Drew May Photography: Blog http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Drew May Photography drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:59:00 GMT Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:59:00 GMT http://www.drewmayphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u872389125-o209977148-50.jpg Drew May Photography: Blog http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog 90 120 Prairie Light http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2018/2/prairie-light Prairie LightPrairie LightShooting a wedding on this day and in the drive to the next venue the skys gave me a little light show. Yes it is the beginning of a tornado. the clouds had begun to spin but luckly for all it did not touch down.

Prairie light

I have spent the last few months barely involved in photography, I take my camera out but to no avail. I thought, what I should do is go back and look at my old work and see if that inspires me. I have this issue of looking back at my work, I know I shouldn’t do it, but I do anyway.  Some of my most popular work, and most published work has been because of storms.

I think it’s about time I start getting involved and start posting those photographs that bring me the most emotional high at the very time the shutter clicks.  I know I have been lax in posting on this site, I am sure it is some form of feeling that I am not worthy.  It’s all an emotional fight within our own heads, the bane of a creatives mind.

Summer is coming and I’m starting to get excited.

This photograph is called “Prairie Light” it was captured well I was shooting a wedding.  It was an epiphany for me.  As we’re racing from one venue to the next I found a gathering storm far more exciting than the wedding that I were shooting.  I decided it was OK to be late just a little.  It reminded me just how much I love landscape photography!  Over the next six years every summer my heart beats much quicker with the drumbeat of the strong storm.

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The Best of 2017 http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-best-of-2017 I bet you figured out that this is not a blog in 2018.  Well you'd be right this is still 2017.  I'm getting a head start on the year that's going to change my life.  I thought to started off I would do something like I did last year, but I decided I didn't want to do anything that represented a video.

Glorious  Drew May PhotoGlorious Drew May PhotoIn the words of John Muir:
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

Sums this image up pretty well, enjoy!

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So here are the 15 best images that I captured this year.  Some of you know this was a tough year for me, in a few short days this year has come to an end.  I can't say that I'll be sorry to see it go.  So with a new computer, the same old camera, but a new outlook I will push to make myself something to be remembered. 

Layers  Drew May PhotoLayers Drew May PhotoStanding on a ridgeline above the mighty Athabasca River, I was drawn to the light and clouds. I could only see this in Black and White, so I mille dover this image for days and spent the common multitude of hours creating a black and white that is my vision, and that is always a time consumer.

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This year, I will be continuing started projects of previous years, I am working on creating a new project specifically for this year. I also decided it's time that I take my work and see if I can put it in venues that will present my work in a better light.  I can see it's going to be a year but I will suffer a certain amount of derision and I'm sure that my ego will be crushed from time to time. 

Fractured  Drew May PhotoFractured Drew May PhotoAbraham Lake David Thompson County Alberta Canada, the day before water was all over the lake, today frozen solid. As the “lake” [Abraham is a reservoir] water level drops though the winter, large thick layers of ice is laid down down on the shore.

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That is the arts! 

Glowing  Drew May PhotoGlowing Drew May PhotoRoche Miette and Capitol mountain grab the last moments of light, as the last glimmers of Summer give way to the colours of autumn.

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I've also decided that it is time one for me to express my opinion to a certain degree.  I am truly getting tired of a few things in our industry and it is time that I Express my opinion.  But fear not the majority of my blogging will be directed at the work that I am doing.  I think it's time for me to get a little more expressive about where I am and what I've done to get the shot.  Some people have told the that I should do some more of vlogging, but I don't know how I would do with that.

Final Refections  Drew May PhotoFinal Refections Drew May PhotoAs the sun slips behind the mountains I am am with a group from my photo club, standing well inside Jasper Lake. After a very pleasant day spent with friends enjoying what I truly love, I am refreshed once again and hopefully my inspiration has returned. Jasper will always be my favourite place and all the world.

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Oh well, things are on the way to change and this year is going to be major for Drew May Photography!

Fragmented  Drew May PhotoFragmented Drew May PhotoOn the shores of Abraham Lake and David Thompson County Alberta, The early morning sun crests, the horizon is mirrored in the ice before me. As Abraham Lake is a reservoir created by the power company for the creation of power, the level of the lake, through the winter drops precipitously until the spring. The ice here takes on the colour of the water a greenish blue. I will always be drawn to this area simply because of the many faces that is David Thompson country.

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Rushing  Drew May PhotoRushing Drew May PhotoI am playing about with a few images to get the insperation back. This day I wandered into BC with a friend with the intention to walk the trail to Burg Lake, not going to happen to late a start and not really prepaired so we spent time next to the river.

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A Path  Drew May PhotoA Path Drew May PhotoI was sitting in my chair one day, with no ambition. Suddenly I felt a need to drive to Jasper. So I drove the 3 hours to my place of heaven and assended the road to Miette Hot Springs. I was greeted to piles of snow in June. A pleasant path was created between the trees. Green and white just go together so well.

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It's a secret  Drew May PhotoIt's a secret Drew May PhotoPeople of my photo club we're wandering further up Jasper Lake, I saw this little depression in the trees just off the highway. And I thought to myself "I wonder what's down there" so off I walked. Through the trees and down into this valley I walked. Jasper national Park has so many little gems in so many little places it is always, and always will be, wondrous!

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Skylights  Drew May PhotoSkylights Drew May PhotoIt has been a wile for me to get back in the grove after some personal issues and changes. I decided it was time to go out with my local club members and spend some time watching the sky.

The storm of the evening of the the 27-28 was particularly interesting. this is the first of some 100+ images i took that evening.

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Writing on the Sky  Drew May PhotoWriting on the Sky Drew May PhotoPlease take the time to visit my web site, leave a comment! Prints can be ordered direct from there or custom, limited editions can be ordered by contacting me directly.

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Past  Drew May PhotoPast Drew May PhotoBack in time this place resounded with happy sounds. Joyous children bolting up these stairs going for a swim. Elderly persons seaking relief from the aches and pains of age. Can you hear the past?

The main entrence to the old Pool at Miette Hot Springs loses to the elements as mother nature clames back her space.

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Standing    Drew May PhotoStanding Drew May PhotoIt always amazes me just how life can survive in just about any place.

Walking the old path to the "Old Pool" at Miette Hotsprings I saw this little tree holding on to the most precarious spot I could think of.

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Waves  Drew May PhotoWaves Drew May PhotoPlease take the time to visit my web site, leave a comment! Prints can be ordered direct from there or custom, limited editions can be ordered by contacting me directly.

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I save the best for last in my view!

Violet  Drew May PhotoViolet Drew May PhotoThe very last moments of an evening light as the colour shifts to an iridescent Violet hue, I am drawn to this scene by the patterns in the silt left as Jasper lake sir comes to winters grip. For some unknown reason I have been drawn near the entry point of Jasper National Park’s east gate. It is more likely than not, the very large number of visitors to the National Park.




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So the year begins I hope you have the best year of all time, I am going to, I just feel it in my bones! :)

 

Cheers to you all!!

