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Field By Day

I seem to have a habit of going back to places repeatedly for vacations – Vancouver Island for one and Field for another. I guess they both just have so many good memories attached that we want to go back and add more! As promised, here are some photos from our trip. (For larger images, click on the photo!)

The weather in Field was pretty much as good as it gets – cold and clear! We only had a bit of snow the first night – no worries for skiing as there was a good 3 – 4 feet of snow on the ground!

In our first day of skiing, we skied 17 km (~11 miles). I was so proud of Mr. Bean for doing this – he’s such a trooper!

The second day we skied 9 km (~6 miles) – all the way to Banff National Park in Alberta!

As you can tell, it was beautifully sunny for pretty much the entire time. I love, love, LOVE taking photos of snow with harsh sunlight as it makes things that much more interesting. (As I found out for my final presentation/slideshow in my scenic and wildlife photography course, snow when it’s cloudy just looks gloomy and boring.)

To get the star effect, use a very small aperture. The effect is created by the light refracting around the blades of the shutter.

Most of these photos were taken at f/12 or smaller apertures. (In case you’re interested most of the photos were shot on Aperture priority mode with ISO 200. You could even use ISO 100 as there is enough light between the sun and the light reflecting off the snow.)

Note that it is VERY important to make sure your lens and sensor are clean while taking photos into the sun. It saves you so much time in editing photos. Not that I have any experience with that or anything. *cough*

On one of my photography walks, I saw some elk. I’m so glad I had my creeper telephoto lens as I really didn’t want to get that close.

Hello Ms. Elk - thank you for looking at me!

Field is really quite a cute village. I love it (obviously). There’s something really special about buildings covered in clean snow – especially with a beautiful clear blue sky and mountains in the background, don’t you think?

I’m always incredibly impressed with the icicles on some of the buildings. I wish I could have captured it better, but the sun through the icicles was like light through a prism – mini rainbows everywhere!

No trip to Field is complete without trains – it’s the stop before the Spiral Tunnels, so pretty much every train stops here to either gas up or switch drivers.

Dad, this photo is for you.

Train tracks always make good subject matter – leading lines and all that. 🙂

I found it interesting that pretty much the only really dirty snow was by the train tracks. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t salt the roads like there’s no tomorrow. Not that I know any city who does that, hey Calgary? The waiting for the chinook method of road clearing doesn’t work in Field.

Since I’m crazy, I (unsurprisingly) almost spent more time photographing at night than during the day. It’s weird because I almost enjoy taking photos more at night than during the day, despite it being below -20C (-4F) every night. I’ll be posting them soon enough!

Would you go outside when it’s below -20C to go take photos?


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Winter Wonderland …ish

Since this morning was the first morning in over a week that it wasn’t -30C and two of three exams are completed (woo hoo!), I thought it would  be nice to go for a walk and enjoy the snow before it all melts. I’m hoping that it’ll stick around long enough so that we can have a white, not brown, Christmas!

Snow + Sunlight makes for some fun photo taking!

My next exam isn’t until Monday let alone the fact that it’s ethics, so it’s really hard to study when all I want to do is get ready for Christmas! Any tips for helping to stay focused?

Do you think you’re going to have a white Christmas this year?


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Irony at its Wettest

This is what the radar looks like today:


…and I rode my bike but forgot my rain jacket. It’s going to be a fun ride home!

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Our trip to Banff

I realized that I never finished telling you about my trip to Banff back in December and the wind and cold reminded me of it today. (It apparently was gusting at the airport up to 100km/h – 62.1miles/h – isn’t that crazy?)

It was really windy and cold:




The funny thing with this part of Alberta is that it can be bloody cold but the sky is perfectly clear.


When you arrive in Banff and it’s too early to check into your hotel, what do you do? Pretend to be tourists, of course!


And being a tourist means buying lots of candy and fudge.

Once you can check into your hotel room and start getting ready for dinner, it’s a good idea not to have a dress with a busted seam. And if you do, it’s a good idea to have a sewing kit on hand. If you don’t the front desk will be nice enough to give one to you. But make sure that you don’t sew over the zipper. That doesn’t work well. And after all that, please don’t arrive late. photos-from-camera-269



But don’t forget to take pictures of yourself in your nice clothes. Do bring your camera to dinner – unlike me – and take lots of pictures of your delicious dinner and exciting dancing. Also, don’t give all your raffle tickets away because 5 minutes after you leave, those tickets will win.

In the morning, do make sure that you have a tasty breakfast before you head back into town. I suggest the mountain muesli, whereas Mr. Bean recommends anything with bacon.


What do you do when it’s windy and cold outside?


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Snow Day!

It’s Snowday in the Blog-o-sphere as hosted by Sabrina!

I would have really liked to have gone skating, cross country skiing or snowshoeing, but I’m too busy in the hot tub. Considering the weather we’ve had recently, I definitely think that I need warming up, like this poor mountain goat!


How are you enjoying your snow day? Check here for some ideas and join in the fun!

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