The Northern Life

Living in the North has its perks for sure. In the day to day business of life, a lot of these things can be overlooked or dismissed.

Foxes can be seen all over Yellowknife. People become so familiar with the foxes that live around their houses that they can tell you what their daily habits are. Some have even been named.

A few are so accustomed to being around people they get within a few feet of them. But the fact remains that these are wild animals and will attack if provoked, or see an opportunity to get an easy meal.

Even on cloudy nights, the northern lights come out to play. This amazing phenomena, that happens virtually every night, is one of my most favourite reasons for living in the North. These lights made me want to be a photographer, and they are still a challenge to capture in a unique way.

It is tough trying to convince people to stay up until 4am on a week night to watch them with me though…

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Downtown Aurora

Hi, I know it has been a while since I last posted anything. I have a few projects in the wings that I’ve been working on and will have them up soon.

For now, enjoy these aurora shots. ISO 1600 and I used the roof tops of a couple of parked cars for the 1.5 second exposures to keep the camera steady at f/2.8.

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Urban Aurora

I have to thank Pat Kane for sending me the text that got me out of bed the other night. I was half asleep when he told me to look out towards Con Mine. I then spent the next 3 hours running all over the city capturing the lights in as many different locations as I can.

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The Path Less Travelled

There is a pathway in the City of Yellownife that isn’t included on any of the tourist maps. This is despite it being clearly marked with wooden bridges, and cement markers. Hidden behind the new development of Niven Drive.

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Cloudy with chances of HDR

This past weekend I drove up to Invemere, B.C., to shoot a biking film with a friend (will be posted soon!). It was an all day shoot, and my muscles are still sore from running up and down a mountain with a 35lbs bag on my back.

We weren’t quite finished all the filming when I noticed that we were loosing more and more sun. Not wanting to drive back to Calgary in the dark, we packed it in for the day.

On the way back I took the above photo at the lookout point on the Kootenay Highway (Highway 93). I’m sure that there are hundreds of photos taken here daily. The view is amazing!

I was lucky enough to come across it at sunset, with little slashes of warm light hitting the valley through the moody clouds. It is an HDR photo, shot on my Canon 5D Mark II with my 70-200mm racked all the way out to 200mm. I bracket over five stops at f/6.3.

It has been a wile since I’ve shot landscapes. It is great to have such a wonderful first subject to shoot.

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Building Inukshuks in the Sky

This is a little bit of an older photo taken in the summer of 2010. I had spent a lot of my time driving up and down the Ingraham Trail on weekends taking my dog for walks and scouting for amazing photo locations.
There was this one rock outcrop that over looked Prelude Lake and the sunset. But the view alone wasn’t enough; it needed something more.
A friend photographer of mine, James Miller, and I climbed up there one night an hour or so before the set and built an inukshuk. Not the one pictured above, a tiny one. It was cute and easy to build. It still wasn’t enough.
With the sun sinking faster this late in the summer, we had to act quick.
Grabbing the biggest rocks we could manage to carry between the two of us, we built a five foot tall statue.

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Sometimes, you have to break the rules

Sometimes photos don’t work the way you want them to. You have the image pre-visualized, you know the angle you want, the lens, the camera body, everything. Then you see the end result, and it doesn’t work.
But then you take a step back, recompose the shot and you’re surprised at all the lines, and how everything just works.

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