You know you miss kayaking when…

I never had a chance to make it out a lot this past year on the kayak but with the warmer weather and the river breaking up it is SOOOOO tempting. I wonder if you can get a kayak with onboard heat?

So far I cannot complain about the winter as it has not been that cold, but the wind is keeping me in a lot more than I like. Today I went to the Lethbridge river bottom to see what birds and animals were around and not a lot of anything. When I saw how much of the river was open I was tempted to toss a kayak in and see how far I could get. I know I have to be patient but it looked so nice!

A nice little run for the kayak
A nice little run for the kayak
Oldman river Lethbridge.  Not a kayak but I can hope!
Well it is not a kayak but at least a piece of ice made the run!

Planning for 2019 – my goals

So as 2018 comes to an end I am planning or setting my goals for what I want to do for the next year. I have the same general plans / goals for each year…

  • Improve my photography
  • Keep my website & blog up to date
  • Improve print quality and types of prints offered
  • Add more courses and workshops

But those are general and if I did not have them then there would be a big problem as everyone or every business should have plans / goals like these that they work towards.

I am looking at specific plans or goals to work towards. I have heard many experts say we should have three types of plans / goals in our lives. The first are the BIG ones, or the dream plan. The second is the more achievable ones (medium goals) but still will require some work and the third is the easy ones (little goals). SO for the next year so far I have the following…..

Big Goals

  • Drive to the Northwest Territories
  • Drive to Ontario for the fall colors
  • Go to Churchhill to photograph the polar bears
  • Get out kayaking more

Medium Goals

  • Upgrade my 70D’s to the promised Canon 7D mark III
  • Add a vacuum press to the printing department
  • Head back to the coast for a whale watching trip
  • Head to Jasper to photograph Caribou
  • Add more premade frames to my selection
  • Update some of my display prints in the studio
  • Build a copy center for artwork and get polarizing filters for lights
  • Market more of my nature / wildlife work

Little Goals

  • Clean-up the backroom and the attic
  • Clean up my camera gear, and organize
  • Get out shooting more
  • Organize the shooting room more
  • Update my outside sign
  • Switch out my main hard drive in the office
  • Build more specialty frames

I know that these will change but I like having things to work towards. On last years list was a major rebuild of my website and I FINALLY got to it with two weeks remaining in the year, but it feels great to have that mostly done.

So what are your goals / plans for 2018?

Cold Weather Camping

I hear from so many people that you cannot enjoy cold weather camping, well yes you can. Here are a few tips to make it more enjoyable.

Cold weather camping in Waterton Lakes National Park
Cold weather camping, Waterton Lakes National Park

You really do not need to put your campers and camping supplies away come September. In fact with more months of cold weather in Canada then warm why not head out and try some cold weather camping. With a few preparations you will be all set to make some memories in the other 8 months of the year!

Make sure you do your research and prepare and you will find that when others are bored at home you will be enjoying those long nights in your camper.

Cold weather camping tips here.

If you are a photographer you will also find that the winter gives you a lot of opportunities to shoot that you would not have at other times of the year. Long nights and less pollution in the air allows you to take amazing night pictures, from Astro images to painting with light. Add to this a warm place to head back to and you may find you get addicted to the winter months for shooting!

Cold weather camping and astro photography

My Van

Whenever I am out shooting I usually don’t take pictures of my van as I am shooting other things. Last night I decided that I would take some van pictures while I was shooting the just past full moon.

It was cold, windy and got dark fast but having a warm location to work from is amazing. It is like I have my office or home with me. Lots of light and heat turns just about any situation around!

White turtle III and the full moon
My van, the White Turtle III on location

More on my van – The White Turtle III

Full moon on the rise

Headed out to shoot the (almost) full moon rising tonight. Thought that the cloud in the distance was too thick but was surprised to see the moon rise out of the horizon right on time. For shots like this a cold night gives less distortion but I could not resist the opportunity to shoot the rising moon with it being so clear. Was nice to have the White Turtle III with me to use as a base of operations.

Full moon rising
Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 @ 600 3200ISo 1/80s F9
Full moon rising with a windmill in front
Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600 @ 600 3200ISo 1/400s F9