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Random Photographs: Alberta & British Columbia

Updated on October 5, 2011

The photographs posted here are from a road-trip around the north-western side of Alberta and the north-eastern side of British Columbia. I often shoot random things and these are those kind of random photos.

I am an amateur photographer. I have never taken any classes or read any "how-to" books on photography. I very much dislike "how-to" books (just an opinion). I like learning about things (unless it's theory) by doing them. So about ten years ago I started taking photographs and I never really stopped.

I still shoot in film - I like having my negatives! I am not sure for how long I can still do so because many stores are running out of it but I will continue for as long as possible. To a certain extent, I think that shooting in film (as supposed to shooting with a digital camera) makes one be more careful with the photographs taken. With film, there are usually only twenty-four frames available per roll and so, economy is always in the back of the mind. Unlike with digital cameras where the possibility of just clicking around is very real. This is just an assumption in regard to everyone else but it works for me.

The camera I work with is a little on the old side, compared to what is out there now anyway. I shoot with a Canon, T2 Rebel and since I have been really good at breaking/losing lenses within the last year, all I am left with is a Canon Ultrasonic EF 28-105mm. All my photographs from Alberta and B.C. were taken with it. It worked for the most part.

In terms of taking photographs, being aware of how light influences the shot is probably one of the most important things. I have ruined many photographs because I did not take in consideration the lack of light (even on this last trip) ... On the other hand, I am not fond of using the flash: I think it changes what is there initially and so, I refrain from using it (unless it is really necessary).

There is nothing as experience though. Being persistent with photography does help. I wasted many films before I got one decent photo but I do know that it has gotten better. Sometimes, I can visualize the shot before I press the button and I catch myself thinking: "That was a good shot!" It does not happen often but it does and I think the visualizing of shots before they are taken comes from experience because it only started happening for me a few years ago.

Of course, all this is just my opinion. I am not sure of anything really and I cannot explain the taking of photographs as one who studied photography in collage or university. I do enjoy taking photographs and I just go by the "feel" of things. It is a hobby ...

I do wish people can enjoy my photographs though. Cheers!

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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment Ideax! I am glad you enjoyed the photographs - I loved the bit of western Canada which I was lucky to see this past summer.

      All the best!

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      ideax 

      6 years ago from US

      Beautiful scenic places of Canada! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I am proud to be a Cannuck!

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      The part of Alberta that I saw (going through the Rocky Mountains), was beautiful: an experience I will never forget. And I am going back for sure as soon as the opportunity arrives.

      Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment Mrs. Stacie L.

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      Stacie L 

      6 years ago

      looks like a beautiful place ...very primitive and sophisticated at the same time.I'll have to venture up to Alberta and add it to my bucket list.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Mr.Happy. Your work is definitely worthwhile, no doubt about that! I think you will enjoy digital because you have a disciplined approach to photography.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lol Yes, you are right once again Mr. Alladream, digital cameras can do things that my film camera cannot dream of doing.

      The main problem for me is that I am so used to this camera that I don't have to think about adjustments and such - my fingers just move all over it on their own. I gotta start practicing with a digital camera soon though because I do realize it will take time to acquainted and I am running out of places to buy film.

      I am very happy that you enjoyed some of the photos. It makes my work worth-while! Cheers.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      I love the image of the dog! Really good.

      I agree with you about the recklessness digital provides because you can simply click and click and then erase. But I should also mention that you can combine a well thought out shot with multiple takes with different speeds and exposures-so in some ways, digital does work to your advantage if you harness its power with the discipline of properly framing your shot.

      Thanks for sharing your perspective and pictures

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      kallini2010 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Good shots, Mr. Happy. I agree that it is certainly not a moose. I loved the dog, probably, the most and the yellow truck.

      I use digital camera and my problem is that I don't take enough pictures and then regret that the time has passed and I have no pictures. Whether my shots are good or not are quite irrelevant - those are memories. I think I should use your hubs as an inspiration and a reminder - take pictures!

      My son loves taking a camera and clicking - frankly some shots are ... are ... unusual, but that is the beauty of it. And the cost factor is in my favour - he can click as much as he wants and I can delete it later.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub combined with great pictures.

      I vote up and here's to many more to share.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lol Mr. Spirit Whisperer ... I sat and was thinking: "A 52 year old camera that has infinite storage ... wow, what is he shooting with - there were no digital cameras 52 years ago and even digital cameras do not have infinite space ..." (although with some it does feel like there is an infinite amount of storage space).

      Nice-one! LOL

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank you for dropping-by Paradise, I am glad you enjoyed the photos. I think those were elk and not moose though. I am not fully sure either ... If you would like to see a moose check-out my http://mrhappy.hubpages.com/hub/Winter-in-Ontario-... blog - 4th photograph down (it's not a male though ...)

      Cheers!

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love the moose shots!! Those are classic. We don't see them around here.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Mr Happy I thoroughly enjoy all of your photos and I like the way you work with your camera. I agree with you about minimising the use of the flash as it does change the scene. Artificially introducing light that isn't there in the first place is bound to affect the picture.

      I too use a camera and it is now 52 years old. It has been broken a few times but I have managed to mend it. It has infinite storage space and instant recall so that I have automatic access to every picture. The camera is called "my heart".

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