Our Canadian road trip continued from Vancouver Island over to the mainland, through Vancouver itself and then up on the ‘5’ through Hope, Merritt and onto Kamloops. From there we headed for Jasper and were lucky enough to capture a few sights of the local Wildlife.
The first image of an Elk was taken by chance as many of these things are. We were attracted to a couple of cars ‘parked’ at the roadside that were in fact watching a Caribou that was no longer in sight. We glanced on the opposite side of the road and happened to spot this fine Elk in the woods. I took this with a 400mm on the crop sensored 7D making the overall focal length 640mm. The image was shot at f2.8 due to the lack of light amongst the trees and an iso of 200 and a shutter speed of 1/400th. The image of the Big Horned Sheep Ram was taken with a 70-200mm on a 5D Mark ii at iso 100, f5.6 at 1/250th of a second. The latter image was captured on the Icefield Parkway at the ‘Weeping Wall’ where the ram was leading his troupe of three ewes away from a large crowd of people clamouring for shots of these slightly skittish beasts.
The image of the bright blue Peyto Lake was shot from the Bow summit and demonstrates the fantastic colour that is formed by limestone deposits in the water reflecting only the blue and green light from the sun. I particularly like this shot as the valley exposes further glimpses of the water further on down the river leading from the lake itself.
We continued to explore around the Banff National Park grabbing images as we went. The iconic Lake Louise, Emerald Lake and Moraine Lake are all featured here and truly are as stunning in real life with their colour and the massive scale of the mountainous terrain around them.
The images at both Louise and Moraine were captured at sunrise and the Emerald Lake image just after sunrise in early morning. Whilst these areas are extremely well photographed one is always tempted to try to better those seen before and maybe shoot from a different viewpoint. Indeed, at Louise, there were many other photographers around at dawn, some more serious than others but all were shooting from a different viewpoint although it was noticeable how many seemed to crowd around the more serious looking image makers as time went on!
To say that this whole area of Canada is a photographers dream is an understatement of the highest order. It is one of those places in the world where you could spend a lifetime (as indeed many have) and never do it full justice. There is literally something there for everyone. Our day to day work being advertising shoots and marketing images leaves me thinking that there is so much potential here that it would be difficult to know where to start. However, anyone wanting some slightly better insider information regarding location shoots can obviously contact me for further details.
In the meantime I hope you have enjoyed this little update and keep checking back as we are due to post details of the Extreme 40 Sailing Series we shot in Cardiff with some very different processing techniques!