Downtown Calgary

Downtown Calgary

Calgary 2016

29

September, 2016

Pictures of Calgary

Calgary Photographer

Cody James

 

We don’t have the biggest downtown core compared to some cities, but I think it’s pretty specatular and it’s only getting better with new innovative structures/buildings going up every year. This image almost makes the core seem small, mainly due to the bridge/river being the focal point and the utilization of a wide angle lens.

My goal initially when doing this quick shoot of downtown Calgary, was to capture the fall foreground, I’ve caught a lot of shots like that in the past so I went near the river, the clouds though got so epic and I swapped out my wide angle in favor of 70-200, only regret is that I didn’t get a better panoramic of this, maybe a bit more top/bottom.

Downtown Calgay

Calgary Landscape Photographer Cody James

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“Trying to differentiate your shots and body of work prooves difficult in a world where digital cameras are in every household.”

Waiting for my soccer game, I was down by the river on the east side of the river, looking for some unique spots/shots that I haven’t captured in the past. After mucking around with a few shots I noticed the tower peaking through the bridge, perfect opportunity to capture something unique. Trying to differentiate your shots and body of work prooves difficult in a world where digital cameras are in every household.

Calgary Downtown

One of my favorite spots for shooting downtown Calgary, you really get a focus on the bigger skyscrapers and once the new brookfield building is up, it’ll really all come together nicely. 

I’ve started working panormic shots more and more into my shoots. I feel like capturing spots like downtown Calgary really favors a wide panormic look that encompasses all the epic aspects of the architecture and scenery that our city holds.

Downtown Calgary Panorama
Downtown Calgary Panorama

This is the downtown Calgary shot that I was aiming for, I still need a graduated filter for my 14-24 lens, it would allow for a little less movement in the water, a silkier effect, but still allow the beautiful sunset to burst through and keep the buildings exposed properly.

Click to enlarge, a view facing the Calgary Stampede 2016 grounds.

Here’s a sneak peak of some pucoming posts, I was lucky to shoot a newly engaged couple, as well as a quick trip out to Moraine Lake in the fall, it was overcast but I still came out with a few gnarly shots.

 

Click to enlarge, a view facing the Calgary Stampede 2016 grounds.

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Calgary to Vietnam

Calgary to Vietnam

Vietnam

28

August, 2016

 

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam was the highlight of my trip, it’s a UNESCO world heritage site, a dream for photography, and all around was a great experience. If you haven’t heard of it, you can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%E1%BA%A1_Long_Bay –

We started our adventure in the bay on our ‘junk boat’ a name completely unfitting for what it was, a three story monster of the sea, fitted with a huge crew including a chef, two captains, and a bartender! As we set out to see ha Long Bay, the scenery was breathtaking, I busted out my gear that I had hauled through 1,000+ KMS in the last 8 days by boat, taxi, bus, train, plane, and bicycle and shot away, I was familiar with Ha Long Bay and had an idea of what to expect but was really taken back seeing it in person, truly an incredible unique place unlike anything I had ever seen before.
We first got to stop at a popular tourist area where you can hike up really high to catch a birds eye view of the surroundings, it was REALLY hot/humid out, and my huge camera backpack didn’t pull any favors, I was a sweaty mess at the top and I dropped my bag and started capturing the beauty around.

 

 

Seen below, a bunch of junk boats stationed near the beach while tourists soak in the water and climb for a birds eye view.

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This is where things got epic, manned with a tandem kayak we got to get out onto the waters ourselves and navigate through the endless limestone Karsts. Huge shout out to my wife who championed the kayak while I snapped pictures, and yes if you’re wondering, I brought my new lens (14-24) and camera onto the high seas, I had a lot of faith in our ability to stay upright! Fortunately everything worked out smoothly, we coasted through and I was able to catch some incredible images. As we were ending the journey, the sun was starting to set, so I told Allyn that we needed to get hammer down and get back to the boat! We paddled hard and I hopped out, ran to our bunk to grab a new memory card and rushed to the top of the deck to capture an incredible sunset.

“I told Allyn that we needed to get hammer down and get back to the boat!”

After I caught a nice panoramic of the sunset, I ripped back to the room and grabbed a zoom lens to capture some other details in the bay! Once the sun was set, I put the gear away, we had an incredible fresh cooked meal on the boat and then I tried my hand at fishing for squids, it didn’t go so well, but was fun to unwind and give it a go.

One early morning after an overnight train ride, we were busing into our home stay which was set in the beautiful countryside, we stopped 3/4 of the way there for breakfast and I opted to rip out to explore with my gear, I asked our wonderful guide if he could just drive up the road once they’re done and I’d keep an eye out for them, it’s times like this on trips where I find the best opportunities to capture unique shots and moments. About 500 meters from where they were having breakfast, there was an incredible rice field backed by big mountains and I was able to get in there right as a lady was tending to her crops, it made for a great candid on the spot shot.

Click the image below to see a few more images from Vietnam.

Bonus video! A short clip kayaking through Ha Long Bay.

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Pictures of Calgary

Pictures of Calgary

New pictures of Calgary

29

July, 2016

Pictures of Calgary

Calgary Photographer

Cody James

 

I had SIX days with lots of free time, I ended up working most of them away, but I was able to grab a few shots in between a trip to the airport. I started near the reservoir, I wanted to see if there was a good angle with the water and the city in the background, it didn’t turn out well, got my dog out for a quick rip to see a few spots and then we jetted back to the car to try something new.

