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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“Awash” – 2013 Floods in Banff – 6 months later

6 months ago today Alberta experienced torrential rainfall that led to the worst floods in the province’s recorded history. Environment Canada called the event the top weather story of 2013 in Canada. Our little town of Banff was largely spared, especially compared to neighbouring communities such as Canmore, Exshaw and High River. Still, many areas…

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Abraham Lake and A Sense of Place

A few weeks ago I went out to Abraham Lake with my good friend and fellow photographer Olivier du Tré for a couple of days of landscape photography. The day prior to us leaving, the forecast looked dismal and all but guaranteed that we would not catch a glimpse of the Rockies during our time…

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Summits and Starlight: The Canadian Rockies

I never imagined publishing a book just six years after buying my first DSLR. At some point the idea of doing a book crossed my mind, but I thought it would be the culmination of a much longer career. Perhaps that book is still in the stars in the years to come, but the door was opened to me much sooner by publisher Rocky Mountain Books, and hence the journey began.

Summits & Starlight: The Canadian Rockies is my first book and the culmination of the last five years of photography.

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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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“Mountain Immersions” – An Underwater Look at Banff National Park

As a Banff-based landscape photographer I am able to spend a lot of time at the iconic lakes of Banff National Park. I’ve been fortunate to shoot them in a variety of conditions. Winter, Summer, nighttime, sunrise, midday, sunset, you name it. I enjoy revisiting those familiar locations and marvelling at how different they can…

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Over The Hills – Part 2 – An aerial winter look at the Banff area

This is a follow up to a collection of summery Banff National Park aerials I posted a few months back. Here’s a glimpse into the wintry heights of the Canadian Rockies. Prints are available for anyone interested – just get in touch!

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Mountains in Motion now available online!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that our time-lapse short Mountains In Motion: The Canadian Rockies is now available for all to see! After a few months on the festival circuit, the team decided it was time for all to view and enjoy.

We hope you enjoy it. If you share our passion for the Canadian Rockies we think you will. If you have never been here we hope the film will make you want to come and check out our mountain paradise.

The project has been a challenging one at times, but overall extremely rewarding. It’s been a great two-year ride.

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