Matching Your Mood in Post »» Alberta Landscape Photography

Posted in: Black & White, Editor's Cave, Workflow on November 19th, 2014

I have a block of images flagged for editing in the hopes I could process them in a simple manner, reflecting the mood in which they were made and how I saw them whilst in the field. The flagged images were made in colour, but that’s not how I saw them. For this particular image, it was an extremely foggy morning – pea soup foggy, and I found myself facing this Alberta landscape alone with not a soul to be found or heard. Even with a very bright rising sun, everything was black and white to me. I felt it inside as I clicked away, but had no clue if I could translate that feeling in post. It’s no secret I feel slightly rubbish whilst in post, so I knew I had to keep it simple; a wee dabbling in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and VSCO Fuji Neopan 1600 and here we are.

Foggy sunrise over the Bison Loop at Elk Island National Park, early autumn, Alberta landscape, black and white photography.

The results definitely brought me back to that eerily quiet morning and I feel my mood and vision has been matched. I’ve mentioned a number of times on our podcast I prefer black and white photography for the most part, but obviously not all images can work in black and white, so ultimately the final test will be seeing this in print. The editing might seem too dark or muted for some, but when it comes to black and white, I go with my gut. Stay tuned …

When you find yourself in post, do you try to match your mood or vision? Are they always the same thing? Hmmm …

See you in the field!


Fujifilm X-T1 »» Lighten the Load

Posted in: Fujifilm, Fujinon Lenses, Gear Chat, It's In The Bag on October 28th, 2014

I really enjoy the portability of the Fujifilm X-T1 and the accompanying Fujinon X mount lenses. When I made the switch to digital 8.5 years ago, I got used to toting around what I thought was a huge camera at the time, the Nikon D50 and whatever lenses I had attached. My cameras and lenses only grew in size as I moved over to Canon, so it was great when I was able to use the Fuji X-Pro 1, but our time together was short. 2 years later, I found myself downsizing, selling off my two lovely Canon wide angle lenses in early 2014 and picking up the X-T1 and 23mm ƒ1.4 to start with, borrowing the 10-24mm ƒ4 a couple months later.

Early spring snowfall over a Parkland County farmland, including grain silos, rural Alberta, using the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon 23mm ƒ1.4 lens.

On my way home one early afternoon, it was great to be able to stop off at one of the local farmlands in Parkland County, pull out the weather resistant Fuji X-T1 and the 23mm lens to bang off a couple of frames as snow was falling, adding very little weight to my Domke 832 bag. Let’s face it – I’m getting older, so those moments where I can lighten the load knowing I have a solid piece of equipment in tow, I’ll take them. I’ll save the shoulder / back breaking treks when photographing wildlife and other specific subjects needing my Canon bodies and lenses. It’s been great balancing Canon and Fuji for work. The Fuji X-T1 and X mount lenses make a great alternative to heavy gear and have become my perfect tools for daily use.

If you’re interested in the latest Fuji X Mount Lens roadmap, check it out!

See you in the field!

Always Scouting »» PWA Boeing 737 @ Villeneuve Airport

Posted in: Aviation, Scouting on October 27th, 2014

Ah, Villeneuve Airport. It happened again. A couple days ago I found myself wanting another glimpse of the PWA Boeing 737, so I had to head back for a short visit. A lot of construction work is underway at the airport grounds and surrounding area and this morning was no exception. I only had about 2 minutes before I had to walk back to my car to make way for some incoming workers. That’s okay, it was a good start to the day … well, that was until Google Maps sent me on the worst wild goose chase imaginable when searching for another airport on my way back home. Who said scouting treks were not adventurous, right?

The now retired Pacific Western Airlines (PWA)  Boeing 737-200 C-GIPW (Fleet #745) now rests at Villeneuve Airport, outside of Edmonton, during a late autumn morning in 2014, having flown for the last time on November 29th, 2013. The 737 will be part of the upcoming Alberta Flying Heritage Museum at Villeneuve Airport.

This is still not my ideal spot, as I don’t find anything too appealing about mounds of dirt and other rubbish, even when bathed in sunlight, but it’s all good – there’s always next time. When I was at at the airport after I snagged this shot, I was chatting with some chaps working near one of the hangers and it’s exciting to hear of what’s to come for the new Alberta Flying Heritage Museum.

See you in the field!


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