Fall Colours on the Kootenay Plains

It’s been a little while since my last post here on the blog so I thought I’d share a few photos from a trip out to the Kootenay Plains earlier this month. It was just a quick trip starting with an early (3:30 am!) departure from Calgary, a full day of shooting, and then heading back towards home the next day. While brief, it was great to get out and see some more of this wonderful area of the Rockies. I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in this area, and what time I have spent has only been during the winter months, so it was nice to explore some new locations and experience fall here for the first time.

Mt. Peskett and Siffleur Mountain in fall

I was also fortunate enough to run into the unofficial master of the Kootenay Plains, my good friend Darwin Wiggett of oopoomoo who was leading his annual Glory of Autumn in the Canadian Rockies workshop. I joined up and shot together with him and his group for a couple hours and had a great time. They were a fun group of folks and very talented photographers too. Check out this post to see some of the work they produced while on the workshop.

Here are a few more images. The conditions were mostly overcast while I was there which was great for working these type of detail scenes in the trees.

Aspen trees with fall colours

There was also plenty of wind, (something this area is known for) which made for some interesting images using long exposures. In this next image, the wind was just steady and strong enough to create some nicely blurred colours in the leaves while keeping the tree trunks still and sharply focused.

Aspen trees with fall colours long exposure

I couldn’t resist making some panning and zooming motion blur images as well. The conditions were just perfect and these are always a lot of fun.

Aspen trees panning motion blur

Aspen trees panning motion blur

Prayer flags in forest zoom blur

Thanks for stopping in and having a look!