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Behind the Image: Emergence Featured

“Emergence.”

I took this black-and-white on a shooting marathon at Mount Assiniboine a few years ago. I only had two nights in the area and the conditions were so good I went without sleep to make the most of the opportunity. I went everything over those 48 hours: in thunderstorms, fresh snow, aurora borealis, inversions, fogbows, you name it. And it was late September, that time of year when the larches are glowing gold – arguably the best time of year for photography in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.

After a night shooting the northern lights and running around to try to find breaks in the cloud cover, I finally decided to return to the Naiset Huts to catch a nap since I could no longer escape the clouds. Just as I was about the enter the cabin (which was already nearly full of fast-asleep people), I spotted a few stars glowing above the mountains. No rest for the wicked! I realized the clouds were an inversion and that a sunrise at the Nub (a nearby spot which is the most photographed backcountry location in the Canadian Rockies) could offer great potential.

As I made my way past Assiniboine Lodge, I did a double-take when I caught a glimpse of the pyramid of Mount Assiniboine floating in the dawn sky, all lit up in alpenglow. It was an absolutely incredible sight. I was pretty determined to get up to the Nub, but felt the scene that was immediately available guaranteed an image more unique than anything I could hope for at the popular vantage point higher up.

I set up the tripod, pulled out the long lens, and took a few frames of this scene, as the clouds were constantly swirling. This was my favourite one. The fog below kept the base of the mountain quite dark, while the alpenglow lit up its higher sections. The dark blue sky above bookended the composition, and made it look like the “Matterhorn of the Rockies” was doing a levitation act.

Shot with the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS lens, at ISO 400, 30 seconds, f/11. I often use this image in workshops as an example of the power of compressions and isolation of the long lens in landscape photography. I hope you like the image and the story!

This image is available as a custom, limited edition print.

Resources for Photographing the Canadian Rockies Featured

Each week I get emails or messages from fellow photographers asking where they should photograph in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Others ask me where to go hiking or scrambling so that they can get off the beaten track. I love getting these questions and seeing people’s enthusiasm for shooting these beautiful mountain landscapes.

Considering that each person’s physical fitness differs, as well as his or her comfort level in mountain terrain, I’m not too comfortable directing people to specific locations. And while a glance at my own photos will give you some clues as to my favourite locations, I thought I’d compile a list of resources that will help you photograph the Canadian Rockies – books, websites and apps you can leaf through for yourself to identify your next photo sweet spots. Read more

Introducing: Clouds-B-Gone Filters Featured

I’m proud to announce that I’ve teamed up with NiSi Filters to create a custom product for the astrophotographers out there: the Clouds-B-Gone filter! The cutting-edge optics of this filter cut through cloud cover and allow you to photograph what’s hidden beyond. You’ll never miss a display of aurora borealis or a meteor shower ever again!

Available in 67mm, 77mm, and 82mm diameters.

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MORE CUSTOM PAUL ZIZKA PRODUCTS:

At Paul Zizka Photography we aspire to bring you innovative products that will take your photography to the next level:

BUBBLE-O-MATIC

A behind-the-scenes from the now-famous Lake Minnewanka bubble shoots a few winters ago. This is how we did it.

And now you can do it, too! Introducing “Bubble-O-Matic”, a set of convenient, lightweight carpets that will allow you to take the methane bubbles with you wherever you go.

Also available in “Hoar Frost” and “Spreading Cracks” varieties.

Starts at $19.99 per square foot.

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INSTA-FLECTION

Having made the most of ice-free, reflective lakes throughout the summer, come November we struggle to find open water that will mirror those surreal skies. But, why wait until the spring to shoot reflected scenes when you can do it year-round?

Insta-flections are so simple to use: simply unroll the mirror-like mat across the iced up water body, and watch the magic happen. Available in the following sizes: 10 square feet, 100 square feet and 10 square miles.

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PORT-A-GROUNDS

We’ve all been there: conditions are perfect, except you can’t find a foreground to make the shot a winner. Well, search for that foreground no more and order one of our portable, inflatable foregrounds!

Boulders available in limestone and granite.

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