I get asked a lot of what prints are my favorite and I find it so hard to select just one or two. BUT I will try to highlight some of my current favorites, it changes fast sometimes. I will give you a little info on why I like the print and some information about taking the image. You may find that it is not always the image that is technically perfect that I like.
Bar U Ranch - September 2017
You can travel to all the popular National Parks in Canada to see scenery from the ocean to the prairies, to mountains and back to the ocean. The Bar U not only has some amazing scenery but it also has an amazing history, you step back into the time when ranches were not only a business but they were a gathering place, a way of life and even a community.
I love the Bar U for those reasons and so much more, but when you do get to visit and the weather cooperates the photo opportunities are amazing.
I got to visit the Bar U with my son on the last day of operations for the 2017 season, as usual the park was just about empty but the warm weather with the dramatic clouds kept us company. I knew the places that I wanted to photograph from a previous visit so off to work I went. I could not have asked for a better day and the pictures show that. This is only one from that day but I think it is my favorite!
I love this image and the way that it not only shows the bridge and the frost but the steam from the frozen river. The sun was back lighting the image so some details are highlighted and some are in shadow and more of a silhouette.
The blown out part of the running river was left like that to add some "heat" to the image, without it the image is a lot flatter and does not have the contrast that I was looking for.
The image was shot with a Canon 70D and a Canon 24 - 70 F4L lens.
I used 100 ISO so that the grain would be kept to a minimum. Shutter speed is 1/400 of a second and the aperture was at F13 to give a good depth of field - the exposure was taken from some of the snow on the river. The camera was handheld.
This is one of those shots that was not overly planned, I had an idea what I might find as I went here to shoot but as things change by the minute with the weather I was not 100% sure if this would be worth shooting or not. It was so cold that I only spent a short time here before moving on.
I have printed this image on a semi matte paper with the pebble lamination and then framed it into one of my classic black frames. It looks amazing and would fit well into just about any decor or room in your house or office.
January 9, 2016
A cold bridge & frost
After a couple of days of fog & frost and some bone chilling weather the Oldman river has just about frozen over and what still remains is steaming away.
October 2, 2015
POW in the evening storm
Spending a day in Waterton shooting the wildlife and as the sunset and the weather turned from sunny to a storm the lighting and the clouds worked to bring out the POW with a nice catch light.
The Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton (POW) has always frustrated me as a photographer. It presents the photographer with two big issues, the first is the scale. Sure it is a big hotel, but put it up against the backdrop of the mountains and the hotel is tiny. Second is the lighting, the most interesting angle forces the photographer to shoot into the light and many times you end up with a dark hotel and bright background. For many years I got shots that were okay but not what I wanted. Then along came this shot.... I was out shooting wildlife when the lighting and the clouds changed for just a minute. I grabbed a different lens from the one that I had been shooting with and moved a little to get the angle I wanted and I got a couple shots before the light changed and the clouds moved again taking away the amazing light from seconds before. As quick as the amazing lighting started it ended but it was long enough to get me the picture that I feel shows off the POW the way it should be shot.
Canon 70-200 F4L lens @ 94mm
The Print - I printed this image on a Semi matte paper and laminated it and it looks AMAZING!!! Has so many vibrant colors and tones!!!