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How to Take the Best Photos in Low/No-Light Conditions: The Rat’s Nest Cave

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I began my photography journey 4 years ago and I can’t say this enough: “It’s all about the light.” In this post I want to show you what I learned about shooting in EXTREMELY LOW-LIGHT conditions in a place that hasn’t seen sunlight in 750,000 years. Here are some techniques to capture the best photo you can in dark scenarios…

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This is the final installment in my series into the depths of Rat’s Nest Cave in Canmore, AB, Canada. You can read about my initial descent into the cave and the experiences here: Into Earth’s Womb, Adam Walker: A Man UndergroundExploring the Unnatural with Christian Stenner, The Rat’s Nest Cave Will Change You, I Promise.

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Since photography is all about lighting, when it comes to taking photos in low-light conditions it opens up a entirely new level of technical challenges. After descending into the Rat’s Nest Cave a couple times in 2017 I’ve learned (the hard way) what to expect and how to shoot awesome photographs in extremely dark places. I’ve put together a few technical tips to help you know your way around shooting in the dark, on both your DSLR Camera and your Smartphone:

1. Identify the light you can see.

First things first – our eyes need time to adjust to light. Give your eyes a few moments to adjust themselves to the type of light you’ll be working with. Once adjusted, look around and identify the light you do have. Sometimes it will be just moonlight, other times like in the Rat’s Nest Cave, you have ZERO natural light. As in, if you turn off all the headlamps and move your hands in front of your face, you will NOT see your hands whatsoever. Headlamps and small lights you have with you will be the main source of light.

2. Use light to make shapes appear stronger.

Once you’ve scanned and identified the light you can work with, it’s all about shapes. I think shapes are much more evident in a photo when they are contrasted by a strong burst of light. By moving light sources, you also change every shape the eye sees in the photo. I’ve found great results in brightening the light areas of a photo and darkening the dark’s. It helps bring people into the specifics of a scene.

3. Depth and layers are your advantage.

When you rappel into the lower areas of the Rat’s Nest Cave you’ll find layer upon layer of sediment that is hundreds-of-thousands of years old. Shadows of dust and moist drippings from the cave are awe-intriguing photos alone but by adjusting the ambiance of a photo, you can “place” someone there, as if they can reach out and touch what’s in the photo.

4. Think abstract.

When we reduce the elements in an image to simple forms, we sometimes start noticing art. Look for light streaks, patterns in shapes, where do all the lines intersect? When processing, I’ve often added a Vignette to my photos, making the edges/outsides of the photo darker, thus keeping the viewer’s attention in the middle of the image.

5. Try saturating (or de-saturating) the color you CAN see.

Since the dominant color in low-light scenarios is black, color can be an effective tool to catch the eye. Try different photographic treatments to your photos. Meaning, try processing or editing photos in just black-and-white, or try de-saturating colors and enhancing others to lead the eye. In the photo below, I’ve de-saturated the entire image expect what I WANT you to see (the caver and his tools). Your eye sees the caver (Adam Walker) and your sight is led up the rope (where the caver is looking).

6. Shoot using manual settings and use a tripod to stabilize your images.

While the options to use Auto or Flash are always available, I suggest taking things a step further and shooting on ‘Manual’ Mode. Taking photos in low light means choosing between noise from a high ISO setting, or the blur from a slower shutter speed. The idea is to make adjustments so you can let more light into the camera, while reducing blur and noise. Shoot at high shutter speeds to avoid blurry images, and decrease your aperture to the lowest number (your f/stop). For example, some of my cave images were at Aperture F1.7 | ISO 3200 | Exposure 1/2s. For longer exposure shots, you can experiment with anywhere from 5 seconds to even 30 seconds (30 seconds is where I have shot photos of the Northern Lights). You’ll also want to bring a tripod if you plan on shooting photos that are completely free of blur. Using a tripod and timer for your images also helps to prevent any camera shake while taking the photo.

ON A SMARTPHONE: Use Pro / Manual Camera Mode.

Let’s face it – a great challenge for smartphone camera manufacturers is capturing the best photo in low-light conditions. Sometimes (most of the time) you may notice your photo looks “grainy” when you zoom in, or an image will be blurry. This is a personal nightmare of mine and I have just about figured out every trick in the book to reduce and eliminate noise! However, there’s a game-changer, and it’s called “Pro” or “Manual” Mode. This camera mode on your smartphone allows you to capture better photos in low light by changing the aperture of the lens. (You can set your camera to let more light into the lens for a longer period of time, thus capturing your scene in focus). The smartphone I shoot with is a Samsung Galaxy Note8, which (for the first time in history) allows for a 10-second Exposure, and this is by far the most advantageous feature to shooting in dark conditions.

