Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Catching Up - Part 1 (of many)

I have much catching up to do with my photo editing (and posting). Here's the first of many installments as I try to get back on track.

This is a grey squirrel shot in Calgary's Fish Creek Park, taken with a Sigma 100-300 f/4 (and Nikon D300). I do like this lens a lot, though I'm struggling to get the most out of it. It's been a good teacher for me; I've learned better monopod techniques, I've learned to not just blindly trust my autofocus, and I've learned to breathe more calmly and trip the shutter more gently. A sharp lens and a narrow depth of field requires that I pay attention to every little detail.

I was house (and cat) sitting for a friend recently, and while cat pictures are by now a cliché, I wanted to have a go at it myself. Strobist - Nikon SB-600 triggered by CLS, camera right, with a small soft-box on the front. Evening sun is giving the rest of the soft light.

My friend, Janet, at Waterton Lakes National Park (in Alberta, Canada - it's connected to Glacier National Park in the USA). Janet's gorgeous smile and big, beautiful eyes make my work easy. Strobist - Nikon SB-600 triggered by CLS, high and camera left (just barely out of frame).

A small waterfall near the Lake Agnes Tea House, at Lake Louise, Alberta. The tea house is worth a trip, but I recommend you call ahead for the hours, and get there early. The tea house fills up quickly, but it's a lovely treat.

Fall colours along the Bow Valley Parkway, connecting Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta. I believe this was the old highway, but it rarely gets much traffic anymore. This is one of the most scenic portions of road in Banff National Park I've seen yet.

This is a smaller portion of the same scene above.

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