I like backcountry camping or staying at a youth hostel because I can meet new people and excellent photographer from all over the places. On my last Canadian Rockies trip, I met a very dedicated photographer from Colorado, Sarah, in Lake O’hara. One evening, I was watching her taking pictures on the lakeshore in the dusk. I found she did not extend her tripod, kept short for most of her shots. I was wondering what she was taking. Later the evening, she showed me the images which she was taking on the lake shore, and I was impressed by her way to compose images. She told me she was looking for lines found in the rock formations, and composed as these lines extended to the mountain. So the rocks will be paid attention first, then the lines in the rock formation lead your eyes to the main subject, which is the mountain in this case. I like this 3D effect and this type of composition is the one, I think, I tend to look for on locations. Here is my photo I took on the lake O’hara trip.
If you find a Japanese guy carrying camera gear, looking down and walking around a lake shore, it can be me. I myself tend to look for rocks lining up to a main subject.
Last week, I went to a photo trip to Lake O’hara, Yoho national park with 21 members from Foothills Camera club. We stayed at the Elizabeth hut for 2 nights. No exception of this year, we had bad weather. I saw the sun light for probably 4 hrs in total in the whole trip. I even experienced my first snow this autumn.
In the morning of the 3rd day, it was really foggy outside. Everybody stayed in the hut and enjoy breakfast and slow start of the day. I grabbed my camera gear and rushed to the location where I had checked the day before.
I had a particular image in my head, inspired by Chinese ink painting. I wanted to capture an image of the quiet, monotone scenery like chinese people painted their scenery with only black ink on paper. At home, I added a tinge of blue to the image as Darwin Wiggett suggested in Outdoor photography magazine. I guess I successfully obtain the image I imagined. Obviously, photos of the gorgeous Canadian Rockies are always appreciated, but these kinds of the introvert images also appeal to people in the long run, I hope.
By the way, I stitched 5 images to make this one image. I used the panorama head built by Greg Nuspel, who is also an excellent photographer in Calgary. You shoud check out his website.
Thinking of this summer, I had rainy days or at least cloudy days almost every weekends. What even worse is those cloudy days were overcast weather, so I did not see any cloud patterns…. just boring gray sky. It is obviously difficult to shoot gorgeous landscape pictures in this condition.
One day, I hiked the rockbound lake trail in Banff national park. It became cloudy, really cloudy and sky was plain gray when I got to the lake. But I had already hiked 7 km. I needed to capture some images anyway. So I changed strategy.
I walked around the lake shore and I found a rocky area and a weed. This could be a good chance to try the 12mm lens I bought recently! I set up my tripod and I approached the lens as close as possible to the grass. Actually those 3 rocks are only 1 m away from the grass. I could successfully eliminate the sky from the frame.
I went backcountry camping in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis, Alberta last long weekend. Unfortunately, it was raining most of the times for whole 3 days. I lost a screw of the tripod head to attach a camera. So photography wise, it was not quite productive.
I encountered a bear on the trail. The Grizzly was about 10m away, and it was only 200m before the turbine canyon camping site. I turned a corner on the trail and the Grizzly was just raising her head. I guess she saw me. Did I take pictures of the bear? It would be gastroscopy image, I guess.
After I shot this photo, the rain started. I had still 7km to my camping site.