ON A SMARTPHONE: Keep your hand steady! Or better yet – use a Mobile Tripod.

Much like shoooting on a DSLR camera, you’ll want to setup your mobile device on a tripod to help stabilize the photo to eliminate camera shake. The less light, the more crucial this is. If you go down into the Rat’s Nest Cave without a way to stabilize your photos, you may end up with a few blurry photos and you’ll wish you carried a small handheld tripod in your pack.

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I photographed the Rat’s Nest Cave while on Canmore Cave Tour’s new Private Caving Experience – SOLITUDE. Without being with a group of people, you’ll have time to enjoy every inch of the cave while exploring at your own pace.

 

What: A Signature Canadian Experience as designated by Destination Canada.

Where: Rat’s Nest Cave, designated a Provincial Historic Site in 1987, situated on the south-facing slope of Grotto Mountain near Canmore, AB, Canada. Access to the cave is restricted in order to protect the environment inside and entry is facilitated by Canmore Cave Tours.

How: Connect with the Team at Canmore Cave Tours:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canmorecavetours
Twitter: www.twitter.com/canmorecavetour
Instagram: www.instagram.com/canmorecavetours

Web: canmorecavetours.com

Toll Free: 1877.317.1178

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Photographing Team Canada on a Smartphone

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I’m proud to announce that I’ve teamed up with my friends at Samsung Canada to photograph the Team Canada National Women’s Hockey Team!

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Before we get into this I just need you to know proud I am to take on this assignment and photograph our own Canadian athletes! This also marks the first time I’ve been hired to shoot an experience solely on a mobile device…and I’m darn proud of it! Thank you Samsung Canada X Hockey Canada!

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Having the opportunity to meet and photograph our Canadian athletes was an incredibly meaningful experience I’ll never forget. I wish Team Canada all the best in the Winter Olympics in #PyeongChang2018! GO CANADA GO! ??

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The Rat’s Nest Cave Will Change You. I Promise.

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A single beam of light illuminates a few feet ahead of you. Past that, you see nothing else. Pitch black is ahead and behind you. All you see, really, are the glossy highlights of the cave walls’ sweat and specs of dust floating by, illuminated by the beam of your headlamp… 

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This is the fourth installment in my series into the depths of Rat’s Nest Cave in Canmore, AB, Canada. My first cave descent in 2017 prompted a deeper look into the cave and the people who make caving their lives. If you haven’t read about my initial descent earlier this year, you can read my first post Into Earth’s Womb, Adam Walker: A Man Underground, and Exploring the Unnatural with Christian Stenner

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You take a deep breath – moist cave air fills your lungs. It smells…spicy. You crawl on your hands and knees – sometimes on your back and stomach – with only a few inches between the tip of your nose and rock. The next move could be a four story rappel or a shimmy through several “squeezes” through cave formations.

Prior to entering the cave you’ll ask yourself several questions, all mostly to do with panic or getting stuck and to be honest, all of that goes away the moment you enter the first room of the cave and you’ll understand the cave is not moving or shifting, and that you’ve just entered an adventure playground beneath the surface.

All legitimate questions because as humans, we tend to fear the unknown and the misunderstood. But something happens to you down there. Exhilaration replaces fear and by the time you come out the other side vibrating because of the amazing experience you’ve just had.

Spelunking/caving is an adventure that will change you from the inside out. I promise. It changes you – from how you see yourself and what you’re capable of, to how you see and experience nature. After exploring “Earth’s Womb” you will feel…reborn.

That was my experience with Canmore Cave Tours when I was invited for the first time to take on this caving challenge and explore the Rat’s Nest Cave.  Since then, I had the chance to go underground again with owner, Adam Walker and get to know a little bit more about this business of caving, and Canmore Cave Tours in particular.

In business since 1992, Canmore Cave Tours has evolved from strictly caving tours to offering some unparalleled experiences and events that are held within the cave. Besides challenging yourself on the Adventure Tour by squeezing through The Laundry Chute, for example, Canmore Cave Tours now offers many other experiences for the budding caver.

