During last October’s Kelby World-wide Photowalk, I snapped two different shots of a retro-green work shed along Ragged Ass Road in Yellowknife. When looking back to my photowalk photos, I recognized that it might be possible to stitch them together in a Panorama in Adobe Lightroom Classic. It worked. It does have curious distortion. But, it worked. Good.
Quote to Consider / Inspire: ‘You might be a photographer if … your eyesight from staring at the computer has gone for F11 to F1.8.’
Listening to: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ and ‘Brilliant Disguise.’
Having a look through photos for the other images, the other possible edits from last September’s jaunt up to Indian Cabins, Alberta. Liking the light, shadow, colours, lines and textures of these burial houses and the narrative(s) that can be gleaned.
Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘Circumstantial light considers not only all the properties and behaviors of natural light, but also how that light interacts with the objects around [you], so that [you] can transform those objects into light-shaping tools.’ – Roberto Valenzuela
Listening to: Taylor McFerrin’s ‘Degrees of Light.’
A sunny morning, early in January with my daughter. A breakfast, then dropping her off at her university dorm. From Lethbridge, I travelled along roads taking me from Coalhurst to Standoff, Cardston and Waterton Lakes National Park, then up to Pincher Creek and back home to Edmonton. Enjoying the play of light and shadow in the cloudwork of this day.
Quote to Consider / Inspire: ‘What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.’ – Karl Lagerfeld
Listening to: Gord Downie’s ‘Introduce Yourself;’ a song reminding of my father coping with Alzheimer’s disease.
Bighorn sheep take advantage of a windswept, mountain meadow to graze.
Quote to consider – ‘One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and on. It’s on all the time.’ – Annie Liebovitz
Listening to: Joni Mitchell’s ‘This Flight Tonight;’ a surprise to find that a Nazareth song I’d listened so often to in my teens was penned, strummed and sung by Joni Mitchell.
-30C and lower temperatures – a day beginning at 2:00 a.m. with a drive from Edmonton south and west, a day at Abraham Lake and into Banff National Park.
Quote to consider – ‘The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking at so much.’ – Annie Liebovitz
Listening to: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Harmony Hall.’
An August image of the new Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta from Saskatchewan Drive looking through to the Alberta Legislature Building.
Quote to Consider / Inspire – ‘Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in Art.’ – Ambrose Bierce
Listening to – Rosanne Cash’s ‘The Only Thing Worth Fighting For (featuring Colin Meloy)’ and ‘The Undiscovered Country.’
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.’
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.
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.’
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.’
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