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) alberta canada canon clouds drew may photography drewmayphoto lake landscape lightning mountains photographer rocks sky sunset trees tse water http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-best-of-2017 Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:54:15 GMT
A short update http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/12/a-short-update Just a short blog, to tell you that I'm making some changes.

 

Firstly pain no attention do any of the catalog prices, I've got quite a job changing stuff other catalog prices will be the first thing to change.

Secondly the galleries will be changing! It is been high time since I've changed how I present my images. I feel it is much more beneficial to the viewer to spend some time looking at a group of images of the same location. Being that I'm a landscape photographer I am drawn to a location and I will return repeatedly.

Glorious__Drew May Photo20170925_MAY2366-PanoGlorious__Drew May Photo20170925_MAY2366-PanoIn the words of John Muir:
How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

Sums this image up pretty well, enjoy!

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Lastly, I am starting to come out of my rut. I am finding more time to edit my images and I am starting to get a little spark of inspiration. Many things have happened this year, to be quite honest with you far more than I expected. But I am trying to do my best to maintain my attachment to you my viewer. It isn't that I haven't gone to take some photographs it is finding the enthusiasm to edit those images to a level that I deem complete.

Violet - Drew May Photo20170925_MAY2390-Edit-EditViolet - Drew May Photo20170925_MAY2390-Edit-EditThe very last moments of an evening light as the colour shifts to an iridescent Violet hue, I am drawn to this scene by the patterns in the silt left as Jasper lake sir comes to winters grip. For some unknown reason I have been drawn near the entry point of Jasper National Park’s east gate. It is more likely than not, the very large number of visitors to the National Park.




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Some of you know I do not shoot so you can check out my images only on the monitor. I shoot for print! To me that is a finished photograph, something you could hold in your hands, admire with your eyes and quite possibly smell the pigment on the print. I'll do my best to try to come back to where I was five years ago, thank you very much for your patience!

 

Cheers All 

Drew

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) alberta canada canon clouds drew may photography drewmayphoto lake landscape mountains photographer rocks sky sunset trees water http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/12/a-short-update Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:11:36 GMT
Layers - Drew May Photo20170610_MAY0286-Edit http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/12/layers---drew-may-photo20170610_may0286-edit Layers - Drew May Photo20170610_MAY0286-EditLayers - Drew May Photo20170610_MAY0286-EditStanding on a ridgeline above the mighty Athabasca River, I was drawn to the light and clouds. I could only see this in Black and White, so I mille dover this image for days and spent the common multitude of hours creating a black and white that is my vision, and that is always a time consumer.

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Standing on a Ridgeline above the mighty Athabasca River, I was drawn to the light and clouds. I could only see this in Black and White, so I milled over this image for days and spent the common multitude of hours creating a black and white that is my vision, and that is always a time consumer.
 

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Struggles http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/5/struggles Have you ever had a feeling nothing you photograph or have photographed, is all garbage? How about the feeling that the gear you have would be better off in the hands of someone that has an idea how to use it? Or worst of all, you are at a spot you have dreamed about and nothing. You just look and look, and you can't find one thing of interest or any kind of composition! 

 

I am there!! 

 

Few things can have a more chilling effect on a creative mind than the reality of modern western life. The continued need for green to keep a roof over ones head. Then there is the realities of humanity. 

 

I do my very best to keep my personal life somewhat mine, and tell no one what is or has happened. So this is a break form my world of the tough guy and as my creative mind has been so heavily effected. Some of you, my personal friends, know I lost my mother at the end of January. She was not only my mom, but she had been my greatest supporter, friend, confidant . She was the first person that saw any of my completed works. She always was, the first after me, to touch any finished print. 

 

She kept me in check as well, if she saw something she thought wasn't up to my standards, she was the first person to inform me. I never had to worry, that after my mom saw a print, if she liked it it was worth showing the world. 

 

For the last couple of years I was my moms only outlet to the outside world. I did care for her more than most would ever think of doing, more than I would expect from my own son. I have never and never will regret the time I spent caring for my mom. 

 

I will admit it has been very hard on my business, especially the last year. To that end I have had to resurrect my previous life and return to working for the man. My life will be in a complete reset and this web site will see a complete revamp. 

 

Because I will have fluid funds in the near future I will be moving about doing my very best to recover my lost inspiration. I will also be removing the needless ability to purchase prints form some unknown venders. I will be creating my own prints, so you the buyer will be getting a print from my own work. I hope you find that more attractive and hope you will be more happy with the finished product because of the prints origins. 

 

I have been happy with and received no complaints about any orders from any of the vendors provided though Zenfolio!! Just has to pass that on!!

 

I have had wonderful friends that came forward to help me, they will never be forgotten. And I have had a couple of days that made me realize I still had something to say with my work. I am looking forward to the new life, and the direction that is inevitable, I have so many ideas starting to bounce about in the the great cranial void. 

 

To those that have stuck by me no matter the issue, thank you! 

To those that have wandered away because of the stagnation, I am back I would love to see you here again. 

To those that have left because their attention span is fleeting at best, what can I say ...umm ...I better not! 😂😂😂

 

Summer has come here in Sunny Alberta, I have weekends off, and I am fully free like I haven't been for years! 

Fractured__20170219-_MAY9457Fractured__20170219-_MAY9457Abraham Lake David Thompson County Alberta Canada, the day before water was all over the lake, today frozen solid. As the “lake” [Abraham is a reservoir] water level drops though the winter, large thick layers of ice is laid down down on the shore.

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This was the only time in the past few months I got out and found some semblance of inspiration. 

I am Getting out and shooting, so should you! 

Cheers,

Me!

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Closing off 2016 http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/1/closing-off-2016 Hello everyone!

It's been a while, that life thing has a wonderful effect on getting things done. I can assure you of the last few months have been interesting. late in the year I have been traveling quite extensively around the Alberta. 

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A few days ago I spent the time wandering into my past, I went into Piers Greys Lakes provincial Park. The day was rainy and grey but it made Desjarlais Lake absolutely calm. The water was like a mirror and it reflected the most beautiful sunset hidden behind the clouds.

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One of my new favourite spots Piers Grey Provincial Park

Some of you might remember that I got a new car in the early summer, and I named her Lilly. [ya two “l’s”] To date I have traveled just over 26,000 km and very pleasing Drive. Lily is an absolutely fantastic automobile, and exceedingly easy on fuel. I cannot recommend enough, Chevrolet Cruz 2016 as being a wonderful choice and I am very happy that I made it. I will continue to document her and my travels for some time to come.  Enough about a car!

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The travels took off in the last few months of summer, after my mother agreed to go into care, thus relieving me to explore. Almost immediately I drove to Cadomin, a small coal mining town on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. After that I went to further north along the same mountain chain, to the small town called Grande Cache. It is been almost 30 years since I've been there and I will inform you it was wonderful, I definitely will be going back!

Dancing Light On Cadomin Mountain__20160817-_MAY5021-PanoDancing Light On Cadomin Mountain__20160817-_MAY5021-PanoAs I left Cadomin, I stoped and looked back at the mountain that held the name of that small community. I witnessed the light dancing across the face of this mountain. How privileged I felt to be a witness of such beauty.

