The Sunwapta River meandering through Jasper National Park (Alberta) provides a plethora of compositional possibilities for those who love to be mesmerized by movement. The runoff of the rock flour filled glacial waters can fill an artist’s pallet with various shades of blue, indigo, aqua, green and turquoise. The challenge for the artist is narrowing down the innumerable scenic choices.
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This last vestige of fall seemed to be standing in defiance of an early winter snow storm. The silence of the forest during a heavy snowfall provides momentary pauses of tranquility while casting its pure white blanket of beauty over everything. The contrast of this lone pocket of vibrant yellow and gold against the surrounding snow-laden trees gave me the composition I was looking for. This was shot in the White Mountains of Arizona.
Glacier National Park’s waterfall scenery is simply spectacular. I particularly liked this one as the light from above seemed to fall from shelf to shelf along with the water. Personally, I prefer the milky look of a waterfall. It softens the scene and can be strikingly contrasted with the clarity of surrounding terrain. When I compose a waterfall, I want it to gently touch something deep within.
While the fog never fully cleared out this particular day on the Oregon coast, there were a few moments where the sun tried to peek through dappling the forest floor with light, providing the explorer a glimpse of what could be. The mist rolling in from the Pacific over the ridge above added just the right amount of atmosphere. A person could get lost in all the beauty. I did.
Dwelling in the shadow of its larger and much more popular sibling (Multnomah Falls) Horsetail Falls possesses its own sense of beauty and perspective. Nestled just east of Multnomah Falls right off the Gorge’s scenic highway Horsetail Falls provides plenty of opportunity to work on composition without having to navigate and dodge crowds. With so many gorgeous waterfalls in Oregon it can be difficult to determine a plan of attack. In this particular case, traveling east was a good choice.
I found Oregon’s Multnomah Falls a few miles east of Portland to be a real challenge to shoot. On the human side there were scads of tourists to navigate around. On the technical side just the sheer height of the falls, 620 feet, made it a challenge to frame even with my ultra wide-angle lens. Still, I feel somewhat satisfied with what I was able to capture. In my processing I wanted to add a tad of a storybook illustration look and feel … like a fairy tale.
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An afternoon drive through the moss-laden fir and spruce forest toward Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast seemed to bid the traveler to ‘Come a little further’. The sun-kissed greenery peeking through the blanket of fog turned what might be another ordinary pretty drive into an enchanted journey full of drama and beauty.