You can enjoy the serenity of the cave on a private SOLITUDE Tour, which means it’s you, your guide and the cave. That’s it. You and the cave and a highly knowledgeable guide to keep you safe and allow you to experience Rat’s Nest on your own terms and time. Knowledge and growth are also two key elements to the business and owner Adam, so two caving courses have been developed for those who have been bitten by the caving bug – vertical and horizontal courses can be booked by those who want to take their caving experience to the next level.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to explore Rat’s Nest, you will be familiar with one of their grandest rooms – The Grand Gallery. The name is fitting because this is the largest room in the cave, allowing for some incredible acoustics and breathtaking visuals. The folks at Canmore Cave Tours were quick to pick up on this and have created yet another way to experience the cave through its UNEARTHED experience. Have you ever been to a concert 10-stories underground!? The UNEARTHED experience was developed to mash together the magic of music and caving for an event that is unlike any other.

Adam Walker inside the Grand Gallery, within the Rat’s Nest Cave, AB, Canada. Photo by Dax Justin

Speaking events are held in The Grand Gallery as well, not to mention custom photography tours and even yoga/meditation sessions. To be honest, I don’t think there is much you can’t dream up that the team at Canmore Cave Tours wouldn’t be able to accommodate.

Embrace your inner explorer and join them year-round, rain or shine, for a Natural History tour into Rat’s Nest Cave – a wild, undeveloped cave under Grotto Mountain, near Banff and Canmore, Alberta, Canada!

I photographed the Rat’s Nest Cave while on Canmore Cave Tour’s new Private Caving Experience – SOLITUDE. Without being with a group of people, you’ll have time to enjoy every inch of the cave while exploring at your own pace.

 

What: A Signature Canadian Experience as designated by Destination Canada.

Where: Rat’s Nest Cave, designated a Provincial Historic Site in 1987, situated on the south-facing slope of Grotto Mountain near Canmore, AB, Canada. Access to the cave is restricted in order to protect the environment inside and entry is facilitated by Canmore Cave Tours.

How: Connect with the Team at Canmore Cave Tours:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canmorecavetours
Twitter: www.twitter.com/canmorecavetour
Instagram: www.instagram.com/canmorecavetours

Web: canmorecavetours.com

Toll Free: 1877.317.1178

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Exploring the Unnatural with Christian Stenner

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Christian Stenner was an elementary student when he and a handful of friends decided to grab their backpacks, a few military canteens of water and take off into the woods in search of some caves they’d heard about near his home town of Edmonton, Alberta. It was a rather, “Goonies style exploration,” as Christian puts it…

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This is the third installment in my series into the depths of Rat’s Nest Cave in Canmore, AB, Canada. My first cave descent in 2017 prompted a deeper look into the cave and the people who make caving their lives. If you haven’t read about my initial descent earlier this year, you can read Into Earth’s Womb and my second post in the series, Adam Walker: A Man Underground.

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Christian and his friends had only a vague description of where the caves were and after hours traversing the forest not really knowing what they were doing, they found these caves. The “caves” were really just sandstone indentations, but at the time it was this massive expedition for this small team of young minds and it created a lasting memory of what adventure felt like.

Fast forward a dozen years and Christian finds himself on vacation in the Canadian Rockies with his girlfriend (now wife), Melanie. On a road trip from Edmonton to Banff, Christian and Melanie explored various areas around Banff National Park and Canmore. It was then they heard about Canmore Cave Tours and signed up for a tour within the Rat’s Nest Cave. That moment would forever change Christian’s life because upon descending, he felt an immediately-powerful attraction to the nature of caving.

Not long later he and his wife moved to the city of Calgary, and Christian’s caving outings became more easily accessible – the mountains were just over an hour away! Now, his first love, Rat’s Nest, was quite literally in his backyard for the first time in his life. That was the good news…

Christian was then diagnosed with an auto immune disorder. His doctor described it as, “it won’t kill you, but it’s highly annoying.” This struck a note with Christian and he immediately took it upon himself to DO THE THINGS THAT MADE HIM FEEL ALIVE. And that one thing was caving. He joined the Alberta Speleological Society and took it upon himself to make a go at caving at a higher level.

Inside Anthodite Hall, Sistema Huautla, Mexico. Photo by Adam Walker

Inside Sistema Huautla, Mexico. The deepest cave in the Western Hemisphere. Photo by Adam Walker

Today I spoke with Christian on the phone and I asked him, “What do you think it was about caving that consumed you so much?” He replied, “It’s hard to describe. At the time of the tour, you’re doing something that seems so wild…it feels like you’re the first person inside this place.” I have personally learned that feeling repeats itself. Christian also said it’s about the unexpected (and welcomed) mental and physical experience when you’re down there. He says, “The mental challenge comes from overcoming your fears of rappelling into a black hole or shimmying through a squeeze. You’re putting yourself into situations that are physically and mentally unnatural. You don’t get that anywhere else, doing anything else!”

