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.’

Cold Mist

January Mists - High Level, Alberta 1

January Mists – High Level, Alberta 1

January Mists - High Level, Alberta 2

January Mists – High Level, Alberta 2

January Mists - High Level, Alberta 3

January Mists – High Level, Alberta 3

January Mists - High Level, Alberta 4

January Mists – High Level, Alberta 4

High Level, Alberta images consider the cold of January – mist reflects light from main street, street lights (-18C); dense, early morning mist surrounds the high school (-42C).

Quote to Consider / Inspire: “Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future (Sally Mann).”

Listening to: an audiobook of Sebastion Barry’s ‘The Secret Scripture;’ and, U2’s ‘Lights of Home.’

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.’

Morning Haze and Light-play

Early Edmonton Morning in August - 1

Early Edmonton Morning in August – 1

Early Edmonton Morning in August - 2

Early Edmonton Morning in August – 2

Early Edmonton Morning in August - 3

Early Edmonton Morning in August – 3

Early Edmonton Morning in August - 4

Early Edmonton Morning in August – 4

Early Edmonton Morning in August - 5

Early Edmonton Morning in August – 5

Early Edmonton Morning in August - 6

Early Edmonton Morning in August – 6

An early, July, Saturday morning in Edmonton finds me with my camera at play with haze and light.

Quote to Consider / Inspire: “Elegance is a virtue. Elegance is simplicity. I learned about elegance … because one day I was in Japan and saw a totally empty house and then a small detail … like a flower arrangement or painting. And, the rest is empty. This is elegance … because … there’s only one detail that you can pay attention to. Elegance is about getting rid of all the superfluous things and focus on the most beautiful one (paraphrase, Paul Coelho).”

Listening to: Cloud Cult’s ‘You Were Born,’ from their album ‘Light Chasers.’

Summer Look-back

Barn - Hay Lakes, Alberta 1

Barn – Hay Lakes, Alberta 1

Barn - Hay Lakes, Alberta 2

Barn – Hay Lakes, Alberta 2

Barn - Hay Lakes, Alberta 3

Barn – Hay Lakes, Alberta 3

Bird and Canola Field - Hay Lakes, Alberta

Bird and Canola Field – Hay Lakes, Alberta

Canola Field - Hay Lakes, Alberta

Canola Field – Hay Lakes, Alberta

Edmonton Skyline - Sunset 1

Edmonton Skyline – Sunset 1

Edmonton Skyline - Sunset 2

Edmonton Skyline – Sunset 2

Farm - Hay Lakes, Alberta

Farm – Hay Lakes, Alberta

A sunny, August day in central Alberta saw my wife, daughter (recently returned from Guatemala) and me driving back roads in central Alberta. Clouds were building through the afternoon – there would be a thunder shower this evening. My wife and daughter were content to read through the stop and start and camera work. The timeline was our own, we could stretch the day, we would return to camp after sunset. We could explore. I could look at the world through my camera lens.

Quote to Consider / Inspire – “In the fields of observation chance favours only the prepared mind (Louis Pasteur, 7 December 1854). Other versions of this quote include: (1) Chance favors the prepared mind; (2) Fortune favors the prepared mind; (3) In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind; and, (4) Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.

Listening to – Alexandr Misko, ‘Beyond the Box.’

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.

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