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casil403
02-16-2013, 11:19 AM
Last week I spent 4 days on a photo tour of the canadian Rockies. If this might be something you are interested in, I could not recommend it highly enough. Darwin Wigget and Alan Ernst (owner - Aurum Lodge where our home base was) are awesome guides who really know the area and where to catch awesome light!
Here;s some highlights of the trip:

Ice Bubbles on Abraham lake at sunrise:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8507/8475362884_0bee06bf52_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8375/8465335091_654016c279_c.jpg

WhirlPool Point on the North Saskatchewan River:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8512/8479269666_73a096775f_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8366/8478203327_edc4db4729_c.jpg

I'll add More to this thread as I go....

Marko
02-16-2013, 11:23 AM
Lovely set Casil. I want to move to Alberta

casil403
02-16-2013, 11:24 AM
Thanks Marko...it really was pretty awesome out there!

Randitola
02-16-2013, 03:34 PM
Gorgeous set...I love the patterns in the ice shots. that last shot would be a great composition for doing a night-sky time-lapse...which at some point I intend to do...

asnow
02-16-2013, 04:16 PM
Awesome Casil, especially that first one. I'd love to see a big print of that one. It is definitely worthy of being on the wall.

casil403
02-16-2013, 07:32 PM
Thanks a bunch!
A couple more:

Mountain Storm:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8244/8478223063_5b748a7000_b.jpg

Lone Pine in same storm:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8102/8478225313_644dd95b26_b.jpg

Hillbillygirl
02-17-2013, 06:50 AM
Oh wow, lovely shots all, Casil. If I had to pick a fave, it would have to be those last two fog shots. Just beautiful. Hmmmmmmm, then again, I REALLY like the ice in #1, AND the pp in #3 really makes the scene. Just an awesome set overall.

casil403
02-17-2013, 11:01 AM
Thanks HBG....I like the fog ones best overall as well. :)

casil403
02-17-2013, 12:20 PM
Abraham lake is well known (featured by Darwin Wiggett in many of his Rockies shots) for its bubble formations in the ice in winter. Abraham Lake is a man made lake (North Saskatchewan River was damned and flooded in the 70's) and supplies hydro power to the city of Red Deer and other town along the way. The decomposing vegetation beneath the lake releases methane gas which bubbles up and becomes encased in ice and stacked on top of each other as the ice gets thicker in winter. These bubbles come all shapes and sizes andc create the neatest abstract formations!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8482718930_5fe7c8cf66_b.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8464298487_de172377a1_b.jpg

Bambi
02-17-2013, 03:55 PM
these are awesome. All of them. But I love love love that last one of the b&w bubbles

Runmonty
02-17-2013, 08:04 PM
Great set. To try to find a favourite would be a bit like trying to choose between your kids. Each has outstanding elements that I really like. Congratulations

Looks like the trip was worthwhile and enjoyable.

Cape Bretoner
02-17-2013, 08:41 PM
Very nice set! My parents are heading out this way in July! My father (Corporalloius) can't wait to see the mountains!

John Marks
02-18-2013, 09:21 AM
OMG what a beautiful set. I so want to go there to shoot. Those frozen bubble shots are all fantastic.

Marko
02-18-2013, 10:43 AM
post 6, shot 2. Love it.

casil403
02-18-2013, 12:51 PM
Thanks again for all the kind words....
Hoodoo Creek Bubbles in Monochrome:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8376/8486176358_dced858b0b_c.jpg

Doug L
02-19-2013, 07:16 AM
All of the images are gorgeous!!! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the colour closeup of the bubbles. Thanks for the methane bubble info too.

Iguanasan
02-22-2013, 08:52 AM
Impossible to pick a favourite, casil. These are all wonderful shots. Looks like you had a fabulous time and came back with some amazing images. :thumbup::thumbup:

casil403
02-22-2013, 09:29 PM
Many thaks for all the kind words gang..still more processing to do but I'm taking a bit of a break for a bit.

casil403
02-28-2013, 09:47 PM
On day 1 we hiked into a place called The Galleria...a slot canyon on the Cline River that had this awesome frozen waterfall. Very popular with ice climbers on the weekend. On a Wednesday, we were the only ones there!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8242/8514884934_9641444f9f_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8529/8516531659_532f013fe5_c.jpg

casil403
02-28-2013, 09:52 PM
A couple more Mountain shots
Reflection on the ice of the North Saskatchewan River:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8109/8516537075_e119865381_c.jpg

Mist and Light on the Mountain:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8239/8517672644_453e79280c_z.jpg

aubintbay
03-06-2013, 01:09 PM
Awesome photos in this thread!! I like that second shot in the first set. That reflected pink sky on the ice is a real bonus.

Mad Aussie
04-09-2013, 05:42 PM
What a cool hike Lisa! Very cool scenery. I think my favs would be the bubbles because I've never seen such a thing before. Very cool. I do like that final mountain/mist shot too though.

kevinobrien
04-10-2013, 02:41 AM
Really nice abstract image, love the B&W version.

Jason
04-10-2013, 11:58 AM
These are wonderful!! No way I could pick a favorite!