Mount Robson

Mount Robson

Mount Robson sunrise, Canadian RockiesMount Robson #54614    Purchase

Here is another image from last September’s trip to Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies, since this image has garnered an exceptionally favorable response on social media I felt that I should fill in a little background on how it was made. This was my third trip to Mount Robson Provincial Park and I had high hopes of getting some stunning images of the mountain from a few spots I had scouted out on the two previous trips. I had allocated five days to fulfill my goal, but by the third I was becoming frustrated by the lack of interesting light. The weather was spectacular, warm with blue skies, but while great for outdoor activities it didn’t possess the kind of light I had hoped for. Finally on the third morning clouds from an approaching storm arrived just as the sun was coming up, perfect timing and conditions to illuminate the sky and mountains in a warm glow, just what I wanted.

The image above was one of the first made as the sky warmed with a reddish magenta glow. I had thoroughly investigated this spot the day before to see where and how the best compositions lined up, I knew there were many possibilities for both horizontal and vertical images so I mentally took note on which were the best and planned the shoot accordingly if the light cooperated. This plan paid off the next morning as I knew there would be a limited amount of time before the light faded.

However but the time I had finished working this area the light was still going strong. About a half mile east along this basin there was another spot I planned on photographing in the evening or next morning. With the approaching weather I had a feeling there might not be another opportunity like this one so I gathered up my equipment and ran along the basin as fast I could and hastily set up my tripod. By this time most of the warm dawn glow had faded but the light was still intense on the clouds. The third image in this post  is one of the last I made that morning. During the entire shot I used a variety of gradual neutral density filters on lenses from 14mm to 55mm, the post processing was nothing more than adjusting levels and curves with some burning and dodging. I like to keep things on that end as simple and strait forward as possible.

Mount Robson Canadian RockiesMount Robson #54646    Purchase

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Top Eleven Photos 2014

Top Eleven Photos 2014

Once again it is time for all of us to look back on the past year and review our accomplishments and mistakes, in hopes that we will learn from them and experience personal growth in the coming year. 2014 was an exceptional year in which I was fortunate enough to visit some of my favorite truly outstanding locations. The top eleven images (yes other blokes best of lists may go to ten but mine goes one more, up to eleven)  below represent some of the best and most memorable experiences I had behind the camera while on the road and trail in 2014. Many of you that follow me here and on Social Media will recognize some of them, but there are a few that have not been posted anywhere before.

I would appreciate it if you could vote for your favorites in the comment box and share this post with your friends. Thanks to all my friends colleagues and loyal clients for making 2014 a successful year. Happy New Year with the best of health and prosperity for you and your families in 2015!

Mount Baker and Baker LakeMount Baker from Baker Lake #53563 

First in line is this late winter photo of Mount Baker, made on a short overnight backpacking trip along the shore of Baker Lake. One of those wonderful sunrise events where the light gets better every second.

Methow Valley wildflowers, North Cascades Washington

Methow Valley #53744

On a trip to the Methow Valley to discover new locations for Spring wildflowers I came across this beautiful hillside field where I spent several days hunting down compositions in a variety of lighting conditions.

Second Beach, Olympic National Park 2014 Photo HighlightsOlympic National Park #53979

One of the most scenic beaches on the Washington Coast. This photo was made on the summer solstice, behind me the beach was lined with dozens of tents from campers here to enjoy the event.

Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park 2014 Photo HighlightsSol Duc Falls #53867

I visit to Olympic National Park wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the fantastic forests and streams. The short easy hike to Sol Duc Falls is one of the most popular attractions in the northern part of the park.

North Cascades National Park 2014 Photo HighlightsNorth Cascades #54196

The first of several high season backpacking trips into the Rugged North Cascades yielded this awesome sunrise view from Hidden Lake Peak.

Ruth Mountain North Cascades

Ruth Mountain Mount Baker Wilderness #54363

A week or so later further north in the Mount Baker Wilderness comes this view of Ruth Mountain made from wildflower meadows on Hannegan Peak. After spending a few days photographing on the summit I moved lower down to these meadows, where the warm evening alpenglow cast a nice soft light across the scene.

Mount Robson sunrise, Canadian Rockies

Mount Robson #54618

For me the pinnacle of the year came on this morning view of Mount Robson, King of the Canadian Rockies. This was my third trip to Mount Robson Provincial Park and I was hoping to come back with a great shot of the mountain. The first three of the five days I spent there offered only clear blank blue skies, nice for hiking and camping but somewhat dull for photography. On the fourth morning the first clouds of a storm system arrived just at sunrise, casting an exceptional glow everywhere for about twenty minutes. That brief period was my reward, in the afternoon it began to rain and didn’t stop until I reached my truck 15 miles and a day later.

Berg Lake, Mount Robson Provincial Park

Berg Lake #54660

Another image from Mount Robson Provincial Park offers textbook examples of glaciation. The silty delta of the glacially fed Robson River on the left, the glacial flour suspended in the lake giving it it’s turquoise color, and the Berg Glacier with its lateral moraines tumbling into the lake.

The Ramparts Jasper National Park

Tonquin Valley #54753

Another fantastic location in the Canadian Rockies, the Tonquin Valley of Jasper National Park. Although the light wasn’t of the colorful dramatic type I had hoped for, the steel grey sky and cliffs of the Ramparts accentuated the copper colors of the autumn grasses, creating a foreboding feel to the scene.

Floe Lake Kootenay National Park

Floe Lake #54933

Further south in Kootenay National Park is Floe Lake, set at the base of the awesome limestone cliffs of the Rockwall, a stunning scene at dawn when the water is mirror still. This visit coincided with the needles of the Larch trees turning golden in late September

Kananaskis Lake, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Kananaskis Lake #55057

Lastly in this years highlights is a view Mount Sarrail reflected in the still waters of Kananaskis Lake. At the end of a trip punctuated by unseasonably warm fall weather an Arctic front moved in to deposit several inches of snow on the Canadian Rockies, giving this September scene a wintry look.

While the above photos comprise my favorites of 2014 there are many more in my library that I wanted to include. Please feel free to browse the galleries and portfolios on this website to see more, and don’t forget that all of my photos are available as fine art prints and for commercial licensing. Thanks for looking and I truly hope you have a happy and prosperous 2015!

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Canadian Rockies New Images

Canadian Rockies New Images

The Ramparts Jasper National Park Canadian Rockies New Images

Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park Alberta #54753

Please take a few moments to view a selection of exciting new images from our recent photo shoots in the fabulous Canadian Rockies. This trip encompassed nearly a month of hiking and driving to some of the most scenic areas of this majestic mountain range.

Locations included in this portfolio are:
  • Mount Robson Provincial Park
  • Tonquin valley of Jasper National Park
  • Lake Louise and Vermilion Lakes of Banff National Park
  • Floe Lake along the Rockwall of Kootenay National Park
  • Burstall Pass and Kananaskis Lakes of Kananaskis Country Alberta

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Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies

Mount Robson sunrise, Canadian Rockies

Mount Robson #54618   Purchase

Last Wednesday I returned from nearly four weeks on the road and in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies. I’m definitely glad to be back home in a warm soft bed! There is a lot of business to catch up on aside from editing and processing all the new images. It may be a week or two before they are all done and ready to view. In the meantime please enjoy this view of Mount Robson at sunrise, one of the highlights from the trip.

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