Landscape Photography, Canada Landmarks, Sunrise at Lake Louise

Canada landmarks and landscape photography, Lake Louise sunrise.

Landscape photography is usually all about timing, never more so is it the case here! It was taken at Lake Louise, in the Rocky mountains of Canada at 0615 on a cold Canadian autumnal morning. I’d been waiting for a while for the right light and I’m really glad I did…

If you look carefully above the foot of the Lake Louise glacier, right under the snow line, you’ll notice the avalanche just starting off, yup, right there before our very eyes! My girlfriend first noticed the snow starting to shift, I was far to busy day-dreaming about hot coffee and yummy breakfast things. And hey, landmarks don’t usually move!

After standing around for a little while we both heard the thunderous echo, realising it was the noise of an avalanche reaching us from across the Lake Louise valley. Awesome, and if we weren’t fully awake, we were now!

The light was changing by the minute and I really had to get a move on to get the right exposure and freeze-frame nature doing her thing, all without blowing out those snowy highlights. We’d been there for about 40 minutes and this little show was over in seconds, I figured this was a sign.

We then trekked back in search of warm Canadian coffee and breakfast and to talk about visiting other beautiful Canada Landmarks!


Timing hey!

Picture Details
Canon 5d MKII
EF 16-35MM USM II @ 16mm
0.7 sec @ f/11, ISO 100
0.6 ND Grad (Sky/Snow)
0.3 ND Reverse Grad (Rocks)
Single Exposure
Curves adjustments

Have a great day!


Barney Delaney is a photographer specialising in landscape photography prints from around the world. He is based in the Staffordshire City Of Lichfield, UK.

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12 Responses to “Landscape Photography, Canada Landmarks, Sunrise at Lake Louise”

  1. Alan JamesApril 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Loving the depth here Barney, a great capture. I also noticed the mini avalanche above the glacier, nice work!


  2. LisaMay 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Great post about landscape photography

  3. Barney
    Barney Delaney Landscape Photography
    Twitter: barneydelaney
    May 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    thanks for the comment Lisa!
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  4. DelbensonphotographyMay 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I appreciate more the nature and its beauty whenever I see beautiful images like this. Great job on dof. This is really beautiful.
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  5. Steve Coleman
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    June 3, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    Hi Barn, lovely work you do and yes that is a wonderful part of the world.

    Cheers Steve

  6. Terence Chang
    Twitter: TerenceChang
    August 2, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    This is what I am talking about Mountain and lake. Looks like everyone is take the photo at the same spot from the same angel. 😉

    I will be visiting that place one day. Great zoom-out perspective. Love the color.
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  7. Jess and Brandon
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    March 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Canada is an amazing place with beautiful things to see. Beautiful. Great post.
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  8. ndemiJune 21, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Job well appreciated,keep it up


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