Al Dixon Photography

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As we all know, sometimes even the best laid plans can be de-railed and we must adapt to the situation at hand.

The other morning I had plans to head out with a fellow shooter to Mill Creek Ravine in Edmonton.  We were hoping to capture a little bit of the city's heritage by shooting the old wooden train trestle spanning the ravine.  The morning dawned to a dull, grey, overcast sky and we had some concerns with the lighting.  Upon arrival, we found the trestle to be a little 'crowded' by the neighboring roadway; but set about trying to find a vantage point to shoot from.  Encountering icy and unsafe conditions near the trestle, along with the poor lighting conditions, soon had us abandoning our original plans.  Setting off to explore the trails, we now had our focus set on more 'intimate' shots.

With my focus set on the 'smaller' details, suddenly the striking contrast of bright red berries against a dark, wooded background popped out at me. 

Of course, the contrast of a couple shopping carts frozen solid into the ice is obvious to even the most casual of observer!!

After having a few days of warmer weather, thin pools of water had formed on the ice surface and led to some interesting reflections along the shore line.

 Along the surface of the ice, many interesting snow formations could be found.

 After exploring the ravine, we stopped at the old train station along Gateway Blvd and Whyte Ave on our way home.  This heritage building has found a new life as an upscale eatery, and still maintains is original design.

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Christmas Break

After dealing with the typical chaos and hectic schedule that always seems to accompany the holidays, I was finally able to sneak out the other evening for a quick photo break.  With gear in tow, I headed over to Central Park in Spruce Grove, AB.  The park is always wonderfully lit for the festive season, and has long been a favorite winter location for me. 

Here you can see the skating path that winds among the well lit trees.  One of the advantages of shooting at night with long shutter releases is that the skaters are not picked up by the camera as they skate through the shot.

I then had to break out the 24mm tilt/shift lens to get the shot I wanted of a particularly well lit, and very large, tree.  I had to use the shift feature of the lens and create a vertical panorama of it.  While set up for the shot, I decided to take a 2nd shot utilizing the tilt feature to alter the plane of focus.  As you can see, it creates an interesting out-of-focus effect.














I finished up the evening shoot with one of my favorite subjects, a lone park bench. 

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