One of my favorite places to hike is practically in my back yard – Minnekhada Park. My girlfriend and I took up geocaching a few months ago and a couple weeks ago we decided to head into Minnekhada on a geocaching (high-tech treasure hunting) adventure. If you want to know more about geocaching, check out the official site. I usually photograph people but I wanted to take the opportunity to take some landscape pictures.
I highly recommend any of the trails in Minnekhada to any level of hiker. The trails are not too short or long and are interesting and beautiful.
I grabbed my trusty Nikon D300s, 10-24mm wide-angle lens and R-Strap to take some landscape photos on the way.
We had planned for a midday hike but we ended up starting a little later than planned at about 4:00pm instead of 2:00pm.
I was worried we wouldn’t have enough time to find multiple geocaches and make it to the top of the High Knoll and back to the car before dark, but our late start actually turned out in my favor.
We decided to head up to the High Knoll even though the light was fading on the densely forested trails. When we got to the top I suddenly realized “I’m on the High Knoll during Magic Hour – Fantastic!” The two photos featured in this post illustrate the beauty of this viewpoint combined with the magical lighting right around sunset.
The “Photography Magic Hour” is the time around sunset when light is fading into twilight just before night. In this case, I was treated to a glowing sunset that backlight and textured the trees in the forest below me.
In the second photo I was even able to capture a lot of cloud detail by adjusting my exposure to the brighter landscape of Port Coquitlam & Pitt Meadows just beyond the tree line.
I also took many more shots and experimented on our way to and from the High Knoll. You can see the most interesting ones in the small gallery below. In particular, I had a lot of fun making some black and white landscape images that I found full of drama. There are some others too. One more experiment I tried was taking my favorite view of the forest below the High Knoll and cranking the “luminance” noise reduction to 100 and increasing the “vibrance” in Adobe Lightroom. It has a really cool effect on some photos where it makes them look very painterly. Check out the last image in the gallery to see what I mean.
If you’d like to purchase a print or canvas wrap of any of these images, you can contact me.