Heavy clouds over Beaverhill Lake
I made this photograph back in August of 2008 on a beautiful, calm morning at Beaverhill Lake but which didn’t last long — by mid-morning the clouds had completely rolled in, and I proceeded with getting soaked (all part of the experience).
I printed this photo today, as the first two prints (here and here) in my Daily Print project (explained here) were both highly-detailed, finely textured images with bold colours, so I thought I’d try something different, and a little out of the ordinary for me. It was interesting to see the finished print — the colours turned out great, but let’s say I need to practice printing more soft-textured images… (that’s what this whole exercise is about though, I guess, and I’m having fun doing it too)
Dried winter grasses along barbed wire fence
The “Golden Hour” is generally thought of as the first and last hour of sunlight in the day. During this time, the low angle of the sun casts soft, warm sidelighting that gives beautiful definition to a subject while keeping the contrast low and enhancing the rich colours. But during the winter, here at our northern latitudes, that light can last for most of the day.
It’s not uncommon for landscape photographers to pack it in after first light, however another Edmonton photographer whose work I really enjoy, Joel Koop, recently wrote a pair of blog posts (here and here) sharing how he takes on the challenge of mid-day light. I couldn’t agree more with him, and especially at this time of year I love to be outside in the afternoon, looking for just the right patch of light. (I took the photograph above in late November at just before 3 in the afternoon.)
Altocumulus sunrise and willow
Here’s another photo that I’ve prepared for the Goldbar craft sale (see previous post for details). I made this exposure in the summer of 2008 while working banding birds at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory near Tofield, AB. I saw many beautiful sunrises that summer, although I didn’t always get the chance to capture them in a photograph.