Posts Tagged ‘Sunset’
Between trips up the Winter Ice Road, I had to make a trip to Paulatuk for work. My flight connection required me to overnight in Inuvik and the next day the weather decided I should stay in Inuvik for a while, two days actually. On day two of our layover, my business partner and I decided to rent a truck and drive the Dempster Highway to the Yukon. I had never driven the Dempster before and just one day earlier it was closed due to weather conditions, this could get interesting. By lunch time we had our rental and some munchies and we were off. Our plan was to make it to the Yukon border and cross it before heading back. We knew we would stop in Fort McPherson for dinner on our return (my business partner has family there). We would make several stops to just take in our surroundings and I was snapping photos everywhere. It was a great day and I know now that I have to drive the entire Dempster Highway in summer or early fall, it was amazing. Here are some images I created during that day of driving. Thanks for stopping in, enjoy the images and for those of you looking for part two of the Caribou, don’t worry it is coming as is part two of Driving the Dempster. Thanks again and as always Happy Shooting.
Today I finished my second day of a two-day workshop at Deninu School in Fort Resolution, NWT. The workshop was arranged between a Teacher, Alex, and Skills Canada NWT. There were five students attending the two days of classes, Tori and Tamara (two-thirds of the triplets, lol), Braiden, Isaac and Sam (Sam is thinking I saved the best for last again, I can hear her, lol). Alex was also sitting in and she will be leading the photography charge from here. The workshop itself was pretty informal, getting in the ideas and some of the technical things but letting Alex and her class determine the direction we went and when classroom stuff would stop and actual shooting would start. I decided to not be involved in the shooting. I had a couple of reasons, one was that I wasn’t really prepared for the temperature (for an hour in near -20) and the second was I wanted to see if any of the classroom discussion was actually being learned (without me giving direction again). Did anyone pay attention? Well I guess you can check below to see what these five young people did. I also learned a few things. First, Alex is really dedicated to her students and is going above and beyond to make sure they get everything they can from their education. Second is the fact that these young people are great. They came to a workshop at school for two of the three days of a long weekend and they asked several times to stay later and continue with workshop stuff. All six (Alex and the Students) made me feel very welcome and glad I decided to come to Fort Resolution to do this event. I even got a photo thank you, Isaac decided to write “Thank you Lee” is the fresh snow and photograph it for a little slide show today. Thank you Isaac, I appreciated that. Thanks to Alex and the rest of the gang as well, you guys are great. Did I say “I love the work I do for Skills” lately? If not I am now. Tomorrow is a free day for me to travel to Fort Smith so I can do this all over again. Oh and before I go, thanks Jan and the Skills team for giving me this opportunity again. Last night I looked through all the images taken and picked seven from each student. I than edited each one and did a slide show for the class. I am posting only one image from each student today, leaving the others for a possible future follow-up blog post. Here is what the future of photography in Fort Resolution saw this weekend. Enjoy, thanks for following along and as always Happy Shooting.
From October 16 to the 22nd I was visiting the Hamlet of Paulatuk. My day job on occasion allows me to travel to interesting places throughout the NWT. I was in Paulatuk to assist with some accounting/finance work and although I did bring my camera gear, I wasn’t sure I would get much time to photograph. Being that far north the sun isn’t in the sky as long as it is even in Yellowknife so daylight would be limited. I was also expecting snow and ice to be all around the area by this time of year. Flying in from Inuvik on a Beechcraft King Air, I was surprised that there wasn’t much snow and Darnley Bay was not frozen, there weren’t even any signs of ice starting to form. After landing I got settled into my residence for the week and began to plan for a week of work. Throughout the week Paulatuk experienced all types of weather, sunny skies one day, raining the next and snowing the next. For most of the week it was wet and overcast. Even in those conditions Paulatuk is one of my favourite places to visit. Two of the evenings I was there I got out for around an hour to create some images and on my final full day I took some time to go out and see the amazing landscapes around the area. I had use of a truck and drove around for about one and one half hours. Last time I was in Paulatuk, I saw five Grizzly Bears in six days. This time I didn’t see any but, there were three around the Hamlet during my trip. I captured only the landscape this time. Next time I go to Paulatuk it will be winter and I bet January is a cold month there, I guess I will find out. For now I can only show you how the area looked in mid October. Here is a sample of what I saw, enjoy. Thanks for viewing and as always Happy Shooting.
Ok, for those of you thinking of old movies and came to see Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in all their glory, sorry, lol. Yesterday was a great day. Around 5:00 pm my niece came by with a special treat. She brought her 6 week old daughter and we got to spend about an hour and a half with little Kaiyer. She was awesome and for such a small thing when she wants to make noise she really can. After our visit Dale and I headed out to Pontoon Lake to meet some friends. We were planning on having dinner there and staying to catch any Aurora that might appear. I had big plans for a sunset shoot at a special location as well. We arrived and met our friends. Sunset was about an hour away so, I decided to hang out at Pontoon and leave my special sunset spot for another day (maybe even tonight). We unloaded the truck and almost right away I wandered around looking for images to create. I took several dozen images before the sun dipped below the horizon. Once the sun was down we all made dinner and enjoyed the company of friends. Later, I again started to wander and started to notice that the Aurora was starting to brew. Aurora photography started in full swing. There were cameras and tripods all around and lots of images were being gathered. This continued until around 1:30 am at which time we started to pack up for the short drive home. It was a great evening and night. We arrived home unloaded our things and quickly cleaned up (no more campfire smell). It was around 4:00 am before I final decided to catch some Z’s. I was up at 8:00 am to get Megan to the dentist and then I decided it would be a good time to process some images and do a new post. This is it! So, below are some images created during our latest adventure. Enjoy, thanks for coming by and as always Happy Shooting.
