I am not much of a vacation type to be honest, I enjoy the journey more than the destination, either walking/hiking or just driving, it’s more than enough to keep me entertained and stress free. Going away just for the weekend, I considered for as long as I remember to be the perfect escape from the daily routine, not too short to spend too much time on the road but not too long to become bored or homesick. This was also probably another reason for liking short trips this much, the anticipation of returning home was as potent as the moment of departure. Anyway, think of it this way too, the shorter the time at your disposal, the more things you will probably end up doing, places to see, pictures to take, people to meet.
Getting into photography came as an obvious choice, or you would think. It actually came from my food blogging experience, taking recipe pictures every so often made me realize that I could try my hand in different areas, like landscape photography or nature, not portraits because it is a too demanding work, not enough to be entertaining anyway, unless you are doing nudes, then it is a lot of fun.
And so my camera became part of my baggage, both physical and emotional, in my weekly trips around the Province. Why the cynicism, you might ask? Because while I was fast and agile before, now I had to carry on all this equipment, because you don’t seem serious enough unless you have a huge dlsr, 4-5 lenses and a freakin’ tripod on your back. Nevertheless, I was now able to share my travels and moments of wonder with my family and friends and that was a big deal, made it all worth it.
But going back to equipment for a second, I have all this gear because I already had everything around the house, remember I am doing food photography but, your style should be yours and yours alone and not something you read about in the books or hear from other photographers… like me! Get whatever gear you feel comfortable with and just have fun because this is all there is and if you want to make money at some point, art sells no matter how weird (think Picasso). The only catch is to become famous… while still alive! lol
I have been places for a while before I got the idea of turning all my photo collection into a blog and while Canada inspires with her beautiful landscapes and life threatening fauna (think bears), I could not think of a better place for a starting post than Maligne Lake, the most beautiful location I have seen in years.
I live in Calgary, we rarely go places further North than Banff and even then, I never do it in winter. However this time I made an exception and while driving during the month of January is not for the faint of heart, the rewards of seeing such a beautiful place in mostly black and white, was revering. I mean it is amazing in the Summer too but think of this, you can actually go ice walking through the frozen canyon because the water simply vanishes underground. Since it was my first time there and I did not know what to expect, we grouped up and we had a guide. Not a big deal now that I know, you can definitely go by yourself as long as you have ice cleats but you might miss out on some stories that help you understand what you are seeing.
The canyon bottom is amazing, water eroded rock into amazing shapes and forms, shadows from a distant sun trying to reach inside to a depth of over 30 m, water frozen from a myriad of springs spread all over the canyon wall makes the whole landscape appear somewhat fantastic. If you are a photographer, start in the morning as early as you can and pack food because you will be there for a very long time, three hours were not enough for me.
Maligne Canyon is definitely a place that I will revisit soon, I want to see the lake in the summer too but I am pretty sure I will be there next winter as well. There is just too much awesomeness!