2017 is just about done, and it's time to take a look back at my top 5 images of the year. This year was all about trying new photography techniques, and the new techniques are well represented in my selections for my 5 favourites of the year. Without further ado, here are my top 5 images from 2017
This year marked the first time I've attempted any Milky Way photography, and I think it will be a new addiction for me :). My 5th favourite image of the year is Waterton Wonder, taken this past summer along the shores of Waterton Lake looking towards the Prince of Wales Hotel.
As part of my newfound addiction to Milky Way and Astrophotography I went out to Lake Louise one summer evening hoping to catch a glimpse of the Milky Way above the Lake. I hadn't really been paying attention to the moon cycle, and when I got to the lake just after sunset I realized that the moon would be coming into the scene and make it too bright to capture the Milky Way. I stuck around anyways, and was pleasantly surprised when the moon started peaking out from behind Mount Fairview and lit the scene quite beautifully. A hint of forest fire smoke in the sky from the summer wildfires in BC contributed to the scene.
This G2 class aurora event at the end of September was widely anticipated, and I was blessed with both free time and clear skies to be able to shoot this phenomenon. As a previous resident of the Yukon Territories I've been lucky enough to catch the Northern Lights on many occasions, however none of the previous shows prepared me for what I witnessed on this night. Everything about this light show stunned me, from the pace and movement of the aurora to the brightness of the glow above the 3 Sisters. As I had set my camera up to capture a time lapse, I was free to just sit back and stare up at the sky in amazement. This image was one of the 280 images I captured as part of the time lapse sequence.
This year was phenomenal for wildflowers in the East Kootenays. The Indian Paintbrush covered the meadows and trailsides all around Fernie, and helped make for some beautiful hikes this year. I came to this spot 3 times early in the summer waiting for the right light, until I finally had this beautiful sunrise to complement the wildflowers. I used another new-to-me technique of focus stacking to create this image.
Along with Astrophotography, this year also represented another new photography addiction for me, and that was extremely long exposure daytime photography. Asulkan Awakening was the result of a 322 second exposure at sunrise from high above the Asulkan Valley in Glacier National Park, BC. This was by far my favourite image I've captured this year. Watch out for a behind the shot blog post about this image coming at the end of January!
I'd love to hear from you what your favourite images have been this year! Feel free to leave a comment on the blog, on Facebook or Instagram. That's it for me this year, I hope you all have a wonderful New Years and I'm looking forward to what 2018 brings!