Is This Cheating?

My apologies for not posting anything for weeks on end.  I started a seasonal job at the end of November, then got a horrible cold, and then was busy preparing for Christmas.  I admit, I was starting to forget this blog existed!

I have a draft post I started in November, talking about not taking any new photos (I still haven’t been out with my DSLR to seek out any beauty!) but playing with photos on my computer.  The two techniques I played with would be logical to share, and I will, but for now I’m going to share some photos I prepared some time ago but didn’t get around to posting.

One of my favourite things to do with my camera in Waterton Lakes National Park is using a slow shutter speed to turn moving water silken.  Usually I end up doing this after dinner on a summer evening, shooting into dusk in Red Rock Canyon when most of the tourists have left.  Red Rock Canyon is an especially appealing place for this technique given the colour of the rock.

We had a huge rainstorm in June that deposited a lot of rubble (ie. several feet deep) in the canyon–I made some really satisfying images in one section last year that was completely altered and unrecognizable this year.  On the other hand, the rocks and pebbles are usually 50 shades of grey, from the mountains upstream, and add contrast to the colour of the canyon.


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