Category: Project 365 – Photo-a-day

Photos that are part of the photo-a-day project.

A Winter’s Drive

Burial Houses – Rocky Lane, Alberta 1

Burial Houses – Rocky Lane, Alberta 1

Burial Houses – Rocky Lane, Alberta 2

Burial Houses – Rocky Lane, Alberta 2

A drive through Mackenze region backroads with my camera on a grey, overcast winter’s day. A cemetery holds burial houses that shelter graves of the deceased, near Rocky Lane.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.’ – Dorothea Lange

Listening to – Zoe Keating’s ‘Iceflow’ and ‘Forte.’

Photo Merge – Panorama

Panorama - St. Louis Catholic Mission, Fort Vermilion N. Settlement 1

Panorama – St. Louis Catholic Mission, Fort Vermilion N. Settlement 1

Panorama - St. Louis Catholic Mission, Fort Vermilion N. Settlement 2

Panorama – St. Louis Catholic Mission, Fort Vermilion N. Settlement 2

Panorama - St. Louis Catholic Mission, Fort Vermilion N. Settlement 3

Panorama – St. Louis Catholic Mission, Fort Vermilion N. Settlement 3

St. Louis Catholic Mission - Fort Vermilion, N. Settlement

St. Louis Catholic Mission – Fort Vermilion, N. Settlement

A return visit to the St. Louis Catholic Mission in Fort Vermilion’s North Settlement (Buttertown) finds me working with a Sigma 50mm prime lens to limit lens distortion and to create three panorama images. Among upgrades this year for photo-editing have been those associated with moving to Adobe Lightroom Classic, an upgrade that moves editing possibilities from those possible in 2013 to what can now be achieved presently in December 2018. That Adobe Lightroom upgrade now includes the ability to photo merge High Dynamic Range (HDR) images as well as Panorama images – both activities that would previously have taken me to either Adobe Photoshop or to two or three other programs for HDR. These images are exercises in photo merging to create panoramas and in terms of the global edit of each image.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.’ – James Lalropul Keivom

Listening to – Amir Katz performing Chopin’s Nocturnes No. 14-18.

Alberta South

April Snow - Alberta Foothills 1

April Snow – Alberta Foothills 1

April Snow - Alberta Foothills 2

April Snow – Alberta Foothills 2

August Grain Fields - Alberta

August Grain Fields – Alberta

Packard Transport - Southern Alberta 1

Packard Transport – Southern Alberta 1

Packard Transport - Southern Alberta 2

Packard Transport – Southern Alberta 2

Teepee Frames & University of Lethbridge

Teepee Frames & University of Lethbridge

Train Trestle - Lethbridge, Alberta 1

Train Trestle – Lethbridge, Alberta 1

Train Trestle - Lethbridge, Alberta 2

Train Trestle – Lethbridge, Alberta 2

These images have been culled travelling through southern Alberta: remnants of April snow flurries in the foothills behind Nanton, Alberta; a ripening August grain field encountered on the way to Calgary; a Packard in transport, one true-to-life image and another having editing fun; teepee frames in front of the University of Lethbridge; and the train trestle in Lethbridge, Alberta.

These are images that can come alive beyond a computer screen; they are images that you can live with and come to understand more fully once they are printed. This Christmas I have enjoyed printing images to see how they look, to see what they look like in natural light, to see what they look like on different papers. And, you do see more as you see each image more often.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘My Life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.’ – Steve McCurry

Listening to – Parachute Club’s ‘Rise Up’ and Paolo Nutini’s ‘New Shoes.’

Ice Break-up

Peace River Break-up at Fort Vermilion, Alberta

Peace River Break-up at Fort Vermilion, Alberta

A spring shot – ice break-up on the Peace River at Fort Vermilion. The river banks span almost one kilometre – the telephoto lens has compressed the distance making the river look quite skinny. Pieces of ice floating by are often as big as a half-ton truck. It should be noted (as you can see in the picture) that the ice and water came within a metre of cresting the river bank and flooding the area.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘No place is boring if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.’ – Robert Adams

Listening to – Paul Gross singing a ‘Due South’ tune, ‘Ride Forever’ and his ‘Fraser / Inuit Soliloquy.’

