2017 in Pictures: June-December

Seeing is not enough. You have to feel what you photograph. - Andre Kertesz 

Following our trip to Ottawa we decided that it would be a good time to visit the Rockies one more time as they were only a two-day drive away or 22 hours if you drive straight through which is what we did on the return.  

Contrary to the short winter days, summer days are quite long with the sun setting at 11:45 pm around the summer solstice and rising again around 3:15 am.   The summer can be quite pleasant albeit with a few more bugs then you would find down south. The swimming season seemed to start near the end of June and Saydee and I would find ourselves trying out some Paddleboarding on Back Bay. 

There are also many good festivals to participate in such as the Biannual Fly-In, Folk on the Rock, Canada Day festivities and the Old Town Ramble and Ride. There was also the weekly farmers-market on Tuesdays.  

Against my better judgement, I asked Fujifilm Canada if I could try out their new medium format camera: the GFX50s which sports a 50mb mammoth sized sensor.  I say it was against my better judgement because I thought I might like it too much and given that the camera costs over $8,000 Canadian, that might be a problem.  Oh well it would be something to worry about later.  For our last six weeks in the North and for the beginning of Aurora season I was able, thanks to Fujifilm Canada, really give it a good test run.  I would begin my People of the North project, use it for a Dene wedding and obviously shoot the Aurora which starts up again in the middle of August. Needless to say I was extremely impressed with the quality of the images.  

Finally it was time to begin our journey home to Ottawa.  We left Yellowknife on October 6th and drove for 10 days via High Level, Edmonton, Banff, Moose Jaw, East Braintree, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Ottawa.   We arrived in Ottawa on October 16th after covering approximately 5800 kilometres.  We have such an incredibly large and beautiful country and we have much reason to celebrate.  And people from all over the world, particularly the Asian countries are flocking to Yellowknife for it is the best place in the world to see the Aurora.  Just saying.

I guess to summarize, photography for me is personal.  It is how I best express my inner self.  I am not doing it to try to impress anyone or for the glamorous lifestyle :)  Certainly I appreciate that others seem to enjoy my photographs but it is not my raison d’etre. It is to discover and remember that which is important to me: beauty of our land, legacy and home. 

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