The last of the colour at Bridal Veil Falls.
I rested my camera on the viewing platform to stabilise as much as possible, combined with the lens OIS meant I could set an aperture around f16 and create a slow enough shutter speed to smooth the water out. This is a very non professional way of doing it, but I'm lazy and don't always want to set up my tripod.
Sunset on the parkway was beautiful. Shortly after this we settled down for the night below Athabasca glacier with hopes of a starry night and beautiful sunrise. Unfortunately the temperature dropped well below freezing and snow swept in. Resulting in one the most uncomfortable nights sleep I can remember. Thankfully this sunset far outshines the night in my memories.
I'm a sucker for reflections in photography. I think maybe because it creates symmetry, and in nature symmetry occurs on smaller scales, so taking a beautifully natural view and it to be mirrored just makes it even more mesmerizing to me.
Emerald lake never disappoints. That's why we have visited it 5 times so far.
Its amazing the difference in the lake between the seasons, always a pleasure to see how it displays.
And also, the difference in crowds is phenomenal. In summer arrive early or late as parking is a nightmare and often roads get closed or you have to a park so far away that walking in is almost not worthwhile. This time, there were less than ten cars there...Yes it was freezing cold but it was equally as charming and much more peaceful.
It wasn't just bears I got to photograph this past summer. I always loved seeing these Steller's Jays because of their beautiful vibrant blue colour and awesome crested heads. They are fast and don't sit still long so taking a sharp photo took me a while.
A few weeks ago in our group chat at work, a colleague posted that the northern lights were going off. I was in bed, and luckily Lydia read the message. I got up pretty damn quick!
Running outside the sky was alive. So we decided to drive to the local air strip to try and get the least light pollution and unobstructed view as possible (we were in a two of 250ish so we didn't have to drive far) A few colleagues were outside their house too, so we took them with us, and messaged others to join.
The next hour or so we all hung out on the airstrip and watched the lights. What made it sweeter was the fact it was pretty much the end of the season before most people went their separate ways. So it felt like the perfect way to end.
Before sunrise a large portion of the group had to awake and hike back down to go to work. Fortunately I wasn't one of them. However I still woke up with Lydia to help her pack (as she has a broken wrist), before walking around the lakes edge to get a different viewpoint of the cabin and it's surroundings. My feet got soaked, and it was just above freezing, but it was beautiful. A slow morning mist rolled across the scene as the sun's first light touched the tree tops and the tallest of peaks. The lakes water like glass, everything was still but this small creek, gently meandering it's way down from a small lake above. I felt pretty content.
The last few days/nights have been unforgettable. We spent a star filled night around a campfire with great company at a rustic and remote lake side cabin. I won't go into much more detail for now until I'm back home and have gone through my captures, but I wanted to share this quick snapshot from the Google Pixel again... I'm loving having a phone to capture images with little to no effort.
And, as if we weren't lucky enough with the cabin trip....The Northern lights made a beautiful appearance last night. I'm glad I managed to drag my ass out of bed for it.
Stay tuned, I'm looking forward to sharing some images with you as soon as I can :) Thanks for following.
The colours are changing and the temperature is dropping.
Soon the bears will be sleeping their way through winter. To ensure their best chance of survival they have to eat, eat, eat. Wish the same applied to me.
Lately I've been deciding between upgrading my camera equipment or my phone. I chose to get a used Google Pixel phone after watching many reviews (I'm a review whore) and seeing that it's camera is one of the best on the market, even a year after release. Deciding that I wanted to have easy access and effortless options to take more photos.
I took this photo yesterday morning, just a quick snap as a bear walked the road towards us. It's a high contrast scene which is pretty tough on cameras. But this is the photo the phone took, it is unedited and uncropped. I have been incredibly impressed with the photos this phone (and most phones) can produce.
In certain circumstances, a "real" camera is unbeatable, but in many, a phone is more than capable of capturing amazing memories.
It's personally been quite refreshing for me, as I've been lucky enough to use pro grade lenses and cameras with my job. But on the same hand its had me questioning the camera I own. Resulting in me doing endless research on cameras and being drawn to ones outside of my budget and travel friendly criteria.
I'm glad this phone camera has managed to put things into perspective for me.
The mother taking a look around while her cubs hide in a tree near by (can be seen in a previous post on my feed). Unfortunately since this photo was taken she now only has one cub with her. The other is more than likely dead. We can't say for sure the reason why, but the best guess is a male bear got to it. The reason male bears kill cubs is so the mother will return to heat quicker and be ready to breed again. I have also been told that often only male cubs are killed, so the females can grow and become potential mates too. It's crazy compared to how humans raise their young but this is the variety of life. Sometimes shocking but always incredible, for one reason or another.