Ballad of the Rockies
"Ballad of the Rockies"
It's not often I come up with an image that really speaks to me the way this one does. Ballad of the Rockies puts my experience of Canadian Rockies in winter into perspective just right. There is no other time like the winter to visit these majestic giants and spend some quality time with mother nature. The silence is deafefning and I love it.
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RIVER OF LIFE
Ogilvie Mountains, Yukon, Canada
Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario, Canada
SPELLBOUND BY NIGHT
I was truly mesmerized when i opened the tent zipper and looked outside as my friend shouted "Ramtin, WAKE UP, they are visible, and very f***** Impressive". I'll never forget this night of my life. We ate early that night and went into our sleeping bags for a nap to wake up and check for the lights. Luckily, on our first night, we saw them.
Photographing the Aurora Borealis at this time of year at such remote locations like this one has its challenges. Long and restless days of hiking or flying is often required to get to Talus Lake. This is near the Arctic circle. Weather here can change dramatically and quickly and even though this was late August, fall colors were already near peak and we woke up to frost at night.
The Aurora Borealis is something that you must experience in person in order to understand what it makes you feel like. There are no words that can explain this feeling and experience. But I'm hoping that my photograph will shed a tiny bit of light on how beautiful and epic this experience is.
For this shot, I used 2 exposures.. One is at night when the light show was at its peak, the other shot is from earlier at twilight/blue hour to bring some details into the shot in the foreground. I love photographing at night because often you can get rid of a lot of distractions in your composition as the landscape transforms under the light. I decided on a vertical composition because I needed to include a lot of the sky and the foreground. With a horizontal one, i'd loose a lot of the river and the sky and instead capture a lot of the mountains on the side which weren't part of the story.
ONE LAST TIME
As high tide came in and the waves crashed into the rocky shores of Canada's west coast, the sun was setting and the moon was rising. sometimes no cloud in the sky is totally fine :) It definitely would turn out to be much more of an art in my eyes if there were clouds in the sky but that's all i had to work with that evening. Thanks for looking! comments always appreciated.
CANADIAN WEST COAST, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Juan De Fuca, British Columbia
canadian West, British Columbia
"TO THE BONE" (CANADIAN ROCKIES)
"Glorious Giant" (BANFF NATIONAL PARK)
"THE REVERIE" (CANADIAN ROCKIES)
"Bow's Kingdom" (BANFF NATIONAL PARK)
TIDINGS FROM ABOVE
Hunting to see Aurora Borealis deep in Tombstone park of Yukon has become a dream that I keep going back to. To say that going to the Ogilvie mountains always excites me is an understatement. the first time I experienced the lights up there, it changed me. It truly is a life changing experience. When they are visible, they are very impressive as they dance right above your head. North, East, South & West... It's marvelous. It's wild and weird. There could be weeks without them and then BAM, they hit you in the face for a week straight as they flame overhead. There's no long term forecast for them, it's a secret! A secret that you find and feels like glory.
This pristine landscape is beyond the tree line and it's well protected so no fires are allowed. Mind you, there's no wood to find to make a fire anyways! Backpacking food is the only thing you've got but who says you can't make gourmet backpacking food? ;) Best time to see the lights up here is end of August, all the way through winter. the sky is way too bright at night during warmer months for Northern Light viewings.
I think that one should plan to see the Aurora at least once in their lives. Words cannot explain. For a chance to shoot the Aurora with me in the Yukon, visit the "Photo Tours" section on my website!
"THE ABYSS" (BANFF NATIONAL PARK)
"YUKON GOLD" (OGILVIE MOUNTAINS, YUKON)
"THE FIERCE STAGE"
"The Fierce Stage"
This image is my first monochrome work... It was one hell of a snow storm that was brewing up by the Canadian Rockies that afternoon. I was only there to scout the location for compositions but when I saw the drifting snow, I couldn't resist putting my tripod down and taking a few shots... It was COLD! The only thing keeping me warm really was the fire and the rush inside of me as this was truly an astonishing scene. The Canadian Rockies in winter is an unbelievable experience.
KLUANE NATIONAL PARK, YUKON
Glory of the Ogilvie
It's no secret that I am deeply in love with the Ogilvie mountains of Yukon. The tundra of this valley in the far north becomes a red and orange carpet of magic. It literally has transformed my life. So much so that I am constantly looking for my next trip out there. This photograph was taken at sunset just hours before "In Between" which was a twilight shot. When I wait for the light behind my tripod on this river, everything freezes in time! It's a feeling that my words simply can't explain. Nothing else matters! Thanks for checking out my work and as always, appreciate your time.
I now organize photo tours in this location every year where I'll take you in with a helicopter for an adventure of a lifetime. My 2018 is tour is almost sold out so if you're looking for a spot, head over to www.adventurephotocanada.com now!
"LONG WAY DOWN" (NIEDERHORN, SWITZERLAND)
"SUNDOWN" (OGILVIE MOUNTAINS, YUKON)
Artistry of Wind
Kluane National Park, Yukon
"ADDICTED TO TWILIGHT" (SPRAY VALLEY)
Kluane National Park, Yukon
"ICEBOUND" (CANADIAN ROCKIES)
"THE EPIC PATH" (OGILVIE MOUNTAINS, YUKON)
"PATH OF BRAVERY" (MATTERHORN, SWITZERLAND)
"FROM WITHIN" (BANFF NATIONAL PARK)
"THE REVEAL" (GEORGIAN BAY, ONTARIO)
"FROZEN IN A DREAM" (BANFF NATIONAL PARK)
"The Klondike" (OGILVIE MOUNTAINS, YUKON)
Tombstone Territorial Park
"Ain't No Sunshine"
"MONOLITH" (OGILVIE MOUNTAINS, YUKON)
REFLEKTOR (OGILVIE MOUNTAINS, YUKON)
INFERNO (BANFF NATIONAL PARK)
Relentless (Bachalpsee, Switzerland)
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