There is no place like it. Kasia and I first drove through the Canadian Rockies twenty years ago. I will never forget the impact of these incredible mountain ranges. The sheer size, beauty and toughness of this land gained my respect, absorbed all my senses and provoked a deeply spiritual experience in my inner being.
Almost every year since then, Kasia and I have made a pilgrimage to this land of giants. But there is more.
We were living in two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Calgary, and the trip through the Rockies became a rite of passage for our family. It has become a road of joy, sorrow and redemption. This road led me to Calgary where I nearly lost my life. Then I travelled through the mountains to a lengthy recovery process here in Vancouver. Through all these years and experiences, Kasia and I connected with this landscape as with no other.
We have been in the Rockies in every season of the year. Most people visit the area in summer when it is warm, travel is easy and the lakes turn blue. Indeed, a great choice. However, for me the true beauty of the mountains reveals itself in winter. Snow simplifies the vista, underlines the contours and reveals the mountains’ splendour. Cold protects this beauty from invaders and the slanted winter light accentuates the snowscape.
We visited most of our favourite locations and captured them with the X100T, Fuji X-T1 paired with the XF 50-140mm F2.8 and XF 14mm F2.8. In the next few posts we will be sharing with you our personal experiences, stories and imagery. What a great theme to begin the New Year. Stay tuned.
Here are a few samples of what’s to come.
We met an incredible Japanese man travelling the Canadian Rockies on foot.
…and a young man from Russia practicing hockey at Lake Louise.
We had such an amazing time at Emerald Lake.
Stay tuned for much more…
2015 © Kasia & Olaf Sztaba Photography. All rights reserved.
11 thoughts on “The Majestic Rockies – Connecting with the Landscape (Part 1)”
Very beautiful images. The textures and levels of detail are amazing. Excellent work.
It is always great to hear from you. Have a wonderful 2016!
unless my eyes are cheated by the mountains 😉 these pics are so damn gorgeous. 5 and 6 are my favs. hat’s off!
Beautiful, breathtaking images!
Olaf (or Kasia),
I attempted to donate by clicking on the DONATE button on your website, but was unsuccessful. The problem was the required field of PROVINCE would not accept a US state name, even after changing COUNTRY from Canda to United States. I would still like to contribute. Can you suggest another option?
Bob Raisler firstname.lastname@example.org
Kasia and I are very grateful for your kindness and generosity. We really don’t know what causes such a problem. We will try to investigate and get back to you as soon as possible.
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Olaf & Kasia
Everything should work now.
Thank you so much.
What a super selection of images; I like how you’ve used traffic and humans to create a sense of scale. Hoping to visit Canada, perhaps next year,,,
Thank you for your kind comment.
All the best,