Tofino #2 – Cathedral Grove

After breakfast at a busy little diner in downtown Victoria with my cousin and a couple of her friends we headed north up the east coast of the island to Nanimo. This portion of the drive was pretty painful, although nice fast roads in spots, it passes through a bunch of towns full of stop lights, and traffic, and it seemed to take forever. When we finally passed Nanimo and turned west to head across Island, it was a real relief to leave most of the traffic behind. I had some concerns about this section of the drive, because everyone I […]

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Tofino #1 – Victoria

A friend and I decided to go out to Tofino to do some fishing, and Whale watching. We left Calgary around sunrise and had a pretty easy and uneventful drive through Kamloops to Vancouver, making good really good time and reaching the ferry terminal a couple hours ahead of schedule. After spending all day in the car and on the ferry we met up with a friend on the way into  Victoria and headed downtown to have a look around. After a bit of a rain storm, the weather had cleared up nicely, and we ended up going for a bit […]

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Random Photos

Photos from an afternoon of fishing at Carburn Park, and a very unproductive drive I took through the country out by Priddis.    

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Grey Partridge

I never knew we had Partridges in Calgary until a few months ago, when a fellow photographer posted some photos that she had taken in her back yard. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out looking for them. I had a delivery to do for work way out in the country by Millerville, so I thought I’d bring my camera along, because on previous trips there I have seen moose, coyotes pheasant, and maybe even a cougar (but it was too far away to be sure). Of course since I had my camera along this time there was nothing to […]

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Fish Creek Park – Birds

I heard from a fellow photographer that there was a Great Horned Owl that had nested and in Fish Creek Park, and had recently had a couple chicks. So I went down to see if I could find them. It didn’t take very long to figure out where they were, as there was already a bunch of photographers down there watching them. It was pretty neat to see them, but with the nest facing east, and the sun setting directly behind it, shooting pictures was a bit of a waste of time. I think that Owl chicks might possible be […]

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Elbow Falls

I went for a bit of a walk out by Elbow Falls. It was still pretty wet and cold with snow on the ground, but it was good to get out for the afternoon.              

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Fishing – McKinnon Flats

I wanted to do some fishing before the spring run-off started so I headed out to McKinnon Flats. There was a bit of a wind, so I figured I’d use my spin rod. But when I got down to the river it soon became apearent that the wind was the least of my problems. While it had been warm lately and all the snow was pretty much gone, the ice on the riverbanks was a whole other story. As much as five feet thick in places, it made it almost impossible to even get to the rivers edge without risking falling through […]

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Model Shoots

I don’t do a lot of people photography. But its not because I don’t know how, or because I don’t enjoy it. The truth is, it’s mostly just a big pain, finding a location to shoot at, and a model (who actually shows up), and all the other planning and such that goes into doing a model shoot. In my experience people shots (at least the ones I’ve done), don’t sell very well as stock photos so its not really worth all the hassle. On the other hand, if someone else is willing to do all the leg work and book all […]

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Big Hill Springs Provincial Park

Loop Trail Distance – 2.5 km Elevation – 88 metres I don’t think I had ever been to Big Hill Springs before, so when one of my photo groups planned an outing there I though it was a great idea. But when It came time to go I had a couple of friends wanting to come and we were running late. So we just went and did our own thing (I said hello to the group in passing, but that was about it). The springs make up a nice little set of waterfalls, so we spent some time playing with […]

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Winter in Kananaskis Country

I went out early one morning for a drive up to Spray Lakes in Kananaskis Country with the intetion of getting some winter mountain pictures. It was a really cold morning, but thankfully by the time sun came up the sky was perfectly clear and it turned out to be a really nice day, (or as nice as a day can be in February). As much as I don’t like the snow it can make for some really good photography, especially when it’s still fresh and clean looking. I was barely up the hill from Canmore when I spotted a […]

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Snowy Owl

I saw some photos of Snowy Owls posted by a professional photographer that I follow, and it made me realize that I had never seen a wild Snowy Owl before. So after a bit of research, I found out that it was actually a good time of year to find them in the prairies east of Calgary. As chance would have it a friend of mine was throwing a party that weekend at his house on the south-east corner of the city. So I figured I’d save myself some time and crash there for night so I could get an early start the next […]

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Carburn Park

It was a particularly warm January afternoon, so I thought I’d take a walk and maybe do some fishing at Carburn Park. The fishing wasn’t really happening, but I did get up close with some of the resident White-tailed Deer, and of course the ducks!      

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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

I met up with one of my photo groups at Glenbow Ranch to take some pictures, but the light was horrible and I never really got into it, and ended up just wandering around talking photography with another group member. Still not a bad way to spend an afternoon.            

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WinterStart World Cup Ski Race

One of the photography groups I’m in planned a meet at Lake Louise to shoot pictures of the Winter Start World Cup Skiing Event, and another group had a meet planned in Banff for the next day. So I decided I might as well bring a friend and spend the whole weekend in the mountains. Unfortuantly the weather didn’t really cooperate, and the second meet got canceled (the host crashed her car on the icy roads on the way in from Canmore),  and so the photos of the race were about all that I took the entire weekend. The race […]

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