Christian’s fascination with the unnatural is strong. He has since been on expeditions in some of the deepest caves in the world and has made significant discoveries while working tandem with scientific and ecological organizations. His partnership with Adam Walker, owner and operator of Canmore Cave Tours, is that of two professional cavers, who both made caving a large part of their lives. They’re both involved with the Alberta Speleological Society and Christian does cave rescue training inside the Rat’s Nest Caves with AB/BC Cave Rescue.

Christian is now the AB Provincial Coordinator for AB/BC Cave Rescue and often appears at workshops where he speaks more about the science of caving, his exploration and unique discoveries inside caves worldwide.

In my opinion, rapelling into the Rat’s Nest Cave is often a journey of discovery, and an exploration of self. The outcome is one of self-discovery.” – Dax Justin

East Crater Cave, Summit of Mount Rainier. Photo by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts

I photographed the Rat’s Nest Cave while on Canmore Cave Tour’s new Private Caving Experience – SOLITUDE. Without being with a group of people, you’ll have time to enjoy every inch of the cave while exploring at your own pace.

 

What: A Signature Canadian Experience as designated by Destination Canada.

Where: Rat’s Nest Cave, designated a Provincial Historic Site in 1987, situated on the south-facing slope of Grotto Mountain near Canmore, AB, Canada. Access to the cave is restricted in order to protect the environment inside and entry is facilitated by Canmore Cave Tours.

How: Connect with the Team at Canmore Cave Tours:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canmorecavetours
Twitter: www.twitter.com/canmorecavetour
Instagram: www.instagram.com/canmorecavetours

Web: canmorecavetours.com

Toll Free: 1877.317.1178

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Dax

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Meeting Polar Bears Face-to-Face with Canadian Geographic

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In late October, 2017 I embarked on my greatest adventure yet in the Polar Bear Capital of the World: Churchill, Manitoba. On assignment with Canadian Geographic, I was told I’d be seeing polar bears with Churchill Wild on their Great Ice Bear Adventure. What I didn’t clue into was that I’d be on the FRONT LINES SHARING THE SAME ICE AS THE POLAR BEARS!

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First of all – this trip got REAL, REAL FAST. We approached Churchill Wild’s Dymond Lake Ecolodge, a 20-minute plane ride from Churchill, Manitoba. As we began to land I looked out of the plane’s window and SAW TWO POLAR BEARS LAYING DOWN not far from the gravel runway. We were to land then proceed on-foot to the lodge, which is about a 10-minute walk from the runway…

Not five minutes into the walk towards the lodge and suddenly we saw two polar bears sparring to our left. They were quite a distance away and behind trees but this display stopped us in our tracks. This wasn’t the time to stop and unload equipment so it turns out this was a moment shared only between the few of us, not captured in any sort of digital form. To witness two bears sparring and kicking up snow was a spectacle that will already have me planning to go back. And the adventure hadn’t even started yet!

PHOTO GALLERY:

Meet Scarbrow. Scarbrow is a male polar bear with a long 10-year history with the people of Churchill, Manitoba.

On the day we flew into the remote arctic lodge I had the chance to meet him up close & personal. Scarbrow is a badass Canadian celebrity and is kind of a big deal. He’s won the hearts of thousands. He has even been in the slammer a couple times… You don’t get anywhere in life without tipping over a few garbage cans! On the inside, Scarbrow is just like every one of us, taking our best shots at life while we’re here. Nobody is closer to this bear than the Director of Operations at Churchill Wild, Nolan Booth. “He’s no different than a big furry pet and I love him like crazy! He’s been visiting us for about a decade now and I’m hoping we can continue to see him beyond this season.” – @nolanbooth

Usually after a decade or so the mature polar bears will move onto a quieter life further into the white abyss, away from humans. They become less curious about people and the man-made places, and just want to be completely in their element out on the ice hunting seals and sleeping. Here’s to you, Scarbrow — you may not know it but you are a cherished animal on this planet. ?

When you’re on the Tundra with polar bears, there’s this magical unspoken communication that happens between you and the animal.

