Vermilion Sunrise

It had been a long time since I last shot a sunrise, so when Rick and his gang suggested we hit the Vermilion Lakes just outside the Banff townsite, I was pretty excited. We awoke about an hour before the sun was to rise and made the longer-than-expected drive from Lake Louise back to the Vermilion Lakes. Unfortunately, the lack of clouds in the sky made the pre-dawn light a bit less than ideal, but as soon as the sun rose above the mountains the lakes were bathed in delicious golden light.

There were probably 8 or 10 photographers in this area when the sun came up all jostling for a few great compositions that were to be had with some rocks and tree stumps in the water. In an effort to avoid the crowd and find something unique, I ventured just a little ways away and found this little dock which I instantly loved. I spent a good amount of time framing a bunch of shots in this location and couldn’t be happier with what I came home with.

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
LEE Filters Foundation Kit
– Lee 4×4 3-stop ND Filter

Jesse Pafundi - September 20, 2011 - 7:36 am

This absolutely kicks ass. LOVE your framing and the light is incredible.

Dave DiCello - September 20, 2011 - 7:44 am

Dude. One of your best. This is just stunning, the stillness of the water, the beautiful lighting, incredible landscape. Just WOW.

Chris Nitz - September 20, 2011 - 8:09 am

Just give me my coffee and a camping chair on that little dock. Seriously, a terrific shot this morning!

Curt Fleenor - September 20, 2011 - 8:11 am

Man this is just awesome! Really dig how the light washes across the frame.

Rich Williams - September 20, 2011 - 8:16 am

Great light, Heath.

Steve Beal - September 20, 2011 - 9:11 am

Brilliant Heath – reflections and golden light are very surreal.

Chris Frailey - September 20, 2011 - 9:28 am

It pays to move around huh. Nice job Heath on finding a different view from the crowd.

Edith Levy - September 20, 2011 - 9:37 am

Breathtaking Heath.

A.Barlow - September 20, 2011 - 9:57 am

Beautiful shot today. Love the calm glassy water and the warm tones.

Kris Koeller - September 21, 2011 - 5:05 pm

Nicely done. I love these reflections. how long was the exposure?

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Chris Lazzery - October 10, 2011 - 9:08 am

YES. This is awesome. Gorgeous morning light; great comp. I am most jealous.