Mount Assiniboine Panorama by VictorAerden

Mount Assiniboine (in the clouds) and sunburst mountain.

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Stairway to Heaven by PerriSchelat

I put some time aside this week to edit my sunset shot from Mount Assiniboine in British Columbia. This was a return trip to Assiniboine to get a better sky at a better time of day then I did the first trip. I really, really wanted this shot to be successful. When I plan my entire trip around the success of one image, things get stressful in a hurry.
Some of my fellow photographers will understand the procrastination that comes with processing a photograph that was very technical in the field. You know it’s gonna hurt!! My biggest concern was that my technique in the field might have failed me and I didn’t want to find out. So I slowly inched my way closer and closer to this image all week.
The evening I photographed this scene, I was faced with 30 kph winds and cold temps. The sky looked super promising and turned out to be terrific. Hanging out on my perch was pretty taxing. I had hiked to the Nublet with a friend who gave me his big puffy down coat to wear over my own. At that point I was toasty, but still concerned about my best strategy for controlling movement in my images and their quality using higher ISO’s and faster shutter speeds. I waited for lulls in the wind and shot for the mid-ground using faster shutter speeds. I used long shutter speeds for the sky to get soft clouds. In fact, in this image I used a 4 stop solid ND on the sky for an 8 second exposure. I blended the two in Photoshop.
Waiting for lulls and using faster shutter speeds paid off and I managed to find images without movement, blur or camera vibration all risks you run into shooting in high winds.
It was good to get down off that mountain. I was concerned that Noel and I would run into grizzly bears. I felt sorry for the photographers we left behind that planned on staying up there in that ferocious wind to shoot stars and then sunrise. I’m sure it was a very, very long cold and scary night.

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The Other Side Of Mt Assiniboine by kevinmcneal

I took this image about four years ago when I got the chance to visit Mt Assiniboine before it was well known.. Thanks so much to Jason Edlund for showing me this place and posting amazing shots years ago before it got famous..
If you have never been there its pretty incredible up here.. The problem with this place is its Grizzly Haven and when I was here there were not too many people going. So I was literally freaking out having this visuals of being eaten by a grizzly on top of this hill.. Maybe I have a grizzly phobia but they are everywhere up here. Now I see shots from here with the milky way – ARE U CRAZY ?? How in the heck did you survive.. anyways i have posted several from years ago but this is from a composition I have not seen lots lets so what the heck – I thought I would post something from here..
Thanks very much for looking

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The Dark Side Of Life by tpoulton001

Captured on the recent OOAK Novoflex Panoramic Workshop at Mt Assiniboine British Columbia.

I’ve spent the last 6 years and made a career out of wandering around in the dark and you don’t realise how disconcerting it can be with cougars, bears and whatever the imagination can conjure up, but to capture the most stunning light you’re forced to embrace the dark side of life!

Reaching for light, positivity and affirmations is wonderful, but tends to be overemphasised in popular culture. Learning to connect to your “dark side” is equally essential for an even fuller, juicier life experience.

Darkness, or our “shadow,” encompasses the parts of us we don’t want to see: the painful, sticky, murky stuff; shame, wounds and disowned pieces. Understandably, our instinct is to avoid these aspects of ourselves, but when we do, we dim our chances for joy.

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Boine Again by tpoulton001

I have just completed the One Of A Kind Photography Panoramic Workshop in Canada and in particular the stunning Mount Assiniboine.

Co hosting the workshop with legend Sarah Hatton from Iso100 Photography and Chris Collacott from Avision Photography I have realised I have lots to learn when it comes to teaching.

Nature teaches us that for everything there is a season and the right timing. Sometimes in our life we want certain things to happen right now. It is hard to wait for the fruits of our actions and we expect results immediately. This is especially ingrained in us now with the fast results of the Internet, where you can look up questions and get instant answers. But the really good things in life – self-discovery, contemplation, self-transcendence – are not like instant coffee. They take time, practice and effort.

All the photographers that trusted us in this educational adventure have inspired me and taught me an amazing lesson, you must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible!

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