Category: Project 365 – Photo-a-day

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

Sunday – Hours North

Indian Cabins, Alberta 1

Indian Cabins, Alberta 1

Indian Cabins, Alberta 2

Indian Cabins, Alberta 2

Alexandra Falls, Twin Lakes Territorial Park, NWT 1

Alexandra Falls, Twin Lakes Territorial Park, NWT 1

Alexandra Falls, Twin Lakes Territorial Park, NWT 2

Alexandra Falls, Twin Lakes Territorial Park, NWT 2

Alexandra Falls, Twin Lakes Territorial Park, NWT 3

Alexandra Falls, Twin Lakes Territorial Park, NWT 3

A Sunday afternoon out, hours north from High Level finds me at Indian Cabins, my first visit to a Dene burial site where the deceased are laid to rest in a grave and provided a burial house for shelter through each season, a sacred practice common to Indigenous peoples in Alberta’s north. Further on, up the road the Alexandra Falls in the Twin Falls Territorial Park (Northwest Territories) provides opportunity to practice filter use for blurring water falling over these falls.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.’ – John O’Donohue, ‘To Bless the Space Between Us.’

Listening to – U2’s ‘Running to Stand Still,’ ‘In God’s Country’ and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name.’

Autumn Moments

Dunvegan - Teepee Frame

Dunvegan – Teepee Frame

Fall Harvest - Grimshaw, Alberta

Fall Harvest – Grimshaw, Alberta

Forest Panorama - Hutch Lake, Alberta

Forest Panorama – Hutch Lake, Alberta

Vintage Grain Truck - Near Manning, Alberta

Vintage Grain Truck – Near Manning, Alberta

A Teepee frame on the valley floor at Dunvegan, near the Factor’s house, the Peace River and the Dunvegan bridge; a late evening sunset during harvest, a family operation … almost done; a forest trail panorama – looking for greens on an overcast Sunday afternoon in late September; and, a vintage grain truck – up for sale, on the side of the road. All are opportunity to find fall colour and to become a stealer of moments.

Reminded well of Dar Williams’ album ‘The Beauty of the Rain,’ and of one particular song – ‘Fishing in the Morning.’ The first lines run … ‘Let’s go fishing in the morning, just like we’ve always gone. You can come inside and wake me up, we’ll pack and leave by dawn.’ It’s a song about taking concrete steps in Life and Lives towards hopes, dreams and goals. It’s a song about appreciating time on Earth.

Quote to Consider / Inspire: “Photographic technique is no secret and – provided the interest is there – easily assimilated. But inspiration comes from the sould and when the Muse isn’t around even the best exposure meter is very little help. In their biographies, artists like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Bach said that their most valuable technique was their ability to inspire themselves. This is true of all artists; the moment there is something to say, there becomes a way to say it.” – Ralph Gibson, from his book ‘Déjà vu’ [cited in Creative Camera December 1972, p. 401]

Listening to: Dar Williams’ song ‘The Beauty of the Rain,’ a song fretted / learned with my FP-325SRC reading tablature shared in Acoustic Guitar magazine (now played with my L’Arrivee L-03).

On Watt Mountain – Taking Five

Watt Mountain - Cut Line

Watt Mountain – Cut Line

An overcast, autumn September day – we, my wife and I, drive up Watt Mountain behind Hutch Lake. I get out of the truck while she is content to read in the cab. Down a cut-line and then a couple of paces into trees I find this image (among several) – colours found, the fall of each tree, the textures and the wisps of moss remind of Cathedral Grove and my parents’ home in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

Quote to Inspire / Consider – ‘Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever …. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.’ – Aaron Siskind

Listening to – Brubeck’s ‘Take Five,’ a tune my father played both on his Heintzman grand piano in vertical form and on his Marantz stereo with Dual turntable … good memories, grateful.