I love my job!!

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Dancing Light On Cadomin Mountain

I have traveled to Jasper and northern Banff repeatedly, I have been going up and down the parkway, spending a fair amount of time around the locally named “Big Bend". I have a good friend that played my guide on one occasion. He had showed me a couple of waterfalls I have missed repeatedly. It truly is good to have some local knowledge, or do have friends that Have that knowledge.

Confluence_20160826-_MAY5426-PanoConfluence_20160826-_MAY5426-PanoI spent a few hours in Sulphur Gates Provincial Recreation Area checking out a viewpoint which I haven't seen from many years. Today's shot as a panoramic made up of 12 separate images to create the slight sweet every beautiful location period

Below you see the Smoky River glorious in its mineral green and the confluence of the Sulphur River with its muddy brown colour mingle under the high cliffs and peaks the make up this valley. If you ever get a chance to come to Grande Cashe take the time and visit this recreation area.

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the Sulphur Gates near Grande Cashe 

I would have to say my excitement finding waterfalls in this province has increased once again! I find myself searching the maps looking for locations that I haven't gone to, or did not know existed even slightly, so this spring I will have many locations to shoot. This coming summer is going to be very exciting, I have a couple of plans that might add to the excitement in the interest in my work going forward.

Pathway__20160928-_MAY6983Pathway__20160928-_MAY6983Standing on the banks of an unnamed stream with Old Wonder falls at my back, I look into the valley of the North Saskatchewan River and the Icefields Parkway. On the horizon is Cirrus Mountain in a sea of blue, not a single cloud the sky made it a sunny, warm and beautiful autumn's day in Banff national Park.

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Pathway

I have been writing this blog post for last couple of months when I can get around to it. I have had a lot of things on my plate in the last few months. Things now are only going to get better and I have plenty of projects in mind. I'm going to spend more time doing short videos, time lapses and doing a little bit of vlogging, I might even spread a little bit of the knowledge. I will be posting here on the website and Youtube so maybe I can build that subscriber base. :)

 

Today's blog is more about catching up and hopefully I can retain a continuous stream of work and have something of quality to say every week.

 

So to start off 2017 I thought I would add a little video that I have been compiling for the last few days as a kind of a showcase of the work that I have done this year. You will notice that the beginning of the video most of the images are local to my home. And as the video goes on those miles that I've added to that little car start make sense.

Best of 2016Some of the best Images this year. This was a majorly changing time for me. So many complete about face moments. This are settling down now and things are moving!! ​​​​​​​

Oh I just so you know, November and December I have been mostly very little work or strictly commercial, We have some snow out here finally. And That gets me excited about the forest once again.

 

And I've done a few equipment changes, And have a few more in mind. So when I get this new gear idea might be a cool idea to Give you my impressions. I might include them in the vlogg, and include the "wordy" Version in the blog. So many changes in the plans, But a distinct hope for success in this year of 2017.

 

So let's close it off, I wish you all a very good New Year, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support.

 

Peace!

Drew

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Canada Drew May Photography Lake Landscape Mayerthorpe TSE clouds drewmayphoto lake landscape lightning mountains photographer sky storm sunset trees water http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2017/1/closing-off-2016 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 03:58:11 GMT
The Old View_20160928-_MAY6993 http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/10/the-old-view_20160928-_may6993 The Old View_20160928-_MAY6993The Old View_20160928-_MAY6993I am standing on the old Icefields Parkway, on one of the many bridges, that overlooks the valley of the North Saskatchewan River headwaters. Imagine a time back in 40’s driving with your family along this serpentine road, I can guarantee you you wouldn't be driving like many of the drivers do today. This road is just barely wide enough vehicles to pass each other, and you can see the drop off is rather profound. This old bridge has had a wonderful view for a very long time.

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I have been a little off my schedule this past couple of weeks sorry gang! 

 

I am standing on the old Icefields Parkway, on one of the many bridges, that overlooks the valley of the North Saskatchewan River headwaters. Imagine a time back in 40’s driving with your family along this serpentine road, I can guarantee you you wouldn't be driving like many of the drivers do today. This road is just barely wide enough vehicles to pass each other, and you can see the drop off is rather profound. This old bridge has had a wonderful view for a very long time.

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Banff Bridge Canada Cirrus Mountain Drew May Photography Landscape National Park drewmayphoto icefields parkway mountains trees sky http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/10/the-old-view_20160928-_may6993 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:51:32 GMT
A busy Week and a little about my favourite Lens http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/9/a-busy-week-and-a-little-about-my-favourite-lens Hi guys!

 

It has been an interesting week this week. This week has been amazing Summer in Alberta, Albertans will understand. The week has been filled with blue skies and the changing of the leaves. Every autumn makes my spirit fly and I have been doing a lot of short drives this week searching for the ultimate tree, culminating with this Saturday and very long drive with one of my photographic friends.

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Brothers and i love them both!

 

This week I thought I would start a short review of a lens that I have been in love with since the day I bought it. Four years ago I contacted Canon Professional Services and ordered two loaners for the weekend. Those loaders were of course the TSE 24 mm F3.5L Mark II and it's brother the TSE 17 mm F4L. It was a very cold weekend but I still forced myself to go out and try both of them. I traveled to Jasper for the day that was utterly amazed and smitten. My thanks and many of them has to go to CPS Canada, over the last few years they have been fantastic to me.

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The 24 sporting the Lee Filter system, I got to comment on that filter set another day. 

 

Well I've had difficulties making the final decision when it came to the 17 mm, with the 24 mm there was no pause. I had to have it! And a few months later I did! For me a 24 mm on a full frame camera is a no-brainer. The focal length of 24 mm has been my go to focal length for landscapes for some 30 years, and this Version of the 24 mm to me is absolutely perfect. Not only is it optically perfect but it adds the ability to have Full control [as much as a D SLR can logically provide] to the perspective, and the ability to correct some truly aggravating perspective issues.

_20160916-_7D_3923_20160916-_7D_3923© www.drewmayphotography.com the tilt and an upward shift, try that with your conventional lens!!

 

Let's start with a note on construction… it's fantastic!!

The Note applying to the Image quality… astounding!!

The Note applying to the sharpness… sensational!!

Crescent Falls up CloseCrescent Falls up CloseScrabiling down to the valley of the Bighorn River at the foot of the second deck of Crescent Fall.

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Crescent Falls just "fit" with a TSE-24  

 

When it comes to any other words that might be used to define the perfection of a lens be it verb or noun, this lens has it in spades. This Lens is without doubt one of the very best I have ever used in my lifetime. To understand the adjustments of this lens dose create a steep learning curve, and that makes it somewhat of a difficult Lens to use. But once you have it down you will never regret owning this piece of Canon perfection.

Brich Trees a studyBrich Trees a studyI have always been fascinated by trees and i continue to experiment with views of a forest.

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if there is a mood of something special it allies seems it is my TSE-24mm F3.5L MKii that took it.

