Climbing and Photographing the Ten Peaks

This summer, I climbed the tenth and final summit of the famous “Ten Peaks” that tower over Moraine Lake. I didn’t originally set out to climb all ten, but after I completed the first few it grew into a side project to climb the rest and photograph from their summits. The resulting photos from this journey have recently been featured on Crowfoot Media in an interview with Kyla Jacobs!

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Photo Essay: An Ascent of Mt. Robson

Photos from a 2015 ascent of Mt. Robson in British Columbia, Canada.

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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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Hanging Out with His Highness: An Aerial Tour of Mount Robson

2014 has been an exciting year here at Paul Zizka Photography. I was fortunate to spend a considerable amount of time in some of the most beautiful parts of the Canadian Rockies. One of the highlights of my year as a photographer occurred while shooting for Mount Robson Provincial Park in October, and I thought I would share the experience by putting a blog post together.

The entire Robson experience was a highlight – photographing caves under glaciers, obscure summits and icebergs – but as a photographer it is hard to beat flying over a landscape. I got to do just that for a few hours, along with ranger Jesse Milner and Yellowhead Helicopters. In glorious weather and light, we buzzed around the King of the Rockies for quite some time, getting dropped off on the summit of Rearguard Mountain along the way for a few land-based photographs. It was a rather bumpy ride, especially when we ventured right along the summit ridge, with both doors off, feet dangling. But thanks to pilot Dale it was quite a memorable experience and I am back to write about it!

Here are a few highlights from a thrilling trip up high with the King!

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Ice Climbing Photo Takes Grand Prize at 2014 British Columbia Magazine Photo Contest

British Columbia Magazine recently announced the winners of their 2014 Photo Contest, and my shot of John Price ice climbing at Haffner Creek in Kootenay National Park took the Grand Prize! The other winning photos will take your breath away, so be sure to pick up a copy of the Fall 2014 issue to see the full collection.

Thanks again to John for enduring some frigid temperatures in order to help me capture this memorable shot!

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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. These 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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