As we prepare to close down the office for the holidays and wrap up 2015, Harvey, Michael, and Jensie would like to thank our clients, associates, suppliers, friends, and families for all their support allowing us to do what we love to do, and for the privilege and pleasure of working for you to protect your financial future.
All the best for the end of 2015, and good luck to us all in the new year!
The amazing picture above is by Banff photographer Paul Zizka (Paul Zizka Photography). I’ve copied his story of the photo here:
Highlights of 2015
I always begin each year with the intention of sharing more of the stories behind the images, but somehow things get busy and I rarely find the time.
I do, however, enjoy the last few days of December when I sit back and look at what was captured throughout the year, and reflect of what went into getting some of those photographs.
Between now and the end of the month, I would like to share one image daily, picked out of my favourites of the year. Let’s kick it off with what I feel was the most spectacular aurora display of the year here in the Canadian Rockies. I am sure many here have vivid memories from the great show of St. Patrick’s night. The northern lights raged on for hours, displaying an incredible array of colours (at least in camera) and shapes throughout the night.
I happened to be shooting for Lake O’Hara Lodge that night. After a full day out in the field shooting the surrounding wilderness, I was out on the lake on my own shooting the incredibly clear night skies. I spent a couple of hours taking frame after frame of the Milky Way and some beautiful zodiacal lights we had that night. At about 11pm, as I often do before calling it a night, I took a couple of test shots looking north. I was well out of cell phone range so unable to see what the aurora data looked like, but I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed green hues on the LCD.
I decided to stick it out to see what would happen next. It didn’t take long for the aurora to intensify. The green haze climbed higher in the sky and soon purple pillars started showing in camera. I set the camera to shoot non-stop, and ran to the Lodge to fetch my second camera and ski gear.
Upon returning to the lake, pillars were dancing overhead and were clearly visible to the naked eye. One could even distinguish colours other than green, which is quite rare at our latitude.
I spent the following 5 hours shooting my heart out, boosted by the adrenaline that always kicks in when the aurora explodes. I was beyond excited to catch the celestial show in a place that many consider the most scenic in the mountain parks. The beauty was truly beyond words. Between time-lapses and stills, I shot about 2,000 frames that memorable night.
This is the image I ended up liking the best. It is a self-portrait, since I was alone there (although I seriously considered screaming through the hallways at the Lodge for everyone to get up!). The aurora was much more spectacular in some of the other images, but for me a decent composition will always trump what’s going on in the sky.