40 years ago this week I first arrived in Banff, Alberta to work at the Banff Springs Hotel and begin my love of the Rocky Mountains. For three summers I returned to Banff to work between semesters at university. In 1982 I took the train back to Ontario to start life as a grown-up. That... Continue Reading →
Chateau Lake Louise at the shore of glacial Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Yes, the Lake really is that colour. This was taken in the fall after the first snowfall (late Sept or early Oct) but before the lake freezes. The lake doesn't thaw again until June so to get clear skies, fresh snow and no ice is a real treat for a photographer up there, even one who lives in the buildings behind the hotel. Photo by Timothy G.M. Reynolds. Image is the property of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
The use of the filter would allow the sky to be a slightly darker, to match the richness of the reflection. If you look at the last three reflections, you'll notice that the reflection is slightly darker that the source. Water acts as a natural filter for some of the light. If you want a balanced image, the graduated neutral density filter is a great tool.
So, don't be afraid to take your own picture but please, stop holding the damned camera over your head and snapping your forehead.
I don't know all of the mechanics behind an inversion, but the end result is that the cold air is down while the warm air is up, and there's usually an odd cloud formation involved (see the layer of cloud sitting on the lake in the image below). In this case the cloud seemed to have trapped the frigid air right down on the lake, making it bitterly biting and difficult to go too far, especially for our two small dogs.