Out of Water – Dormant

Ferry - Tompkins Landing

Ferry – Tompkins Landing

A winter shot – the ferry that moves vehicles across the Peace River at Tompkins Landing, Alberta has been pulled from the water and rests dormant until spring. Liking how this image works in several ways.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘The whole point of taking pictures is so you don’t have to explain things with words.’ – Elliott Erwitt

Listening to – a song from the ‘I Am Sam’ soundtrack, the Beatles’ ‘Nowhere Man’ as performed by Paul Westerberg.

A Winter’s Morning

Backroads - La Glace to Sexsmith 1

Backroads – La Glace to Sexsmith 1

Backroads - La Glace to Sexsmith 2

Backroads – La Glace to Sexsmith 2

Backroads - La Glace to Sexsmith 3

Backroads – La Glace to Sexsmith 3

Backroads - La Glace to Sexsmith 4

Backroads – La Glace to Sexsmith 4

At 6:00 a.m., my daughter’s flight was underway, I watched the jet having its wings de-iced and then taking to the air. My daughter returned south to University. I wouldn’t return to sleep. I gathered photo gear, left the hotel and got on backroads between Sexsmith and La Glace, Alberta. These morning images are from a bright, early winter’s day in November.

Then, I drove the four hours home.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.’ – Annie Liebovitz

Listening to – ‘Such Great Heights’ from The Postal Service’s album, ‘Give Up.’

Aurora Chasing

Indian Cabins - Aurora

Indian Cabins – Aurora

I follow the photography of an Alberta Facebook group called Aurora Chasers. Close to midnight on my return from Yellowknife, the Aurora was active, significant and striking in colour, shape and brightness. I watched them dance between Enterprise, Northwest Territories and Indian Cabins, Alberta. At Indian Cabins, I pulled in and tried as many as ten shots of the Northern Lights – the one presented here worked out well. Since then, I have received encouragement to set my ISO and Aperture to accommodate a 1/800 of a second in shutter speed … a next project.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.’ – Diane Arbus

Listening to – the Primitives’ ‘Summer Rain,’ ‘All the Way Down,’ and ‘Thru’ the Flowers.’

To See

Fort Providence, NT - Bridge 1

Fort Providence, NT – Bridge 1

Fort Providence, NT - Bridge 2

Fort Providence, NT – Bridge 2

Fort Providence, NT - Bridge 3

Fort Providence, NT – Bridge 3

Fort Providence, NT - Church

Fort Providence, NT – Church

Fort Providence, NT - Mackenzie River

Fort Providence, NT – Mackenzie River

Rae-Edzo, NT

Rae-Edzo, NT

On my return to High Level, Alberta I fuelled my truck at the Cherdon Enterprises truck stop at the highway corner where you can gain access to Fort Providence, Northwest Territories. I took some time to drive in to the settlement and get a sense for its size and how it was laid out. Many of my students are Dene and have Providence as their last name. It is set on the northern bank of the Mackenzie River and looks onto Providence Island and then Meridian Island behind it. The Mackenzie River is quite wide, almost twice the width of the Peace River as we find it near Fort Vermilion, Alberta. The Deh Cho Bridge that crosses the Mackenzie is impressive – I did two or three photo-stitch images of the bridge at sundown and am looking forward to printing one of the images out. Here, you’ll find images of the Deh Cho Bridge, the Our Lady of Providence Catholic Church, a look out to Providence Island and the Mackenzie River.

Quote to Inspire / Consider – ‘The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.’ – Dorothea Lange

Listening to – Roxy Music’s ‘More than This’ and Of Monsters and Men’s ‘King and Lionheart.’

Bucket List – Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4  1

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4 1

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4  2

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4 2

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4  3

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4 3

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4  4

Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4 4

I am an Ice Pilots TV series fan – what the pilots of Buffalo Airways face in terms of extremes of cold and flight reminds of bush flying as a teacher moving between fly-in communities and airports with road access; each pilot has my respect.

Sunday, following the photo walk, before returning South, to High Level and a Thanksgiving meal, I found my way to Buffalo Airways at the Yellowknife Airport. One of my bucket list goals is to fly in a Buffalo Airways DC-3 or DC-4 from Hay River to Yellowknife and to tour the Yellowknife facility. It nearly happened this past summer. Here, I was able to photograph these aircraft that were a part of my father’s travel in the early sixties. I am looking forward to what might be possible next summer.