Photography – School Days

Dunvegan Bridge

Dunvegan Bridge

Windmill Pump House 1

Windmill Pump House 1

Windmill Pump House 2

Windmill Pump House 2

Windmill Pump House 3

Windmill Pump House 3

The last few months have been a time of deep learning with photography, paying attention to tools and their use, composition and light. It’s been a time of becoming more familiar with what to do in a given situation and how to problem-solve along the way. It’s been a time of seeing what more I can do with editing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It’s been a time of making time for photography whether it’s the decision to pull the truck over a grab the image I’ve been gifted with or planning time in the mountains with my camera or to participate in a photo walk. Longstanding computer issues have been resolved, the monitor is calibrated as best it can be and now it’s time to print my photos and share my photos. One of the highlights occurred last summer when a canvas print sold for $900 … a record for me. And, that event highlighted understanding of how meaningful an image can be to others. I am grateful for the encouragement and the opportunity to have done so, right here, in High Level, Alberta, Canada.

A Saturday’s drive to Grande Prairie netted these images. The Dunvegan bridge is something I photographed in a photo-stitch and as a single image using a 10 stop (Super Stopper) Lee Filter. The photo-stitch was a curious experiment – I used a 16-35mm lens for the stitch of eight photos. The distortion of the lens created something curious looking and less that real, but a good example of why working with a 50 mm prime lens would be the better choice – I am learning and have learned. Working with a 50 mm prime is my plan next time I am in and around Dunvegan. I did gather a good shot with the Super Stopper filter and was rewarded with smooth water as result following a four-minute exposure. At day’s end I shot a windmill water pump between La Glace and Sexsmith, Alberta. On a grey sky evening, the sky opened between clouds and I got these images – I’m liking the colour, the texture, the light and the cloud work.

Quote to Consider / Inspire: “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams

Listening to: Still Corner’s ‘The Trip,’ Flock of Seagulls’ ‘I Ran,’ Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds Are Burning,’ Gord Downie’s ‘Introduce Yourself,’ Joe Strummer’s ‘London is Burning,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Wiggle Wiggle’ and Laura Cortese’s ‘California Calling.’ And, of course, there’s been Dizzie Gillespie’s ‘School Days.’

Long Solstice Shadow

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 1

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 1

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 2

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 2

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 3

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 3

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 4

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 4

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 5

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 5

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 6

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 6

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 7

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 7

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 8

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 8

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 9

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 9

Colder Moments Around Edmonton - 10

Colder Moments Around Edmonton – 10

The sky is blue. Long, thin wisps of cloud move at higher altitude in the atmosphere – we could have cloud cover in a day’s time. Following winter solstice, the sun perches low over the horizon in the afternoon. At 2:00 p.m. shadows run long over unimpeded surfaces. Buildings on either side of Edmonton city streets become canyons holding solstice shadow. Without a cloud blanket, the sun’s radiant heat will continue to escape and our part of the world will grow colder in coming days. In daylight, it is -32C … it is a colder day for some photos. Steam, a by-product from buildings maintaining heat, drizzles upwards into the atmosphere. Colder images from a colder Edmonton afternoon during Christmas break.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – “The most important thing about photography is who you are, and I can go into depth about the psychology of that, but there’s no way you can take a photograph and not leave your imprint on it. Every time you hit the shutter it’s based on who you are, that’s what makes you different from everybody else. My style is that I shoot from the heart, to the heart (Joe Buissink, Light Stalking).”

Listening to: Carrie Newcomer’s ‘The Beautiful Not Yet,’ ‘Three Feet or So,’ ‘Sanctuary,’ ‘Cedar Rapids at 10 AM’ and ‘A Shovel is a Prayer.’

Fluid Metal Clad

Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alberta Canada 1

Rogers Place – Edmonton, Alberta Canada 1

Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alberta Canada 2

Rogers Place – Edmonton, Alberta Canada 2

Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alberta Canada 3

Rogers Place – Edmonton, Alberta Canada 3

Rogers Place is Edmonton’s venue for hockey in the National Hockey League. It is home to the Edmonton Oilers hockey team. The building attracts one’s eye with its metal tiles, a skin for the building. The metal cladding adds texture to the building. It reminds of fish scales or snake skin and fluid movement. A night image of this structure, working with available light should captivate – a never-done. For now this image is a study of what is there – check out these different edits.

