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 Grande Prairie Alberta photographer Randy Vanderveen is an award-winning photographer with two decades of experience. Editorial photography, commercial photography, institutional photography, aerial photography, documentary and humanitarian photography — whatever your photographic needs are in the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia or beyond I can help. The right licensing package can make custom photography affordable and extremely effective whether you are a national corporation, a local business or a non-profit or NGO. I would like to sit down and talk with you about how I can meet your photographic needs. Call (780) 897- 6478 or email me for a quote on a job or licensing fees for photos. Feel free to check out the weekly Viewfinder blog.

 

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Entries in Grande Prairie (25)

Wednesday
Jul292015

Planning and accidents

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A hover fly heads toward the brightly coloured blossoms of a fireweed south of Grande Prairie. The insects resemble bees and wasps.

There is a saying that sometimes you are good and sometimes you are lucky.

Being prepared can certainly provide the foundation of good photos but at other times it is just a happy accident that makes the difference.

The first two photos of the insects demonstrate this. The first was to be a photo of the blossoms of the fireweed highlighted by the sunshine with the background in deep shadow thanks to the forest behind the plant (see A Different Look). The hover fly flying into the frame was a pure accident. Once it was in the frame I made several photos to capitalize on its appearance.

The second photo was an intentional one of the wasp in the flower but it inadvertently knocked off an older blossom which is falling in the lower left corner of the frame — again a happy accident makes all the difference in the photo.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A wasp knocks an older flower to the ground as it goes looking for food in the blossoms of fireweed south of Grande Prairie. The wasp population is quite high this summer — the result of warm and dry conditions.

The remaining three photographs are from some recent work.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson Alberta The steeple and cross on the Bezanson Community Church is surrounded by a threatening-looking sky — the precursor to a rain storm that moved through the area Monday morning. Most places in Alberta are welcoming rain which is needed for crops, and water sources.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Sexsmith, Alberta A collapsing farm building is surrounded by the bright yellow blossoms of a canola field as rain clouds build in the northwest. Old farm buildings are subject to the elements and will eventually succumb to the wind and weather if they aren't maintained. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta A farmer just east of the southern Grande Praririe city limits takes advantage of a warm summer morning to rake up his hay crop. If the weather holds haying in the South Peace should be finished in a week.

Thursday
Mar262015

Blue

Photo Randy Vanderveen Kakwa, Alberta 2015-03-22 A pair of rigs work side by side at a well site just west of Highway 40 north of the Kakwa River. The area between the Kakwa and Cutbank Rivers is extremely busy right now with gas exploration and pipelines.

Here is some work from the past couple of weeks. Two photos serve as a reminder if you are planning on taking architecture photos twilight or pre-dawn works the best when the ambient light of the sky and the artificial lights match in intensity. It also provides a beautiful blue sky whether it has been cloudy all day or sunny.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta The exterior of McLaurin Baptist Church's new building in the Gateway Power Centre in west Grande Prairie. The church has been meeting in the new facility for a couple of months and welcomes both visitors who are curious or those looking for a church home. Services are 10:15 am Sundays. Photo Rady Vanderveen Mount Robson, British Columbia A snow-covered Mount Robson stands like a stark sentinel against a clear evening sky in mid-March, Photo Randy Vanderveen Bezanson, Alberta 2015-03-24 A herd of elk cross a road and fence line on the Adam Ranch south of Bezanson. The large animals are becoming a nuisance in the South Peace, along the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies and the Suffield area as they gather in large numbers stealing feed for livestock and damaging fences. Hunters have not been able to control the rapidly growing population of elk resulting in two rural municipalties requesting an increase in elk quotas for hunters to help alleviate the wildlife problem.

Thursday
Jan152015

White

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2015-01-13 A snowy owl nonchalantly watches its surroundings from a perch in a tree northwest of Grande Prairie Tuesday. The white owl will winter in the area before heading to nesting grounds in the Arctic this spring.

