October 27, 2017
Some optical weather phenomena are caused by airborne ice crystals that act like tiny prisms and diffract or bend the light slightly as the light passes through the ice crystals. Sundogs, also known as parhelia or mock suns, can be seen on opposite sides of the 22 degree sun halo just below where the mountain tops meet the sun halo. At the top of the 22 degree sun halo is a faint tangent arc. Also emanating from the sun is a very faint sun pillar (column of light) rising vertically towards the tangent arc but mostly obscured by the ice fog that is prevalent in much of the image. Even with temperatures hovering between -30 and -40 degrees Celsius, much beauty can be photographed in nature if you are comfortable and warmly dressed. Athabasca Glacier on The Icefields Parkway. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park, Alberta, #canada150 #RockyMountains #CanadianRockies #CanadianRockyMountains #Jasper #JasperNationaPark #Alberta # IcefieldsParkway #sky #halo #sunhalo # parhelia #majesticRockies #mountains #winter #22degreehalo #weather #parhelia #sundogs #tangentarc #sunpillar
December 5, 2016
I am looking forward to returning to Banff this coming January to present at the 2017 Banff Photography Summit as the Keynote Speaker. Amongst other speakers joining me at the Summit will be Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine's editor Roy Ramsay for which I have been writing and illustrating a feature called 'Discovering Canada' for the last 10 years. Incidentally, there is a great SPECIAL currently offered to new Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine subscribers.
The conference takes place in the beautiful town site of Banff in Banff National Park in Alberta from January 13-15, 2017. Conference organizer Brian Merry has a variety of events planned and you may browse the itinerary and register at the Banff Photography Summit website. Personally, I plan on taking advantage of this conference by taking a little holiday to explore and photograph the beauty of the Majestic Canadian Rockies. I hope to see a few of you at the conference!
September 10, 2014
For three weeks in August I crisscrossed the province of Alberta in search of new images for an upcoming book about Alberta. In the process, I added some 9,000 kms to my trusty van which also functioned not only as my mode of transportation but also as my 'home away from home'. I already had plenty of excellent images of the province having lived and worked in Alberta for 7 years in addition to having returned dozens of times over the years. But I wanted to see some new locations I had never seen before as well as revisit others for which a good image still eluded me. I seldom pass up a great opportunity to travel and photograph!
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September 27, 2012
I love the contrast of warm and cool colors. Abstractions seem to emphasize that even more, as in this Medicine Lake detail (Jasper, AB) made at sunset.