Intruder by PerriSchelat

At first I was annoyed that this guy walked right out into about 1/2 a dozen frames of photographers standing with me. After hearing a lot of bitching, I realized it was a gift, so I photographed him.

I love the serene, gentleness of this. It feels like you could hear a pin drop.

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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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Dusk at the Mill by PerriSchelat

I have never seen a photograph of this mill at dusk with the lights on, so I decided to make one.

I usually photograph the grist mill from a vantage point showcasing the glade creek waterfall in front of the mill. On this visit the creek was dry and the waterfall wasn’t running, so I thought about other interesting vantage points.

I like this very much as an alternative to the other more familiar shots.

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Emerald by PerriSchelat

This is a little different for me. This is a 7 frame vertical pano stitched in Photoshop. I don’t do panos very often, but you show up at a spot and it just begs for one.

This is Emerald Lake Lodge on Emerald Lake in Yoho. I challenge you to find a prettier place after a snowfall before the lake freezes.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Canada

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Glory by PerriSchelat

Sharing some photos from my trip to Glacier National Park last month with Ryan Dyar and Miles Morgan. I had the best time getting to know these two wonderful photographers. It was such a fine group of people whom I hope to stay in touch with. Lot’s of different backgrounds and ages with a common interest in photography.
This image was the bane of my existence for about 3 weeks during processing. In the field I had to contend with high winds, using high ISO’s and fast shutter speeds in low light to freeze these yellow rascals while they were whipping around in the wind. I was very close to the flowers, which would normally push the limits of sharp depth of field with any wide angle lens, so that meant collecting different focus points for blending in post processing. Hand blending flowers in post processing is time consuming, unforgiving and detailed work. I was close to the flowers, but I made sure not to get to low as to lose the visual of flowers extending into the distance. I did a bit of a perspective adjustment to the mountain, by shifting my lens downward creating a wide angle distortion that would make the mountain appear taller.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.
Hidden Lake, Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier NP, Montana

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