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laurarose_0659 July 13, 2016
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Mystic Mountain Forest



A clearing storm in the mountains of Assiniboine Provinical Park.
A clearing storm in the mountains of Assiniboine Provinical Park.
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Contest Finalist in Celebrating Nature Photography Day Photo Contest 2016
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on a solo backpacking trip through Assiniboine Provincial Park. This was taken on the trail hiking that day from Sunshine Village to Magog Lake Campground.
Time
I captured this image in the early evening shortly after one of the numerous thunder/snow/hail storms moved through the valley.
Lighting
I almost didn't take advantage of this light because I had encountered and been charged by agitated grizzlies a few hours earlier and I was concerned about making it to camp. I was somewhat loath to stand in an area with a limited field of view but the rock formations and sunlight pressing through the clouds were too good to pass up.
Equipment
I had just upgraded to a Sony a7R II from my a7R before the trip and took advantage of the built-in stabilization to shoot this hand-held.
Inspiration
Viewing the mountains of Assiniboine Park had been a desire of mine for a few years and I was able to make an incredible late-season backpacking trip. The weather didn't cooperate for the main portion of my trek and I ended up camping in over a foot of wet snow and dodging more grizzlies, but it was still incredible.
Editing
This image was shot under-exposed to protect the highlights and allow for a faster shutter speed handheld. To develop the full dynamic range of the image I had to increase the exposure in post and bring up a fair amount of shadow detail.
In my camera bag
Right now I have everything in a first gen F-Stop Loka pack or my Osprey Exos 58 backpacking pack. Since switching to mirrorless I've been able to get most of my gear in a small ICU while my camera sits in a chest pouch for easy access. In my bag I currently have the following camera gear: a7R II, a7R as backup, Sony's FE lenses: 16-35mm f/4, 24-70mm f/4, and 70-200mm f/4, a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 for night work, Rode shotgun mic for video, Neewer L-Plate, Hoya HD3 and Firecrest Polarizers, about 7 batteries and large external batteries (better to have too many I guess), Feisol CT-3442 tripod with Photoclam Gold ballhead, and a Lee Big Stopper filter. Depending on how far I'm hiking I'll remove certain items to make my load lighter. For non-camera equipment, I usually have rain gear, puffy jacket and pants, and a Steripen to filter water while hiking. My favorite piece of gear is probably my Western Mountaineering puffy flight pants, never underestimate the value of warm legs while photographing at night!
Feedback
If you go there, don't hike alone! They recommend groups of 4 or more and I can see why, but if you have to, bring more than one can of bear-spray.

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