Few people will write about this unique occurrence in length because it’s hard to imagine and explain, but I will do my best here. Everyone’s asked me one question: “Did you feel safe out there?” Honestly, we all felt comfortable the instant after our first encounter as a group with a polar bear. Sometimes we gently approached bears, other times they cautiously approached us. We saw several different bears over the week and in EVERY instance there’s this instantly noticeable transfer of energy between you and the bear. You’re the most aware you’ve ever felt, yet totally calm. They’re walking towards us, slow and calm. Catching scents and sniffing the ground and air as they inch closer. The exchange paints an imaginary ‘Do Not Cross’ line when you’ve both reached a level of comfort in distance. Using mostly verbal communication, our guides would raise voices and bang rocks together and somehow, the bear knew in every case, when we met our comfort level. The bears would back off when they heard a sharp or loud sound out-of-place in their environment. I can only explain this nuance as a profound energetic transfer of comfort and respect. The bears were all equally as interested and curious as we were and this deeply felt exchange and this understanding is what can help keep them safe out there.

I’ve been struck-through-the-heart by these animals. Don’t get me wrong, they are an apex predator, but after you spend time with these giants you’ll see and feel their true souls. They remind me the most of dogs, and in fact polar bears aren’t that far from the dog family! They all have their own personalities and character, they play, they listen, they observe, they LOVE + SURVIVE – and they deserve to be loved back. That’s what the people of Churchill Wild dedicate themselves to. You won’t just learn about these creatures you’ll meet them on the front lines, LITERALLY.

Experience polar bears without the crowds — it’s the only way to go.

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From this I have garnered a deep admiration and respect for polar bears that I wouldn’t trade for the world. (That’s why this experience exists!) Please take this advice too: Put this on your bucket list then do it..

 

What: The ‘Great Ice Bear Adventure‘ facilitated by the team at Churchill Wild. 

Where: Dymond Lake, Manitoba, Canada 

How: Connect with Nolan and the Team at Churchill Wild:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChurchillWild
Twitter: www.twitter.com/churchillwild
Instagram: www.instagram.com/churchillwildsafaris/

Web: churchillwild.com

Toll Free: 1 866-UGO-WILD (846-9453)

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Adam Walker: A Man Underground

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How many times have you gone in to work, walked into your office building and noticed new things, changed things, growing things that weren’t there before? You notice shifts to the floor plan or elevation, new hallways, a whole new and undiscovered nook or conference room? Would daily discovery make it a good day at the office for you or would it scare you? And what does this have to do with caving, you ask? Read on…

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This is the second installment in my journey into the depths of Rat’s Nest Cave in Canmore, AB, Canada. My first descent earlier this year prompted a deeper look into the cave and the man behind Canmore Cave Tours. If you haven’t read about my initial descent earlier this year, you can check out the story and photos here: Into Earth’s Womb →

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Adam Walker inside the Grand Gallery in Rat’s Nest Cave, AB, Canada. Photo by Dax Justin

My first descent into Rat’s Nest Cave earlier this year allowed me a sneak peak into the whole caving culture and an introduction to what I’d like to refer to as an active frontier. A whole new underground world that is alive, breathing and changing. It’s a self-contained eco-system that shifts and grows. I started to daydream about what it would be like for me to set up my office in the cave – I was THAT excited about my maiden exploration of the cave.

All joking aside, I started thinking about the man behind this whole operation and what his “day at the office” must be like. What kind of person does it take to make this not just his living, but also his life’s work?

Now before we get in too deep, let me just tell you it’s my opinion that it must take someone very interesting (and maybe a little crazy) to pursue a lifetime in the cave. What would your resume need to look like? Does it take a little insanity, an undying devotion to the endless pursuit of going deeper into a subterranean realm, an unstoppable hunger and curiosity to keep exploring and discovering new things every day? Apparently so and I got to meet him on my second descent into Rat’s Nest.

Adam Walker illuminates The Grotto. The deepest point in the Rat’s Nest Cave, AB, Canada. Photo by Dax Justin

Portrait of Adam Walker just outside Rat’s Nest Cave, AB, Canada. Photo by Dax Justin

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There’s one man who has been instrumental in the facilitation and future of this cave. I’d like you to meet Adam Walker, Owner at Canmore Cave Tours. Adam has led Canmore Caverns Ltd. since 2013 and is a pure badass – if it weren’t for Adam’s relentless passion for caving this place wouldn’t be anywhere near where it is today. He has a strong background in the outdoors and has been guiding in caves since 2003, he’s been involved in a multitude of underground pursuits across the world that spans Canada, USA, Spain, Barbados and the Bahamas and last but not least, Adam has orchestrated a passionate team of like-minded cavers and guides to help in the daily operations of the cave tours.