Also, to note is that I am an Ice Road Trucker TV series fan because winter road conditions I drive upon in Northern Alberta hold many of the same perils that are encountered on bush roads. What was surprising was to find Ice Road Trucker, Art Burke, dining at the Gold Range Bistro on Saturday before the World Wide Photo Walk. Very cool.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘Photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.’ – Sally Mann

Listening to – Stan Rogers’ ‘Northwest Passage,’ ‘Canol Road,’ ‘Barrett’s Privateers’ and Sigur Ros’ ‘Glosoli.’

Tog Walk – Yellowknife

Yellowknife, NT - World Wide Photo Walk 1

Yellowknife, NT – World Wide Photo Walk 1

Yellowknife, NT - World Wide Photo Walk 2

Yellowknife, NT – World Wide Photo Walk 2

Yellowknife, NT - World Wide Photo Walk 3

Yellowknife, NT – World Wide Photo Walk 3

Yellowknife, NT - World Wide Photo Walk 4

Yellowknife, NT – World Wide Photo Walk 4

Yellowknife, NT - World Wide Photo Walk 5

Yellowknife, NT – World Wide Photo Walk 5

Yellowknife, NT - Ragged Ass Road 1

Yellowknife, NT – Ragged Ass Road 1

Yellowknife, NT - Ragged Ass Road 5

Yellowknife, NT – Ragged Ass Road 5

Yellowknife, NT - Ragged Ass Road 4

Yellowknife, NT – Ragged Ass Road 4

Yellowknife, NT - Ragged Ass Road 3

Yellowknife, NT – Ragged Ass Road 3

Yellowknife, NT - Ragged Ass Road 2

Yellowknife, NT – Ragged Ass Road 2

Yellowknife, NT - Diamond Mine Relics 1

Yellowknife, NT – Diamond Mine Relics 1

Yellowknife, NT - Diamond Mine Relics 2

Yellowknife, NT – Diamond Mine Relics 2

Yellowknife, NT - Walkabout 1

Yellowknife, NT – Walkabout 1

Yellowknife, NT - Walkabout 2

Yellowknife, NT – Walkabout 2

This year’s Kelby World Wide Photo Walk occurred on Saturday, 6 October 2018. Were you out for the photo walk?

The walk in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories was led by photographer and teacher, Brent Currie. It began at 1:00 p.m. at the Rotary Centennial Park, took our group along ‘Ragged Ass Road,’ made famous by way of Tom Cochrane’s tune of the same name. There was good discussion about photography, several discoveries about what is possible when using a camera, sharing of ideas in question and answer, encouragement to try the same/similar shots and a momentum of photographer camaraderie built through the few hours we spent together. The walk ended with an opportunity to quaff ale or sip wine at the NWT Brewing Company. It was a time to talk through and about photos, consider the need for gear and explore/share in people’s work and endeavors. A good, good crew.

In terms of locale, this second photo walk in Yellowknife was an opportunity to explore Old Town Yellowknife with the group and then, later, on my own.

Yellowknife is a city on the Great Slave Lake, the tenth largest lake in the world with a maximum depth of 614m. It is also a city set on the Canadian shield, on rock that has been smoothed by glaciers (last ice age). The landscape is an intriguing setting for me, a flat-lander. I went to the Bush Pilot’s monument and worked through two photo-stitches from the monument terrain leading out across the lake to Joliffe Island; the image holds most buildings on either side of McDonald Drive – businesses with names like Yellowknife Courier Service, Dancing Moose Café, Aurora Geosciences Ltd., Old Town Glassworks, Bayside Bed and Breakfast, Yellowknife Garage, Old Town Warehouse, Aurora & Inukshuk Olive Company and Yvonne Quick Heritage Wharf. The Yellowknife bay holds the curiosity of houseboats, all are colourful, each is a residence that allows its owner to avoid land taxes.

These images are the first I have edited – have a look.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place …. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

Listening to – U2’s take on an Aussie Folk song, ‘Van Dieman’s Land’ and ‘The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).’

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