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Photo Blogging Challenge – Black and White (August 2016)

I haven't done much black and white photography. But that changed thanks to this month's photo blogging challenge. I switched my digital camera to monotone mode; that camera processee the jpg files in black and white while leaving me with full colour RAW files for blogging, tweeting, etc. The other result from changing the picture mode to monotone is that everything seen through the EVF and on the LCD screen is in black and white. That really helped me focus on shape, form, lines, patterns, textures and other sources of tonal contrast - elements of composition that become particularly important when colour isn't part of the equation. The biggest thing I learned by doing this is that viewing a composition in black and white makes for stronger compositions; I think I'll use this mode on a semi-regular basis.

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Cycling in Fish Creek Park

We don't visit Fish Creek Provincial Park nearly as often as we did when our boys were relatively new to cycling. Highlights from our 30+ km (20+ mi) ride on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early June reminded us that it's always worth the effort to visit Canada's largest urban park: lots of birdsong, an abundance of trails to choose from, some lovely wetlands, and points of geological interest are just some of the reasons so many people visit Fish Creek Park each year.

Hiking Banff National Park – Bow Falls to Hoodoos Trail

Our Family Day long weekend included an inside/outside day in Banff: a morning looking at photographs while wandering the galleries at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies followed by an afternoon making photographs while exploring a new-to-us trail just outside of the Banff townsite. We accessed the easy Bow Falls to Hoodoos trail from Surprise Corner, a tiny parking …

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