The Little Smoky River is in Northern Alberta, starting from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It flows into the Smoky River(no surprise there), and eventually the waters of the river enter the Arctic ocean.  And… well, that’s about it, really. I only stopped there for ten minutes to take photos from the bridge(On Alberta Highway 49). The river seems to be good for fishing, but I can’t say for myself.  All I can say is the bridge crossing the river was a good vantage point for some pictures.

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In the visible spectrum, the river can be seen as a dark brown; it appeared to be slowly moving, and meanders along the flat landscape.

In the red, green, an blue channels, there aren’t many surprises:

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The reflection of the trees in the water is clearest in the blue channel(bottom). The sky is bright and washed out in the blue range, as expected, but what is interesting is the clouds. The more defined clouds(I’m not a cloud expert, but I think they may be Altocumulus clouds) are faintly visible in the sky, but are darker than the sky itself.  The more hazy clouds(Altostratus, maybe?) are not visible at all.


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Without a filter, my camera’s full spectum photo makes the landscape look like autumn. The infrared added to the red channel turns the trees yellow. The reflection of the trees and perhaps the water itself makes the river slightly more brown.


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In full infrared, however, the river is dark. It does seem to be reflecting the clouds, meaning it isn’t as balck as other water photos I’ve taken. This was shot with my Zomei 760 nm filter. There is a faint brown tinge to the water and sky(but not the trees)- the filter is barely picked up by the other colour channels, allowing for a very minor colour variation.

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Finally, a dual band photo(With my Schott UG11 filter). The combination of Infrared and Ultraviolet light ads some balance to the photos- the trees are darker than in pure infrared photos, and the lighter than in the short wavelengths. Same with the sky(except it is light in short wavelengths and dark in longer ones). I still haven’t found a practical reason to use this filter on its own, but I do like the effect of it.

Not much else to say here- like I said, this was just a short stop on my trip. It was a beautiful day for taking photos here, and it was at my campsite at Lesser Slave Lake as well… but those photos are for another post.

With my other projects on the go(plus actual work… ugh!) I’m probably going to stick to one post a week. I tried to go back up to two, but just felt pressed for time. I will have another short post up in a day or two; it was part of this one, and I thought it would be better on its own.

The visible spectrum photo was taken with a Canon SX600 camera, and the other photos were taken with a modified Canon Rebel T3i.