Portrait of Adam Walker from the depths of Rat’s Nest Cave, AB, Canada. Photo by Dax Justin

Adam will never take all (or any) of the credit. You’d have to tear it out of him. He may be the most humble person I’ve ever met and honestly, if you were to ask him how he has been able to progress the developments of the cave and business he would have only one answer: “My team.”

Case in point: When I asked Adam the question, “Why? Why do this?” He answered,

“I have been in this cave more times than anyone can count and I still find something new every single time I go down. This place changes. Nothing is scripted. It grows and evolves and we try to grow and evolve with it. Nothing fascinates me more.”

Now, that’s what I call a good day at the office.

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I photographed these photos while on Canmore Cave Tour’s new Private Caving Experience – SOLITUDE. Without being with a group of people, you’ll have time to enjoy every inch of the cave while exploring at your own pace.

 

What: A Signature Canadian Experience as designated by Destination Canada.

Where: Rat’s Nest Cave, designated a Provincial Historic Site in 1987, situated on the south-facing slope of Grotto Mountain near Canmore, AB, Canada. Access to the cave is restricted in order to protect the environment inside and entry is facilitated by Canmore Cave Tours.

How: Connect with Adam and the Team at Canmore Cave Tours:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canmorecavetours
Twitter: www.twitter.com/canmorecavetour
Instagram: www.instagram.com/canmorecavetours

Web: canmorecavetours.com

Toll Free: 1877.317.1178

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#Route97: Wells Gray Provincial Park, B.C.

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On Assignment for #Route97 chasing waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia

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It was a classic British Columbia day with the morning fog hanging in the air, creating a magical atmosphere and making the colours of autumn seem more vibrant. Moments later the sun would peak through. That’s the thing I love about B.C.’s weather, it’s always full of surprises, and you just have to learn to roll with the whims of Mother Nature. It felt like the perfect kind of day for chasing waterfalls in Wells Gray Provincial Park in the Clearwater Valley of east-central B.C.

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Behind the Lens with Dax Justin in Wells Gray Provincial Park B.C. →

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#Route97: Okanagan Valley, B.C.

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On Assignment for #Route97 soaring above the land of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia

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Someone, take my pulse, I thought as we flew over the Okanagan on a gorgeous fall day. My adrenaline was pumping while we were getting treated to an awesome aerial perspective flying on a helicopter – without doors – over Mission Hill winery. The experience allowed me to take some gorgeous photos during the 20-minute flight with Valhalla Helicopters. I was having my James Bond moment in this door-less helicopter, dangling my legs in the air – except there were no bad guys chasing us. There were only good vibes coming from the scenery a few thousand feet below and photographing from way up here was pure joy.

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Behind the Lens with Dax Justin in the Okanagan, B.C. →

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#Route97: Kettle Valley Trail, B.C.

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On Assignment for #Route97 biking the Kettle Valley Trail in British Columbia

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The drive up to Myra Canyon, just 30 minutes outside of Kelowna B.C., was a bumpy one, so my expectations for our bike ride were that it might get a bit gnarly. But I was in for a nice surprise on this clear September day, with the changing colours of autumn all around us. Be Curious. Discover the Kettle Valley Trail. We were taking the Trestles and Tunnels tour along the Kettle Valley Railway with Ed Kruger from Monashee Adventure Tours . Ed’s a pioneer and ambassador in this region and you can tell he loves his job. He’s one of those people whose taken his passion for everything outdoors – from cycling to snowshoeing – and turned it into a full-time job, which lets him share his backyard with people who want to explore the beauty of the Okanagan.

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Behind the Lens with Dax Justin along the Kettle Valley Trail, B.C. →

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#Route97: Gold Country, B.C.

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On Assignment for #Route97 exploring in Gold Country, British Columbia

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Driving into Cache Creek in the early morning light, I could see why they call this region Gold Country. Especially in autumn, when the hills are turning that burnished shade of yellow. I instantly felt I was worlds away from the city, yet I was only 350 kms north of Vancouver. As I would discover over the next couple of days, this is a place of beautiful and varied landscapes – desert-like, with rolling hills of ranchlands and grasslands.

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Behind the Lens with Dax Justin in Gold Country, B.C. →

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