Lake Cameron

Last night I did my first bit of experimentation with luminosity masks which I’d heard of before but really had no idea what they were. Turns out, they’re a fantastic tool to help manually blend together multiple exposures for landscape photography. I didn’t do too much experimentation – just made a basic mask and applied it to two exposures to yield the result you see below…pretty sweet. If you’re looking to give it a try, this is the tutorial I used: Luminosity Masks. It was very easy to follow.

This shot is from Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park. Watching the sun rise over the mountains behind and left of the frame to illuminate the slopes on the far side of the lake was amazing. Nothing beats that golden light 🙂

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10-stop ND Filter

Mike Olbinski - October 27, 2011 - 7:17 am

It’s wonderful…colors and light are amazing.

Love the hint of misty fog over the water than you can’t see until it becomes a distant horizon. Awesome.

Brian Furbush - October 27, 2011 - 7:19 am

This is absolutely awesome Heath – get this printed out. The reflections are great, and the light diagonally illuminating the trees to the right is just stunning.

Jesse Pafundi - October 27, 2011 - 7:35 am

You just convinced me to try this out. The light on the trees to the right and bit of fog on the water is so good. Really tremendous work here.

Chris Nitz - October 27, 2011 - 7:37 am

Again with the pictures of perfect rock-skipping bodies of water. Such a good shot and thank you for the link to the Luminosity masks!

Chris DeAngelis - October 27, 2011 - 8:00 am

Fantastic! Love the colors, reflections, and drama in the clouds? Are there such things as ripples up there? All these lakes are just glass (I’m sure the ND helps a little) 🙂

A.Barlow - October 27, 2011 - 9:19 am

I think it came out great man. Looks awesome!

Len Saltiel - October 27, 2011 - 9:27 am

Great reflection Heath. Great composition also. Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out

Matt Wolin - October 27, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Both fundamentally and artistically perfect.

Great use of thirds, straight horizon, reflection, interesting foreground and overall a very interesting image. Great work, Heath!

Curt Fleenor - October 27, 2011 - 6:24 pm

This is awesome Heath! Love the thin line of mist on the water and the reflection is spectacular.

Rich Williams - October 28, 2011 - 9:40 am

Oh yeah, Heath, I’m definitelty loving this one. You’re so lucky to live relatively close to views like this.

Kris Koeller - October 28, 2011 - 12:09 pm

I really like this composition with the reflection but also seeing underneath. Beautiful spot.

Jim Nix - October 31, 2011 - 7:20 am

that is one heck of a shot Heath, wonderful shot!