C A T H S I M A R D@mydetoxtravel

@sonyalpha @thenorthface @gosselinphoto Ambassador
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November 2018 : Iceland
January 2019 : Alberta, Canada
February 2019 : Lofoten Islands

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Let’s play a game. I’m giving a print of this photo to the first person who can guess : Speed, Aperture, Iso & Focal Length. Game on! Congrats to @joserge who got it right first!


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In our quest for freedom, truth and authenticity with ourselves and others are the only things that will bring us closer to it.


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After the Sony trip I decided to stay a few days in Scotland and go back to the Old Man of Storr on my own to do some night shots. The night before I put on all my clothes on since I didn’t have a sleeping bag with me and I slept in the car on the passengers seat. No need to explain how cold it was but I made it through the night. Woke up at 4am to start the hike. On the way up I got rain, snow & hail and my hopes for star photography were pretty low. When I finally arrived at the view point I was completely soaked and frozen. I was the only one up there, but that feeling of being alone made me feel everything so vividly and made me forget all the hassle I just got through. I did a test shot and I couldn't believe how many colors were in the sky with some subtle northern lights on the left and light from the city on the right. I decided to do a two shots vertical panorama to make sure to capture the whole scene. Minutes after the clouds came again and it rained straight for 2 hours. I did wait the whole time in the rain to get a few more shots but it was honestly one of the most uncomfortable experience in my life. Weather over there is crazy and pretty intense. The day after I woke up with a sore troth and I'm pretty sure I got that from that morning, funny cause I haven't got the flu in like 3 years. But to me it was all worth it 🙂 | a7R III | 16-35mm f2.8 | 16mm | f2.8 | 30 sec | ISO 3200 | 2 shots vertical panorama #BeAlpha #AicDoesScotland #alphacollective


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Be ready for a lot of greens in my next few posts 😅 That’s what happens when you visit a region that gets lots of rain! Meanwhile, here’s a little something that’s been on my mind on the last few weeks. Authenticity. You know when you meet someone and it feels you’ve known him/her forever? That’s whats happens when someone is 100% real with you from the start. I just wanna give a heads up to everyone who is not afraid to show who they really are. To the people who don’t care about what others think of them and have no problem speaking the truth when needed. To the people who are grounded and are able to see things as they are, without judgement. To the people who would never use someone else to get what they want. #aicdoesscotland #alphacollective #belpha


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My trip to Scotland with the @sonyalpha crew was nothing but epic. Yes the landscapes were incredible but the kindness and authenticity of the people I met over there blew my mind. Thank you for making this trip so memorable @zachallia @dave.krugman @reneeroaming @tiffpenguin @witchoria @nicolepickles @starvingphotographer @littlecoal @shortstache @timbuz @mdorlon @unsinkablesca #sonyalpha #aicdoesscotland


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This photo is worth 500$+ of expenses, 2 years of waiting, 3 days of my time & 27km of hiking in one day with a big backpack. I flew to Assiniboine park with the highest expectations. When we arrived the smoke was quite bad so we decided to go for a scramble instead of hiking to the main viewpoint with the best view. When we came back the smoke cleared right at sunset which we missed. Colours were insane and the whole time I wished we’d have a second chance the next morning. Right after sunset the sky cleared and we decided to hike up the viewpoint. When we arrived the clouds were covering most of the sky so we decided to head back down to the camp. Arriving at 12am at the camp the sky cleared up again but we were exhausted and decided to go to bed. The next day we woke uo to 5 degrees and pouring rain whith zero visibility so we stayed in our tent most of the day. In a last attempt we went for sunset again to the viewpint but clouds were so thick there wasn’t any colours or interesting light in the sky. On our way back half way to the camp we looked up and the sky cleared up again so we decided to stay at that lake and shoot the starts. This shot is probably the only one I liked from this entire trip and that I’ll publish. The next day we hiked out 27km. Moral of the story: if there’s somewhere you really want to go see and shoot, do it first. Always stay that extra 30 minutes in case the sky clears up. Keep pushing even if you’re tired because at the end of the day it’s always worth it. I made wrong choices during my time there, so I’ll be back next year with a lot of coffee and more energy than ever. And btw if you wonder what’s that red light on the left it is Mars which was HUGE


