When it comes to sunsets in and around Banff I struggle to think of locations that will catch the right light. I always find myself back at Castle Mountain.
This mountain perfectly catches the golden hour rays as the sun starts to set and offers some great compositions, however I like to shoot new places.
Has anybody out there got some awesome winter time sunset gem suggestions?
When it gets super cold in Banff the moisture in the air freezes causing lights from cars and street lamps to shoot straight up.
I've noticed it a couple of times but have struggled to capture it on camera. Last night whilst driving back from Canmore there were light pillars every where. Each car's head lights shooting straight upwards. I rushed home to get my camera and headed to Vermilion Lakes.
Unfortunately by the time I arrived they'd settled down and a slight fog over town stopped only but the brightest lights from shining.
This image is the closest I've got to documenting this phenomenon, a mixture of natural and man made northern lights alternative!
You may have to full screen this one to see all the pillars :)
Panther Falls, Alberta, Canada
Waterfalls are much easier to chase when they're frozen!
Just off the Icefields Parkway Panther Falls is a worthy visit. We had to wade through deep snow to reach it on this occasion but it was worth the effort. The waterfall freezes during winter forming some incredible ice structures ready to explore!
Good day out with @broncheungphoto @bry.peters and @grace_naylor90
No sunrise, no worries.
The sky didn't quite light up like we'd hoped but a long exposure helps to add some drama to this shot.
When you get up when it's still dark and well below freezing you're always hoping for an awesome sunrise and it's disappointing when it doesn't happen. However with a bit of creative thinking you can normally end up with something pretty good.
Taken at the classic photography spot Vermilion Lakes here in Banff national park.
Fairmont Hotel, Whistler, BC.
We recently drove all the way out to Whistler and were lucky enough to get to stay in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler which is just a minute from the nearest chair lift.
I spotted this view on the way in one night so once a puddle had formed I took the opportunity to get a cool reflection shot.
Excuse the crop, Instagram ruins it a bit!
Natural Bridge, BC, Canada
It's a bit of a classic but we couldn't resist stopping by whilst starting our long drive to Whistler.
During the summer this is still a popular stop but once fully frozen you can get right inside the natural bridge which brings a whole new perspective.
A couple of us recently headed to Abraham Lake here in Alberta, Canada.
We left Banff at 5:30am, drove for over two hours and then stood/lay on a frozen lake in -27ºC for around an hour all to get a shot of the famous methane bubbles!
The cold stopped my tripod and hands working and I panicked as the sky lit up. After all that I'm not sure I got a composition I was fully happy with! This one here is one of the better ones though!
Long or short exposure? Which do you prefer?
Often when I shoot I'll shoot multiple focus points and multiple exposures. Although this sometimes limits you to one composition it gives you endless editing options.
For example I posted this shot without a long exposure on the sky a couple of days ago.
This shot is now the same foreground but with a longer exposure I also shot at the time for a different effect.
Whoville: The rent is high and the wages low and occasionally the Grinch tries to steal Christmas but the view off the balcony makes it all worth it.
Still without a laptop but enjoying the simplicity of only being able to edit on my phone.
I'm in the UK for Christmas for the first time in years and although things don't look as Christmassy as some of the scenes in Banff and Lake Louise it feels a lot more like Christmas to me. It's great to be back with the family for it this year. Only thing missing is my adventure buddy @ajoutdoors_
Lake Louise at Blue hour a few days back.
I think this is the first photo from my 6D I've edited on my phone. Although it was pretty painless it was involuntary! My laptop seems to have packed in! @lightroom
After hearing about the skating conditions and perfect glass like Ice at Two Jack Lake I had to head down and see it for myself. I had planned to shoot some sunrise landscape shots and images of my friends skating however then I found a dog.
This little fella is Phineas and was enjoying the ice as much as everyone else!
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Canada
I've never shot a sunset at Lake Louise before, I always thought it was a sunrise spot however the other night we ventured down early evening and I was pleasantly surprised.
We got some lovely pastel colours in the sky and I think I ended up with my favourite shot ever from this famous spot!