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.
Next we have a shot came across while driving with a friend along the Trans Canada Highway from Lake Louise to Banff. Just before we reached the Banff turnoff this is the sight we saw.
They say that of the 4 million visitors who go to Banff National Park each year, 90% of them will go no further than 100 yards from the highway.
Why decrease the depth of field? Well, the fence I shot through was a black grid fence (as opposed to a silver chain-link) with openings of about 4"x8".
Now, working with the same principal of slowing down my shutter speed in order to soften the water, with this shot of Louise Creek I went even further. The shutter speed here was 30 seconds long
Although this image of a small lake in Yoho National Park, in British Columbia is a perfect example of being in the right place at the right time, I'd rather use it as an example of how to maximize your depth of field in a landscape image in order to get it all in focus.
1. Don't face directly at your prey, avoiding obvious eye contact. 2. Don't walk directly at your target, moving in at a variety of angles, so as to look casual and unconcerned.
This was about as serendipitous a shot as I've ever sold. Believe it or not, this shot was taken in late September. The snow hit in 24 hours and covered everything. We had just hiked up Bow Summit and taken a slew of images of stunning Peyto Lake.