Calgary, Alberta Canada, November 18th 2014
Hey guys! I'm super excited about my photography seminar next week with . I'll be talking about my most favourite stories of wildlife encounters and photography techniques while I was in east Africa. I really like energizing other photographers and had a pretty fantastic time last time I did this. If you know of anyone who lives in Calgary who would like to come to something like this, please share, there are a few spots left!
P.S. The photo below is real and elephants are the most incredible creatures to watch, I'll go into detail on this photo and more in my talk!
You can find out more here: http://www.thecamerastore.com/7554-African-Wildlife-Seminar.aspx
Muskwa-Kechika B.C. Canada, taken on horseback expedition, find out more about my expeditions at http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/
These beautiful ducks were teasing me when I woke up at 5:00 am in hopes of photographing something in the splendid morning light. I could see expanding rings of ripples emanating from these boat-like creatures from the edge of the lake, if only I could get closer to see them. I set foot to intercept them given the direction they were heading, planning to have them sail by me on the shore. But they were weary of me, and drifted slowly away from me.
I positioned the camera as close as I could to the waters surface, handheld to get the perspective I wanted: a duck's eye view. Snapping off a few photos I figured I had nothing to lose, maybe if I throw a stick in the direction the ducks were going they would veer away and perhaps come closer. But what they actually did surprised me.
They went towards the splash that my violently careening stick made in the still lake, piercing the morning calmness like a shattered mirror. What!? I threw another one close to me, and sure enough these brazen ducks wiggled their way towards me, as their unseen feet paddled them closer under the water. I decided not to tempt fate any further and let the morning calmness resume. The ducks and I eyed each other for a while until we both carried on our morning business, them with their aqua-stroll and me with my camera.
Tuchodi Lake, Muskwa-Kechika, B.C., Canada, On horseback expedition with check out http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/ for more
Hank is almost too comfortable with me. Nearly squishing me when he dived into the hot sand for a "bath" and spastically rolled towards me with his hooves flailing in the air. But it was a pretty gorgeous place to roll, I'll give him that. Despite almost being in the Arctic, it was so hot I had to dive into the water dozens of times here just to keep cool. A surprisingly refreshing way to end a trip!
Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8 lens,Iso 100, f16, 1/200sec
Muskwa-Kechika, B.C. Canada with on www.go2mk.ca horseback expedition
A gorgeous morning with a cup of coffee just footsteps from our campground on what we called "Tuchodi Beach". The cool morning air did little to disturb the reflections on the lake, I couldn't be helped but to be pulled in by the view. When the afternoon sun gets too hot, the only respite will be to dive into those reflections and take in the refreshing waters of the Muskwa-Kechika wilderness.
One day, the silhouette photo could be a rarity that few people will ever have witnessed. Cameras and techniques are getting so good that eventually details that are usually lost to blacks will be something taken for granted. So despite the fact I could have used techniques to fully illuminate the figure in the foreground, I have chosen to keep those details mysterious by exposing for the background only and pumping up the blacks.
Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f1.4, f8.0, 1/200sec
Come join me on Safari! I've got my itineraries up for my African Safaris next year and I absolutely can't wait! We only have space for maximum 6 people, I'm so happy to be doing something so personal, it gives me so much more breathing room and time to help guide people in taking the best photos they can.
If you like this, or know anyone who would, please share!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
We had a fantastic photo shoot this morning with Rachel of R.G Equine Therapy. Incredible morning light and sky east of Calgary. Cassiar the horse was so eager to please it made everything such a breeze! ...And I'm a poet and didn't know it!
As a side note, I've noticed sometimes on facebook there is a bit more interesting discussion. People seem to be a bit more inquisitive there, so I thought I'd forward you a link where we talk about the lighting in this photo here: http://klou.tt/1m2ycetyybi81
#equinephotography #horses #photography #strobist
Muskwa-Kechika B.C., Canada, On horseback expedition with , check out http://www.kylefoto.com/horseback-expeditions/ for more
Sooooo this is the moment where I felt like I was living in some epic western movie, or maybe got downloaded to a super realistic version of an Oregon trail sequel game taking place up in Northern Canada. As this view opened up in front of me, I asked to pause our caravan of horses so I could run up ahead and capture this. Not only did I have to physically catch my breath after sprinting up the hillside, as the horses began to move on queue, told me he would get everything into the most photogenic position, he wasn't kidding. It was an incredible the combination of subjects lined up to create this shot, grand rocky mountains, gorgeous horses, meandering foothills and beautiful wildflowers to ground and frame the image. Pinch me, am I dreaming?
laying down in the grass I was also catching my breath from the beauty, I centred the horses as they were mostly symmetrical, visually "hugged" by the also symmetrical valley below, thus giving me licensee to put everything in the middle. Low enough to capture the flowers I didn't want them completely in focus to give the viewer a sense of 3D depth that it might lack if I stacked the focus to include everything tack sharp.
Canon 5D Mark III f10 1/80th of a second canon 16-35 f2.8 L
- KylefotoPhotographer, Guide, Lecturer, Adventurer, 2007 - present
- Civilized Adventures2006, 2014
- Peregrine Adventures
- Quark Expeditions
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I'm a full time professional commercial, wildlife and adventure photographer. I'm a lover of life, the outdoors and most of all, fun!
Photography became a passport to new places when I took on the role of a photography guide and assistant expedition leader; escorting camera enthusiasts and photographers alike to the Arctic, Antarctic and Africa (apparently anywhere that starts with an "A") where some of the most stunning landscapes and wildlife exist. I enjoy teaching my techniques to anyone looking to excel their photography skills. Some artists might think they have a secret process but I believe there are no real secrets and love watching how other photographers work.
Drawing inspiration from my lifestyle: hiking, snowshoeing, ski-touring, kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing, various equine activities, biking, and anything outdoors has made my photography very diverse. This has been a strong influence on my commercial, industrial, wildlife, landscape and food photography.
- Ryerson UniversityImage Arts Photography
- Strathcona Tweedsmuire
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