Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Lake Minnewanka Stars

Jan 25 2014


Lake Minnewanka Stars by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com


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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.

Mystic Beach Cave

Jan 8 2014


Mystic Beach Cave by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com

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!

Tantalus Mountain Range

Jan 1 2014


Tantalus Mountain Range by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com

Happy 2014!

Here’s to a new year of adventure, inspiration & laughter! The possibilities are endless.

Festive Ornaments

Dec 21 2013


Festive Ornaments by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com

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.

Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii

Dec 21 2013


Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com

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!!

Sunset waves, Hanakao’o Beach, Maui

Dec 20 2013

Sunset at Hanakao'o Beach, Maui by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com

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!

Catch me if you can…

Dec 20 2013


Catch me if you can... by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com

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.

Vancouver Island Winter Sunset

Dec 20 2013


Vancouver Island Winter Sunset by Lisa Bettany on 500px.com

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! :-/

Victoria Street lights at night, Old town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Dec 22 2012

Victoria Street lights at night, Old town, Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

Angry pre-apocalyptic sky is angry.

Dec 21 2012

Apocalypse!! Fiery red sunset

Canon 5DMK3+70-200mm, 1/160 @ f/6.3, ISO 160.

Extra cupcakes & a zombie survival kit have been purchased just in case ;)