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2018 – The Best of Black and White

As much as I love color there is something about black and white images that has always appealed to me. Inevitably when I go out a shoot a bunch of photos a number of them (maybe 10%) will scream out at me to be represented monochromatically.

Here are one of my favorite black and white images, from each month in 2018:

January:

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 Trail in the snow along the edge of the frozen North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton

February:

 

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Plastic pins of a toy for capturing a 3D representation of an object

March:

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An exposed and therefore snow-free, south-facing bank of the North Saskatchewan River valley in Edmonton.

April:

 

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Large chunks of ice at spring break-up on the North Saskatchewan River.

May:

 

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Bridge pillars on the Sturgeon River in St.Albert

June:

 

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The bell of a trombone, at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival

July:

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Trail in Edmonton’s river valley (upper Dawson Park)

August:

 

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Bend in the road (Rowland Road) in Edmonton

September:

 

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Pillar of the Dawson Bridge in Edmonton

October:

 

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Squirrel sounding off.

November:

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Ice starting to form and collect on the North Saskatchewan River

December:

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River ice sheet breaking under pressure.

 

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Autumn Pastels (part 1)

I love the media of pastel – for the rich color and soft shapes that can be depicted. Autumn is a great time to be inspired by the natural landscape, to find images particularly suited to pastels:

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Those people familiar with my work probably correctly guessed that the images above are not pastel works but rather are abstract photos that I took and created, with the intent of using them as reference images for future pastel paintings.


End of September Photos

Here are a selection of my favorite photos taken on September 30, 2018 in Edmonton’s river valley.

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Autumn, as Expected

My last two posts on this blog have featured abstract photos, and black and white photos, that I took in Edmonton’s river valley on September 17th, 2018. In this post I conclude sharing some more photos from that same photo session. These ones though are a bit more typical of most people’s expectation of colorful fall photos:

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Colorless Autumn

The season known for its expressive color also has a beauty in a black and white expression. Here are photos taken in the river valley of Edmonton in early September 2018.

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Edmonton’s Dawson Park, September 2018


Forms on a Frozen River

It is the end of January and the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton is frozen over and covered with 15 centimeters of fresh snow. I venture to the river’s edge and am captivated by the abstract forms that I see:

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Best of 2017 (Part 1)

I’ve looked back at my photos (those taken with my Nikon) from 2017 and picked out my top 20 favorites. The first ten are presented here and the second 10 will be in the “Best of 2017 Part 2” blog post.

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My top 20 photos from 2017 continued in Part 2.


Impressions of Autumn II

In my last post I shared five abstract photos emphasizing the colors of autumn. It turns out that I have more images from that photo shoot (in Edmonton’s river valley) that really appeal to me and I hope that you will like too:

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In a January Fog

While not unheard of, foggy days in Edmonton are also not very common. This last weekend in Edmonton was however one of those times – a fog  just heavy enough to hide the far side of the river valley and flatten out depth. The high humidly and sub-zero temperature resulted in a delightful, frosty coating on the trees.

Combining the fog, frost and late afternoon/early-evening light lead to these moody,  black and white images:

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Frosty Thorns

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Poles in a Frosty Landscape

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The Five

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Three, with Frosty Wires

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Rowland Bend