With the nice weather I was more than happy to finally be able to do a harvest shoot. The lower levels of the sun in the sky, little wind and the rich colors was great to work with.
Add to this the fact that I do not have to get up so early in the morning to catch the sunrise and I am REALLY a happy photographer.
These pictures are from last week when I was walking my do. Most days I forget to grab a camera but this day I knew that a camera had to come with me. The dog is not very happy when I am stopping to take pictures but she still got her walk and possibly a little extra as I was going back and forth waiting till the sun was at the perfect angle.
Canon 24-70 & 70-200
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One thing that I like about macro photography is that you can do it almost any place and anytime. Unlike wildlife or scenic photography you do not even have to leave your house if you do not want to. Also if you have some light sources you can shoot pictures in the middle of the night or when it is freezing outside.
Outside my front door I have a plant that has the most colorful leaves you could imagine. Seeing that I have not done any macro photography for the longest time I thought one of these leaves would be perfect to work with.
I am not someone that goes out of my way to do macro photography but I do like playing with the settings and looks you can get. This shoot was just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing. Add to that with the cold and windy conditions outside I can extend my fall color shoots a little longer.
Just taking pictures of what you find is okay, but if you truly want to spice up a photo you need to go a few steps beyond. When I first started to work with this image I shot it against a white background and that killed the look. Then I tried a black background and that helped but not a lot. Next I added some moisture to the leaf to simulate morning dew and that really helped it to pop but it was still missing something. The something was a sparkle in the background and more side light. I added a sparkly background and changed the lighting to more of a side / rear light and BINGO. It was exactly what I wanted.
This Windrower started in this field on
Saturday and got back to it today with the warm dry morning we had.
Nice to see the farmers getting back out
in the fields again. The guy driving it stopped to talk for a while, he
was telling me that it was set at 8mph but on some fields it can go up
to 14mph depending on the crop and moisture level. He was sure making
quick work of this field!
I love Sofa Mountain anytime, but early winter it really stands out. There is a lot of snow in those there mountains. October 4, 2018 and most years there may be a light dusting of snow, or maybe some frost but this year the snow is cold and deep. Great for building the snow pack and for pictures, not so great for people or animals trying to get through it.
With the hot summer it was nice to see some snow and moisture starting but even when you know you need it this early it is hard to take!
Went for a drive on Saturday October 6, 2018 and found these guys in the Castle Wilderness area. Kind of rude as I invited them home for Thanksgiving Dinner and all they did was walk away. Wild Turkey’s have been on my bucket list for years. I see them a lot but they do not like to stick around for their pictures to be taken.
Wild Turkey Canon 70D Sigma 150-600 ISO 640 1/250 f9
I wanted to take a “fall” trip to Banff and Kananaskis for a number of shoots that I planned to do. Well the trip was more like a winter trip than fall and I never got any of the shots that I went for. I did manage to get chased away from an area that I wanted to shoot by a warden, something about no camping and well I did fall asleep while I was waiting for the snow flurries to stop falling – which they never did all night!!!! Still had a great time. I can tell you that some of the back roads in southern Alberta are not fit for driving this time of year. Some MAJOR ruts and challenges!