LBJ Photography Blog
This blog features notes on image creation sessions, photographic lighting, and image editing techniques. Our main website can be found at: http://lbjphotography.com
The Calgary Stampede
“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”
Attendance at the Calgary Stampede for Summer 2018 = 1.27 million over a 10-day period! Yes, it is the biggest rodeo in the world. 17,000 people pack the grandstand daily for each afternoon rodeo show and another 17,000 for the evening chuck wagon races followed by the grandstand show and fireworks. Not only do the grounds house the grandstand, but a midway with rides and concessions which rival the Ohio State Fair lure old and young alike. Pavilions house dog and horse shows; musical entertainment abounds; and the Indian Village which has been an integral part of the Stampede since its inception in 1912 is vibrant with demonstrations and performances. The Young Canadians, a group of youths ranging in age from 11-18, are featured performers of synchronized routines throughout the grandstand show. The Calgary Grandstand Show is full of glitz and talent, and it rivals many Vegas shows we have seen on the Strip. Cowboy boots and hats abound at this venue!
Banff National Park
Millions of conifers, powder blue streams, and emerald green lakes fill Banff National Park. Through the knowledge of Hugh Southee, one of our guides, we discovered that the different water colors are from the tiny granules of quartzite silt, and that water color—whether powder blue or emerald green—was determined by the swiftness of water movement. The slower the movement--> more green the water; the faster the movelemt--> the more powder blue. We also learned that the beauty of these mountains comes from their origins as sedimentary rocks turned metamorphic.
From glaciers, visible along road travel, to thundering canyons to emerald-green lakes to majestic mountains to lady slippers and orchids, the scenery was eye candy.
Can you believe that the park has overhead bridges for the animals to cross the road? Do the Canadians think of everything? In order to keep the animals from getting hit, fences line the the highway, and the bridges are a means for animals to cross from one side of the highway to the other.
At Lake Louise a young, third generation traveler (mother/daughter/granddaughter) within our group brought out her ukulele and played a melody echoing her voice through the beauty of the scene before us.
Saturday, July 7-8, 2018
It all started with a hole in the ground. Three prospectors in the 1800's worried if they should attempt to explore that dark, smelly hole. What a boon they found! Hot water! Enter the railroad which saw $$$ if it chose this place as stop-over for the newly planned Canadian transcontinental railroad where it would place a hotel and offer hot springs' baths to its travelers. Endangered snails found only in Banff find their homes in these sulfuric hot springs, but tropical fish (mollies) deposited here by a gentleman who tired of his aquarium thrive throughout the frigid winters and can be seen in the flats.
Santa Fe, NM
March 11, 2018
A week ago today we spent an exhilarating morning at Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return. We met Bonnie's college roommate the day prior, and spent an afternoon with her at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. Both museums represent creators who were "out of the box" for their time; both reinforced the notion that it is ok to be wild once in awhile and to follow your heart.
When we arrived at opening at Meow Wolf there was a line; when we left, the line was twice as long. Moral of the story: if you plan to go, get there at opening.
The best part of the weekend was spent being with Bonnie's former college roommate, Lynn.
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.