Garibaldi Springs – BC Magazine’s 2013 Top Nature Image

Spring runoff in the forest

Photo by Justin Fabian – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

I was pleased to find out that my image Garibaldi Springs was selected by BC Magazine as their top nature image this year.  You can check out this image in the September/October issue of the magazine.

This image was taken using film, so lots of old school details below.

The location was north of Squamish off the Sea to Sky. I was travelling up to Whistler, April 2009, to work on a book project, Whistler: An Outdoor Paradise, and was just exploring on the drive up.  The weather was off and on, but when I got to this location it was actually raining fairly hard.  However, the soft light was incredible; producing all the saturated colors in the image.  The combination of the two streams converging and the saturated colors are what caught my eye.

I worked my way down a slippery bank and started working under an umbrella.  The image was shot with a Fuji GX617 panoramic camera on Fuji Velvia 100 film.  I used the Fujinon 90mm fixed lens, which is the wide angle lens for the camera with a center ND filter and polarizer to cut down on the reflection of the rain and bring out the saturation in the vegetation.

The image was taken on Fuji Velvia ISO 100 film (120 roll) at f22 with an exposure of 150 seconds; allowing for an extra 1/3 stop for reciprocity failure.  Fuji Velvia is a transparency film, so it is very important to bracket several shots in 1/3 stop increments.  Unfortunately you only get 4 shots on 120 rolls with this panoramic camera, so you have to make them count.

The transparency is 6 x 17cm producing up to a 1 GB file from a drum scan.  The final print size for this image is 6 feet by 2 feet.

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