That Day – Out With Cameras

That day – I arrived at Lethbridge the day before.  My daughter had an assignment due for University the next day.  I would go out with cameras for the day and meet her for supper the next evening. Good.

Here is one of the first images of the day edited towards being a silhouette.  Liking it.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – “Ultimately – or at the limit – in order to see a photograph well, it is best to look away or close your eyes. ‘The necessary condition for an image is sight,’ Janouch told Kafka; and Kafka smiled and replied: ‘We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes (Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography).’”

Listening to: Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris with ‘Red Staggering,’ ‘Rollin’ On’, ‘Love and Happiness’ and ‘Right Now’ from their ‘All that Roadrunning’ album.

Through Camera & Lens

Enjoying this – getting out and seeing the world through a camera and lens.  But, what do you do?  Are you in the predicament of wanting to trial different cameras.  I have used Canon cameras mainly. I have an Olympus EM-5 Mk II and a Fuji X-100F.  My question is how do you go about selling or trading off your older camera(s). What is your experience?  There is KEH that I have worked with. But, I have never traded my cameras toward newer ones.

These images are associated with southern Alberta back in February, 2020.

Quote to Inspire / Consider – ‘While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see (Dorothea Lange).’

Listening to: ‘Beachcombing,’ ‘I Dug Up a Diamond’ and ‘This Is Us’ from the ‘All the Roadrunning’ album from Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris.

A Sunday Afternoon Image – Before the Snow Flies

One of the first images with a fifty-year-old rangefinder 90mm prime lens. A Sunday afternoon image found out near Fort Vermilion’s north settlement in colder October days before snow.

Quote to Inspire / Consider – ‘Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being a photographer (Walter De Mulder).

Listening to:  John Prine lifting his voice with ‘When I Get to Heaven.’

Summer’s End & Fort MacLeod

A too-long drive finds me having travelled 1200 km one-way, southward on a Labour Day weekend.  I am taking my daughter’s car down to her, at University in Lethbridge.  She and her mother are travelling together in my truck with boxes of personal effects and are ahead of me by a couple of hours.  I have stopped at Fort MacLeod to ease body stiffness and to look around.  I have my range finder camera and a 28mm wide angle prime lens to gather practice with.  I stop at the North West Mounted Police barracks which in non-COVID times would be a tourist site; today it’s closed.  It looks to be an interesting site from outside its walls.

From the barracks, I scan the horizon and find this Alberta Wheat Pool grain elevator. I find my way to it and enjoy an hour of stop and start composition finding. I work through different exposures from all sides of the elevator; my daughter and wife have given me the gift of time that is at my leisure. Good. I have the other 1400 km to travel back home in the next two days. The fun will be in the editing of these images in the months that follow.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into (Ansel Adams).’

Listening to: John Prine’s ‘Summer’s End’ (again), ‘Caravan of Fools,’ ‘Lonesome Friends of Science’ and ‘No Ordinary Blue’ from ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’ album.

Caress and Collide

Land, cloud, light and colour – in juxtaposition they caress and collide yielding immensity in southern Alberta prairie and among foothills and mountains.

Quote to Consider/Inspire – ‘To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy (Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers).’

Listening to: Bob Dylan’s ‘False Prophet,’ ‘My Own Version of You’ and ‘I’ve made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You’ from his ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ album.


Immensities – southern Alberta prairie that stretches out unending, wind and cloud moving in the sky above and these four-story tall wind turbines. Each immensity is a necessary component of what are termed ‘wind-farms,’ an alternate means of creating electricity that does not require coal or the damming of a river system.  Again, these are images from February’s road trip between Lethbridge and Waterton Lake National park.

Quote to Inspire –  ‘The Earth is Art, the photographer is only a witness (Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above).’

Listening to: Bob Dylan’s ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways.’

Azure – Return-to

The Azure grain elevator has been an intended, return-to location for my camera and me.  The last time I shot this grain elevator, I did so in the early afternoon and was looking into the sun. Doing so, produced more of a silhouette and the harsh light did not yield colour well. These images are taken more than a kilometre from the elevator. The telephoto lens does well compressing distance between tractor, grain elevator and mountains – all seem quite close to each other when, in fact, a sizable distances separate them.

Quote to Inspire – ‘Photography takes an instant out of time, altering Life by holding it still (Dorothea Lange).’

Listening to: ‘Blue Moon,’ ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Wave’ and ‘Don’t Let It Go’ from Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ album.

Summer’s End – Foothills

Gratitude – an evening’s opportunity to be out with cameras behind Nanton, westward into foothills at summer’s end.

Quote to Inspire – ‘All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth (Richard Avedon).’

Listening to: ‘Cycle,’ ‘Morning,’ ‘Heart is a Drum’ and ‘Say Goodbye’ from Beck’s album, ‘Morning Phase.’

Nanton Grain Elevators

A few Nanton, Alberta moments, perhaps an hour’s worth of stop and start in collecting these grain elevator images with an older rangefinder camera, the camera slowing me down … allowing me to think through exposure settings, the gather of composition, the finding of what works and the back and forth zoom only accomplished by foot.

Quote to Inspire: ‘I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph (Leon Levinstein).’

Listening to: ‘Naima,’ ‘Libra,’ ‘Capella,’ and ‘Ad Te Levavi’ from Tommy Smith’s ‘Into Silence.’

That Truck

A two-tonne grain truck sits on the north side of the highway connecting Lethbridge with Fort MacLeod.  The truck and the landscape it sits within intrigue. On the southern side of the highway are coulees and then further south is the Blood Reserve.

Quote to Inspire – ‘The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things in words (Elliott Erwitt).’

Listening to: Tommy Smith’s 2002 Jazz album, ‘Into the Silence.’


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