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Two continents…two unexpected beauties.

The Million Dollar view

at Banff,

Canada

One place I did not to expect to be so beautiful

was on the Somme Battlefields in France.

After having lived on a farm for most of my life…

 

I found the fields around the

Villers Bretonneux Australian Memorial…

unexpectedly beautiful.

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Although our wagons were covered

 …the winds still chilled us.

I did not hear a single complaint

as we settled down for

our first night in Banff.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:   Wagon

 

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I had intended to rush out and

take some fresh shots this morning.

But wind and showers dictated otherwise.

So, my landscape shot is the

Million Dollar View in Banff, Canada. 

Foreground to background is reasonably sharp

but by no means perfect. 

A higher f/stop would have produced a better result.

Camera settings:

Focal length: 18mm/27 (equivalent in 35 mm film)

f/stop: 6

Exposure 1/320

ISO: 400

This shot was aimed at getting a large DoF….

from the fence a far back as possible.

The fence and first two trees are okay, however,

there is some softness creeping in with the third tree

and the stump behind it.

Compare distance between each of these objects

with distances in the following photos.

Camera settings:

Focal length: 50mm/75 (equivalent in 35 mm film)

f/stop: 22

Exposure 1/640

ISO: 1600

 

 

Last weekend I did capture our

Queen Mum Agapanthus…

…some shallow Depth of Field.

I like this shot as the bee and the petal/stamen

it is standing on are in focus

while everything else is soft

in varying degrees.

Camera settings:

Focal length: 75mm/112 (equivalent in 35 mm film)

f/stop: 8

Exposure 1/640

ISO 160

 

This cropped version supports my above comments.

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Two unexpexted winds during last year’s travels.

First up we a an unexpected view through

the covered wagon prior to ride out for a barbeque meal. 

A few months later our Matamata

Bed and Breakfast,

in New Zealand provided us with

this gorgeous view above our bed.

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Known as the million dollar view

we did find this view breathtaking.

Taken at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

This was the view from the staff quarters,

until a remodelling ‘fixed’ that.

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Patrick and I both visited

Jasper National Park (Alberta)

this week for our posts.

Maligne Valley Gorge Falls.

Although the sign read

Maligne Canyon.

 

 

Athabasca Falls

Both attractions are in

Jasper National Park

Canada.

Both falls were flowing rapidly

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I had hoped upon retirement that I may have been able

to sell a few photos to pay for equipment. 

Pretty much what I used to do back in the 1980s

when taking wedding photos.

There are too many people who think photography is luck…

and to some extent it is. 

Right place, right time, right settings.

 

 

Earlier this year I watched as a visitor to my display raved over this photo. 

He couldn’t, or said he couldn’t believe it was a photo. 

Travel is on my  bucket list.

 This post has been interrupted by talking

to our South African Guide about our 2020 visit.

I could cheerfully hang this shot on my wall.

Trouble is blue doesn’t go well with our colour scheme.

It would be great to be able to fund camera equipment from photo sales.

So that’s my bucket list…or a portion of it.

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