Manitoba Photographer Martin Carson Creates Night Landscape of Alexander Ridge Park
As a wedding photographer in southern Manitoba, I’m often amazed at just how many incredible locations there are close to me. These locations aren’t always the easiest to access however. But with little light pollution around, the night sky always appears impressive on a clear night with a beautifully painted foreground.
This has never been more true with Alexander Ridge Park off Highway 23 near the 240 Hwy junction just west of Miami, Manitoba. It’s a beautiful site known for its impressive views of the valley and offers a telescope in the view tower to get a great panoramic view.
Early in my night photography days, I captured my first Milky Way shot here which I was quite proud of at the time. You’ll find it below…
This was one exposure, with a flash going off in the lookout tower to help light it up. My pride was pretty high after this creation but looking back later it was obvious I could create something more impressive.
Fast forward less than a year, and back I went to Alexander Ridge Park. With a different technique to capture the night sky, I set to work capturing the night sky first. By taking multiple frames and stacking them in software, it allows the details to really come out in the sky.
Next, I focused on the building and used a flashlight to light it up from multiple angles. This really brings out the detail and makes the building pop against the night sky.
After the editing in Lightroom to make the building light to my taste, I combine and blend all the photos in Photoshop to create my final image of Alexander Ridge Park.
I really hope you enjoyed this breakdown of one of my favourite images. This really is a special spot for many people including myself. This is a link to the YOUTUBE video on how I created this I would love you to go and check out/subscribe to my channel.
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