 

Truly, it is not a very fast 24 mm. It also is a little heavy at 780 g. it is also is a little expensive, as is the same monetary issue that the 17 mm has. But when you figure this lens out, and understand how to use it, it is virtually impossible to beat [at its price point, I am sure the Germans make something much better, They always seem to anyway]. For this price point,[approximately $2100 Canadian give or take] there are cheaper 24 mm but none are better!

Lower Tangle FallsLower Tangle FallsDecided for the first time in a long time to wander down to the lower Tangle Creek Falls. I haven't been there in a long time and it is just as pretty as always.

If you ever go to Tangle Falls, in Jasper NP, take an hour and walk the other way from the crowds. Be careful the walk is a little steep but the view is worth the trip and best of all, I bet you will be completely alone. ;)

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When ever I need to walk into a valley or some place that is a hike to get out of I always choose one lens and almost every time it is the TSE-24

 

I will continue over the next few weeks to add a few things here and there about my experiences with this lens, the 17 mm and also about my awesomely sharp TSE 90 mm. It seems that there's very little information out there about these TSE lenses and I'd like to help some make a decision to buy one. They clearly are a specialized bunch of lenses but when they're used for what they're designed to be used for they are astounding. To be honest, I think if I included the TSE 45 mm F2.8 I could get rid of all other lenses except my 70 to 200 and I would be covered with every eventuality that I could encounter as a landscape photographer. Stay tuned!

The Colour Overtakes _20150918-_MAY4023The Colour Overtakes _20150918-_MAY4023the forest is all green above and full of colours at eye level.

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Colour everywhere 

 

Now what I have been doing for the rest of this past week! 

 

This week I kept relatively close to home, mostly because of a few personal items that I had to deal with, and Lily needed a change of oil and a bath. Lily has been an absolutely fantastic companion and without question fantastic on fuel and she has been truly comfortable. I know that long trip aversion won't last long as I'm planning to take a little tour towards a small forest that I know that should have some serious colour in by now. Stay tuned for those pictures maybe next week. I am thoroughly excited about this, it has my tree orientated mind going a mile a minute.

Km 16825 Cropssing the Athabasca_20160916-_MAY6490Km 16825 Cropssing the Athabasca_20160916-_MAY6490Lilly and me crossing the Athabasca River at the Klondike Crossing

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Crossing the Athabasca on the Klondike Ferry one of the few remaining ferries in Alberta 

 

I've been spending a little bit of time trying to figure out the cost structures and all that other business stuff. Not something that the artist mine can easily tolerate but there're things that have to be done. I think there is going to be some need for new cost structure, at a more defined identification of truly limited edition work. Another thing to stay tuned for.

 

Also last week was the first time that my Facebook fan page reached 3000 followers and stayed there. Some people don't really qualify or quantify any advancements in Facebook as worth anything, butI can tell you for my own personal feelings it feels very good when there is a large group of people who expressed an interest in your work. Sometimes I think people belittle Facebook or any achievement on Facebook because of some form of avarice. To be quite honest I'm getting tired of how people act when somebody else succeeds in something.

Km 16865 Lilly and Me in the Sandhills Ecological Reserve_20160916-_MAY6497Km 16865 Lilly and Me in the Sandhills Ecological Reserve_20160916-_MAY6497Lilly and me in the Fort Assiniboine Sandhills Wildland enjoying a quiet drive in the country looking for autumn colours.

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Long dusty road in to the back woods and Lilly did wonderfully. 

 

I continue Think of some kind of reward for those people who have shown loyalty to me over all these years, Something else to stay tuned for.

The Blue Bells Hold On_20160917-_MAY6563The Blue Bells Hold On_20160917-_MAY6563Windy Point David Thompson Country, this place couldnt be more aptly named!! Man it was windy! I had little choise but to raze the ISO and the shudder speed just to stop the movement!

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How the Bluebells stay in the ground at "Windy Point" {David Thompson country} is truly beyond me. It was just blasting down the valley on Saturday. 

 

I also have been debating the course of my life, whether I should stay in this little hick burg that I call home, or run for the hills. Last couple weeks I have been spending some time in the local cities and larger towns. I can say without a pause as a person who likes quiet simple things, City folk are to wound up! They're like a scurrying bunch of ants all going in different directions and the lack of courtesy is absolutely astounding! That alone would make it very difficult for me to live in a larger centre. I sit here in my small little house in my little Town, and I strain to hear anything other than the fan going in the refrigerator upstairs. I suffer from the sound of thundering trucks going by, driven by sexually challenged men. I don't hear or have fear of the teenagers in this town, I actually praise them because they're actually decent young people. Some might say the life in a small town is a special thing, and as time goes on, I'm starting to have that same feeling.

The Trickle in The Forest_20160917-_MAY6635The Trickle in The Forest_20160917-_MAY6635There are some of us who go to one of the most famous locations in the Canadian national Parks and spend hours trying to capture that postcard image. I, just to be difficult, spend more time looking into the forest on the trail that leads to these postcard locations. I don't know why I am drawn to trees in the forest, but for some reason it feels "Just right".

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I have hundreds of photos to go though from this past week This is the first one I finished from Saturday in Banff NP more are coming!!

 

I might have to change this blog to the Lamentations a landscape photographer. :)

 

Anyway, if there is anything you would like to hear or have my opinion of, feel free to comment. Remember, I live in a small town, any kind of human interaction is interesting. That is until I get into a place where I got a camera in my hand that I don't want people around me at all. :)

 

No matter what you think your gear is not the best, it is only the best to you, so shut up and shoot!!

We'll talk to you all next week!!

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Lilly checking out The Athabasca Pass_20160910-_MAY6203 http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/9/lilly-checking-out-the-athabasca-pass_20160910-_may6203 Lilly checking out The Athabasca Pass_20160910-_MAY6203Lilly checking out The Athabasca Pass_20160910-_MAY6203Km 15525 Lilly and me at the foot of Mount Hardisty on a moment of sunshine in Jasper NP.

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Km 15525 Lilly and me at the foot of Mount Hardisty on a moment of sunshine in Jasper NP.

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The TSE17mm F4L two years of confusion and adoration http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/9/the-tse17mm-f4l-two-years-of-confusion-and-adoration The TSC 17 mm F4 L

 

I ask you how do you dream about a lens, Get it, use it, fall head over heels in love with the quality, but consistently think you don't use it enough to keep it in the bag. And then when you use the lens that nagging feeling “if you just could zoom in here…” keep revealing an awkward thought in your head. 

IMG_0019IMG_0019Look at that beauty!! Love that glass!! Look at that lovely glass!!!

Well that's has been my experience for the TSE 17 mm. It is truly an absolutely fantastic lens, it is wonderfully sharp, almost distortion free, beautifully built, a dream to use, and almost perfect Image quality. But since I went out and purchased a 16-35mm F2.8 L Mkii, which is not as good not even close, to the 17 mm. It is wonderfully convenient, the 16 to 35mm and it has wonderful autofocus, wonderful weather sealing, lighter, you can use filters, but it just isn't as sharp in the corners as a 17 mm or the TSE24 mm F3.5L Mkii, another lens full of perfection’s, though I have no doubts of any kind where this lens is going to be!  

