January 28, 2016
THE GREAT ICE SHOW, Winnipeg's Winter Wonderland, opened January 25, 2016.The ice sculptures were created by fifty specially trained Chinese ice artisans. Sculptures include life-size dinosaurs, an ice replica of Manitoba’s legislative building, huge sliding toboggan runs, an igloo and dozens of smaller sculptures of various wildlife, etc. The pilot project, The Great Ice Show, is the brainchild of Paul Kostas, the owner of Humphry Inn & Suites, Andy Zhao, general manager at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg Airport, and Vivian Jiao of Humphry Inn & Suites. The Great Ice Show will run as long as the ice can be maintained intact. Have a look at some of my images.
November 17, 2015
Some people call them caves but most are really just huge cracks in the limestone bedrock. This large crack was found alongside Lake Winnipeg near Pine Dock, MB and was covered with moss. It towered 4-5 meters and was at least 20 meters deep. It is similar to the cracks and fissures found along Clearwater Lake in Clearwater Lake Provincial Park. It is part of a larger system that I plan to explore next summer.
November 15, 2015
In the park beside my backyard, I composed this image of tree shadows as the sun rose above the horizon.
November 4, 2015
F8 and be there! It pays to be ready. Most importantly though, you have to be there! You need to make the effort. I left Winnipeg with my friend Dave Benson on a wet and soggy early morning around 4:30 AM and arrived in Kenora just before sunrise. It rained for most of the two-hour drive. It looked as if the sky would clear just in time for sunrise at Middle Lake and, in fact it did, but it only lasted a few minutes, just enough to create a few images. Had I listened only to the current weather forecast or not made the trip out to Kenora, the top image would have remained unexposed. The sky remained fairly cloudy for the rest of the day but I did return later at sunset to capture the bottom image. I used neutral graduated filters to better balance the extreme contrast of light. F8 and be there!
November 1, 2015
My traveling companion, Brad Smith, and I came across this large iceberg shortly past Eastport on our way to the seaport of Salvage. We managed to find a location off the main road to make a few images and then proceeded to Salvage to photograph the scenic little village. On our way back to our B&B, we passed the iceberg once more and decided to make a few more images off the main road, including the image you are viewing. It was a very peaceful and serene scene and we left with the hope of trying to photograph it again the following morning. The next morning we photographed it again just before returning for breakfast when all of a sudden we heard a loud crack as I yelled "It's coming down"! In a matter of less than a minute, the iceberg literally crumbled into pieces before our eyes as we, of course, continued to photograph. I managed a nice sequence of images which I hope to show in the future. It sure brought home the point that you should never approach too close to an iceberg, thinking of course of the week prior when we had indeed done just that! What an experience!!!