Alberta

Well, I’ve successfully travelled across the country, or at least a good portion of it. Of course I had my camera with me, and captured a few moments that I’d like to share.

Visiting Lindsay in Edmonton, her and Travis took me for a paddle down the river.

I was trying to get pictures of a sunken shopping cart, and ended up with this.

I had a great time in Edmonton visiting Lindsay and Travis, and getting to see friends. Thanks for the coffee Devon, and the thorough tour of the U of A, Monir and Yasmine. Thanks for taking me around to meet so many amazing youth in Calgary, Leva! And thank you Leila for being such an inspiration, you rock. Thank you everyone for being awesome.

My wonderful Uncle Allyn and Aunt Donna Mae took me out to take pictures of the city the first night that I arrived in Calgary. This was my favourite, very iconic.

My cousin Nicole took me to the zoo with her new baby Darius. Here’s my 3 favourites from the zoo! This was the first time I’d seen real penguins, they were pretty awesome.

I love this one.

Lindsay and Travis took me hiking in Kananaskis Country, Tent Ridge to be specific. It was pretty awesome. Definitely one of the more challenging hikes I’ve been on, but worth the sore feet and legs. There is something about being in the mountains that is just so special. This trip has inspired me to do more hiking, and to learn more about landscape photography. I had just purchased a set of graduated neutral density filters before going on this hike, and so I set the camera up using all three filters on the mountain here for a timelapse as you can see in the picture.

After setting it up for the timelapse, I sat down to eat my sandwhich and looked over at the camera and said to Lindsay and Travis “if the wind blew that over, the world will end”. It turned out to be quite a naive statement because the world didn’t end when the wind blew it over 10 minutes later, smashing my new filter set. I did get several shots first though, and this is one of them. This shot is a panorama that I stitched together from several individual photos. For the photographers out there I was using 3 graduated ND’s, their strength I can’t remember. 0.6 sec, f/16, iso 100, 30mm prime.

This is my beautiful sister.

Travis scaling the mountain.

This is us not quite at the summit, but moderately close.

Lindsay and Travis being rebels on top of the weather station. They’ll look back at this in 20 years and remember what… hip hippies they were.

We managed to get inside the weather station and see all of the gadgets which was pretty cool. There were several survival kits as well which was pretty awesome.

My pack.

A great shot of Travis taking this video. (Click on video for the link)

The colours were pretty awesome.

I put this one in just for fun, it’s pretty creepy. Photographic fun after the sun goes down.