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Back to the Rocks

Well let me tell you, the transition to full time photography has been quite the unexpected rides and saw us pretty much shooting non-stop for the last few months…meaning no time for landscape or urban photography..I also realized I hadn’t finished with the shots from the Rockies…so more on that :) .

These two shots are probably my favourites from the entire trip. It was a cold and stormy morning, with heavy clouds furiously moving through the valley. Rain on and off down in the valley. Snow on the higher mountain peaks. The moving clouds just allowed enough sunlight to peak through from time to time. The minute I saw the peak of Cascade mountain light up, I knew what shot I wanted to get. It was just a matter of waiting out the clouds…

Cascade mountain in a storm

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PHOTOGRAPH launch

Other than a couple of rare exceptions (Photolife being one), I have stopped buying photo mags a long time ago. While I really do enjoy the feel of flicking through the pages, I felt taken advantage of. You have to fork out $10-15 for a piece of paper that was half advertising, half rehashed material. I can find all the gear reviews I need on the net, thank you!

Enters PHOTOGRAPH. My friend David Duchemin, just (and I mean just) launched his latest project: a new photography magazine that is ALL content and NO bullshit. While I knew of this project for a while, and while I knew who was on board, I wasn’t really too sure what to expect. However, I have to say the result is simply stunning!

Amazing photography displayed in all its glory:

As an appetizer, PHOTOGRAPH serves up more than what most publications give you in a year: Three outstanding portfolios from some heavy hitters out there. We’re not talking about bozo in his basement here. The first, by amazing landscape photographer Bruce Percy, one of my all time faves, presents his work from Iceland. Nate Parker follows it up with some great black and whites from Acadia and New England. Then, one of my all time heroes, Art Wolfe, the man himself shows us some of his work from Burma and Hokkaido. And as if the images were not enough, you get a short interview of each of these three gentlemen.

And this is the appetizer…

Right after that, the crew at Craft & Vision concocted a wonderful blend of technical and less technical articles by a hole bunch of awesome ladies and gentlemen. Wonderfully written and illustrated articles that are not your usual run of the mill. The likes of JP Caponigro, Chris Orwig, David Duchemin, Andrew Gibson, Nicole Young and many more have some great material that is sure to please just about everyone.

All in All, 130+ pages of beautiful stuff, no BS, no advertising. Just quality content…and it’s all yours for $8. Want to talk about value? Yeah. Exactly.

Now on a last note, a little disclaimer: I have had the privilege to add my name to this amazing lineup of writers and photographers (and I still have to pinch myself to make sure it is not a dream, seriously).

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Fall

Sorry for the lame title…too late in the evening to come up with anything better :) .

Went to Eagle’s nest for my yearly fall pilgrimage and I wasn’t to be disappointed. The colours this year are simple stunning. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

fall foliage in Calabogie

On a somewhat related topic, you can check the latest issue of Photolife for my article on how to make the best of fall colours…

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Bow to the Crow

crowfoot glacier close up with earth's shadow

So, you want surreal? This is about as surreal as it gets.

The beauty with the Canadian Rockies is that you really don’t need to go very far for incredible, mind blowing scenery. Really. I mean, on this particular day, my first on my recent trip, I thought I play it nice and easy, and literally just stepped out of my hotel room for some jaw dropping sunrise shoot.

That’s what I thought at least! I knew that venturing anywhere else always ran the risk of some bear encounters (see 2 posts ago), but really, how crazy can it get less than 100ft from your lodge, right? WRONG!

Crowfoot Glacier from Bow Lake

As I am setting up on the lakeshore, the ground below me starts shaking with quite some force, almost throwing me off balance. The shock was sudden and unexpected and left me wondering whether I should run for my life or just crouch down and wait for it to pass. As the tremors slowly subsided and I began to recover my senses, I noticed that the mountain across the lake had started moving. Yes, moving. From an amorphous of rock and dirt, it began unfolding, expanding, taking form.  I am not sure if it was the fear within me or just the overall commotion, but I couldn’t quite tell what it was. Then all the sudden, I saw this pair of enormous black wings spreading, taking shape, flapping in the atmosphere around it. The wings flapped, once, then twice, then this giant creature took off in the skies above.  I am not sure I fully understood when it screamed overhead, but I thought it had to do with Bowing to the Crow…Not sure I will ever know.

As quickly as it came about, it vanished never to be seen again. I only have my (somewhat shaky) memories to account for it as my hands just froze and couldn’t muster a shot from my camera, but it will be with me forever, unreal, yet so vivid.

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Was it real, was it all my imagination? I am not sure I will ever know…

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Old Love

Moraine and I go a long way. Back when I was young and petulant, she threw her charms at me and I was seduced in an instant.

Oh, there was disappointment. There was sadness. Many a battle waged. Many losses I suffered. Yet, like a fool, I kept coming back. The lure too strong to resist. The urge, irrational, yet irrepressible.

Here I was again, five years almost to the day, kneeling at her foot, yearning, wishing and hoping for her to flash a bit of that magic that can capture a soul. On this day though, she wouldn’t disappoint.

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Moraine lake at twilight and sunrise, with fiery colours above the valley of ten peaks

The wenkchemma glaciers and the beautiful iconic view at Moraine Lake

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