Only a camera could come between Nigel Midwinter and the mountains. The Calgary-based landscape and commercial photographer was in grade eight when his father gave him his first Minolta film camera. He promptly broke it (or, as he says, “it just stopped working while in my possession”), but it sparked a passion in him that hasn’t cooled.
Here, Midwinter shares the 10 things in Calgary (and the Rockies) he can’t live without.
The Camera Store
It’s my number-one stop for camera gear. The staff are crazy-knowledgeable – they always have what I need and they always have the best prices.
It’s a great place to see the city at any time of the year, especially as the sun sets behind the cityscape. During Stampede, it’s also a great place to see the fireworks.
Deep-fried Oreos at the Stampede
Oreos are the greatest cookie, so this combines two of the greatest things: Oreos and deep-frying.
The Naked Leaf
They have a great selection of Japanese teas that I love – my favourite is gyokuro. They also work with local artists, so you can get your tea in a custom tin with a local print.
Moraine Lake at Sunrise
People travel across the world to see it in the middle of the day on a tour bus, so if you can go to an iconic spot and be there for the best light of the day, what more could you ask for?
Banded Peak Brewing Co.
I go over there with my growler every weekend to grab PlainsBreaker. It’s my favourite – really crisp and the best summer beer for a patio.
Hiking at Rawson Lake and Sarrail Ridge
The hike to the lake is under an hour and you end up below a huge rock face. The ridge walk is a bit more gruelling, but the view you get of the Kananaskis lakes is unbeatable.
I’m a big Japanophile and this is astounding food. The combinations work so well – it’s just a mind-blowing mouth experience. I can’t believe food can taste this good.
What can you say about a weekend of lying in the sun, listening to music, hanging out with friends and drinking in the beer gardens? It’s the best.
It’s incredibly rewarding to hold your printed photograph, as opposed to looking at it on your phone or computer screen. I’ve been printing with Resolve for a few years now and have always been impressed and happy with their work.
See more of Nigel Midwinter’s photography at midwinterphoto.com, and on Instagram at @midwinterphoto