Riley J.B. - Photographer & Alchemist


Calgary photographer, Riley JB, writes essays, photo stories, reviews & tutorials in his photographic Journal.

February Frost

I woke up knowing that I had to run some errands.. groceries.. fill the car with gas.. and the like.

Over night a frost had built-up on everything outdoors. A thick coating painted by the night wind that remained mid-morning due to the fog that had also set in. I loaded my Rolleiflex 3.5F with a roll of Kodak Portra 400 film. I figured I may as well have it with me while I was out.

I first set out to a nearby Provincial park.. Big Hill Springs. It was the exact opposite way of where I needed to go but I couldn’t resist. While I drove the 30 kilometres to the park the fog seemed to dissipate. I felt I was racing time until the now exposed sun would remove the frost.

I only stayed long enough to walk the short distance to a small waterfall and make 2 photos. Steam was coming off the waterfall and the sun was breaking through the steam.

I turned around and headed back into the direction I came. I saw a long stand of trees on a farmer’s field, a windbreak. I envisioned that it would of been a big archway inside. When I entered I found the tree branches were quite low. Instead of a grand frost covered arch I found an impossible tangle of branches.

I continued to the local bulk store that was supposed to be my only stop. And I drove right by. I continued exploring the back roads throughout the country-side. All of them I had never been on. I made lots of quick stops to look through the waist-level finder of the Rolleiflex. 

I drove about 110 kilometres within a 30km radius of my home. I composed dozens of photos but only pressed the shutter 12 times. 

All photos shot on February 6th, 2015 in the countryside North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 
Shot using a 1961 Rolleiflex 3.5F, Kodak Portra 400 & developed/scanned by me.