The Stories Behind the Images: Top 10 of 2014

It has been a wild year here at Paul Zizka Photography, with opportunities to shoot throughout the mountain parks and in remote destinations on the other side of the world. This collection comes from images I have posted on my Facebook Page. I don’t often have the chance to tell the stories behind the images, and the process is a far cry from “point and shoot”. So, for this round-up of top images from this past year, I have written out the stories behind each one. Thanks for taking the time to view and read, and I appreciate all your support the past year!

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Travel Alberta’s #AlbertaDarkSkies Photo Contest

Some sweet prizes are up for grabs in the Alberta Dark Skies Photo Contest, hosted by Travel Alberta! I’ve teamed up with them to offer an evening of one-on-one photo instruction and the winner will also receive two nights at The Fairmont Banff Springs plus a $500 Fairmont gift certificate and $300 in gas cards.

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Northern Lights Put on Another Show in Banff: Cosmic Curtains

Last night we had a nice aurora display last night over Banff National Park. It was pretty subdued to the naked eye overall, but the camera picked up a wonderful colour palette.

Self-portrait, Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park.

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Photo Series: Nighttime Climbing in the Canadian Rockies

Hello everyone, and thanks for visiting the blog! The purpose of this post is simply to share a few photographs of a subject I’ve truly enjoyed tackling in the last few months: night climbing.┬áThese images are from a few different outings, which were all memorable nights out in the mountains. From fully overcast to incredibly…

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2013 in 113 images – A Photo Narrative

Hello everyone! I hope 2013 was a fantastic year for you all.

I have been just amazed by all the support I have received this year. Thank you so, so much to everyone who took time to view the photographs and to interact through the social media channels. Initially I had so many great intentions for this traditional end-of-year post – thoughts on the state of photography, the trends of the photo business, what I’ve learned this year, what I hope to implement in 2014. Then we ended up moving houses here in Banff between Christmas and New Year’s, and with only a few hours left to 2013, and just barely enough room to type among all the boxes in this new office, I might just keep the post very photo-heavy. I hope you don’t mind, and I still hope to share those other thoughts throughout the coming year!

2013 was a wonderful, overwhelming, busy, fun-filled year for Paul Zizka Photography. Let me give you an overview of what happened using a few photographs…

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Who Turned the Lights On? Autumn Northern Lights Display in the Canadian Rockies

It had been awhile since the skies put on a really good show of Northern Lights here in the Rockies. Compared to the June 1 display, the skies have remained somewhat dormant, at times offering a that colourful glow but nothing to lose too much sleep over. That is until [insert date]. Seeing that the data was very promising, I head out for a night of photography with fellow aurora enthusiast John Price. The night took us to Two Jack Lake, Cascade Meadows and Vermilion Lakes – all very close to the Town of Banff. We discovered a beautiful display of colour early on, which never got very bright but covered a significant portion of the sky. The results were worth the sleepless night, and the loss of a boot to the firm grasp of mud and duck poop in Vermilion Lakes.

Enjoy!

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“Spirits in the Sky” – One Last Look at the Amazing Aurora Display of June 1st 2013

All aurora nights start with the same intention. “Oh I’ll just get out for an hour and be in bed by midnight…” Somehow I keep getting caught up taking in the celestial displays and end up staying out for much later than that. Some shows warrant not going back to bed at all. The night…

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20 Most Popular Rockies Photographs of 2012

I like to think that I go out there and try to get creative and shoot only what inspires me. If I come home with something I am proud of and that I can truly relate to, I am happy. But because there are bills to pay (and because it is always nice to be…

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