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A Frozen Lake Louise

I haven’t done this since I started posting one photo per week, but since I didn’t get out to do any shooting since my trip to the mountains last Monday, I’m going to post another photo from that trip. This is my first attempt at a black and white HDR image…the colors were kinda dull but there was plenty of contrast to play with so I thought a B&W conversion might be nice. I probably could have done without the HDR treatment on this image, but it helped pull out some of the detail in the partial reflection of the mountains. I’ll definitely be heading back to Lake Louise this summer to get a similar shot to present in full color with a full reflection in the lake…at least that’s my goal 🙂

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 20mm, F 8.0, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, black and white conversion, curves, and saturation adjustments in Lightroom, masked in original sky in Photoshop, noise reduction using Noiseware.

Tanya - April 27, 2010 - 12:29 pm

I approve of the new look.

joeandrews - April 28, 2010 - 7:59 am

Beautifully done and a fantastic scene. Great job with the HDR process, looks fantastic!!

Robert - April 29, 2010 - 9:15 am

Nice fuckin picture man.. good work.

yycofee - April 29, 2010 - 9:19 am

Thanks very much! Glad you like it.

Chateau Lake Louise

I took yesterday and today off work and made a trip out to the mountains to nab some photos. I was really hoping that the mountain lakes would be thawed by now so that I could do some experimenting with mountain reflections in water…but that turned out to be wishful thinking as the lakes in Banff National Park are still almost completely frozen. My first stop was Lake Louise and after seeing the lake still frozen I decided to head into the Chateau for some interior photos. It had been a long time since I was last in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and it didn’t disappoint. Although it seemed a little smaller than I remember, the lobby and great room leading into the Lakeview Lounge are very impressive. Below is a shot looking from the lobby towards the Lakeview Lounge.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 8.0, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR (-2,0,+2) tonemapped in Photomatix, adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop, noise reduction using Noiseware.

After my time at Lake Louise I hit Johnston Canyon on the way back to Calgary and made the hike all the way to the upper falls despite the semi-treacherous trail (still covered with ice in some sections). I’ve gone through a couple of those photos and it looks as though I’ve got some keepers. I’ll be sharing those sometime in the future.

triggax - April 20, 2010 - 2:22 pm

dude.. awesome… this is such a nice photo… if i had one critique it would be the windows at the back are giving off too much light..

other than that this is your best picture in a while… awesome work buddy.

Scott Walker - April 20, 2010 - 4:14 pm

Thats crazy, teach me to do that with my 8×10 film camera

mzdeitz - April 20, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Wow. I love it. I’d like to see that same shot at night.

yycofee - April 21, 2010 - 6:32 am

Thanks everyone!

Rob: I agree about the windows at the back…I didn’t take a shot that was underexposed enough to cover that portion of the photo.

Scott: As long as you can bracket your exposures and create some high quality scans of your 8×10’s anything is possible.

Steph: That’s a good idea…maybe I’ll have to stay a night there and get that done this summer!

Grain Elevator in Brant, Alberta

This past Saturday, Brei and I took a quick road trip about an hour south of Calgary to the extremely small town of Brant, Alberta so that I could take some photos. You might be wondering why on earth I would choose to travel to this tiny town…according to www.ghosttowns.com, Brant is home to a large number of abandoned old buildings and I thought it would be cool to check them out. However, upon arriving in Brant, we found it to be mostly occupied. There are probably about 100 people still living there but it was far from abandoned and there didn’t appear to be a large amount of abandoned buildings as the ghost towns website advertised. So…I made the most of what was there. The most prominent structure was the old grain elevator situated right along the train tracks so I snapped a few shots of the elevator and the few train cars that were lying around. Below is the first photo I’ve processed. It’s a pretty simple image…big ‘ol grain elevator with a sunburst along one edge…but I like it. Sometimes simplicity is nice.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 14mm, F 20, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR (-2,0,+2) tonemapped in Photomatix, color correction, contrast, clarity, sharpening in Lightroom, original sky masked in using Photoshop, noise reduction using Noiseware. Let me know what you think!

rob - April 13, 2010 - 10:42 am

I also really like this shot.. This is a near perfect image… super simple looks awesome… I love the color of the grain elevator and the wicked little slice of sun coming off of one side…

Cool man.. Excellent Work.. Funny thing we were in Nanton all day Saturday… Theres way more effd up buildings and creepy shit going on around Nanton and Stavely than there is in Brant.. Next time check it out… Theres even that airplane museum in Nanton.. might not be a bad idea to check it out.