Another great day in southern Alberta. No one got up to early this morning, I was first and I did some organizing before any of the ladies were up. Bella the Dog decided at about 7:45 am that I had slept long enough and she jumped up on the couch and squeezed and squirmed until I had little to no room so, I got up and she then went back to sleep. I guess Bella thought that if Jenna could get away with taking my spot in the bed than she could take my spot on the couch, lol. It is a good thing our RV sleeps nine because I need the space. Once everyone was up, we ate and quickly made our way to Kyla’s. Yesterday Kyla got her power connected so, we went over and did laundry-let’s see how her budget works when four family members are in town, lol. I have a feeling mom will make sure everything is ok, if she hasn’t done that already. We tidied up and organized a few things while we were there and Megan got in some good Sims 3 playing time. Dale and I made a couple quick trips to the store for supplies and a few apartment needs. Megan and Jenna wanted to stay over at Kyla’s for a night before we start heading north and we heard about that several times today. What we did do for the first time was have a family dinner there. Pizza and Tacos was the meal of choice and during our dinner we helped Dale get caught up on some Walking Dead episodes (Kyla’s new TV rocks). We also put an old Bill Haley album and had the turntable spin the tunes while we hung some posters and a few other items. So the dishes were done, the trash was taken out and we were heading back to the RV. Remembering that I said I would have time the create some images, I decided to take a detour and went up to the Bridge for a few images. The light was fading fast as it was already 9:00 pm (man the sun sets fast here compared to Yellowknife). I wanted to try to get the setting sun and the worlds longest and highest train trestle (known as the High Level Bridge over the Oldman River) in one image. I found a place to get my shot and didn’t even get hit by traffic while doing it. It is too bad the light had faded because as I was setting up for my long exposure landscape a family of deer walked right in front of me about 40 metres away. I even had my 120 – 400mm with me but, it was way to dark to capture them. I did get a few bridge shots. Here is my favourite shot from tonight. Tomorrow, I am sure, will bring some more adventure but for now, enjoy this image. Thanks for hanging around and as always Happy Shooting.
We stayed in Lethbridge, Alberta today and spent our day moving Kyla’s things into her new apartment. Kyla seemed pretty excited to be getting her own place. Megan and Jenna seemed quite excited as well, they even did a lot of the carrying of boxes. It took less than two hours to get most of her things inside and another hour or so before most of that was put in its new place. Once done, we took a quick drive around the University of Lethbridge campus and while there we visited with a family of deer who were feeding on the University grounds. I was packing my camera for the move, so I tool a couple of iPhone shots (evidence, lol) and we quickly moved on. We grabbed a late dinner and then organized our stuff for our final moving load tomorrow. It has been a great trip so far but, because today was very lite when it came to creating images, I am going to post an image from our first night at Louise Falls (another shot taken while shooting with Adam Hill) and a second from our night in Valleyview. If you have been following our little vacation, you might remember that I discussed that Kyla and I didn’t agree on the sunset image to post. I posted the one Kyla liked best. Well, the one post here is my choice. You can decide which of us is right. Tomorrow there is the final trip to the apartment and some shopping for a few final things for our young adult and I may even carry my camera around (no deer will escape tomorrow, lol). For now here are the images from the first two nights, thanks again for checking in. Enjoy the images and as always, Happy Shooting.
Day 3 of our journey and it was a short travel day. Valleyview to Devon with no stops. We arrive at the Devon Lion’s Campground around 2:30 pm and set up our campsite. A late lunch and some time to just hang out and relax. We took Bella the Dog for a quick walk (after the thunder showers) and she was a mess. Bella’s first dog bath in the RV, lol! More resting and a quick trip through town to see what we can put on tomorrows agenda. Right now games are being played and a movie night is planned. Today as an exercise I decided it would be a good idea if we made our own landscapes. Kyla napped so she was out, Dale decided to read so, she was out and that left Megan, Jenna and myself. Jenna created a big sunset on a field of canola (she knows we are in Alberta, lol). Megan created a lone tree in a nice field (a prairie shot for sure). I decided to create a nice stream running across the landscape with a small waterfall. I even included my f-stop tilopa camera bag (purchased from Darwin Wiggett) and my Gitzo GT1540 traveller tripod (purchased from Adam Hill). Making our own images was a great idea and great fun. It did use a lot more time then we all planned but, it was a good way to kill an afternoon. Here are the three images we created. You can decide which one is best, I like them all. Thanks for following along, enjoy what we created and as always, Happy Shooting.