Be There

Yesterday I treated myself to an all day, sunrise to sunset shoot in the Rocky Mountains. I feel like I neglected the amazing scenery I live so close to again this summer, so I thought one last day in the mountains before it starts getting really cold was necessary.

I didn’t really have any set plans as to where I was going except for sunrise. I picked Quarry Lake in Canmore as my first location because it wouldn’t take me too long to get there and I’d never shot there before. I arrived well before sunrise and did a bit of scouting for locations. Once I found my spot it felt like ages until that amazing glow started to appear on the mountains – but it was worth it. I know I got some great stuff of the frozen lake and mountains – but one of the coolest shots I think I got was the one you see below. It was 100% a case of ‘F8 and Be There’. While my other body was capturing some long exposures, I had my second body in hand rattling off some single frames of the amazing colours. At one point I saw a bird out of the corner of my eye, so I wheeled, framed, and fired and managed to capture it’s silhouette against the fiery clouds. Not an epic landscape, but a frame I’m very pleased with nonetheless.

I’ll likely start showing some of the lake photos from the day I’m calling ’12 hours, 6 lakes, 3 cameras, 1 man’ (cheesy, I know ;)) next week. Stay tuned!

– Canon EOS 50D
Canon 24-105mm f/4L

Rick Louie - November 9, 2011 - 8:23 am

Nice silhouette! I’m envious you are so close to Banff! It’s got to be amazing this time of year. I’m going to have to plan a trip up next year around this time.

Dave DiCello - November 9, 2011 - 8:24 am

Wow, this is just beautiful Heath, what a perfect capture. Those colors are amazing.

Brian Furbush - November 9, 2011 - 8:26 am

Great shot dude. Love the ‘F8…’ reference, sometimes it’s better to be lucky!

A.Barlow - November 9, 2011 - 8:53 am

Awesome silo shot and love the warm color.

Chris DeAngelis - November 9, 2011 - 9:07 am

Love it! The colors are fantastic! Must be nice having so many cameras 😉 You get a lot of MF shots?

Len Saltiel - November 9, 2011 - 9:57 am

The colors are wonderful Heath. Well seen and captured.

Tanya - November 9, 2011 - 10:07 am

Stunning capture, beautiful colours!
And the new series name is fun!

Jesse Pafundi - November 9, 2011 - 10:09 am

Bring on the cheese. Glad you took full advantage of what you have up by you. This is gonna rock.

Kris Koeller - November 9, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Well timed. Another great reason to carry an extra camera body. Nicely done.

Jina - November 9, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Well… I thought the title referred to the bird. I bet he’s thinking, “It’s about time someone captured my good side.” 🙂 It’s really beautiful.

Russ Scullen - November 9, 2011 - 2:40 pm

Don’t you just love it when you something unexpected happens, you rattle off the frames as much as possible and the shot turns out. GREAT shot.
As cheesy as the title is, looking forward to next week’s blog.

LensScaper - November 10, 2011 - 12:56 am

Sunrises rarely disappoint – and this one was worth the effort. A great capture – the bird is in exactly the right spot in the frame and you’ve got an excellent silhouette.