20140725-IMG_044920140725-IMG_0449 My Tilt-Shift family aren't they beautiful!!

The TSE17 is a wonderful lens and in no way am I putting it down, not even slightly, I am suffering from a struggle of relevance with my work flow. there has been times when the 17mm has shined way above it’s weight and it has lots of that, 820g worth. Add a griped 5D Mkiii and you have some serious weight to lug about. Not only is it optically wonderful is fun to use, so much so you forget the weight.  

 

Canon has made a classic beauty in this lens, every thing just works and truly beautifully. Every time I turn the focusing ring the quality of a finely built lens screams out. I will tell you Canon did not hold back when they made this lens. Every part of this lens is absolute perfection, from the wonderfully curve of the front element to the tilt and shift controls. It is a leader in a segment of lenses that just isn't being challenged by any manufacturer. 

 

Before I got this lens I looked all over the inter webs for information, and boy is it sparse. To me it seems that almost no people were buying this lens. Only one lens seem to be worse within the Canon lineup, And that was the TSE 45 mm F2.8 which is another lens I'd like to add to my bag. But when I did find some semblance of some review, it was unprecedented and amazing how much love there was for this lens by those that had obtained it, and also for the 45 mm as well. 

A Extraordinary Yellow DayA Extraordinary Yellow DayDrew May Photography Just look at that sweeping loveliness!

I was challenged a while back to use Lightroom to see just what focal length I used the  most and I can tell you without doubt, the 17 mm was nowhere near the top. The lens I use the most, or I should say the focal range, was between 40 mm and 60 mm. I am sure that is a throwback to the older times when the only lens that I had was a 50 mm. Does not lessen the value of the 17 mm? Well I decided to check how many photographs I edited to the end and I held with actually some form of reverence. That told a completely different story where the 17 mm as well as a 24 mm we're very close to holding half of all of my printable imagery. So where does that leave a 17 mm lens?

 

In my bag!! Maybe…. :)

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Thing like this just kill doubts.

For I can tell you, without a doubt, the moment I selloff any special lens, the feelings of the needing that lens become greater. I feel this would be greater with the TSE 17 mm, as it is not a generic lens! It is fine to sell off the standard zoom or the every day 50 mm and it is almost easy. Tilt shift lens are specialty items, they fill a niche that is unlike anything else in the photographic world. Owning them and using them makes you different from the rest of the crowd. These lenses force you to slow down, they force you to compose, they force you to scan the scene before you. They force you to search for the elements that truly acknowledge this story you were trying to tell. 

Exalation of the Holy Cross_Drew May Photo20140512_K3_0014-EditExalation of the Holy Cross_Drew May Photo20140512_K3_0014-EditExalation of the Holy Cross one more rural Alberta Church that I spent a few hours with. B&W conversion Nik Silver Effects Pro 2 as always. My Canon TSE 17mm F4L in action...loving the lens!!

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Standing just a few feet from the cross hand held and shifted a few mm just to straighten thing up a bit.

Tilt shift lenses are far more than just your average 24mm-somthing lens. When these lenses are used properly by somebody who has a vision in their head and patience, they perform like nothing else. Sure you can listen to 1 million other photographers, that will bestow the greatness of their abilities, Online of course. They will make the claim “there is never a need for fine gear because “a great photographer, can make anything work”. This is in someways true but in others completely false. What makes a truly fine photographer is not his gear, Excuse me “his or her” gear. It is the vision that they hold within them, that innermost thought. And when they are truly connected to the vision that they have, fine gear makes it easier for that photographer to express that vision. Fiddling with buttons and inappropriate or poorly designed gear only frustrates the process to the point of misdirecting the vision of art, into the commonality of technology. To be quite honest with you, when people make sweeping statements that are so common in photography, they are more often comments of the jealous or the visually weak.

 

Sadly in today's world we spent an awful lot of time chasing the next best technological advancement, or harping about Technology with little of any consequence to the art form. I think we do it to fill a void that is within ourselves. And sadly there are large number of “photographers" who spend more time commenting and complementing their gear, only to defend their choice, And sometimes excessively. That they lose the realities of what photography is supposed to be about. 

 

I sadly know this feeling, the derisive any insulting behaviour of other photographers, Because I didn't have a camera that was part of their club was heartbreaking. I did in time see the weakness of the gear that I had, but I didn't need some inappropriate bully bash the camera that I owned. Especially when I saw serious weakness in their own work and to be quite honest with you, trying not to sound egotistical, substantially lesser than my own.

 

To the bullies, the Internet Warriors, to those that spend an inordinate amount of time deriding other people's gear, you are nothing more than the village idiot, you contribute nothing of value in photography. If you spend more time on the Internet, then you do taking or editing photographs your opinion is of little value, and You should spend some time looking inwardly and shutting your mouth!

 

Photography to some it's just simple pleasure, to others it is the ability to express their vision of art. And again there are others that use it simply as a way to record their life's journey. For some people they don't need fancy gear to record pleasure or a journey. But I am not just the average photographer.

 

I purchased Canons’ TSE 17 mm F4l for a reason that has never changed. It is a tool to help me create and it does it beautifully!  

 

So in the end what is the answer never ending question?

 

Will I ever sell my TSE 17mm F4L?

Blazing SunsetBlazing SunsetI am going though some older images today and finding the images I liked but did not edit. Today it is the sunset on the Morse River, just south of Swan Hills, Alberta. A very slow moving river in an area full of boggs and Muskeg rulled by the mighty Tamarack. The Tamarack is one of those trees I really love and have been working to get that photograph that just make me happy. .

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if the light keeps doing this I could never turn my back on the lens I dreamt about. 

 

 

NEVER!!!

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Changes! http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/9/changes Hey gang!

 

What you haven't figured out by now I have been rather busy the last few months, It's really kind of a personal nature suffice to say, I've been caring for my Mom the last few months, years actually. My mother has finally decided to go into care, it clearly was not the easiest decision she has ever made, but it is for the best, for both of us. The last couple of weeks have been a bit of flurry of driving about and checking out places I haven't been to in years. I almost feel like a man freed, well you don't need to here more Enough of that! 

 

In the past two weeks I have travelled to Jasper, Grande Cache, Cadomin, the back country north-east of Edmonton and far north west of my town about an hour and a half. I been shooting every other day and I have filled up my files the last part of August in a outbreak of activity. 

 

A we a bit of the technical; I have restarted to use my EOS 24-105mm F4L lens once again. Have had quite the hiatus from using it. I have been unhappy with it’s softness, and that has bothered me out of proportions. I feel I have been a little sensitive of sharp using my tilts and my 16-35mm f2.8 Mkii, they are very sharp, especially compared to the 24-105. I have done a bunch of calibrations it still remains a little soft but I love the range of this lens, it is just about perfect! 

 

The range is so good if a very sharp weather sealed lens could be got it would be a one lens solution for a lot of things. Using the copy I have tends to add a little dreamy flavour to a certain images here and there. I will not be re-placing it until I have enough funds, well that will mean I have to sell a few prints, or get a few commissions.  The push is on, and I have loads of free time, so now it comes time to sell my work and very enthusiastically.

