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January by the River

After 10 days of very cold weather (-30C plus wind chills) here in Edmonton, it was nice to return to more seasonal temperatures (just a little below freezing). It was an opportunity to take my camera and hike down beside the North Saskatchewan River and capture images of the ice and snow and sun.

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My Monthly Photo Favorites from 2019

2019 has not been a very productive year for my art blogging but still I was taking photos semi-regularly and here I look back and share my favorite new photo of each month in the past year.

January:

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February:

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March:

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April:

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May:

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June:

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July:

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August:

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September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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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.

 


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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River’s Edge

A look at the shapes and tones at the edge of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton (in early April 2016). A few weeks earlier the river was covered in ice but now the river is clear with just a few big chunks of ice sit washed up on the shore. The ice decaying but reveals a captivating crystalline structure:

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Moodier in Black and White

Here are some photos taken on the same outing as my hike last Sunday in Edmonton’s  Mill Creek Ravine – but taking out the color the images have a much moodier feel.

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Spring Slope

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Stairs and a Patch of Snow

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Trunk on a Diagonal

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All Quiet Under the Bridge

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Tangled Slope

 

and as a bonus, a black and white image from beside the river in Edmonton’s Louise McKinney Park:

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Promenade Beside the Ice


Late Winter – Black and White

Here is a little collection of black and white photos themed around the patterns and textures of late winter (late February at my home here in Edmonton).

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“Last Year’s Plume”

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“Irregular Patchwork”

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“Up”

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“Ice and the Far Edge”

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“Temporary Condition”

A few more photos from this photo shoot may be seen on another of my blogs: YEGmonton.


Winter Nature – Black and White

Here are a few of my recent black and white photos showing Edmonton’s river valley in early January.

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Path Through the Riverside Brush

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Snow Covered Tangle

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Patterns In and On (and the Edmonton Queen)

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Up a Snowy Trail

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Downtown Edmonton Over the Frozen North Saskatchewan River


Snow and Shadows

A New Year’s Eve afternoon walk in Edmonton’s river valley revealed interesting patterns made by snow and ice, trees and the sun.

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Blue Diagonals

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Alien Icescape

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Foot Paths

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Tangled

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Crystalline Edge

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Trampled

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Like Flakes


Icy River

Images of ice and water from the Bow River in Calgary in early March.

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Stone Cache

Stone Cache in the Elbow

Verticals

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Broken Ice

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Far Shore

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Abstracts in the Winter Landscape

Two months into winter and my photographer’s eye is starting to  adjust to the winter landscape. With the general absence of color I find that I need to see differently to find interesting photo subject matter. Here are a few recent (December 2012) photos:

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Between Water and Ice

Bridge Rail I

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Trees, Snow and Ice – Mid-February Black and White

This past week (middle of February 2012) I have been drawn back to black and white nature photos as I wandered the ravines and river valley in Edmonton. Here are five of my favorite images:

Tall and Bare

Fallen Logs Across the Creek

Black and White Trunks

Shadows Across Frozen Creek

Against the Sun

Do you have a favorite amongst these image? If so, which one and why?


Northern Winter (Black and White, part 1)

Winter, in Edmonton, Canada typically means a fair bit of snow and temperatures in the minus 15 to 30 Celsius range. The 2011/12 winter has been atypical. Except for a week in mid-January where temperatures fell to below normal, most of the winter has featured daily highs around freezing. Nonetheless, there has been snow on the ground since November.

This series of photos are some that I took during the last week of January and the first week of February 2012 the the North Saskatchewan River valley in central Edmonton (in fact most are in Dawson Park). Dawson Park lies on the north side of the river valley meaning it gets a lot of sun and the snow can melt (or blow away) relatively quickly on the exposed ridges.

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The Steep Path Up

Dawson Park seen from the south side of the river:

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One of the fascinating things about Dawson Park is a section of “hoodoos” a geological formation more famously associated with the badlands of southern Alberta near Drumheller.

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While the exposed areas have just a touch of visible snow, the sheltered trails are well covered with snow and very wintery in appearance.

Birch and Snowy Path


Winter – Naturally Black and White

Of course there can be color in the winter landscape, you just might have to look a little harder for it. In this post though don’t strain yourself looking for color as I am featuring 5 black and white photos. Although there has not been a lot of snow in Edmonton in this winter of 2011/12 there has still been enough to keep the ground basically white. On the day I took these images the sun was out and the sky was deep blue – which with a color filter in the black and white conversion, yielded a deep dark sky on some images.

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Two and the Forest

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Reach to the Sky

Frozen Bend in the River

Technical Notes: The photos in this group  were all taken in the early afternoon on January 7th, 2012, near Laurier Park in Edmonton. I used a Nikon D80 with a 18-55 lens and a polarizing filter. Post processing including conversion to black and white was done with the Capture NX2 software.


November Ice

Three abstract images from photos taken this morning in Edmonton’s river valley but first the natural look of the river:

The North Saskatchewan River in central Edmonton on Nov. 25

This long exposure photo was taken from near the same viewpoint but also included some brush from the near bank:

November River Abstract

This next image captured the river at an angle with a snowy foreground:

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and finally another composition featuring bands of color from the open river, frozen river, river bank etc.:

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Ice in the Morning (Undersea Dreams)

At this time of year (early spring in Edmonton) there is a daily thaw-freeze cycle – by noon snow and ice are melting, running and sometimes collecting in puddles. With the below freezing temperatures overnight, that water refreezes so that  in the morning there are some delightful patterns to be found in the thin layers of new ice. This photo set is all about the ice.

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That previous photo reminds me of oceanside waves and I am amazed at how many others of these photos somehow remind of something I’d expect to see underwater.

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Does this last image look familiar? It is the color version of the first photo in this set.

All of these photos were taken and processed using an iPhone 3GS. PhotoShop Mobile and CameraBag were the two main apps I used for manipulating the images.

Do you have any favorites from these images? Is so, please leave a comment to let me know.

More of my photos can be seen on my Flickr Photostream.


The Continuing Beauty of Winter

It is the first week of March and still very much winter in Edmonton, as evidenced by a deep blanket of snow everywhere. On one hand you could think that would make for boring photography but I take it as a challenge – and that is the fun. You can see from these 7 photos, all taken in one day,  that there is lots to be seen, lots to be captured and different ways of presenting the final image.

White on Blue

Not Coral

Three Twigs

Grass Arc

Nest

Melting Dirty Ice

Shadows of a Picket Fence