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Lake #2

The second lake I hit on my mountain journey last week was Lake Louise – one of the most well known lakes in Banff National Park. I can almost guarantee you that it’s been shot by every photographer that comes to Banff, but I still can’t get enough of it. It’s just so picturesque and it looks a little bit different every time I visit. Last week the distant peaks were shrouded in circling cloud – something I’d never seen before, so I was happy to be able to capture it.

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

Mike Olbinski - November 16, 2011 - 7:47 am

Nice man, love that cloud movement in the back. Beautiful water and I dig that slight blue tinge on the water’s horizon.

Brian Furbush - November 16, 2011 - 7:49 am

Dude, this is ridiculous. That cloud motion from the long exposure is insane. Print this on metal, ASAP.

Jesse Pafundi - November 16, 2011 - 8:09 am

Get out of here with this. Seriously. What the hell. This is incredible.

Rick - November 16, 2011 - 8:44 am

Love this image of Lake Louise with the snow and no crowds! I’m going to have to get up there in the snow months.

Chris DeAngelis - November 16, 2011 - 8:50 am

Sweet! Love the CPL here to see ‘into’ the water! This is just a fantastic scene!

Chris Frailey - November 16, 2011 - 11:16 am

Digging all that snow. It’s 75 here in Phoenix.

Rich Williams - November 17, 2011 - 9:59 am

Hot damn this is incredible, Heath! Great balance of shadows and light.

Scott Wood - December 2, 2011 - 4:03 pm

I love everything there is to love about this image, and really can’t add anything that hasn’t already been said. Very nice.

Mountain on Fire

Back to Quarry Lake in Canmore for my post today. While not a shot of the actual lake, this was the view off in the distance that I was treated with as the sun started to peek over the horizon. The glow on those mountains was out of this world – seeing colour like that makes getting up early for sunrise seem worth it every time.

– Canon EOS 50D
Canon 24-105mm f/4L

LensScaper - November 14, 2011 - 7:20 am

Yes – that was well worth getting up early to see! Effort richly rewarded. Strong image.

Dave DiCello - November 14, 2011 - 7:26 am

The lighting here is out of this world Heath, WOW. Stunning clouds too.

Jesse Pafundi - November 14, 2011 - 7:26 am

Damn dude, gorgeous light. Love the tight crop.

Mike Olbinski - November 14, 2011 - 7:27 am

Stunning light, wow!

Edith Levy - November 14, 2011 - 7:39 am

Wow…definitely worth getting up for. Fantastic shot.

Chris Frailey - November 14, 2011 - 8:09 am

Beautiful light.

Chris DeAngelis - November 14, 2011 - 8:52 am

Your stuff keeps getting better and better Heath. This is a really impressive shot! Love the way the mountains fill the frame here and of course the colors!

A.Barlow - November 14, 2011 - 8:55 am

Good lord man, that’s just amazing!

Len Saltiel - November 14, 2011 - 9:49 am

What beautiful light Heath. Simply amazing shot.

Rick Louie - November 14, 2011 - 10:03 am

Most excellent! Isolating these peaks gives off so much more drama to the image! Well done!

Adam Olson - November 14, 2011 - 10:13 am

Stunning colors Heath! Gorgeous capture!

Brian Furbush - November 14, 2011 - 10:18 am

Holy hell, this is incredible. Alpenglow galore. Really nice job.

Jacob Lucas - November 14, 2011 - 11:12 am

Whoa dude… love that alpenglow! You should print this one – it’s awesome!

Rich Williams - November 14, 2011 - 1:11 pm


Chris Maskell - November 15, 2011 - 1:15 am

WOW. That’s a view that’s worth staying up all night for to make sure you’re awake in the morning.
The glow and the clouds are awesome.

Adam Allegro - November 15, 2011 - 4:45 am

Wow, those clouds are spectacular. Wonderful composition. The mountain looks like it is on fire… Well done Heath.

Chuck Mitchell - November 15, 2011 - 6:11 am

Love the colors! Great work!

Kris Koeller - November 15, 2011 - 7:16 am

That’s awesome. Great timing.

Michael Tuuk - November 17, 2011 - 4:29 pm

I can’t comment on every one, but I’ll just say here that you’ve been putting up a lot of nice stuff lately! πŸ™‚

Days End

As my day in the mountains was ending on Tuesday, I was treated with a pretty amazing moonrise over Lake Minnewanka. It was an amazing end to an awesome day.

– Canon EOS 50D
Canon 24-105mm f/4L

Mike Olbinski - November 10, 2011 - 8:23 am

Yeah, you’re just keeping the jealousy alive man.

Love this shot!