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Couple of days ago a achieved my first solo scramble. It was exciting, scary but most empowering. Realizing that with a bit of preparation, the right mindset and safety guidelines I could do it on my own was definitely one of the highlight of my trip. Without snow it would have been an easy scramble, but with snow, the trail and markers were hidden and I had to trust my intuition the whole time. Half way into the scramble the snow became knee-deep, but I kept pushing to finally reach the peak right in time for sunset. It felt freeing to be up there alone, and the sunset gave a beautiful and unique display of pastel colours which I haven’t seen a lot in my life. Now that it’s been snowing non-stop for the past 72 hours, I’m pretty sure this spot isn’t accessible anymore, so I feel lucky that I’ve been there before we have to wait another 9 month to reach that view

Also, during my 7-week trip I’ve met a lot of photographers and Instagrammers that are damaging nature just to get good shots. PLEASE people, PLEASE, get informed about the rules when you hike or canoe somewhere and respect them. Don’t make illegal fires by the beach because it looks good on camera, and if you choose to do it, at least leave no trace (if you know what it means)


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I’m almost at the end of my 7-week trip in the Canadian Rockies. Got 5 weeks of smoke, 4 days of nice weather and now it’s been snow storms non-stops. Don’t like to complain about the weather but I have to say this trip was the hardest one to deal with that. Probably did the 1/10th of my hiking plans which left me a lot of time to sleep, think and relax. I was embracing it at the start yes, but honestly it is just not in my nature to take it easy and do nothing. I need to be in the action for my mind to stay healthy. Staying active mentally and physically is my way to be happy. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to sleep because I’m always too excited about the next day. And maybe it seems that I’m like that because I’m afraid of missing out on something & that might be true. because staying home, taking it easy and reading a book hasn’t brought me anything useful or positive to this day. I’m definitely hyperactive but not in the figurative way. I just like to get stuff done every single day. Anyone else like that?
Panorama of 3 shots wrapped and squeezed in a square because gotta love Instagram layout


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Been waiting for over a month to even see the mountains that were hidden in the smoke from the wildfires in BC. Let’s just say that the wait was worth it. We started to hike at 5am and changed our sunrise spot last minute to get that view. Here’s a break down of how I achieved this final image :

Foreground : panorama of 12 shots , iso 160, 23mm, f13, 1.3 sec (wrapped in a square so elements in composition look closer to each other)

Stars : iso 6400, 16 mm, f2.8, 25 sec

Gear used : SonyA7rii, 16-35 f2.8 GM

@sonyalpha #alphacollective #bealpha


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Thought I’d come back from this trip with five good photos. Now I’m up to 20. It all depends on how you’re interpreting the composition you captured and the edit you’ll do. Try to remind yourself how you felt at that moment and do your best to transpose it into your edit, so the viewer can feel it too. I remember feeling small, calm, free and humbled. Can you feel it?


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First time seeing the mountains in 12 days. Such a relief! Happy the rain cleaned a bit the smoky air from the wildfires in BC. Stay safe everyone!


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Getting intimate with Los Cuernos in Torres del Paine, Patagonia. Right now in Alberta getting ready for my first sunset hike of the trip. Yesterday we were blessed with rain that helped clear the sky of the smoke from the hundreds of wildfires now happening in BC. Strangely it’s my first trip in Western Canada that I don’t feel guilty to do nothing and wait. Maybe I’m slowly acquiring more wisdom and understanding that landscape photography doesn’t have to be so intense and extreme all the time with no sleep and permanent sore legs. I’m taking it easy and I’m enjoying it :) Feels strange for an hyperactive person like me🤪

Sony a7rii, FE 70-200 F4
165mm, 1/500 at f4, ISO 320
@sonyalpha #alphacollective


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