Photographing along the Icefields Parkway – Pay Attention to Details

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It’s pretty easy to cruise along Banff and Jasper national park’s glorious Icefields Parkway and capture at least some of the glory you see in the form of ‘trophy’ landscape photography pictures — beautiful lakes like Peyto Lake enveloped below stunning snow-clad mountain peaks.  However, it’s a tougher assignment to look beyond the obvious and try to capture some of the details within those mountain lakes and spires in a photograph.

Try to capture the intimate details in your photographs, too

Try to capture the intimate details in your photographs, too

The photograph above was taken of one of the buttresses of Mount Wilson near Saskatchewan River Crossing about halfway along the parkway.  A late spring snowfall dusted the buttress with snow overnight and as the first rays of morning light touched the mountainside, some wonderful intimate scenes appeared just waiting to be photographed. I used a 500mm telephoto lens to zoom in on one of these small scenes and capture a bit of the magic I could see happening up above.
So take a few moments out of your day and try to capture a bit of the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies in your photographs in the not-so-obvious ways!
Happy shooting!
John

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