Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Perfect evening

Magic Hills

Magic Hills 2

These shots were taken on Monday.

You know, it was a perfect evening. Warm golden light was spilling over the foothills West of Cochrane. Only minutes from the town border. Only minutes from where I live!
As soon as the sun went under the horizon and I saw the clouds catching that pink glow I knew I had a winner (or multiple winners). I made a few different compositions of these scenes. These ones worked best I thought. I really like all those yellow and brown colours in this shot and how they complement the sky tones. It's been a long time since I was able to shoot a decent sunset.

I love shooting close to home. Mainly because I know exactly where to go under certain conditions. But I have to confess, it took me a fair while to understand and learn how I could appreciate these hills.
In the coming months I'll do a lot more of these prairie shots. If you can shoot the prairies and the foothills, you can tackle everything I think!

These were simple 'in camera' shots. I recently purchased a Lee polarizer (ouch, that left a hole in my wallet) and a Lee 2 stop Soft ND grad. Both were used in this shot. This saved me some time on the Mac. Ask my wife how pumped I was when I got home, that I nailed these in camera!


  1. Good work, it's always nice to get great photos from your backyard.

  2. Nice work dude, keep them coming and lets show what Calgary photographers can do!!

  3. Thanks Alan! Appreciate your visit.

  4. Thanks for the support Jeremy! I'm looking forward to your photos dude... Keep updating that blog ;)

  5. These are great. The colour's are beautiful. I really enjoy your work Olivier. Thankyou for sharing. Regards Coral.

  6. Thank you Coral, for your nice words! Always happy to hear that!

  7. Those ND grad filters are magical sometimes :). The two photos are very well done and the tones are just perfect to compliment the exposure