Alaska during the peak of fall colour. Such an incredible place. The tundra throughout Denali National Park and the surrounds was incredibly vibrant.
I remember this magic afternoon vividly…. The colour, the deafening silence inbetween beavers breaking the surface of the ponds, the drizzle on my neck, and the taste of fresh blueberries picked straight from the ground cover.
Delving back into some images from my time in the Canadian Rockies.
The light show on this particular morning was extremely intense. The peaks lit up a and a small rainbow briefly appeared. It was a mad rush to get to this nearby location and find a composition I was pleased with before the show was over!
Ha Ling Peak, Albert. Canada
In a recent post on the Luke Austin Photography facebook page I asked for peoples input as to which image I would post next. I requested that they state specific dates within a two year period. My challenge was to take the first responded date and find an image I had shot from that day.
I realised I had not yet posted the image to the blog. So here it is.. August 30 2010… Alaska, Incredible place.
During my time in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta Canada I visited Moraine Lake on a number of occasions. I continually went back there not only to capture it under varying conditions but simply because the place is AMAZING. Each and every time I made it up there I would sit and stare in awe. It is hard not to.
Prior to my latest visit of this location I had captured it under your typical sunny summer conditions and on other occasions completely or partially frozen over but I still wasn’t satisfied. I wanted it snow covered with the lake in its liquid state.
On this particular occasion I was driving back to where I was living in Canmore, Alberta, Canada from Olympic National Park in Washington U.S.A. It was a long day of driving and after just having spent almost 2 months living out of my van/tent on the road I was ready to get home to Canmore. Anyway, I was just one hour from Canmore at 10:30pm when it started to snow pretty heavily, enough so that I was convinced it was going to stick (It was fall so the temperatures had just began to take a dive becoming cold enough for snow to not melt as soon as it landed). I thought to myself, this may be the last and only opportunity I get to shoot Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks blanketed in snow. I figured it was too good of an opportunity to pass up and spent the night in the van hoping the conditions cleared in the morning.
I’m happy I decided to stick it out for one last night. What a magic morning.
Just skimming through some older images and this one caught my eye. Shot during Fall 2009.
I actually bumped into well known U.K Landscape Photographer David Noton and his wife Wendy on this particular morning as they were shooting the same snow covered Aspen grove.
Late September I met up with Canadian Landscape Photographer Mike Isaak to shoot some of the fall colours around the banff/kananaskis area. We met up in the evening and decided to base ourselves at the Aspen lined Wedge Pond as the colour was at its peak and we thought it would be a good spot to start the morning shoot. Although the wind was howling down the valley we thought we would stick with this location and see how conditions were in the morning.
After a great nights sleep in the back of my rental van (my van was written off. Story to come) I awoke Mike from his slumber in the boot of his car. It was about 40 minutes before sunrise and the wind was still blowing a gail. The windy conditions were not desirable for this particular location so with decided to come up with a plan b. We could see that the clouds in the east were starting to become under lit with pink hues so we quickly headed for another location I had in mind. After a 20min drive down the valley we came to Spillway Lake. The Lake was protected from the wind and the sky was continuing to light up behind the Opal Range. With everything coming together we decided to set up and watch things unfold.
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I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am now back in Perth and looking forward to the Christmas and New Year period catching up with friends and family.
I was hoping to have some new material up over the last few weeks but unfortunately my mac was out of action. It was put into a local Perth business for an upgrade but they managed to make a mess of it. I had to return it several times over the course of a 3 week period. Valuable downtime wasted. The matter has now been resolved and I am hoping to have some more images up over the next few weeks.
All the best to everyone into the New Year.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Well I am now back from Alaska. I had an unbelievable time and came away with plenty of new images. I will most likely elaborate on the trip and certain locations when I get around to posting some of the images. I will not process any of the new images until I am behind a decent monitor as I am working off my laptop at the moment.
I hope everyone is well and I apologize that I have not been visiting/commenting on everyones blogs lately. I have spent as much time shooting as possible.
Here is a quick 3 image stitch I threw together from a day spent out in Katmai National Park, Alaska. We were flown in by light aircraft and dropped off on the tidal flats of the Coast. After seeing the pilot off we began hiking up the beach until we reached this inlet. We just sat and watched as various Coastal Brown Bears made their way along the shoreline in search for salmon. This time of the year the salmon are “on the run” and the bears are doing their best to feed on the salmon as much as possible before winter sets in. It was an incredible site to see and to be out there amongst them a long way from anywhere was very surreal.
It is something I will remember for the rest of my life.
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This is a 4 image stitch that was taken at the beginning of October in the Kananaskis Region here in Alberta, Canada.
I was eager to get out shooting on this particular morning as the seasons first snow had fallen the previous afternoon. I headed out well before sunrise hoping that the grey skies would begin to clear. It was a very still morning so I had to wait around for a while until the clouds began to pass over. I had absolutely no problems sitting, waiting, watching, and listening while the skies slowly cleared.