Moraine by Moonlight

Prior to meeting up with Rick Louie and the rest of the photography group he was with in Banff, I’d never attempted any night photography. That’s not to say I’ve never taken photos at night before, but I’ve never attempted to capture a landscape in near pitch black before. The evening I arrived, we all made our way to the shores of Moraine Lake after the sun had set for some long exposures under the moonlight. Our images would have been a bit more dramatic had the moon made it’s way over the mountains on the left before we got too cold to continue, but I’m relatively happy with how this turned out. I was a bit unsure how to process this shot, so I ended up leaving it quite close to the way it came out of the camera – I’ll have to experiment some more with this type of photography.

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Brian Furbush - September 28, 2011 - 7:26 am

Love the bright pop from the kayaks…adds another dimension to the shot. How long was the exposure?

Rich Williams - September 28, 2011 - 7:29 am

Love this one, Heath.

One day, I will visit Banff and witness all this beauty myself.

Chris Nitz - September 28, 2011 - 7:47 am

Love this so much, Heath.

Len Saltiel - September 28, 2011 - 7:58 am

Wonderful image Heath. Moraine Lake is one of my favorites and I’ll have to try this type of shot. Those canoes are outstanding.

Jesse Pafundi - September 28, 2011 - 7:59 am

Love the inclusion of the kayaks, adds some nice color to the shot.

Justin - September 28, 2011 - 8:23 am

Awesome! I love this. Really well done. The idea to include the canoes was a winner in my book.

Mike Olbinski - September 28, 2011 - 8:44 am

Awesome Heath! I’m with you on the processing part of these…I’ve done like 1-2 images at night for stars like this one, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it…but I’m gonna post it sometime anyways :)

A.Barlow - September 28, 2011 - 9:16 am

Pretty sweet shot. Wondering myself what the exposure was on this. You have a decent amount of movement there.

Rick Louie - September 28, 2011 - 11:02 am

Well done! This came out really nice! Another tool in the arsenal for you. I need to get around to processing mine.

Adam Olson - September 28, 2011 - 11:07 am

Really cool motion Heath! Love the contrast of the blur of the stars against the crisp mountains.

Jacob Lucas - September 28, 2011 - 11:43 am

Night photography – especially landscapes – is awesome fun. I really enjoy the challenge too. This is a great shot man… I love Moraine lake.

What’s illuminating the top of the mountain there? Is that the moon out of the frame?

Edith Levy - September 28, 2011 - 11:50 am

I think its a terrific shot. I love the kayaks in the foreground and the streaking stars.

Chris Frailey - September 28, 2011 - 2:48 pm

Even at night that place is amazing. I like the canoes in the frame to give it a slight classic lake shot.

Scott Frederick - September 29, 2011 - 7:37 am

Excellent capture. Almost feels like a day time long exposure! Nicely done Heath!!!

Chris Robins - October 4, 2011 - 7:06 pm

really like the colors and details throughout.