I’ve been working through YouTube videos on photography. I am impressed with Sean Tucker, as a photographer and mentor, for how he thinks through and conceptualizes an image. I am impressed that his thinking is often broader than photography itself. Often, he’ll speak with good understanding to what’s happening for the photographer as she or he creates an image. The two quotes presented here are ones Sean has gathered. They deal with the pursuit of never-dones in photography and growth as a photographer. They are about stepping outside the box (our comfort zone) and goal-setting.

Quotes to Inspire / Consider: (1) “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for (William G.T. Shedd).” (2) “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it (Pablo Picasso).”

Listening to: J.D. McPherson’s album ‘Undivided Heart & Soul,’ a retro fifties set of tunes and narratives; The Cranberries’ ‘Linger,’ ‘Zombie,’ and ‘Ode to My Family.’ Sorry to find that Dolores O’Riordan, the captivating voice and lyricist of the Cranberries has passed. The songs ‘Linger’ and ‘Dreams’ were part of the nineties and hold memory in first years following school.

Dawson Bridge Verdure

Dawson Bridge - Edmonton River Valley 2

Dawson Bridge – Edmonton River Valley 2

Dawson Bridge - Edmonton River Valley 1

Dawson Bridge – Edmonton River Valley 1

The Dawson Bridge reaches across the North Saskatchewan River within green verdure of Edmonton’s river valley in August.

Quote to Inspire/Consider – “I began to realize that the camera sees the world differently than the human eye and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful that what you actually observed.” – Galen Rowell

Listening to – April Wine’s ‘Roller,’ David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ and Coldplay’s ‘Moses,’ ‘Yellow,’ and ‘Clocks,’ all from their Live in Sydney concert gathered in their ‘Live 2003’ album.

Forgiving, Handheld Aurora

Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis, High Level, Alberta 1

Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis, High Level, Alberta 1

Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis, High Level, Alberta 2

Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis, High Level, Alberta 2

Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis, High Level, Alberta 3

Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis, High Level, Alberta 3

A successful capture and rendering of the Aurora Borealis on an evening’s walk a month ago – surprised to find that my Olympus camera is this forgiving with a handheld shot – ISO 8000, f/4 and 1/3 of a second.

Words to Inspire / Consider – “The more ridiculous you look while taking a photo, the better that photo will probably be. Photographers can’t be afraid to get into strange and awkward positions to get the shot they’re after.” — Pei Ketron

Listening to: Junip’s ‘Line of Fire,’ The Tragically Hip’s ‘Poets’ and ‘Scared’ and Springsteen’s ‘American Skin (41 Shots)’ done by Jen Chapin & Rosetta Trio.

Sunday’s Summer Ends

Creek near Sunshine Village - Banff, Alberta 2

Creek near Sunshine Village – Banff, Alberta 2

Vermilion Lakes - Banff, Alberta 1

Vermilion Lakes – Banff, Alberta 1

Banff Springs Hotel - Banff, Alberta

Banff Springs Hotel – Banff, Alberta

Vermilion Lakes - Banff, Alberta 2

Vermilion Lakes – Banff, Alberta 2

Bow River Bridge - Banff, Alberta

Bow River Bridge – Banff, Alberta

Back Country Highway - Bragg Creek, Alberta

Back Country Highway – Bragg Creek, Alberta

Creek near Sunshine Village - Banff, Alberta 1

Creek near Sunshine Village – Banff, Alberta 1

Vermilion Lakes - Banff, Alberta 3

Vermilion Lakes – Banff, Alberta 3

Planning for class complete, the weekly, notification to students’ parents e-mailed home – it is Sunday’s end. My wife has been planning her week, too. I have taken her out to lunch today. Yesterday, her birthday, she brought to culmination weeks of planning; she organized a friend’s 50th birthday, a spectacular evening drawing together many people. She did well in bringing the event off.

