One of the perks in being in the Pincher Creek area during the summer is of course the summer storms with a rocky mountain backdrop and wide open crop fields, littered with wind turbines. We hunkered down in the motel for a few hours as it poured during the afternoon, with the hopes we would find some spectacular skies and lighting in the early evening before the sun started to set.
Doused in DEET and ready to tackle the winds and muggy conditions, we headed out and far off in the distance, saw incredible black skies, which illuminated the white wind turbines. Suddenly everything changed to a flat, boring grey. Chasing the light is definitely one of the challenges of photography, which is no secret. It’s tougher when you’re not resident in the area, as you only have so much time, so it’s essential just to make the best of it.
Southern Alberta is only hours away from where I currently reside, but when I’m there, I feel like I’m in a different world and I feel very much at home. The big, beautiful Alberta sky and the rolling hills, golden prairies and rocky mountains make it a pretty damn cool place to roam and I have to say, Southern Alberta photography is one of my favourite kinds of images to see from others.
Despite leaving early enough, or so we thought, we were roadblocked and we sat there in frustration as we watched the perfect and ridiculously delicious pink light dance on top of the mountains … my target location. We made it past the construction just as the sun peeked over the horizon and everything slowly became golden. Still amazing light, but not the pink I was after. So I banged off a few frames, found some new promising spots for another time and then we wandered and drove around, catching little slices of heaven along the way.
This is what is so great about being in such a wonderful locations; even the disappointments turn into opportunities. Your mind is allowed to wander as you explore the land you love so dear and for me, slowly, I got over missing that pink light and focused on enjoying the moments, as I knew they were fleeting. Of course my mind was racing with endless photography, video and audio possibilities, but I also made sure to take a few moments and as Travel Alberta so beautifully puts it, I made sure to remember to breathe.