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I saw stars! I was in the Canadian Rockies this past week and I completely fell in love with the landscapes around Banff and Lake Louise. I ran myself ragged photographing from sunrise to sunset and sometime after to capture the stars. I was fortunate to have some of the best weather they have seen in months.
This was my very last shot just hours before my flight from Calgary. I couldn’t help grabbing a few last star shots above Mount Inglismaldie on a chilly -10C evening on a semi-melted slushy lake. It was bubbling and cracking under my feet as I took this shot. In hindsight, I was very fortunate to not fall in… Mountain photography is not for the faint of heart.
A view of yesterday’s shoot at Mystic Beach on the Juan de Fuca Trail, Vancouver Island from inside an epic cave. It was an incredible location for landscape and star photography.
I rarely use my 15mm fisheye lens because most of the time, it’s, well, too fishy , but for things like this, it’s the coolest lens in my bag!
Here’s to a new year of adventure, inspiration & laughter! The possibilities are endless.
Canon 5DMK3+100mm f/2.8L, 3.2s at f/14, ISO 200.
It’s decorating time! I think I spend more time photographing my ornaments than actually decorating! Little tip: To get really sharp images of your decorations in low light, you need to use a tripod. I have tried and failed so many times without one.
Canon 5DMK3+16-35mm, 30seconds at f/5.0, ISO 200.
Kīlauea Volcano bubbles and smokes into the night sky. This was actually a challenging photo to take. It was pitch black and I ended up hiking into the bush to get some trees as foreground elements. Without them the photo was dull and lifeless. I’m glad I packed my headlamp!!
Canon 5DMK3+16-35mm+ND filter +2, 0.4s at f/9.0, ISO 100. Tripod: MeFoto DayTrip.
Waves at shoreline, Hanakao’o Beach, Maui with Lanai in the background. I got very wet taking this photo big waves are sneaky!
Canon 5DMK3 + 16-35mm, 1/250 at f/8.0, ISO 200.
I was just about to give up on this shot when a young girl ran in front of my lens making an average sunset shot in Maui much more magical.
Canon 5DMK3+16-35mm, 1/2s at f/22, ISO 100.
The water is so calm in this secluded bay in Deep Cove North Saanich that it mirrors the sky quite beautifully. I also realized that I need a pair of waterproof boots because I keep setting up shots IN water. Wet feet on a cold night in Canada is no fun! :-/
Canon 5DMK3+16-35mm, 8s at f/16, ISO 200.
It was snowing/sleeting quite heavily when I took this photo. I forgot to pack my lens hood on this trip, so I had to DIY one out of business cards and duct tape (never leave home without it!). Even with this extremely solid contraption I was still getting water drops all over my lens, so I had to continually go into coffee shops to wipe my lens off, resulting in an extreme caffeine overload :P I stood in this spot for about 30 minutes waiting for the right car to pass by… It’s definitely a waiting game to get great light trails.
Canon 5DMK3+70-200mm, 1/160 @ f/6.3, ISO 160.
Extra cupcakes & a zombie survival kit have been purchased just in case ;)