Magic Light in the Bahamas

Magic Light in the Bahamas

We landed our Kayak on a sand spit behind Harbour Island, part of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas.

We had an exciting start that day. Getting the kayak off the beach and through the surf we tipped the kayak and my camera bag landed in the ocean. Fortunately it was in a good quality wet bag and water did not get in. A second launch attempt worked and we and the camera were fine.

I’m not able to explain why this little sand spit appealed to me as it did. There was some magic there, possibly related to the way the light hits the spit..

We had a great afternoon and from the kayak we saw a nurse shark, a manta ray, and turtles. A group of Florida students was busy studying the turtles.

Fresh Snow in Bryce Canyon

Fresh Snow in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon (in Utah) is located at about 8,000 feet altitude.

Here it snows in the desert! Fresh snow in Bryce is gorgeous. (But do not fall on your face!)

This image was shot from “East Bryce Point.”

The snow fell a few days earlier. The image was taken in the afterglow: 20 minutes after sunset. The sky turns from pink to a magenta tone.

In low light, the tripod is essential.

If you want to see Bryce: go in winter. It is more beautiful and quiet.

Wild Rose Country

Wild Rose Country

Alberta’s car licence plates proclaim you’re in “Wild Rose Country”. The wild rose is Alberta’s provincial flower.

Wild rose bushes turn a deep red in autumn, in a landscape which is otherwise dominated by the yellow aspen which seem to be getting plenty of attention.

I used the deadwood as a guide for the eye, just to make sure it wouldn’t get hung up in the prickly roses.

This image was taken with a 17-40mm zoom. F20 at 1/15th sec, ISO set5ting at L which equals about 50.

This image is interesting due to its tension. Guide for the eye is a triangle. The composition is slightly imperfect and relies on the top branch to continue as an implied line to the right. The branch actually does continue but as far as the eye is concerned, it is almost invisible because the brightness equals that of the surrounding grass.

Rocky Mountain High

Rocky Mountain High

I posted another image recently on Laryx Lake.

This image was taken in the same area, just a ten minute walk from Sunshine Village, just outside Banff, Alberta, in the alpine meadows.

Of the three little lakes in this area, Rock Isle lake is the most famous as it has posed patiently for many well-known painters.

It is a small island within a small lake, in a very pretty alpine-meadow setting. Autumn is probably the time of year when it is most attractive.

I think photographers like myself are adrenalin junkies. We recognize beauty by the adrenalin rush it triggers.

It’s a good high. And if you don’t trample the wildflowers, it’s guilt-free.

I used a 70-200 macro lens, f-stop f:11 at 1/13th of a second. The camera was on the tripod. There was a bit of a gusty breeze which moved the larches so the shutter speed had to be kept relatively short. No polarizer was used in order to maintain the pleasing reflection in the lake. A polarizer would have turned the water dark.

Toronto Ice Storm 2013

Toronto Ice Storm 2013

I have no idea what I photographed here. I will go back when it’s a bit warmer and find out what hatches from the ice globs.

All I know is that it appealed to me and that it made a pretty composition.

The weight of the accumulating ice caused branches to bend (or break) and this explains why the icicles seem to be defying gravity laws…

This image was taken with 100 Canon Macro lens. A careful compromise had to be made regarding lens aperture (ie depth of field) as the background was relatively busy. The camera was on the tripod and there was no wind. Therefore shutter speed choice did not need to be a consideration.

PS: from very reliable source: Sara Heinonen: “Pretty sure this is Euonymus Americanus, Peter. A native species related to burning bush.” Thank you Sara! (Sara is a landscape artist and a writer.)