Sunrise Mt Assiniboine Reflected in a Tarn With Golden Larch Fro by randalljhodges

Sunrise Mt Assiniboine Reflected in a Tarn With Golden Larch From Mt Assiniboine Provinvial Park in British Columbia Canada…
Just cant get enough of those Canadian Rockies. Every morning while we were at Mt Assiniboine, we were out for sunrise, and this was one of our favorite spots. This is Sunrise With Mt Assiniboine Reflected in a Partially Frozen Over Tarn With Golden Larch From Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park in Canada. Just us and the Bears out there! This is definitely a place that should be on every hiker and photographers bucket list! As with all of my images you can get this from the Randall J Hodges Photography Gallery in any size or style. I have so many New Releases From these amazing Canadian Rockies…Happy Exploring Everyone!!
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Portent by craigholloway

Having rolled out of my tent for sunrise on our last day at Assiniboine, I had high hopes after a quick look at the clouds. Standing around this tarn however I was starting to lose hope of any light breaking through – and just as I was about to pack up we spotted the first signs of red. Minutes later this scene unfolded before us for the briefest of moments.

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Assiniboine Sunrise by d5photo

I spent the night on this cliff. It was cold and windy. But hey, I got the shot.

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Vertical Lust by tpoulton001

Mountains like Assiniboine, Cradle Mountain, Mt Fitz Roy, Mt Cook to name a few are a trip of a lifetime for some people. But for the landscape photographer, it is their life.

Obsession comes in many forms. Some people are obsessed with their looks, some with the latest new purchase and then others with their work.

Who is to say when a commitment becomes an obsession? I must admit chasing these mountains around the world is consuming my every thought. I spend every moment planning the next big adventure and I know I’m not alone, most of my friends feel the same way.

For the rest of 2015 I’ll only have Mt Cook and Fox Glacier to pursue and I’m already thinking of the next conquest I can possibly fit in before the year is out. Any mountain in the world has the intensity and drama that other places don’t; seascapes, cityscapes and anything under 10,000 feet just doesn’t cut it anymore. It has become the single most important love affair of my life.

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Awakening of the Beast by tpoulton001

There’s so much composite landscape photography getting around these days, that whenever someone produces something real it’s almost implied it’s fake. The effort required to capture these scenes really isn’t that hard, but you’ve gone to the trouble of travelling to the location, spend the money on good gear and invest the time required to build up the skills to capture the scene. All you need is a little help with the execution.

With my latest image, I have added a link to my Facebook page with screen shots of the Raw files and a brief description of how I captured the two sets of images. I then included the blending technique to make it all look realistic. Seriously, stop giving your money to all these stock image companies, the photographer gets bugger all from the sales. It’s so easy to fall into the trap!

I was running a workshop in Canada for OOAK and towards the end of the trip; we had a few nights at the amazing Mt Assiniboine British Columbia. Now the first thing you need to do is check the weather, this sort of image will be impossible with complete cloud cover and it’s not much point hanging around, waiting for the bears to eat you, if the clouds wont part. So with clear skies, you find the right composition and get set up for many hours, you first need to capture the twilight scene and then wait, beer in hand for the milky way to appear.

This part can take several hours but patience is the key requirement. I find shooting with a group helps with passing the time or an electronic distraction device of your choice, to help the wait seem a little less agonising, or to ward off the paranoia of potentially becoming bear food.

Once you have shot the two sets, it’s time to hike back to the campsite, avoiding the now starving bears and get some well-earned sleep, here’s a tip for you, try not sharing a tent with a snorer.

Once I’m safely back at my computer I then process the two sets individually, as the settings for both sets should be completely different. The twilight set would be at the lowest ISO setting, tack sharp for the whole scene and the best DOF. The Milky Way set should be high ISO to capture all those amazing stars and coloured galaxies focusing on the sky, not the foreground.

Once you have the two sets open in Affinity Photo or whatever software you use it’s time to start aligning the two sets, blending them for realism and then doing your normal processing to give it the WOW factor we all desire.
So now you have the tools to do this without much fuss, get out there and give it a try, I’d love to see the final results. If you have any questions please just give me a shout!


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Great Divide by tpoulton001

Timothy (Pano King) Poulton’s Top Ten tips for shooting Pano’s successfully.

Let me just say there are a million ways to shoot pano’s and whatever works for you is the right way.
This is a rough list that I have put together whenever I get asked the question, “How do you shoot panos”, and trust me I get asked a hell of a LOT!

Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t need the right gear; companies like RRS, Novoflex, and Nodal Ninja to name but a few, haven’t built massive companies with tens of thousands of sales worldwide, for the fun of it. My complete kit costs over 20k and I wouldn’t get the results that I do, without it. I’ve spent time researching the best out there, to optimise my setup to shoot. The right pano head takes all the hassle out of guessing. Doctor Google will help you find the right one for you.

Now I’m not going to tell you all the basic settings, but if you’d rocked up to a car lot looking to buy your first car, get the one with the manual gearbox and drive it like you stole it. Like anything in life, the more practice, the better you’ll become.

Just because you started shooting pano’s doesn’t mean you have to change your approach. Except for a few set-up changes, I still shoot like I’m shooting wide-angle single frames. Speed is another factor, I can set up my kit and be shooting my first frame in less than 45 seconds, anyone that can beat that time I’ll shout you beers all night.

Get to the location before anyone else, the last thing you want is a bunch of muppets in the frame just because you struggled to get you lazy arse out of bed. And tell everyone around you that you’ll be shooting pano’s and if they get in the way, look out!

Think about the audience viewing your work, put them in the scene, contrary to what everyone says about shooting landscapes for themselves, we do this for people to admire our work and get hits on social media; bums on seats right!

Timing is everything when it comes to shooting pano’s and I’m not talking about golden hour either, I’m talking about shifts in light, shadows and colour, nothing is going to ruin a sweet pano than massive variation in your frames.

Unless you’re after than mega wide, 360º “little planet” rubbish, keep it simple and within your field of vision, remember the wider you go the more distortion and curvature you’ll get in the final result.

Make sure you check all the settings on the camera, many times I’ve been out shooting with a crew for astro or even a little candid work and the ISO is left at one million or they decided to shoot in Jpeg mode, nothing is worse than capturing that epic scene to only find later you fucked up the settings.

Epic shots come from epic effort, there are no shortcuts. The next time I hear someone say you don’t need to travel to get the epic shots I’ll knock them on the head and send them off to the passport office to get a life. New, stunning locations not only keeps the audience interested, it will inspire you to strive for the better, learn and create more interesting images!

Finally, anyone feels like disagreeing with me on any of this or giving me pathetic constructive criticism can #EABOD

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Assiniboine by terenceleezy | Facebook | Flickr
A clear and calm morning from a backpacking trip in the Canadian Rockies. Mt Assiniboine, because of its pyramidal shape, is often known as the “Matterhorn” of North America. I have yet to see the real Matterhorn, but after seeing Mt Assiniboine, I am itching to see the real deal.

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