Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Abraham Lake, a well kept secret

Yesterday we returned from a beautiful 3-day trip to Abraham Lake. What a special place this is.
Photography wise it was ok. I am still getting acquainted with the new camera. The main problem I am struggling with is focus. You should think with the live preview function on the 5DmkII that should be a breeze. Adding to the fact that there is no real depth scale on the 24-105 ƒ4L.  I find it rather difficult.

We had a great time at the Aurum Lodge. Before we left I hoped that I would NOT bump into other photographers at the lodge. I was there to enjoy myself not to, you know, talk technical with each other about cameras and stuff.
One guy we had to pleasure to meet was Paul Wakefield. A photographer from the UK who shoots his personal landscape work on 4x5. Check out his website. He has done some beautiful stuff in the past.Awesome guy to talk to and he can tell stories like no other.

So we were there for 3 days. Unfortunately 2 of those 3 days were 'cloudless blue sky days'. Unfortunately?! Well photographically that means boring skies.
Luckily the last morning (I had to drag myself out of bed by now) I got lucky. The sky was on fire for about 5 minutes. It makes for quite a sight together with the coolness of the ice.
It was cold and windy in the mornings. By cold I mean temperatures between -30C (the first morning) and -19C (the last morning). But it warmed up pretty good during the day. We did manage to do some hikes as well. What a stunning place this is and so no developed like Banff or Jasper. It's like a well kept secret nobody really knows about.

I am slowly working my way through the images I took. Of course I had to start with the most spectacular ones. Here's a little sneak preview.


  1. Another good one. Although I'm not one to dismiss clear blue sky days as a loss. I'll try and work to find compositions with less or no sky in them, or just close in on shapes. Sometimes it may work to your advantage if you you have a client that wants to put text in that blank blue area. You can get great images in just about any light if you look and think hard enough. Just my opinion.

  2. Hi Alan. You are absolutely right. Blue skies can make good shots. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as 'bad light'. The only thing was that I was there (and only there) for the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. I don't think in stock photography frames with lots of negative space for text because I'm not a stock photographer. ;)
    Thanks for stopping by. Your work is very inspirational!