 

The first thing on the mind is the need of a sharp “50” the main reason for breaking out the 24-105. I still spend lots of time feeling the 35mm is to wide, and the 70mm is to tight. For my eye much of my vision is happy at 40mm to 60mm, I thought the 24-105mm would fill that spot, but sadly them damn tilts and there sharpness, contrast, colour….. :) Then I got that EF-s 24mm F2.8 for the 7D and so much happiness came over me I decided to keep the 7d, convincing me the next lens has to be a “50”. 

 

My first major trip was me just basically driving in a direction. I wanted to drive down a paved road that I had seen in the backcountry I wanted to see what came up at the end. That brought me into the small town of Cadomin after an hour or so of a gravel road after the end of that lovely paved road. I also crossed my favourite river in the province the Pembina. I'm still working on the photographs I'll post those later.

Medicine Lake _20160820-_MAY5207Medicine Lake _20160820-_MAY5207I spent a little time at Medicine Lake during my much needed wamder in Jasper National Park. I had to check out the area that was on fire last year to see what kind of recovery has taken place, the area still makes me breathless!

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Running away from people brings me to one of my "happy spots" in Jasper

 

My Second major trip in the last two weeks, was in to Jasper National Park, and on to Mount Robson provincial park in British Columbia. I forgot just how busy Jasper and the parks get on a Summer weekend, I won't soon forget that! In the next couple of weeks Autumn shall be falling in Jasper, and the colour should be outstanding and as I was not there last year, so this year is a must.

A Flooded Pathway__20160826-_MAY5599-PanoA Flooded Pathway__20160826-_MAY5599-PanoOn Desjarlais Lake in Pierre Greys Lakes Provincial Park there is a picnic area on a small peninsula. But with that so much rain this year the path to this area has been flooded out the good foot of water.
It is has been well over 30 years since I've been at this location and is just as beautiful as it always has been. I shall return!

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A few days after Jasper I took the drive up to a place that I haven't been to in over 30 years. I remember it as being one of those really beautiful places in this province, that few really know, my memory serves me well, it still is. These two images were taken one north of town and the other south of town. The next few weeks I'm going to be a very busy man capturing is much colour as I possibly can. However the next few weeks I'm going to post photographs here and there as I and my new traveling companion, Lilly the Bright Red Chevy Cruze wander about this province.  

Confluence_20160826-_MAY5426-PanoConfluence_20160826-_MAY5426-PanoI spent a few hours in Sulphur Gates Provincial Recreation Area checking out a viewpoint which I haven't seen from many years. Today's shot as a panoramic made up of 12 separate images to create the slight sweet every beautiful location period

Below you see the Smoky River glorious in its mineral green and the confluence of the Sulphur River with its muddy brown colour mingle under the high cliffs and peaks the make up this valley. If you ever get a chance to come to Grande Cashe take the time and visit this recreation area.

http://www.albertaparks.ca/sulphur-gates/information-facilities/

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I got to come back here in the Fall, just think of the colours!!

Refection on Desjarlais Lake_20160826-_MAY5592Refection on Desjarlais Lake_20160826-_MAY5592Refection on Desjarlais Lake

A few days ago I spent the time wandering into my past, I went into Piers Greys Lakes provincial Park. The day was rainy and grey but it made Desjarlais Lake absolutely calm. The water was like a mirror and it reflected the most beautiful sunset hidden behind the clouds.

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The lake was just so much glass!!!

 

I'm going to continue to try to add To the blog on a regular basis from here on, life is settling. I think it is time for an update on a few of the lenses that I purchased. It is time for me also to voice a few opinions about that horrible conundrum of which camera is best for me going forward. The camera geeks out there know Canon has released its latest addition to the 5D series of cameras and as the 5d it is my go to camera for the work that I do a few thought wouldn't hurt. There has been a lot of opinion spewing about lately and few have a copy of the camera. I still very much adore my mark three and I will never surrender that one for quite a few more years. 

 

Well this is a catch-up and it's amazingly Sunday this is the day I am supposed to be posting these blogs for you to enjoy. I have been a bad photographer. :)

 

We will talk to you next week, keep shooting!!!

 

Cheers

 

 

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) 5d Alberta Ca Cache Canada Canon Drew May Photography Grande Lake Landscape Lillytheredcruze TSE clouds drewmayphoto eastern eos24-105mmf4l jasper lake landscape mountains sky slopes trees water http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/9/changes Mon, 05 Sep 2016 05:41:17 GMT
A Flooded Pathway__20160826-_MAY5599-Pano http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/9/a-flooded-pathway__20160826-_may5599-pano A Flooded Pathway__20160826-_MAY5599-PanoA Flooded Pathway__20160826-_MAY5599-PanoOn Desjarlais Lake in Pierre Greys Lakes Provincial Park there is a picnic area on a small peninsula. But with that so much rain this year the path to this area has been flooded out the good foot of water.
It is has been well over 30 years since I've been at this location and is just as beautiful as it always has been. I shall return!

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I have been doing a lot of wandering over the past couple of weeks. My life is going though some major changes I will be posting a few new images in the next few days and catch up with you all!! 

 

On Desjarlais Lake in Pierre Greys Lakes Provincial Park there is a picnic area on a small peninsula. But with that so much rain this year the path to this area has been flooded out the good foot of water.
It is has been well over 30 years since I've been at this location and is just as beautiful as it always has been. I shall return!

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Canada Desjarlais Lake Drew May Photography Grande Cache Lakes Landscape Pathway Pierre Greys Lakes Provincial Park clouds mountains reflections water trees sky http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/9/a-flooded-pathway__20160826-_may5599-pano Thu, 01 Sep 2016 06:58:26 GMT
Adventures with the new car! http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/7/adventures-with-the-new-car Hi I'm starting to blog again.

 

Some of you know those of you that have access to my Instagram account, but I purchased a new car last month. And I took it upon myself to record I A few images of this car as a proceed to wander this province. As I always do, I have chosen to name this car Lilly, so say hello to Lilly!

Km 400Km 400The new car and the first real trip....okay it was the bank but what the hell.

You can do that in the comments I'd love to hear from you!

Km 2300 at the Rochefort Bridge Over LookKm 2300 at the Rochefort Bridge Over Look Lilly and the Rainbow km 3640Lilly and the Rainbow km 3640Km 3540 Lilly and me wandering about chasing rainbows. :)

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This one was with Lilly at my side!

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I will be posting a photograph from time to time and linking it to a photograph that I took at the location at The photograph of Lilly was taken. So watch out here comes Lilly my little red Chevy Cruz my partner in crime in my photographic journey.

