Yesterday I headed out to the Kananaskis area shooting at various locations along the Spray Lakes road starting at the Lower Kananakis Lake at sunrise. It was interesting to see the sun rise as the partial cloud coverage did not hinder the sun illuminating the snow covered peaks. Next up, I drove down the Spray Lakes Road to past Mt. Shark road to try to capture some more of the early and low angle winter light highlighting the snow covered peaks. I then photographed around the Mount Engadine Lodge, capturing the snow covered mountains and trees. It started to snow late in the morning with some wind, so it was a challenge to capture clear photos. I also photographed at Mud Lake and then Black Prince area. All in all, it was a beautiful day with some amazing lighting conditions.
Today I went out to the Elbow River and Elbow Falls. As an indication to how busy I have been and thus out of practice, I arrived without my normal winter gear, snow pants. This was the first “seriously” cold outing with the new camera, but as expected there were no problems with it…my legs were another story though. I started out in the Elbow River canyon section adjacent to where Canyon Creek joins the Elbow River. I like that section of the Elbow, it has a nice S shaped curve, rock walls, and boulders. Unlike in the summer, I did not wade across and head downriver…way too cold today to pull that stunt! There were some nice snow and ice scenes even in the reachable upper section.
Next, I moved to the waterfalls and happened upon Frosty keeping warm with his bottle of wine (and yes, that is an oxymoron). The waterfalls were nicely iced though not completely covered. After the 2013 flood, the waterfalls are much shorter given the tremendous amount of infilling that occurred at the base.
Okay, so I know that it has been a while and that some of my friends are wondering when I am going to write another post. I did promise, didn’t I? After a busy couple of months of spending numerous if not all weekends in Vancouver, I finally had time to get out and take some photographs. I decided to check out the Sheep River area prior to the annual winter shutdown on December 1. It was a real treat to see some snow and ice in the Bluerock Creek, Gorge Creek, and Sheep River given the lack of accessibility in the winter. The photographs were plentiful and I spent all day capturing some interesting shots and video. The weather was mostly overcast with some sun and not too cold, perfect shooting weather. It was one of those great shoots where it was hard to leave. I must say that am really enjoying the camera and Sigma 35mm lens, it is a great combination.
When I was using my Nikon F3 (film), my favourite lens was the Nikon 35mm. I found the focal length to be the perfect blend between including enough details while excluding extraneous details. Recently I upgraded to a full frame DSLR and the old Nikkor 35mm was noticeably soft outside of the centre on that camera. After researching lens options including Nikon, Zeiss, and Sigma, I decided to purchase the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4. According to several review sites, it was the sharpest lens available. I headed out to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park on Sunday to test out the lens. It didn’t take long to appreciate the joy of the 35mm focal length and the quality of the Sigma lens. The lens auto focuses quickly and with very little noise, allows quick setting for manual and auto focus, and appears very solid. The initial tests indicates that the lens is very sharp, edge to edge.