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!