The Geyser Stumps

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Dead roots in the bog Sony A7 II 147mm, F8

On the road home from the travels I take, more often than not, passes through Wyoming. It is a great mid point in the two countries I travel in the most. My home country of Canada, and America.

Wyoming is full of such great wildnerness. It really has to been seen to be believed. From open ranges rising to thunderous mountains. To sleepy glaciers lakes flowing down to raging riverbeds. It really has it all. But Yellowstone National Park is where everything collides into a massive ecosystem of wonder.

My favourite feature of the park are the geyser basins. These amazing (and smelly!) hotspots are where yellowstone really sets itself apart from every other park in the continental system. And one thing that always fascinates me about them is how they destroy everything around them, yet life flourishes.

On my last trip here I really wanted to get a shot that represented the basins in a different sort of way. Something a little more unique than the colourful waters the geysers are known for. And what better way to show the slow destructive power, than a dead tree being consumed by the bog!

 

 

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Rolling Prairies of Manitoba

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The rolling prairies of Manitoba SONY A7 II 21MM, F16

I feel like no blog would be complete without a little slice of my home. Though not very interesting at times, you are bound to get the best shots of your life from your own backyard based on pure volume of shots. I find this to be more true the more I shoot.

This one was a case of sitting at home watching the weather get worse and worse. Then my wonderful wife Diana says to me, “Hey it looks like a storms coming, why don’t you go outside and take some pics?” She knows me very well 😉 And she was right!

I tried really hard to get one of those great lighting strike shots you only hope for in your career. And I didn’t… But I still sat out there for a good 3 hours watching the storm come in, and paint the sky all sorts of wonderful golden colours. Rainbows, and every  sort of nasty looking cloud you could ask for.

I also want to speak a little about composition in this one. When it comes to composition of a landscape image, it can be very difficult. Especially when your subject is something like the sky.

Here I tried to use the hay bales to my advantage. I walked around them, shooting from all sorts of angles trying to get it just right. Trying to keep focus on the wonderful shapes of the clouds, and the colours that complemented the grass so well.

Cruising Through Navajo Land

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Navajo sacred land Arizona Canon 5D II 21mm, F11

Where Utah meets Arizona is a magical place. Full of amazing rock formation that have the most otherworldly look to them. Getting to some of them to take a great pic was a more challenging thing than I realized when I first planned my trip there. And for someone from Canada, it was hotter than I anticipated. A lot hotter!

This shot was something of an anomaly for me as a landscape photographer. Normally my process involves setting up my tripod, spending some time focusing and working the exposure, and finally, taking a few bracketed shots to blend later.

Here I did none of those things. This shot involved nothing more than a good camera strap, and me hanging out a car window going 75mph down the highway… Not recommended. But when you see the shot you want, I suggest you take it. Even if it means pushing your iso to 2000 in the middle of the day.