Summer Photography in Banff: Lake Louise

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Summer is just around the corner in Banff National Park and there is no better place to start taking summer pictures than at Lake Louise in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.  Louise is one of the most-photographed lakes in the world, and for good reason: it’s emerald green water reflections are framed magnificently by forested peaks towering to the right and left of the diamond-shaped Victoria Glacier.

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

For the best light at Lake Louise, landscape photographers should arrive at the lake in the morning, preferably by 5 a.m. at the latest, as the first colours usually show themselves in the clouds above the glacier between 5-5:30 a.m.  By mid-July, landscape photographers visiting Lake Louise can usually get away with ‘sleeping in’ a bit and arriving by 5:30 a.m. or even 6, as first light is usually a bit later as the summer progresses.

My own favourite shooting locations are along the shore of the lake to the left of the Chateau Lake Louise hotel.

Happy shooting!


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