Mike Olbinski - December 18, 2012 - 10:25 am

My God, this is so amazing dude!!!! I feel like it’s glowing or something, it’s got this angelic thing surrounding it!

Digging the off-tilt kind of style to it as well…fantastic work.

My Mazdaspeed 3

A couple of posts ago I briefly mentioned that I had taken some photos of my Mazdaspeed 3 in the parkade of the Suncor Energy Centre but I wasn’t too pleased with them because of the crummy car wash I got before taking the shots. Well, after a lot of work in post-processing I finally have one ready to show…and I’m relatively pleased with how it turned out. Let me know what you think because I’ve been staring at it for too long and in too much detail to really tell if it actually looks good 😉

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 12mm, F 16, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, color correction, contrast and clarity in Lightroom, a bit of burning and cloning in Photoshop, and noise reduction using Noiseware (yup, way too much processing…but it was fun and a good learning experience).

Tanya - June 9, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Zoom Zoom Zoom….sorry, couldn’t help myself there. haha!

Jim Denham - October 15, 2010 - 7:40 am

Looks good to me. Nice job!

Art Parkade Walkway at the U of C

This past weekend I decided to take a nostalgic photo walk through the University of Calgary campus. I hadn’t been back there since I graduated a few years ago and I thought it would be kinda neat to see what (if anything) had changed. Everything was just as I remembered with the exception of the brand new Taylor Family Digital Library (still under construction) and all the scaffolding and false walls in the engineering building…apparently they’re doing a bit of a fix-up job there.

The brown grass and leafless trees of early spring don’t make for particularly pretty photos, so I stayed indoors and shot anything I found interesting. Symmetry was a common theme at the university so played around with that for a change since I typically try to place my focal point off centre (rule of thirds). I also let myself into some lecture theatres and will be making a few lecture hall panoramas in the coming weeks. For now, here’s the first image I shot upon my arrival at the U of C:

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 11, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

This is the skywalk from the Art Parkade to Craigie Hall. I almost kept walking once I got through the doors from the parkade but I’m glad I stopped to shoot this hallway. Converging lines are so much fun!

The details: 3 exposure HDR (-2,0,+2) tonemapped in Photomatix, masking in Photoshop, noise reduction using Noiseware (unbelievable results!), final tweaks in Lightroom. Let me know what you think.

Michael Tuuk - March 30, 2010 - 6:09 pm

This is a cool shot — all those lines leading toward a vanishing point. The first thing I thought when I saw the image on buzz was “I bet he got Noiseware”. I noticed right away that the noise that was in some previous shots wasn’t in this one. It is unbelievable how well it works, isn’t it? Good work. HDR is fun stuff, no?

yycofee - March 31, 2010 - 10:14 am

Thanks Michael! Pretty cool that you were able to pick out that I got Noiseware…it really is unbelivable. I think I spent a good 5 minutes just going through a 100% view of my photo looking at the before and after over and over again. Thanks for the recommendation, Noiseware will be a permanent part of my HDR workflow now. And yes, I’m having an absolute blast toying with the HDR thing.

rob - March 31, 2010 - 4:13 pm

You know, as much as I appreciate the shot, it’s well captured, its peaceful its a nice shot.. I personally just dont really like the picture.. maybe its just too boring.. Its a nice picture just not my style.. it just reminds me of a hallway.. hallways arent inspiring… you know what i mean? haha… Im not taking away anything from this picture… It just looks like a cafeteria hallway… but thats why im not a critic… cause I cant look past the things that i dont like you know…Maybe you should try cleaning up that semi truck picture in noiseware and then printing me a copy and framing it… then ill be happier with this picture probably…

I still love you heath… even though i dont love this picture…


Bronwyn - May 10, 2010 - 11:44 am

Hey Heath,

First I wanted to say congratulations on the engagement!!!

Also, I have walked through this hall numerous times, and this is the first and only time it has looked so wonderful.
You have taken something that is well…ugly..and turned it into a beautiful photo! Nice Job!!


yycofee - May 10, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Thanks Bronwyn!