Wednesday
Nov052014

Maintenance

Photo Randy Vanderveen Sexsmith, Alberta 2014-11-04 Rail ties sit in bundles near the site of a new section of second track being built south of Sexsmith near the Viterra terminal as sand cars sit idle on the current rail line. Train traffic out of the Peace could become even busier thanks to the opening of a new Intermodal Terminal in the County of Grande Prairie this past weekend.Time sure flies and before I know it I am way off track again in updating this blog. Here is some recent work.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grand daughter #3 Clarke Grace arrived in late October on her great great grandfather's birthday. Photo Randy Vanderveen, Grande Prairie, Alberta :Liquid natural gas burns only as it becomes a vapour (returning to its gaseous state). This demonstration was just one during the grand opening of Ferus' merchant LNG facility in Elmworth. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-10-22 Courtney Peters cleans out the stall of her paint horse Ace who is being boarded at Evergreen Park during the winter months. Cleaning the stall and feeding, watering and exercising is a daily task for Peters.

Thursday
Sep042014

Harvest old and new

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-08-25 In what appears to be a race in time, Dick Bacon operates Gary Dixon's 1949 Massey Harris combine as he harvests wheat near Four-Mile Corner Monday, Aug. 25 with members of the Bear Lake Growing Project, (one of the members is operating the John Deere combine in the background). The wheat will be sold and money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which will receive matching funds from the federal government to be used for relief efforts where needed. Bacon used to operate a combine of the same vintage in a custom combining crew decades ago. Last week I took photos of the Bear Lake Growers harvesting a field of wheat just north of Grande Prairie for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

The wheat will be sold and money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, matched by the government and then used to purchase food for relief efforts globally.

What struck me as interesting was the juxtaposition of old and new equipment harvesting this year's crop.

 Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-08-25 Gary Dixon uses a 1949 Massey Harris combine to harvest wheat near Grande Prairie Monday, Aug. 25 with members of the Bear Lake Growing Project. The wheat will be sold and money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which will receive matching funds from the federal government to be used for relief efforts where needed. The truck following is a 1949 REO Speed Wagon owned and operated by Gerald Logan. Both pieces of equipment have Peace Country pedigrees and both, are now operated by their second owners.

Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-08-25 Dick Bacon watches a load go into the back of a 1949 Reo Speed Wagon run by Gerald Logan as Gary Dixon mans the controls of a this 1949 Massey-Harris combine as they harvest wheat near Grande Prairie Monday, Aug. 25 with members of the Bear Lake Growing Project. The wheat will be sold and money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which will receive matching funds from the federal government to be used for relief efforts where needed. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-08-25 Dick Bacon unloads the hopper of harvested wheat in Gary Dixon's 1949 Massey Harris combine into the grain box on the back of a 1949 REO Speed Wagon, owned and operated by Gerald Logan near Grande Prairie Monday, Aug. 25. Meanwhile a modern John Deere combine operated by one of the members of the Bear Lake Growing Project works quickly in the background. The wheat will be sold and money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which will receive matching funds from the federal government to be used for relief efforts where needed. Volunteer farmers donated their time and equipment to seed and harvest the crop that was planted on donated land also. Bacon used to operate a machine of the same vintage when he worked as a custom combiner decades ago. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-08-25 Gerald and Tess Logan haul a load of wheat near Four-Mile Corner Monday, Aug. 25 to a larger unit for members of the Bear Lake Growing Project. The wheat will be sold and money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which will receive matching funds from the federal government to be used for relief efforts where needed. Volunteer farmers donated their time and equipment to seed and harvest the crop that was planted on donated land also. In the back ground Dick Bacon operates a 1949 Massey Harris combine owned by Gary Dixon (waking behind) while Greg Sears pulls a grain wagon behind his John Deere tractor for the modern combines working in the field. Photo Randy Vanderveen Grande Prairie, Alberta 2014-08-25 A pair of combines work in tandem to harvest wheat near Four-Mile Corner Monday, Aug. 25 by members of the Bear Lake Growing Project. The wheat will be sold and money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which will receive matching funds from the federal government to be used for relief efforts where needed. Volunteer farmers donated their time and equipment to seed and harvest the crop that was planted on donated land also.