Taking my first hike in the dead of winter on the frozen Slave River in the numbing cold of morning darkness ... My camera was covered with white frost, surprisingly, it still worked! I look back at the photographs from my first winters sunrise over the misty rapids, I am filled with awe ... Or walking through the Boreal forest, coming face to face with a bison – it’s moments like these that fill me with inspiration.
Winter Sunsets photo sessions take some planning. You are dealing with many variables, some could be very dangerous! Dark, cold(-5 to -40), snow, ice, water. Check list: Warm cloths(layers), 2 pairs of gloves, Snow shoes, Head lamp LCD is the best (with extra batteries), Food / Hot drink. Tell someone were you are going and approx. time returning from hike/photographic shoot. Camera gear: 2 camera bodies, 16-35mm, 80-200mm, 35mm, extra batteries for cameras, tripod... The above image was from a winter sunset hike to Pelican Rapids on the Slave River, time needed approx. 1 hr. (depending on the temperature, this day it was -25) slow going!
Cold Ice Water
Moving Ice, this image was shot on the Slave River, at Dead Man Rapids just up stream from Fort Smith NWT. Yes as the name suggests this is a very dangerous location to photograph! Cold Ice Water & -30 temperatures plus rapids...
I have been told that at latitude 60 degrees, Aurora Borealis are most active. I can contest to this, spending 2 winters at Fort Smith & Wood Buffalo National Park... WOW!