Dave DiCello - November 10, 2011 - 8:24 am

Really breathtaking work here Heath, wow

Rick Louie - November 10, 2011 - 8:25 am

So envious!

Chris Frailey - November 10, 2011 - 8:28 am

You must be living right. Sweet shot.

Brian Furbush - November 10, 2011 - 8:39 am

This is sick! You really did have an incredible day it looks like, loving the last two shots you’ve posted.

Jina - November 10, 2011 - 8:41 am

I’m kind of in love with this shot. Just so you know.

Chris DeAngelis - November 10, 2011 - 8:48 am

Dude, this trip will get your through the rest of the year for blog posts, I think! Fantastic! Nice to get that little extra zoom out of the crop sensor πŸ™‚

Matt Wolin - November 10, 2011 - 8:51 am

Incredible shot, Heath!

Edith Levy - November 10, 2011 - 8:59 am

Wow…incredible. All that’s missing is the werewolf…lol. Really awesome shot Heath.

Jesse Pafundi - November 10, 2011 - 9:25 am

Damn dude, just awesome. Well executed.

A.Barlow - November 10, 2011 - 9:35 am

Very cool, nice orange moon. πŸ™‚

CJ Kern - November 10, 2011 - 10:42 am

Love this! Well done.

John - November 10, 2011 - 11:09 am

Love this shot! Awesome job framing the subjects very eerie kind of feel to it, like a cold dark night is approaching.

Len Saltiel - November 10, 2011 - 1:20 pm

Amazing image indeed Heath. Love it.

Toad Hollow Photography - November 10, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Now, that’s what I call an amazing photograph, Heath. Love it, my friend!

Jim Denham - November 10, 2011 - 7:44 pm

Absolutely beautiful image Heath!

John Sotiriou - November 11, 2011 - 9:29 am

A +++++ !!!

chrisdmrf - November 11, 2011 - 9:32 am

Very moody and atmospheric and that moon. Wow

Kris Koeller - November 11, 2011 - 10:59 am

Great capture. I’ve not had much luck with photographing the moon. Well done!

Justin - November 14, 2011 - 9:00 am

That is is pretty amazing. Beautifully done!

Adam Allegro - November 15, 2011 - 4:51 am

Awesome capture. The moon is sitting perfectly in that beautiful evening sky. Nice buddy.

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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 πŸ˜‰ 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.” πŸ™‚ 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.

Sunset Silhouette

This frosty weather we’ve been having here in Calgary has made me think about warmer climates – and how I’d like to be in one! So, I went back to my shots from Maui to try and warm myself up.

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

Rich Williams - November 7, 2011 - 7:53 am

Sweet colors, Heath.

Rick Young - November 7, 2011 - 7:55 am

Very cool. Good thing I didn’t post my palm shot this morning too!

Chris DeAngelis - November 7, 2011 - 7:59 am

Beautiful Heath! This would look great on your iPhone home screen to keep reminding you of the warm weather during that long winter πŸ™‚

Jesse Pafundi - November 7, 2011 - 8:09 am

Gorgeous colors in the sky. Love the cloud formations. Great shot, eh.

Mike Olbinski - November 7, 2011 - 8:17 am

Gorgeous buddy. It’s chilly here today too, thanks for the warm image πŸ™‚

Brian Furbush - November 7, 2011 - 8:20 am

Dude. LOVE this. Such a peaceful shot with awesome colors.

Rick Louie - November 7, 2011 - 8:28 am

I could go for a warm sunset right now! Fantastic image! Love the silhouette.

Bracing for some more snow tomorrow. Burr.

Jon Stolarski - November 7, 2011 - 9:31 am

Beautiful! I’m feeling warmer already.

Edith Levy - November 7, 2011 - 9:35 am

Beautiful image Heath. Love the colors of the sky.

A.Barlow - November 7, 2011 - 9:36 am

Beautiful shot man. Perfectly done!

Curt Fleenor - November 7, 2011 - 9:56 am

Just the shot to warm us up on a cool day.

Justin - November 7, 2011 - 10:09 am

Thanks for the warm up!

Jim Denham - November 7, 2011 - 11:13 am

Beautifully done Heath. The colors are awesome and it looks mighty warm!

Kris Koeller - November 7, 2011 - 11:18 am

Great shot of Maui. So very far from Calgary in many ways…

Matt Wolin - November 7, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Awesome colors, Heath!

Chris Frailey - November 7, 2011 - 3:49 pm

I should be laying in a hammock looking at this.

LensScaper - November 8, 2011 - 1:01 am

Lovely silhouette and the colours in the sky and sea are rich.

Dave DiCello - November 8, 2011 - 5:52 am

Oh wow, those silhouettes are just beautiful, wonderful colors too