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Kevin Childress
I may not be a 'professional' photographer, but I'm VERY professional about my photography! :)
I may not be a 'professional' photographer, but I'm VERY professional about my photography! :)
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Jasper National Park, July, 2017

Another roadside snap, one which I've waffled on sharing for a few weeks. I like the scene but I'm not overjoyed with the foreground - that being only seeing the tops of the closest trees. The roadside where I was standing was roughly 8-feet above the valley floor closest to the road so there wasn't a lot I could do to capture a foreground that I really liked.
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Annette Lake, Jasper National Park
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Mt. Edith Cavell

While not the highest elevation (at 11,033 feet) in Jasper National park, I have seen this mountain described as being the most prominent peak entirely within Alberta. I suppose the other, higher elevation mountains spill over into British Columbia, or some such.

Whatever the case I recall being able to see this peak from many places along the trails that my wife an I hiked during our visit. This particular view is from the Overlook Loop trail which is high above the town of Jasper and the Miette, Maligne and Athabasca valleys.
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A hazy evening at Wildhorse Lake

One of the unknown factors during our trip to Jasper National Park was how we might be effected by the active fires in British Columbia. We first arrived at the park mid afternoon on a bright and sunny day to find visibility was crap! On that day we were in the park only a few hours and to my surprise the atmosphere cleared greatly by the time we were leaving. And that was the last I saw any indication smoke was drifting in our direction ... until I took this photo. It was quite humid this day so I'm not 100% sure some of this haze is caused by smoke in the atmosphere, but that's what it seemed like during the time we spent around the lake. Whatever the cause of the haze, I dig it!
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Yellowhead Highway and Jasper National Park
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Roche a Perdrix

Last week my wife and I made our first trip to Jasper National Park (there will definitely be future trips) and we had a superb time! We spent a lot of time on the trails and in the forests so practically all of the images I created were during moments of opportunity as we drove in and out of the park. Fortunately we had one day of solid cloud cover which gave me a couple of dramatic skies to match those gorgeous, dramatic mountains! This image is one of my favorite roadside snaps.
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Midas Fly and Snail

As best as I can remember this is the first Midas Fly I've seen and its a big 'ole sucker. Shot at 1:1.3 and focus stacked from 261 frames. Background is a few snippings from a Firepower Nandina. Subject is mostly lit with a Savage dual arm macro light and the background is mostly lit with a CFL desk lamp. Light on subject is diffused with a canopy of tracing paper. Image is full-size and no crop.

#macro #macrophotography #focusstacking #closeup
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Maybe you have seen this already but I just saw the news this morning. I can't even begin to tell you how deeply the NIK collection has become integrated into my workflow. It is rare that I stamp an entire image with any particular filter or effect but I use bits and pieces of a many NIK filters when blending multi-layer Photoshop projects. I have avoided using this 'lil hashtag for a couple years now, but looking at the possibility of having to recreate my workflow is most definitely a #googlefail !
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Soft Proofing Black and White Images?

Looking for others' thoughts and experiences with soft proofing black and white images. I am well versed in soft proofing color images but I am struggling with preparing a number of black and white files for print. For the few B&W images I have proofed so far I have used the same ICC profile that I would use for color images (for the same lab's printers of course) assuming the rendering intent and black point compensation would still be relevant for the blacks and whites. And while color gamut isn't a concern with the B&W images I am just not thrilled with what I'm seeing when proofing these images.

I have reached out to the print lab asking if they have profiles geared specifically for B&W tuning or any guidance they may have otherwise. But I am hoping to hear other experiences with printing black and white particularly if you have taken steps to "prepare" the images for printing in any areas.

Thanks in advance!
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Steady Your Caber, Mate

Caber toss competition at the 2017 Loch Norman Highland Games. More fun than you shake a 175-pound stick at!


#highlandgames #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography
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