Chateau Lake Louise

I took yesterday and today off work and made a trip out to the mountains to nab some photos. I was really hoping that the mountain lakes would be thawed by now so that I could do some experimenting with mountain reflections in water…but that turned out to be wishful thinking as the lakes in Banff National Park are still almost completely frozen. My first stop was Lake Louise and after seeing the lake still frozen I decided to head into the Chateau for some interior photos. It had been a long time since I was last in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and it didn’t disappoint. Although it seemed a little smaller than I remember, the lobby and great room leading into the Lakeview Lounge are very impressive. Below is a shot looking from the lobby towards the Lakeview Lounge.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 8.0, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

The details: 3 exposure HDR (-2,0,+2) tonemapped in Photomatix, adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop, noise reduction using Noiseware.

After my time at Lake Louise I hit Johnston Canyon on the way back to Calgary and made the hike all the way to the upper falls despite the semi-treacherous trail (still covered with ice in some sections). I’ve gone through a couple of those photos and it looks as though I’ve got some keepers. I’ll be sharing those sometime in the future.

triggax - April 20, 2010 - 2:22 pm

dude.. awesome… this is such a nice photo… if i had one critique it would be the windows at the back are giving off too much light..

other than that this is your best picture in a while… awesome work buddy.

Scott Walker - April 20, 2010 - 4:14 pm

Thats crazy, teach me to do that with my 8×10 film camera

mzdeitz - April 20, 2010 - 10:17 pm

Wow. I love it. I’d like to see that same shot at night.

yycofee - April 21, 2010 - 6:32 am

Thanks everyone!

Rob: I agree about the windows at the back…I didn’t take a shot that was underexposed enough to cover that portion of the photo.

Scott: As long as you can bracket your exposures and create some high quality scans of your 8×10’s anything is possible.

Steph: That’s a good idea…maybe I’ll have to stay a night there and get that done this summer!