Landscape Photography in Canada, Fall.
Autumn in the Canada Rockies.
I captured this view of Mount Rundle from Cascade Pools in the early morning. It was one of the first chilly mornings of the season, signalling that magical time in North America, Fall. Everywhere I looked there were signs of Autumn, especially noticeable in the parks and forests. The Aspens and Larches turn a beautiful yellow / orange colour during this time, bringing amazing tonal variations to almost every view. Wonderful for Landscape Photography.
I made a few exposures while walking around Cascade Pools and the surrounding hills, this i think is my favourite. I it shows Mount Rundle standing proudly in the background, from Cascade Pools, another of Canada Landmarks. It had snowed a little in the night, and even though it was heading toward 0930 the temperature was still only around 5 degrees C. Chilly enough to keep the snow on the peaks and my jacket zipped up!
Luckily there weren’t too many bear sightings being reported so I managed to relax and take in the scenery. It’s comforting to know that when a twig breaks its not going to be an approaching bear (remember how I felt at Consolation Lake…;))…but hang on, what did break it…! There goes my over active imagination again!
Like everywhere in Canada the park and wilderness surrounding Cascade Pools is so clean and beautifully preserved, Lake Louise is another example. The cold dry air helped in making everything look so crisp and sharp. To get the composition I had to balance on the slippery shoreline with my tripod, I definitely didn’t want to get my feet wet. The sky was surprisingly bright and I had to work like mad to avoid flare, as the sun was just off to the left hand side of the composition. The old baseball hat trick just off-lens worked wonders!
I used a single 0.9ND to hold back the sky, allowing me to rescue the highlights and not lose any of the detail in the shadow areas.
The circular polariser did a great job of cutting through the surface shine, bringing out the tones of the fallen leaves. The polariser was balanced to allow the capture of the perfecly still reflections of Mount Rundle and the deep yellow Aspens allong the shoreline. I could have easily sat here all day to be honest, such a tranquil location. To me it’s what landscape photography is all about.
Canon 5d MKII
EF 16-35MM USM II @ 16mm
1.3 sec @ f/16, ISO 100
0.9 ND Grad (Sky/Snow)
A little dodging and burning
Have a great day!