The forecast was for sunny skies but .... you know how that usually turns out! Driving along the highway south of Thompson on a very cold morning of my last day of the trip, I kept an eye on this 'sun halo' that appeared at first very faint but eventually intensified. I finally stopped at a location with a promising foreground. After ensuring that it was safe to exit the vehicle, I mounted my wide angle PC (perspective control) lens onto the camera in order to keep the trees 'straight' and not 'leaning back' as I aimed the lens high to capture mostly sky. It appears somewhat as if spokes are coming through the 'circle of light'.
This great gray owl certainly looked warmer than I was photographing it on the side of the highway just past Swan River. It was frigidly cold and, upon close inspection, you can actually see frost crystals on its face. It waited quite contently, turning its head to one side, then the other, looking for mice. It posed for me for a good 10 minutes before it flew off to a nearby spruce tree where I made a few more captures. Such encounters with wildlife always start the day off on the right foot!
February 25, 2014
Frigid temperatures often bring clear skies and the possibilitiy of great light but not always. I was fortunate to capture this image near Swan River last evening. It's a nice way to end the day.
February 12, 2014
The 'digital revolution' has produced a glut of images but, unfortunately, much of this imagery is also of lower standards. While there is certainly more variety to choose from, one often needs to spend much time to find that gem amidst all that clutter. A good portion of that imagery is not very good at all, mediocre to say the least. The motto for the last few years has been 'It's good enough'. Will this change? Not likely! Most folks don't recognize great quality and/or will not commit to paying for good imagery. The quality of many publications, including some of my favorite magazines, has unfortunately taken a serious downturn in quality during these last few years, both in terms of quality of the photographs as well as in printing quality. There are still excellent publications produced but, sadly, many fewer than there used to be!
November 10, 2013
On my way up to photograph the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from the balcony at the new Prairie 360 revolving restaurant in Winnipeg, I noticed the shrivelled leaves of vines hanging from the limestone off the first floor of the building. Just a few weeks ago, the leaves would have been alive with saturated color. Now, the color had mostly disappeared and the leaves had shrivelled and dried. I have always been attracted to this sort of muted color which tends to dominate in the seasons 'between fall and winter' and again 'between winter and spring'. I enhanced the nostalic look by bringing the image into an App called 'Vintage Scene' in which I overlayed a subtle texture and frame. The scene reminded me of my very first print exhibition called 'Subtle Images' which hung in Edmonton in the early 1980s.