Canada, Yellowstone and Grand Teton – Spring – Day 5/21

Day 5 describes a trip of 758 kilometers to Wells Gray Provincial Park. This was a day of waterfalls, invention of a new technique to photograph waterfalls in full daylight, bears not showing up and difficult decisions about the next destination. Read the full story and see all photographs here. An overview of progress for the other days can be found here.

One of the waterfalls encountered, beautiful Dawson Falls in full daylight

HDR impression of Dawson Falls during midday in spring, Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.
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Canada, Yellowstone and Grand Teton – Spring – Day 4/21

Day 4 describes 360 kilometers of exploration in Jasper National Park around the town of Jasper. Visits include Pyramid Lake, Patricia Lake, a beautiful Aspen forest and Maligne Lake. Lots of wildlife are encountered in the evening along the Maligne Lake Road. Read the full story and see all photographs here. An overview of progress for the other days can be found here.

Aspen forest in early morning light

Aspen forest between Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake, early morning in spring, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.
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Canada, Yellowstone and Grand Teton – Spring – Day 3/21

Day 3 descibes a roadtrip of 321 kilometer from Lake Louise to Jasper via The Icefields Parkway. Stops include Herbert Lake, Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, Bridal Veil Falls, the Athabasca Glacier and Weeping Wall Falls. Wild animals encountered and photographed are Black Bear, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat. Read the full story and see all photographs here. An overview of progress for the other days can be found here.

Portrait of a Bighorn Sheep along Maligne Road in Jasper National Park.

Bighorn Sheep portrait along Maligne Road, evening in spring, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.
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Canada, Yellowstone and Grand Teton – Spring – Day 2/21

Day 2 describes a roadtrip of 346 kilometer from Banff to Radium Hot Springs and back to Lake Louise. Hikes and stops include Johnston Canyon, Numa Falls, The Paint Pots and Herbert Lake. Lots of wildlife were encountered on this road. Read the full story and see all photographs here. An overview of progress for the other days can be found here.

The red lighted tree trunks at the shore of Herbert Lake come out nicely between the lush green trees and I do keep wondering what is just behind the corner overthere, in the back…

HDR impression of Herbert Lake, close to sunset in spring.
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Canada, Yellowstone and Grand Teton – Spring – Day 1/21

After a lot of preparation, description and photographs for the first day of my recent photo travel adventure in Canada have been finalised. It describes the day of travel from The Netherlands to Canada and the first evening in Banff National Park. This first day provided me with nice views on the Vermillion Lakes after a drive of 156 kilometers from Calgary to Banff. Read the full story and see all photographs here. An overview of progress for the other days can be found here.

Mt Rundle bathing in warm sunlight only moments before sunset.

HDR impression of Mt Rundle in heavy winds, close to sunset in spring.
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New Website

The Site

This new website is going to replace the current one at light-and-magic.com, which was primarily used for showing my portfolio. This new website is completely based on WordPress and the portfolio will be integrated. The introduction message can be found here.

What I am Working On

Currently I am working on the text for two recent photo travel adventures: USA Winter 2010 and Canada and USA Spring/Summer 2010. Both stories consist of 20+ pages and will be available in English and Dutch. Furthermore, automated translation services are available for 48 other languages. The quality of these translated texts is a bit lower than that of the primary pages, but this will hopefully improve in the future. Very shortly, posts will follow about “How to build a fast computer for photo processing” and “How to build a WordPress website”.

South Falls, Silver Falls State Park

An in depth review of the new product HDR Expose from Unified Color is in the making as well. I have been using it lately and I think it is really great. I have to familiarize a bit more with the product and I have to process more challenging photographs with it, to see what it’s capabilities really are and what is the best way to use it. What I have seen so far is more than promising. If you can not wait for the review, you can already buy it here with a great discount.

HDR Software

The last few years, Photomatix of HDR Soft has become the industrie standard for HDR processing. But this is changing fast, as competitors are working hard to take over the lead. I am already thinking about doing a thorough comparison between the leading HDR processing tools: HDR Expose, Photomatix, the shortly to be released HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software which is looking promising as well and maybe even HDR Darkroom.

The balance between these products is shifting lately and improvements are getting significant. HDR Expose is a good example of this. Natural looking HDR based images is a lot more easy now and finally we have proper halo control available.

The Digital Darkroom

Photographs will be posted here regularly as soon as they have received their bit of ‘magic’ in my digital darkroom. Thousands of them are waiting in line for processing. Recently, I have started putting some effort in streamlining and automating the digital darkroom processes. Everything that can be automated should be automated. Something I will be writing about in the near future as well.

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