Ice Fishing

Ice fishing, another way to pass the winter!

I have never been ice fishing. But if I was to go it would be inside one of these amazing huts! Truth be told I am not big into fishing even in warm weather. In my books stopping at a grocery store to pick-up your fish is easier and more enjoyable. But that is me.

Ice fishing hut, not your grandfather's hut
Ice fishing hut, not your grandfather’s hut
Tracks of all types
Tracks of all types

Getting out!

This past weekend with the slight break in the frigid temperatures I decided that I would head out. I wanted to see what I could find worth taking pictures of. There was a lot to shoot. It was not what I was expecting but there was a lot!

My first stop was at McQuillan Reservoir. In a very short walk I found a number of subjects to photograph. From the ice fishing tents, the animal tracks to some rabbits and a few birds it was a fun day. Cannot say that I got to walk very far as the slight breeze that was blowing was enough to make it painful to stay out. But with so many subjects to photograph I had to take pictures. It is also funny how after a number of days of clouds that a day of even a little sun makes being outside enjoyable.

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Cold Day Project

Cleaning the house and found some money that I thought I had lost. Seeing it was so cold outside I figured that a shoot inside was in order. I have been playing with shallow depth of field lately but even with that if I put the bills on the floor or table the background was in focus as the bills are so thin. I did not want to damage the bills with tape, glue or a clip but I did want to have the bill in focus and a out of focus background. So I suspended the bills away from a background to throw the background out of focus by holding them in my fingers.

With cold weather you look for something to do inside!
With cold weather you look for something to do inside!

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Winter is back!

Suppose to be a cold and snowy weekend. Cannot complain so far this winter with what we have had. I don’t hate snow pictures but we can have spring any time now 🙂 . The good part is when I am shooting with the White Turtle III I have the heat on so I can warm up when I get back.
McQuillan Reservoir, Coaldale

Winter lake
Cold winter lake!
Lake not in winter
Same area in the spring.

It is hard to believe that the same area that is so cold and lifeless today will take on an entire new look once winter leaves us. I cannot wait!!! I hope spring brings some rain. I do not want a flood just some warm rains to bring the life back.

Hopefully once spring and then summer shows up we will not get the smoke like in the past years. Really need to have a clear summer as the past two have been really smokey.

Canon 70D Sigma 150-600 @546mm
400 ISO F9 1/1000
#fog #snow #mist #winter #cold #morning #lethbridgephotographer #canon #nature #scenic #lake #vanlife #coldweather #arctic

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Cold Weather Camping

Cold weather camping
Waterton Lakes National Park

I hear from many people that say you cannot enjoy cold weather camping. Well I am here to say yes you can. You do need to make a few preparations when it turns cold but it is possible.

You really do not need to put your campers and camping supplies away come September like so many other people do. In fact with more months of cold in Canada then warm you should head out and try some winter camping so you can keep using your camper. With a few preparations you will be all set to make memories in the other 8 months of the year!

Make sure you do your research and prepare for emergencies. You will find that when others are bored at home you will be enjoying those long nights sitting by the fire or in your camper.

Here are a few tips to make it more enjoyable, it is in PDF format as there ended up being a lot of information. Feel free to share the link if you like. 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. Opportunities that you would not have at other times of the year. Long nights and less air pollution allows you to take amazing night pictures, from Astro images to painting with light. Add to this a warm place to warm up and you may find you get addicted to winter shooting!

Cold weather and astro photography

If you always wanted to take some Northern light pictures then winter is the best time for this as well. Long nights give more chances to get the perfect image. It also seems that the winter makes the aurora a lot more active. So get yourself in your camper and head out to a dark sky area like Writing on Stone. Writing on stone is open all year for camping with power plug ins it is like being at home.

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SAD, Cabin Fever & Photography

One of the many disorders that has been in the forefront of the public eye lately is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. As winter comes it becomes more reported on to the point of being annoying. When I was growing up my Mother called it cabin fever but that was not cool enough so the disorder of SAD was born. It is something that many if not all people suffer from and many have it but don’t know they have it. It effects people in different ways, some more severe than others.

Winter scene with snow and snow covered reeds
Cold winter day – not only does everything look B&W it can feel like everything is B&W

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