We awoke to a gloomy morning. No rain but the threat hung, looming. Boiling water and steam, the smell of coffee and tea, eggs from a carton. Maple too. No bacon sadly. Stepping outside into the brisk morning air and seeing the hardy adventurers looking forward to the rewards that await the day.
The sun pushed hard through the thick cloud and lit a sliver of the mountain to the north. A welcoming of sorts. An invitation.
We pretty much all decided to go to where the sun laid God’s finger… Odaray. One of the most amazing hikes but not without its price. A steep wildlife corridor with limited group access only. We were in Grizzly habitat.
Sadly, we didn’t see any wildlife at all but the views were mind blowing.
No painting today but a glimpse from high up on this amazing hike where we would be painting tomorrow; McArthur.
Enjoy the pics.
What an amazing experience this has been. After so many years of working in Photoshop professionally, I was able to relinquish control to serendipity, smell the chemistry that made it possible, and feel that magic I felt so long ago. It was 27 years since I stepped into a darkroom and I thank my wife Stephanie for nudging me to go and Diane Bos for being such an inspiration.
I was at the Banff Centre today for a workshop hosted by Diane Bos. A photographic fine artist specializing in pin hole photography. I made a camera from a large gift box and took it out and shot this image. Very cool considering there’s no lens.
Enjoying my morning coffee, I came across this video. Wonderful stuff.
An image from the recent excursion to Waterton. I was riding up towards Pincher Creek looking for photo opportunities when the light on this hayfield caught my eye. The tan bales on the brightly lit green made for a perfect first image of the day.
This image was shot for Fortis Alberta through ZGM. It is a multi layer composite. The truck was shot in the yard at Fortis and all the other elements were shot locally and added in. The weather effects were added in post. This is one of four images for the campaign. Three more to come.
After many hours up late selecting images and populating the wonderful Squarespace template, I have officially launched my new site. Squarespace made the entire process very simple and fun to use in the process. It has spiffy eCommerce integration through Stripe which made setting up a store very easy. Swing on over and have a look and let me know what you all think.
Last weekend the Leighton Art Centre had there annual Clothes Line Sale and it couldn’t have been better, The weather was perfect, and there was a steady stream of hungry art buyers enjoying the over 1500 works of art on display. I personally sold 7 pieces over the two days.
On another bit of Leighton business, the opening of Made for this Place: The Art and Artifacts of the Leighton Legacy is this thursday evening and I have three very large pieces – 60×40 type of thing – included in the show. Very excited to be a part of this. A couple of new images that I included for the clothes line sale are below.
So, for the life of me I can’t come up with a name for this piece and it’s going into a show in June. Problem is, I have been told by the powers that be that they need names and prices for the images right away. This is going to be one of three photographs that are in the show. It’s final size is going to be 60” x 31”.
What would you name this piece?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Choo Choo just wasn’t cutting it.
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Grant Waddell – Artist
Yes, it’s been a bloody long winter. This was shot just outside of Waterton Nation Park in Southern Alberta. One of the most beautiful places on the earth. The clouds on this day were striking and were begging to be shot. I spotted this small stand of trees alone on the hill and, with the dramatic sky behind, I couldn’t resist. I love trees and plan to do a series on them.
So, something that I didn’t post but should have is I have been granted the good fortune to exhibit at The Leighton Centre for their 12th Annual juried show. This is very exciting as I am starting to push hard into the world of fine art photography and I’m finding, despite my damnedest efforts to sabotage my efforts am having very pleasant unexpected success.
I had the good fortune of being able to try out the wonderful user friendly Pentax 645D over the weekend. It has a 40 megapixel back built in and is weather sealed. For a camera that looks pretty chunky, it feels great in the hand and very large bright display and amazing image quality. Here’s an in depth review on Luminous-Lanscape.
Here is a test of the first real time lapse I have done using the Genie Syrp I picked up recently.
As I start to make my way forward and begin the process of re-evaluating what it is I really want to do, a client mentioned the high cost of aerial photography. He mentioned he had talked with someone who hired a company that used a UAV to shoot for them at a fraction of the cost. He then said, if I bought one he would hire me for 5 jobs right off the bat. So I’ve been doing some research and came up with this one so far…
Saw this outside the cafe, and had to take a shot. Looks like…?
At Kootenay Lake in BC, they have an old lighthouse. This is the path up to the point. It is a very quiet, very beautiful with soft moss and bristly lichen. A favourite walk that has been done many times.
Longing for the fruits of the summer.