 

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Canada Drew May Photography Landscape Lilly car chevy clouds cruze drewmayphoto landscape sky travel trees http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/7/adventures-with-the-new-car Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:09:19 GMT
Why I Picked a Canon 7D to be my "point and shoot." http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/7/why-i-picked-a-canon-7d-to-be-my-point-and-shoot Why I Picked a Canon 7D to be my "point and shoot."Why I Picked a Canon 7D to be my "point and shoot."Drew May Photography

 

Some people explore small cameras to be their point shoots. And some people know that I been struggling to make the decision what camera I would like to have always with me. I've tried Fuji, and I've tried a smaller Canons, but as I was sitting here thinking about selling a 7D, I thought what a fantastic point-and-shoot. Add the EF-S 24mm F2.8 pancake and what a combo! Yes it is a little heavy, but it's fully controllable, it's exceedingly tough, and it goes forever on one battery. The resolution is fantastic and it blows the doors off of a 1 inch sensor camera. 

 

Would I be able to use a lot of these images for printing, you bet! Say hello to the old out of date 7D, cheaper and much better than any point and shoot. Does it have wifi well no, can my cell phone control it, i couldn't care less about that, I have a camera in my face not my phone! 

 

I can say for the first time since I bought this camera….I like my 7D. :)

 

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_Mount William Booth_20150125-_MAY6685 http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/3/_mount-william-booth_20150125-_may6685 _Mount William Booth_20150125-_MAY6685_Mount William Booth_20150125-_MAY6685Mount William Booth was named after William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, in 1965. It is part of the Ram Range in Alberta, Canada.

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Mount William Booth was named after William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, in 1965. It is part of the Ram Range in Alberta, Canada.

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Images that I put aside for those times when I feel like working on them. I saw this image as a Black and White and it took me hours to make it even close to my original vision. Moody clouds always make me oh so happy!.

 

I am building a blog about a lens I almost sold but, after I took it out and made an effort to use it, no way could I sell it. 

 

Keep shooting! 

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Summer Storms in Lac St. Anne http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/2/summer-storms-in-lac-st-anne Summer Storms in Lac St. AnneSummer Storms in Lac St. AnneAlways in the excitement after a wonderful storm, I am left with dozens of good to great images. The hardest thing is to pick the first one to post.

This day was filled with so much colour and so much drama, not to mention my excitement after every click. There is nothing ever like the feeling of accomplishment of "getting the shot".

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Always in the excitement after a wonderful storm, I am left with dozens of good to great images. The hardest thing is to pick the first one to post.

This day was filled with so much colour and so much drama, not to mention my excitement after every click. There is nothing ever like the feeling of accomplishment of "getting the shot".

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Canada Drew May Photography Lac St. Anne County Landscape Mayerthorpe lightning storm http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/2/summer-storms-in-lac-st-anne Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:50:33 GMT
Introducing our new Gallery http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/1/introducing-our-new-gallery I have been photographing places of faith throughout Alberta for the last five years. For some unknown reason I haven't created a gallery specific to this project until now. I will be adding many more photographs as I go so stay tuned.

Sich Kolomea, Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the skys' colour._20151231-_MAY3842Sich Kolomea, Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the skys' colour._20151231-_MAY3842Sich Kolomea, Ukrainian Orthodox Church on New Years Eve 2015. With only 6 minutes left of 2015, mother nature presented the most wonderful view. The curch is just a few miles aways from Mundare Alberta.

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I came upon this church last summer, I thought how wonderfully preserved it is. On New Years eve of 2016 we had a most intense Aurora. I was enjoying my New Year's celebration with out a glass of booze and wondering the back roads of Alberta with a good friend looking for those places to provide the most interesting foreground. 

If you get a chance check out my friends website  http://aragondinaphoto.com there is some great work to see. :) He likes to photographing people more than I do :)

Oh I forgot one of my images has found its way to another site http://www.allsaintsorthodoxchurch.com/sich-kolomea.html

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Anglican Canada Catholic Church Country Greek Orthodox Roman Russian alberta architecture church countryside faith graveyard landscape photographer rural trees http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2016/1/introducing-our-new-gallery Tue, 05 Jan 2016 02:16:44 GMT
Playing with timelines and trying my best to keep being the landscape guy. http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2015/12/playing-with-timelines-and-trying-my-best-to-keep-being-the-landscape-guy Hey gang!!

No I haven't left you all hanging, I've been working, Just not in the world of nature and light. I have been shooting the world of local sports for my local newspaper. It is very interesting doing something completely different from landscapes. it's all about making the bills go away, something that never really happens. Isn't modern life grand? 

Well, shooting sports is not really new to me, I have done it for the paper before, a couple of times. Even bigger papers than this local one. I don't really know why I always end up shooting sports, but I'm not complaining at all. it was really cool to have an assignment to complete, and a timeframe do have it done by. It lights a fire under my butt, and makes me see different things, this is always a good.

Today I did get away for a short time, Seeing as the sun was out and afterwards seems like weeks in endless days I've known distinctive lame ass they could be called a sky period I have to admit, would that kind of sky depresses me quite profoundly. I have to admit that as well its very hard for me to find inspiration in the flat grey mass. Today was special, the Sun had burned the clouds away, and presented a blue sky.

I only spent a couple hours wandering, I kept within 10 miles of my home, to be honest, I forgot to fill the gas tank. In keeping with the project that I started out last year I kept within that 10th miles from my home. 

Being that it is winter here in Alberta, and for the last few days, we been covered in humid fog that is not very common here. Ice has gathered on the trees making them look surreal, and strikingly beautiful. Almost makes a guy like winter, well visually anyway. To be honest I love winter, but the pain in my toes, and a searing burning in my fingertips makes one grasp just how wonderful winter can be without the proper clothing.

Trail GlowTrail GlowThe "Glow in the Snow" as sunset approaches. In this latitude in the winter time the Sun is almost always at that "perfect" angle, but just as the sun finishes for the day, after an all to short appearance, is the very best light. All warm and yet it is a cold -12C

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So the first Image is all about the snow on the trail, And the lovely glowing orange light just before the sun dips beneath the horizon. period sunsets up north comes early and take a long time to happen. One could say they are rather leisurely, and give you a enough time to set up and move about. I've been in this forest before and I knew it would look very cool with all the snow and ice so I had to return.

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Here is an example of that "lazy" sunset and I thought it would look very interesting to photograph with my 400 mm, to gain some compression on the image. For some reason I cannot explain, I decided to use F16, to increase my depth of field, which is of course redundant with a 400mm. But my mind doesn't work that way at times. Even with all the training and experience, my creative brain still tells me that I can achieve something that is totally impossible. But that is the technical running into the creative and at times they don't mesh.

The life of a landscape photographer continues, and as always, I love it!

Enjoy your winter, enjoy your Christmas, Hanukkah Or what ever you celebrate. I wish you all the best keep reading, I will be back.

Cheers, keep shooting,

Drew

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Wandering the eastern slopes of Alberta http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2015/10/wandering-the-eastern-slopes-of-alberta Hey, gang how you doing!?

 

This last Saturday I and a friend did a little wandering on the eastern slopes of Alberta. We started by heading directly for the small town of Cadomin. Our main desire was to take a fairly unmaintained road to the Cardinal Divide and get the wide sweeping panoramic of the Valley in the Whitehorse Wildland reserve. It's been 30 years since I have taken this road and I was more interested in finding out if things have really changed much. I also had the advantage of seeing things that I had not seen before, because my friend, Al, was doing all the driving.

