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I couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous morning at Two Jack Lake in Banff, Alberta, Canada! Pure heaven!

I couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous morning at Two Jack Lake in Banff, Alberta, Canada! Pure heaven!
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LUsherLamacraft Premium
 
LUsherLamacraft November 07, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous!
pietnel
 
pietnel November 19, 2015
Absolutely beautiful
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Spinola April 26, 2016
Perfect
krsreddy158
 
krsreddy158 April 29, 2016
Simply superb!
sunils
 
sunils May 20, 2016
Love this photo!
Carlos_Santero PRO
 
Carlos_Santero June 11, 2016
A real stunner!
kellumbear PRO
 
kellumbear June 11, 2016
A sensation shot...love the colors...congrats on your victory!
JaneFG PRO
 
JaneFG June 12, 2016
This is absolutely stunning!! Congratulations!!
ralphbc
 
ralphbc June 24, 2016
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ralphbc
 
ralphbc June 24, 2016
Can I have your permission to paint this amazing picture?
dianegrenier PRO+
 
dianegrenier July 23, 2016
Stunning
cara53 PRO+
 
cara53 July 23, 2016
Spectacular shot!
jasbrat1
 
jasbrat1 July 25, 2016
amazing shot
stephcourdin
 
stephcourdin August 22, 2016
Hello , i saw your amazing nature images and wanted to reach out , I'm not sure if you saw the post by viewBug about the Art4theCure call for artists, but i would like to personally invite you to participate art4thecure.org/call4artists to support the non-profit ALS NeverSurrender research foundation
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michaelsmith_6314 August 31, 2016
Stunning!
AndreaJordan
 
AndreaJordan September 17, 2016
A beautiful image. I was wondering which filter you used as it wasn't mentioned in the details. Thanks
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 03, 2016
Gorgeous capture, congrats
jameswfortune
 
jameswfortune March 01, 2017
Beautiful. Great composition. Really embellishes the natural beauty you have captured here.
Geoff650 PRO
 
Geoff650 April 18, 2017
when did you take this please?
Paulacook144 PRO+
 
Paulacook144 April 18, 2017
Beautiful colours and light in this image. Well seen and handled.
anthonymannion PRO+
 
anthonymannion May 11, 2017
amazing shot and location\
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose June 15, 2017
Outstanding, pure art!
ryandaw
 
ryandaw July 08, 2017
Great capture of Two Jack ????????
AngelLappmarkSe PRO
 
AngelLappmarkSe August 01, 2017
So nice this mirror image of a rough country
rhendricks Premium
 
rhendricks February 22, 2018
Awesome photo!
NatureinLight
 
NatureinLight February 25, 2018
Beauty deep down to the Soul. Pure and Lovely.
debbieadamsboydston
 
debbieadamsboydston March 18, 2018
Omg! Stunning!
SJRatcliffe PRO+
 
SJRatcliffe June 10, 2018
Gorgeous!!!! I used to live in Banff .... brings back so many memories!!!!!
RamonZabala PRO+
 
RamonZabala October 28, 2018
Lovely photo , landscape and reflection . What a shoot 📸📸📸
harmeetsingh
 
harmeetsingh November 19, 2019
Excellent

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Two Jack Lake in Banff, Alberta, Canada facing South towards Mount Rundle, during sunrise on a beautiful spring morning in May 2015.
Time
I had to wake up at 2:45am in Calgary for the 1.5 hour drive to Banff to catch this early sunrise. Luckily I managed to find a great spot on the shore of Two Jack Lake and captured the moment the sun just started kissing the mountain-top at 5:45am.
Lighting
In my opinion, there's no better time to be in the Canadian Rockies than at sunrise. Not only does it feel as though you're the only human being within 100km, but the light is absolutely surreal. I've been to this location several times during the middle of the day, but it becomes a whole different place when lit by the side-light of sunrise. The clouds added to the beauty of the moment by reflecting rich pinks, oranges and reds onto the lake and landscape.
Equipment
This photo was captured using my Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L USM lens at 40mm with my Canon 6D. I also used a Singh Ray warming circular polarizer, which added an extra punch of contrasty warming light to the sky. My tripod is your basic Giottos VGRN Aluminum tripod with a ball head. It's not the best or most heavy-duty tripod out there, but it gets the job done!
Inspiration
I've always loved the natural and rugged beauty of Banff and always wanted to capture Mount Rundle during sunrise from Two Jack Lake. Unfortunately every other time I've attempted this photo, there were either no clouds making for a boring sky, or it was overcast with no sun at all.
Editing
I did my basic editing in Adobe Lightroom CC, such as adjusting the tone, contrast, white balance and camera lens profile correction. I then brought the photo into Photoshop CC for the final editing to bring out the colours, further contrast adjustments and sharpening. Altogether, this brought the photo back to a good representation of what I remembered seeing that morning.
In my camera bag
Most of my images are of my beautiful children, so I rarely use the Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L lens used in this photo except for Landscapes. Indoors, I'm most often using either my Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM or Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM with my Canon 430 EXII speed light. Outdoors I use my absolute favourite lens for portraits of the kids, PERIOD! The Canon EF 135mm F/2L USM. This lens is by far the sharpest lens I own and creates gorgeous images, even wide open at F/2. Most of the photos of my children on ViewBug were captured using the Canon 135mm. I also own a Canon EF 70-200mm F/4 IS USM, which is the most common lens I use in my home studio.
Feedback
If you can convince yourself to get up really early and capture a sunrise, rarely will you be disappointed! If the lighting in the scene is spectacular, then it really doesn't matter what equipment you're using! A basic point-and-shoot camera could have captured a very similar image that morning. Just get out there and shoot! Even if you don't come back with anything worth keeping, the experience will be worth it and you'll ALWAYS learn something new!

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