First legit spot we stopped was on bow trail looking into the downtown core along the new west LRT line.

 

 

Pictures of Calgary by Photographer Cody James

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Some of my best selling/most used photos are of this beautiful city, you’d think I’d capitalize on that, but the excitement isn’t there like it is when traveling or chasing a storm. The photo on the right here was captured for a client that needed a series of images featuring the city of Calgary as well as the mountains, they were used for advertising/promotions for a huge conference being held in Calgary. Many times I’ve caught my pictures of Calgary being used without permission as well, a big reason why my site carries watermarks on all photos for the last 3-4 years, it just became too much of a hassle to track infringers down.

This next series in this blog ‘ Pictures of Calgary ‘ #2 features a shot that was already dropped on Instagram (Click to check out) I went down to the peace bridge to see if I could grab a new angle/feel of this incredible piece of architecture, unfortunately Pokemon Go players were ALL OVER the top and surrounding spots of the bridge areas, there was also wedding photo shoot in there and I was crunched for time, so I went down below the bridge, left the exposure open and composed a panorama, I’ve shot this before but it was in the fall and there was more fog, I really like how the lighting came out from this shot.

Right after that I hopped out from below in my sandals, jammed my toe really good, and caught one more shot before I booked it to the airport.

Click to enlarge, a view facing the Calgary Stampede 2016 grounds.

That’s it for now, if you want to check out more of my pictures of Calgary, see this blog! http://www.codyjames.ca/downtown-calgary/ – or go to the search (top right) and search Calgary, most of my work is also in the newly launched ‘Architecture’ portfolio!  http://www.codyjames.ca/architecture-photography/

 

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New Portfolio Launched

New Portfolio Launched

New Portfolios Launched!

 

If you’ve been following my blogs lately you’d see that there’s been many new shots taken in the last few months, maybe even the last few years, but they weren’t in my portfolio! I’ve launched a brand new portfolio for my Landscapes, Architecture, Nature, and Panorama links! It’s intuitive, mobile responsive, and you will launch a Lightbox when clicked so you can see larger versions. It’ll also be updated much easier, the portfolios are delivered in a random order so you can get a fresh look every time, and all my work has been drawn to single words, allowing clients to quickly explain which photo they’re looking for an like!

Landscapes

Shots from around the world, including my beautiful province of Alberta, as well as Thailand, Vietnam, Iceland, Indonesia and much more!

Nature

Images of nature, including Orangutans from Borneo, up close macros of flowers and wildlife.

Architecture

Buildings, cityscapes, and shots of structures from around the world, including Calgary, NYC, Jakarta, Toronto, and San Fransisco.

Panoramas

Explore the widest shots I have to offer, panoramas of nature, landscapes, and more.

Alberta Landscapes

Alberta Landscapes

Alberta Landscapes

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July, 2016

Alberta Landscapes

Calgary Photographer

Cody James

Alberta Landscapes, to me, capture a vast and dynamic scope of beauty, from rolling prairies, yellow canola fields, the obvious jaw dropping mountains, wheat fields, badlands, the list goes on. While all the diversity delivers different emotions, I find myself most drawn to the prairies, the big storms, the night skies under the stars, and seeing the northern lights dance across the fields.

 

Continuing from my last blog, I stayed true to the practice and brought my gear with me on a trip to Edmonton this week. While I was pressed for time on the way up, I kept mental notes along the way of areas that I may shoot when coming back, I was really hoping to capture some beautiful storms, and naively looked at the big blue skies thinking that was not going to happen. Fortunately the weather in this province, especially this July co-operated, and while I didn’t hit any particular planned spots up, I did venture down some back roads to capture the storm, clouds, and colors that were coming through.

Alberta Landscape Photographer Cody James

A country back road, with the sun setting. | More Alberta Landscapes

It’s funny, I usually go into any shoot after jumping out of the car with the thought of ” I need to capture a new landscape” it’s really a routine/robotic mode, but lately I’ve really been trying to put a focus on usable images, ones that can be formatted on websites and sold outside of purposes then displaying on a wall. I find any new style or method really brings you out of your element and allows you to grow as a photographer, it enables you to start looking and thinking outside the box, capturing creative angles, unique perspectives, and really making your camera work for you.

 

“I find any new style or method really brings you out of your element and allows you to grow as a photographer”

Two similar shots, taken roughly 150 feet apart from one another. in the first image I was more SW in the field along the canola field, after capturing this roughly 5-6 panoramic image, I ran over the front of the field and fired off another panoramic shot, I can’t stress enough how invaluable learning this easy technique and the benefits it has delivered for my work turning otherwise okay shots into more dynamic fulfilling shots.

You can see the beams of the setting sun coming through the clouds while the poured down.  | More Alberta Landscapes

Speaking about editing and styles, I captured two similar images, both featuring a collapsing old barn, on the first one I went with a more dynamic and bold black and white style, for me it draws out more emotion, it feels more looming and scary.

Both images are panoramic shots, taken with a Nikon 14-24 F/2.8 | Check out some other Alberta Landscapes

A small cropped version shot on my 70-200 of the storm in the distance.

The editing on the shot above was a bit more subtle, it’s not as bold or dynamic, the colors are slightly drawn back as the storm was pulling through, the sun hadn’t set so it was very vibrant and the skies were slightly drawn out, this type of editing gives it a slight vintage feel while still keeping it clean/realistic.

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