Opal Spring

Prairie Crocus growing through Kinnikinnick.

Prairie Crocus growing through Kinnikinnick.

While HDR is a useful solution to dramatic lighting, nature often demands a more subtle touch. The crocus pushing through kinnickinnick was photographed at ground level from a tripod in cloud-diffused early morning light.

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Pools of Blue and Gold

Coast not far from  L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

Not far from L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. July 2012.

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Fiery Áísínai’pi Morning

Áísínai’pi  .writing-on-Stone sunrise

Áísínai’pi Sunrise

You can’t escape it. To get those early morning sunrises means you have to be in position before it happens. Being in the right spot at the right time can happen by chance, but scouting the area the previous day will certainly help you find the locations with the most potential. Essential equipment? Besides the obvious camera and tripod, a headlamp is essential to safely find your way in the darkness. And dress warmly — waiting for peak light can be chilly.

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Matryoshka Dolls,  Ukranian Book Store. Fort Edmonton, Alberta.

Matryoshka Dolls, Ukranian Book Store. Fort Edmonton, Alberta.

As I have said before, outside of macro nature photography, one of my favourite photography jaunts is strolling through old junk or antique stores and finding interesting ‘as-is’ subjects and vignettes. The challenge is to somehow isolate and invigorate the subject with strong composition, without losing the magic that attracted your attention in the first place.

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Great Sandhills revisited


In 2009 I did my first solo photographic trip. The destination was the Great Sandhills in Saskatchewan, and the resulting photographs formed the basis of my first magazine article with Photo Life. It didn’t cause a great stir, but for me it was a milestone, the first paid full-sized article that was written and illustrated by myself. The photos have been off-line since I switched from SmugMug to Zenfolio, but I finally have them up again. I have some new ideas on how they should appear, so I am hoping to re-process these images in the future, but for now the originals are there for the viewing. Check out the Great Sandhills gallery, to get a view of this fascinating place.

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Alberta Views Photo Contest Deadline near!

They’re looking for surprising views of Alberta’s public spaces…



“The deadline is drawing near for the 2015 Alberta Views Photo Contest! Interested photographers have until Friday, Feb 28, to send us their surprising views of Alberta’s public spaces.

The basics are the same as last year:

  • The grand prize for the winning entry is $1,000 plus publication in an upcoming issue
  • Enter as many photos as you like; the fee for your first entry is $30, subsequent entries are only $15
  • Each entry include a one-year (10 issue) subscription to Alberta Viewsmagazine

For more information and full entry guidelines visit our website or call us at 1-877-212-5334 (toll-free within Alberta).

Best of luck to all who enter!”


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