Monthly Archives: July 2017

The view from here

One more image from the train. As the train stopped at Sunnyside station in the early morning light I could see the neighbourhood behind the station through the windows of the transit shelter. It looked like a framed painting from my vantage point. It was the view from the train.


Sometimes an experiment turns out to be an interesting image. This is a long exposure image captured from a train coming out of a tunnel. The x pattern is part of the concrete walls and the movement can be seen as lines across the image.

Rail Line

This is the view as you arrive on the train from the west. The view to the east down the transit tracks is long and straight bordered by tall glass towers. The new C-Train platforms have elegantly curved glass roofs to provide some shelter from the weather but they also look like metals trees lining the street.

Plywood Canvas

Many construction sites have plywood walls and roofs built around the sidewalks to protect the pedestrians from the construction site. These blank walls are often left to weather over the years of construction. A new construction site has allowed graffiti artist to use the plywood as a large canvas. It is amazing the precision of these artists only using spray paint.

Sunrise Station

Another early morning at the train station. Empty roads except for one transit bus. The early morning sky starts to change colours and the glass walled station reflects every bit of the changing sky.

Rainy Day

Calgary doesn’t get many days where it rains for hours on end. Most of the rain is in the form of thunder shower that is intense but only last for a short while and then the sun comes back out. This day it rained during the morning commute. This person was well prepared and even brought an umbrella to match the C-Train.

Empty Streets

Empty streets in Calgary’s downtown core on a week day are rare. At 6 am with the lights in my favour I can sometimes find an empty street to stand in and make an image or two. After that though, I need to get off the street. People want to get to work and they don’t appreciate my need to make an image.

Commuter Sunrise

A favourite location is crossing the river on the computer train. The view is great as the sun rises and most of my fellow commuters had their eyes closed or were looking at their phones. The missed this moment.

On this day there was a little smoke in the air from forest fires far away. This added a little red to the sunrise.


Soft leaves and hard metal, a contrast in man-made and nature. I like to photograph the contrasting items found in scenes. In this image, a large turnbuckle for an animal enclosure hides in the shrubs at the Calgary Zoo. Not easily seen by passers-by but it caught my eye. I liked the light and the contrast in textures. I thought a black and white conversion suited this image best.

Dog Pond

The dog pond of Nose Hill park is the only water for dogs to cool down in. It is very popular with dogs and sticks. If it get very hot for a long time it will dry up as this pond is actually just a large puddle. The dogs don’t care if its a puddle or pond they just like chasing stick in water. Oh a dogs life.