 

It was the first time I was able to see the little ghost town of Mountain Park. The last time I took this road, I drove right by it, without seeing it. You have to remember it was before the Internet, so you had to go to the library or rely on other people's experiences, and you had to know those people, to have any idea what was on this road or that road. In Mountain Park, we spent a little time wandering through the graveyard and reflecting on the fact that it had a fairly large population at one time. And realising that in this province there's a lot of history that we don't know.

Cardiinal Divide__MAY5955-PanoCardiinal Divide__MAY5955-PanoStanding on the precipice looking towards the mountains Tripoli and Cheviot, at the Cardinal Divide. Such wonderful vistas and such a wonderful day truly in only a few weeks this location will be covered in snow.

I have been planning for years to return to this location again. Sadly i could make it at the end of the season. Next year it will be at the height of summer and this field and recovered and flowers.

A Lee 3 stop "soft edge" Grad a Canon TSE 90mm and 48 separate images make up this Panoramic creating an 107" x 20" image at 300dpi; one of my largest images to date.

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The road sadly didn't travel much past the Cardinal Divide. I did not know until I got there, that the road, if you can call it that, had washed out 6 km past the parking lot at the divide. I wasn't upset in the end as it really didn't matter much because it was a very enjoyable place to be, and extremely beautiful location. I will have to return in the spring or the early summer, because when I am told there's quite a large amount of Alpine flowers and the location bursts into colour. If this rumour is true, that alone coupled with the beauty of the location is enough reason for me to return.

Over the Divide___MAY5971Over the Divide___MAY5971Looking over the Cardinal Divide in to the river valleys that move east. Behind me all the rivers flow north to the Artic. I broke the "rules" here shot in harsh day light because I could see the haze selling in the valleys and thoght how could I make that in to a picture.

Well this one took a bunch of "fixing" to make it even close in my eyes. There will defiantly have to be a return trip here, in better light.

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After we spent some time at the divide, we decided to take some time going back up this, road, and see what we could find as we went back. I have to admit there's a great pleasure to being a passenger as I get to see so much I could not hope to see behind the driver's wheel. And we were lucky to find a small waterfall, a collapsing railroad, and a very good reason to return in the summer, spring, fall and hopefully maybe if the road can handle it, winter.

Tranquility ___MAY5992Tranquility ___MAY5992a few second on the shores of Rock Lake, with absolute silence that makes you uncomfortable. The place is just shatering in it's beauty.

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After a little while, with the shadows getting long, we thought it might be an idea find a lake. I had remembered that I looked through a map a few weeks before, and I had seen a Lake that had interested me. The sun was going down there wasn't a large number of clouds so I couldn't see that we are going to get a blistering beautiful orange sunset, but maybe we could get a really interesting foreground, in a beautiful location, that would make up for a beautiful sunset. We drove to Rock Lake provincial park, and I will tell you, without question, this place is stunning. We got there what about Half an hour to spare before the sun dipped beneath the horizon. But the clouds had built up on the horizon so there was little chance of any true colour. So that caused the mind to compose images from the artistic heart.

Rock lake Moods__MAY6007Rock lake Moods__MAY6007Yesterday, I and a friend did a little exploring on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. We found this little jewel of a lake nestled in the mountains looking toward Jasper National Park. We spent some time capturing the mood as the clouds rolled in and the light fadded away.

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At this point I will say after all that driving, the dust, the Great conversation, the beautiful day, it was all worth it. Rock Lake what's so silent it was frightening. There was not even a kilometre of wind to rustle the trees, you could hear the pins drop. A treat to the eyes made the entire day Worth every second. There's a great pleasure to be able to share experiences that are a landscape photographer, and Al is an amazing photographer, that I would share any location with this man. :)

 

Stay tuned next week I'll see what else I can provide you. I thought I might even do some images showing the effects of tilt shift lenses. Remember, to always have a camera at your side and keep on clicking.

 

Cheers!

Drew

 
 
 
 
 
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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Canada Cardinal Cardinal divide Drew May Photography Eastern slopes Landscape alpine clouds drewmayphoto landscape photographer mountains sky water http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2015/10/wandering-the-eastern-slopes-of-alberta Sun, 25 Oct 2015 20:00:00 GMT
Mayerthorpe and it's giant http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2015/10/mayerthorpe-and-its-giant Hey gang how are you doing?!

 

The other day, actually couple weeks ago. I was sitting at home watching little bit of television and my eye caught a flash in the window. Up like a shot I thought i was to catch the next next lightning storm but I wasn't quick enough! The storm has left me in the dust and was to far away to chase after in the failing light, so i thought to stay close to home and catch an absolutely stunning light show.

Mother Natures Gift_20150829-_MAY3615Mother Natures Gift_20150829-_MAY3615I went out today after seeing a flash in the sky. I did not get the "lightning" shot, but mother nature gave me a few gifts. :)

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As I traveled to the outside edge of town I was greeted by this wonderful Rainbow. I took as a consolation prize for not be able to catch the storm. I decided to stay in town and capture the light that was presenting itself. I've been constantly attempting to catch good light on this elevator to no avail, but this day it was completely different. Remember that Rainbow? :)

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I've been trying to capture good warm light, this day it was more than warm. I was able to wander around the grain elevator just as the sun was going down just as the storm was clearing the sky. It was providence, a gift from the gods, A very happy time.

Spectacular SunsetSpectacular SunsetAfter four days of smole in the sky, the sky opened up rained and cleared just in time for the sun to provide a beautiful sky!

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I decided to frame this photograph with a rails leading off into the distance and just enough light on the facing wall so you could make out which town it is in. This in the end becomes a celebration of this building that has for the last few years truly been looking pretty rough. I found out this summer that someone had actually purchased this building and was restoring it to it's previous glory. This only prompted me to make extra effort to Catch a good photograph and I was presented with fantastic light. I have talked to the owner and brace your self for some interesting images coming. :) That’s all I am going to say right now.

The Sky was Alive _20150829-_MAY3637The Sky was Alive _20150829-_MAY3637To those storms that come before sunset and clear just before the sun slips beneath the horizon, it say thanks!!

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With this photograph I wanted to catch part of town and the glorious reds and oranges that were in the sky, it was a wonderful night. If only the weather could do this every Sunset I would be a very happy man.

 

I just thought I should mention if you're ever interested in finding out what the camera settings are for any particular image all one has to do is hover your mouse over the right hand side of the image. Right or you'll get all the information under the "I button" you know the one right next to the little button shaped like a heart that says you like to photograph.  :) 

 

Talk to you next week;

Cheers

Drew

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drewmayphoto@me.com (Drew May Photography) Alberta Canada Country life Elevators Farm buildings Grain Landscape Mayerthorpe Prairie symbols Railway clouds country drewmayphoto fine art landscape photographer lightning rain rainbow sky sunset http://www.drewmayphotography.com/blog/2015/10/mayerthorpe-and-its-giant Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:00:00 GMT