Evening, now, allows my wife and I to settle into a Netflix series. Then there’s time for my wife to read and me a look back through summer photos. Photos, here, are summer images. They are those shot after hours in Canada’s Banff National Park, during a five day conference. Tonight, I’m looking at editing possibilities for the images. I could have photographed the Banff Springs Hotel from higher elevation. Doing so would have avoided branches within the image. I could also have used a telephoto lens to bring the viewer closer (more into the photo). I’ll have a go at it again with this new intention.

I met a photographer at the Banff Farmer’s market. She had photographed first snowfalls – landscapes of trees, snow and unfrozen water; pristine mountain landscapes. Winter images may also be an intention for me. I’ll have to work on that possibility.

Listening to – Cloud Cult’s ‘You Were Born;’ there’s an ‘On Being with Krista Tippett,’ podcast interview with Cloud Cult – the song’s origin pulls at your heart.

Quote to Consider/Inspire: “Art replaces the light that is lost when the day fades, the moment passes, the evanescent extraordinary makes its quicksilver. Art tries to capture that which we know leaves us, as we move in and out of each other’s lives, as we all must eventually leave this earth. Great artists know that shadow, work always against the dying light, but always knowing that the day brings new light and that the ocean which washes away all traces on the sand leaves us a new canvas with each wave.” – Elizabeth Alexander

Dyrhólaey Arch – Lighthouse

Beginning Southward - Iceland 1

Beginning Southward – Iceland 1

Beginning Southward - Iceland 2

Beginning Southward – Iceland 2

Beginning Southward - Iceland 3

Beginning Southward – Iceland 3

Beginning Southward - Iceland 4

Beginning Southward – Iceland 4

Cloudwork, Þjóðvegur, Southern Region - Iceland 1

Cloudwork, Þjóðvegur, Southern Region – Iceland 1

Cloudwork, Þjóðvegur, Southern Region - Iceland 2

Cloudwork, Þjóðvegur, Southern Region – Iceland 2

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 1

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 1

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 2

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 2

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 3

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 3

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 4

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 4

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 5

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 5

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 6

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 6

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 7

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 7

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 8

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 8

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 9

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 9

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 10

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 10

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 11

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 11

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 12

Lighthouse at Dyrhólaey Arch, Iceland 12

I was in Iceland a year ago. The time was opportunity to move within and over unexplored terrain, alone. I would respond to it all, feasting my eyes through my camera lens, always working to understand the visual narrative of the land, its weather and people.

The windward-leeward interaction of mountain weather is a visible dynamic in Iceland. Atlantic clouds push into mountains producing rainy, spitting drizzle along their path. On the lee side they roll down, over mountains becoming a moving cloud blanket that dissipates, evaporating in its encounter with sunlight. Iceland’s cloud-work is extraordinary in its shift and shape, its play of light and shadow, its depths and in its interaction with the island. It is mountain weather, weather that can change radically within the space of a few moments. What was seen is revealed, here, as high dynamic range HDR images.

The lighthouse grounds at the Dyrhólaey Arch serve as orienting point for most images. From this crag black, volcanic sand beaches are visible. The Atlantic Ocean shimmers and rolls in. Mist and rain shroud distant islands. And, rays of sunlight stream through cloud and reflect upon the ocean. Inland, mountain snow melts exposing rock, sand and dirt. Lighthouse access is found driving up the side of this mountain outcrop along a steep, muddy, one-track gravel road, a series of switchbacks without road barriers. Poor weather needs a careful driver’s eye to prevent an unfortunate tumble off this crag. With my smaller SUV (a 2006 Ford Escape), the climb and descent were exhilarating as was greeting opposing traffic.

Quote to Consider / Inspire: “I never tried to revolutionize photography; I just do what I do and keep my fingers crossed that people will like it.” – David Bailey

Listening to – two ‘On Being with Krista Tippett’ interviews/podcasts: ‘Carlo Rovelli – All Reality Is Interaction’ and ‘Pádraig Ó Tuama – Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both;’ ‘The Candid Frame podcast with Ursula Tocik;’ and, Ólafur Arnalds, Atli Örvarsson & SinfoniaNord perform ‘Öldurót,’ a remembrance in music, recalling Iceland.

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