I had a great opportunity this past weekend to get into the mountains and do a bit of photography. Dwight Arthur and myself took a small group along and did a bit of instruction(more so Dwight, but I did help some). Anyway we started out Friday evening by photographing along the Vermilion Lakes from 9:30 pm until about 12:30 in the morning and I managed to get quite a nice 3 image stitch of Banff’s lights and Mount Rundle.
We then retired to our room in Banff for about 4 hours sleep and got up at 5 am to catch the sunrise. Unfortunately the day dawned with a bright blue sky and no clouds to speak of. We travelled up to Moraine Lake to witness what many people travel from the far corners of the world to see. I have never seen Moraine Lake this low. It was like someone pulled the plug and drained it. I suppose it will fill up again once the high-up snow melts and turns a gorgeous green colour. This is a 5 image stitch made with the Canon 5DmkII and the 16-35mm lens. Click the image to enlarge it a bit as this blog cuts off at 800 pixels in width and the image here is 1000.
There were many opportunities for making abstract images – well at least for me. I tend to see many images in even the everyday mundane. Here is a close-up view (3 image stitch) from the same vantage point, except made with a 70-200mm telephoto lens.
We even got to see a hoary marmot (Marmota caligata) right near the top of the rockpile. He turned his head nicely allowing me to capture a nice catchlight in his eye.