weekly Photo – August 22, 2011

Posted in Image Processing and Software, Instruction, TCBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by Darwin

I have said it before on this blog but I will say it again, I am really liking Oloneo photoengine for doing realistic HDR images. Royce Howland introduced to me to this software and showed me its potential. I am glad he did, it really does a great job!

Watch for an article by Royce in an upcoming edition of Outdoor Photography Canada on how to make realistic-looking HDR images. Below is a finished image from photoengine. To me it looks the way I remember the scene. Of course the camera can’t record such a high contrast range so I made 5 exposures at 2 EV intervals to record the entire dynamic range in the scene. Below you can see my RAW captures at 1.60 s, 1/15 s, 1/4 s, 1.o s and 4.o s all at f11.

©Darwin Wiggett - click to see a bigger version

©Darwin Wiggett - the RAW images