The best part of walking to work this time of year; anot her beautiful sunrise.
I received an email this week ,in it a reminder that Calgary is a beautiful city, I believe that to be true. But there are day when i have trouble finding that beauty, and I realize we can only really appreciate the beauty of our surroundings if we are prepared to see it.
Along the north east corner of Olympic plaza you will find a small planting of aspen trees, long prairie grasses and a group of bright orange steel poles. I know there will be some who will wonder how large steel poles that are painted orange and planted in the ground could possible be considered art. I think the installation is beautiful, it reminds me of those bright rays of sun shining through the trees at sunrise.
I hope you find some beauty in your day today.
I have lived here for a long time now and the skyline has changed a lot during that time. I never tire of walking down by the Bow River in the evening. I enjoy the quiet walk, as well as the view, if it isn’t too windy, I never tire of watching the sky or finding a new way to frame an image.
I remember a time when the Calgary tower was visible from everywhere in the city, today it is peaking out between the buildings if you can see it at all. I framed the image tightly, as it seems to me that the downtown has filled up with office towers, with the Calgary Tower peaking out, and the Centre St. Bridge lighting the way into the downtown.
Visiting my home town over the last couple of weeks has been great. Visiting family and friends of course the best part, but I have also had a chance to play tourist and see some of the city where previously I was too busy with work to see and enjoy. The Olympic Plaza just one the great gathering places downtown. It was built and used for the medal presentations when Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympic Games, and is now used for festivals and events. the pool is drained and bands play on the stage, there is square dancing during the Stampede, and during the winter the water is frozen and we can ice skate there.
I used a fish-eye lens to capture as much of the skyline as possible, most of the high rise office towers in Calgary’s downtown core are to the west of the Olympic Plaza so we get a peek at the great Alberta sky, as well as the new Bow Building on the left side of the frame. The Bow Building is currently the tallest building.
For the photographers who read the blog, to process the image I used Camera Raw, Lens Correction, Manual, it does an amazing job fixing lens perspective, and straightening lines. I was surprised! I also increased clarity and vibrance, and burned a little more detail into the clouds, but the work on it was very minor.
I first met Re at the Business Networking International meeting, he joined Rocky Mountain Thunder shortly after moving to Calgary. With an amazing understanding of website design, social media he wants to work with small business owners develop their business with great websites. Abtek Media is Re’s dream; and he is passionate about great “responsive” websites, that can be searched, viewed and accessed on all platforms.
As he got to know the members at Rocky Mountain Thunder, he quickly became involved in helping to set up the chapter’s social media pages, volunteering his time and knowledge. He also helped a number of members with their online presence you can see some of his work with JH Innovations, a Calgary based design and build contractor; Lad’s Auto a family owned car care centre ; and Go Digital, paperless solutions, from Alberta Printers. I am proud to tell you that Re is working on a new site for my photography we well.
a few images taken during our flight from Calgary. the window did have some frost on it, so the images are not as crisp and clear as I would have liked. The other thing that happened, with all the flights I have been on, I think this is the first one that was de-iced just before we left, I love the spray of the water, and the out of focus equipment.
I love flying, and for me the best part of the flight is that moment of take off, the nose lifts, and you can feel the wheels leave the ground. The adventure begins…..
What is your favourite part of the flight.
We flew into Calgary yesterday morning, quite a temperature change from Yuma Arizona; all I can say is BUURRRR!
December of 2013 was a busy month, so busy that in order to enjoy the season’s festivities, visiting the family and friends that I had to drop a few things off the “to do” list. One of those things was blogging, so I have a few posts to catch up on. I had several portrait sessions, and a few Calgarians, entrepreneurs to introduce you to.
The first of these business portraits sessions was for Luke, of Evolution Tickets is a full service brokerage in the secondary ticketing market, “Any Ticket, Any Time, Anywhere” they will do what they can to get great premium tickets for high demand events including sporting events across Canada and the U.S., broadway events in NYC, or concerts in Las Vegas. I would highly recommend giving them a call if you want tickets for an event, they will get those tickets for the best price. It was great met Luke, while working with him I learned about his business and his commitment to customer service.
I met Luke through the BNI, Business Networking International, Rocky Mountain Thunder Chapter, they have networking meetings Thursday morning at the Blackfoot Inn. A lot of members in the group have been able to acquire tickets with the help of Evolution Tickets, and recommend his service; give him a call next time you are looking for tickets. For information on Rocky Mountain Thunder and how they can help you grow your business check out the BNI RMT facebook page
I am going to get back into the routine of blogging every 2 or 3 days, I am planning on catching up on more portraits over the next couple of weeks, introducing you to some other Calgary Businesses, but I will try to show you a little more of Calgary as well. By the end of Febuary Bill and I will be hitting the road and doing some travelling, so the blog posts will include our travels and the places we see and the people we meet. 2014 is going to be an exciting year….
The weather man is warning Calgary of sever winter weather ahead, and I am dreaming of some of the warmer places we could be. Sunrise is one of the lovely quite times on the cruise ship. The sunrise isn’t always this colourful, and they are often over quickly.
Maybe I will brave the weather and see what photos I can get of Calgary today…..
- Intense winter storm hits Calgary (globalnews.ca)
- Weather warnings in place for much of Alberta as winter storm approaches (globalnews.ca)
- Winter storm watch issued for Calgary Monday (calgaryherald.com)
- Blizzard warning issued for Calgary: city could see freezing rain then heavy snow (metronews.ca)
- Calgary weather turns wintery – snow, then cold to hit city (beaconnews.ca)
Winter is here, yet I am still working on family photos done earlier this year. Taken near the Ranche Restaurant in Fish Creek Park, the autumn colors and golden grasses don’t last long. There is a beautiful red building, that I think everyone uses as a backdrop for photos, but there is so many places to sit and pose families.
I want to thank Jen and her family for giving me the opportunity to spend this time with them, it was wonderful, the kids were so much fun.