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Last Night Near My Home
By:         Jeremy Jackson   |    Dec 29, 2015

Location:  Chilliwack Lake    |   BC

Story: Yesterday we spent a lovely morning with my good friend's sister and her husband, Dorothy and Craig. Dorothy made a marvelous breakfast and we played a new, very entertaining game. It was a great morning.

All the while though, I had one eye inside and one on the developing weather outside. I could feel that it was going to be one of those rare, spectacular winter days where I live to the east of Vancouver. When we finally got home after a long drive, I was tired and very unmotivated to make the long trip by truck and then ATV to a remote location on the shores of Chilliwack Lake.

But in the end, I dragged myself away from the warmth of an armchair and made the trip. Here is what I saw....


I have other images from that evening as well, but this one was made with a purpose in mind. Dorothy and Craig asked for an image of mine to fit a square opening in a frame they really like. As I looked at the lake and the beautiful rocks in the foreground, their wish came to mind. I then made this image hoping it would fit in their frame and they would like it.


Technical Details: The frame opening is 22 x 22 inches. I felt it was necessary to produce a high quality image since the frame is situated in an area where the image would be viewed from close up. Instead of taking a single image and cropping square, I made two vertical images and spliced them together using Photoshop.

The image is a single exposure at, ISO 100, 2 seconds, and f11. I used a Schneider 3 stop ND filter, Nikon D800, and Nikon 14-24 mm lens set at 14 mm. The ND filter was used to slow down the shutter speed as much as possible. The slow shutter speed provided a slightly nicer reflection in the lake.


Today, I took another trip in to the valley with my good friend Matt. We rode our ATV's to a well known lake where there was 2 feet of fresh snow. The sky was cloudless and a beautiful rich magenta blue. The air was clean, cold and fresh. It was the kind of day we dream of here on the West Coast of BC. Foley Lake is at about 1,500 ft above sea level and was fully frozen over. As the light dimmed, Williams peak shone brightly over the lake. We made many images and this is the one I like the best.



Technical Details: The image is a single exposure at, ISO 100, 1/8 of a second, and f13. I used a Nikon D800, and Nikon 14-24 mm lens set at 20 mm. No filtration was used and only dodging and burning were done in Photoshop. No changes to color or saturation were made.


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