Thursday, September 30, 2010

Elk Island

Fall in Edmonton lasts only for a few weeks. However, if you have the opportunity to hike in national parks or river valley, you will enjoy the beauty of the colorful trees. Elk Island is located less than a hour away from Edmonton. It is sad that I could not be there for a 24 hour period to take photos of the sunset and sunrise.

Time and patience play a significant role in photography. It would have been helpful to observe different angles and compositions and wait for better light to take a photo of this place. However I didn't have the time. I took this with 10mm-20mm sigma.

The stripped trees in Elk Island were telling us that soon it will be snowing all over again and and this beautiful land will wear its white make up.

I will post more photos of Elk Island later. I am busy this semester. I have to thank Metanat who was very patient while I was stopping and taking a lot of photos.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


This "Vanishing Breed" book did something serious to my mind. I cannot get it out of my head and I go through the photos I took here and there from something that I call cowboy culture over and over. I will probably put more photos later about cowboys later. The reason that I distinguish my definition of the cowboy culture from what is actually considered to be the cowboy culture is that I am sure that I have not grasped the essence of it yet. I believe it should take longer for me to somehow fully understand this.

Friday, September 3, 2010

First Newspaper Photo Publication

I am very excited about my first works that are published in the Gateway newspaper. It is the official University of Alberta newspaper and I am finally working with a newspaper, love it.

So basically I took the first photo for the residence air quality article. I do not know how it ended up under international students seek housing. It showed the residence I guess, anyway. here it is:

Remember the previous post about Edmonton being buried under smoke? well, this photo is one of the photos I took that day which shows the smoke on campus bus station.

And this is the front page (sorry Dan, half of the front page) of the issue that my first photos are published in. Great. Unfortunately I could not get much work done this week because of the thesis defense and traveling to Calgary, but hopefully next weeks I will do more work.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Smoky Day

Friday, August 20th, "The river valley and Edmonton city skyline is obscured by heavy smoke from B.C. forest fires Thursday." So there was a thick smog in the city and I went out to take some photos. Unfortunately I did not have access to a high rise place to take a good photo of the layers of the trees disappearing under heavy smoke.

I waited in a backyard alley for someone to pass in distance to take this photo. It migh be called "A Smoky Day" or anything you like. It was funny that several Iranian friends told me that it smells like Tehran, city of smoke.