It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this site. Completely unintentional, but other matters popped up about nine weeks ago, which required 100% of my attention. Ah, such is life, eh? This wasn’t my only interruption of late either. It’s hard when there is a life vs. photography situation presented to us. As photographers, we like to think photography is life…our life. We live and breathe our craft; it enters our dreams and also our nightmares when things don’t turn out right. We dedicate a huge chunk of our life to making images; and we’ve often created our own inner world around our love for photography. But what happens when life outside of the click gets in the way? It can turn a photographer’s life upside down.
Thankfully, those days are slowly fading away and I can start focusing on photography again, as well as my OHS work. Phew. I’ve missed it so, but through the days and nights I couldn’t shoot, I never stopped chasing the light … only it wasn’t with a camera in hand.
Updated / new galleries – where you be? I’ve mentioned in recent posts I was working on changing my galleries. After about fifty hours dedicated to customizing and organizing my SmugMug, I ran into some blips with them and it left me reevaluating the kind of service I want to be a part of, and how I want to display work, blog, focus on clients for licensing, prints, etc. After all those hours I had put in, and after discussing my dilemma on my podcast and with my co-host off-air (thanks, Mac!), I decided to scrap my Smug (ouch!) and I turned to my web chap, Adam, for a new jam plan. We are going to rebuild my site completely and it will be pleasing and functional for not only myself, but more importantly, those visiting my site, no matter the device or platform…finally! It will also give more options for those using the site, which is great and long overdue! It was a big decision, financially as well as the time factor, to decide what which path to take and actually go forward with, but I believe I’ve made the right one. We are not going to take this project on until the new year, so this gives us time to plan every detail out as well as allowing me to rebuild my inventory, which is very much needed.
Damn, Canadian Rockies … I miss you today.
There’s something so peaceful about being surrounded by the incredible landscapes where the Alberta prairies and the Canadian Rockies collide. I could easily spend much of my life roaming the land with a camera in hand. It’s a unique landscape and it’s one of the few places I actually find to be relaxing. Most of my mates travel around the world, and one day I’ll do the same, but right now I’m making the most of soaking up all the beauty Alberta has to offer. This should keep me going for a few more years, though my passion for our Alberta landscape will never fade.
Speaking of cameras, these photos were taken with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 14mm ƒ2.8L …. I mention these as I’ve recently sold the beautiful 14mm lens (sob) and I am selling the 5D Mark II body. While I’m still keeping my other Canon body and 2 Canon telephoto lenses, I’ve made the switch to the new Fuji X-T1 body. I needed something lighter for everyday use and since I’ve shot with the Fuji X-Pro 1 in the past, I knew it moving to another Fuji body wouldn’t disappoint me. I’ll miss my full frame body and ultra wide angle lens though — yowsa! I’ll talk more about the Fuji later on once I post some Fujilicious photos.
I’m almost done moving my galleries to another site and once completed, I’ll be linking up all the goods here on the blog. Until then, enjoy this selection of some of my favourites from my most recent trek to Southern Alberta.
See you in the field!
Wildlife viewing can be one of the most spectacular adventures you can participate in outdoors. There is much to learn and enjoy from wildlife observations, and it’s important to know some of the things we should and should not do before heading outdoors.
While there are hundreds of tips for wildlife viewing and hiking in the great outdoors, I thought I’d share a handful of basic tips off the top of my head. Hopefully these will be of use to you.