Moraine Galaxy

It was the very last night I stayed at the Canadian Rockies back in October 2013. Only 2 nights out from the 2 weeks with a clear sky allowing me to capture som...
Read more

It was the very last night I stayed at the Canadian Rockies back in October 2013. Only 2 nights out from the 2 weeks with a clear sky allowing me to capture some decent night shot under the extreme dark environment.

Full tech specs - descriptions at:
Read less





Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
Top Choice
sgmtmi skippy4280 carllohrentz Jerryl brittneyelizabethlewis adamlewis95 lisaford +68
Peer Award
learwoody grandpa_Vlad Mandarinetto1965 EloIm sapalsky derxphoto paulfaria +33
Outstanding Creativity
diananeacecolwell carolynsouthworth rickstear mariacelesterossarolli AliAlzuhair neilwillz CamBest +25
Superior Skill
Vahoskins markkrause normroberts arookz Briser_fae_the_broch ManuelWieler patrickcunningham +20
Magnificent Capture
JBillesberger HenriKateH Onthewildsidephotography ParksFamilyPhotography suzannesingleton philipesterle MarshaMarie +14
All Star
Rinosoft elyprosser Alexig bellerose alivahed charliesidoti SusiStroud +3
hollyshively mcbrogan FrankSomma
Jaw Dropping
mickeyherd alishamadenford KamPhotos
Exceptional Contrast
Love it
Great Find

Submitted to Photo Contests

Top ClassTM

Mountain Tops Photo ContestTop 10 class
Mountain Tops Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Into The Wild Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
PhotographyTalk Photo Contest Volume 1Top 10 class
PhotographyTalk Photo Contest Volume 1Top 10 class week 2
PhotographyTalk Photo Contest Volume 1Top 20 class week 1


16 Comments | Report
photographyfaust PRO
photographyfaust November 12, 2014
Amazing work! This is the most creative and skilled shot of what seems to be one of the most photographed places in the world! I don't feel as much of a need to go here after viewing this most wonderful capture! It would be highly unlikely that I could see a better image of this place, even live, after seeing this photo....Thank You! Exceptional job!!!!!!
bunlee November 12, 2014
Thank you very much for the kind words!! :)
StaceyMcMahan February 21, 2015
This is what i want to learn how to do!
bunlee February 23, 2015
Hi! I wrote a blog post about this a while ago and here is the link. but you might have to type it yourself since VB doesn't content link within the comments... www.bunleephotography.com/2014/03/15/how-to-shoot-the-night-sky
StaceyMcMahan March 01, 2015
StaceyMcMahan March 01, 2015
What a well written article
bunlee June 29, 2015
Thank you very much!
Remraf June 29, 2015
bunlee June 29, 2015
Thank you very much!
Capture-Life June 29, 2015
WOOW! absolutely stunnin' capture...
just breathtakin' really! i LOVE it! ❤
sooo peaceful.. CONGRATS! :):)
bunlee June 29, 2015
Thank you very much!
chuckrickman Premium
chuckrickman June 29, 2015
Wonderful creation. Congrats on being featured.
bunlee June 29, 2015
Thank you very much!
SusiStroud PRO+
SusiStroud June 29, 2015
Fantastic in every way. Great Shot!!! Congratulations!
bunlee June 29, 2015
Thank you very much!
bigbangphotography June 29, 2015
This is an amazing shot!! Beautifully composed and beautifully created, easily one of the best shots I've seen :) I understand that you have a blog, would be awesome if you explain your work process for this image in your blog? I'm especially interested in if the moon was out that night and what causes the difference in lighting, is this a night HDR sort of image, I mean how cool would that be!?
bigbangphotography June 29, 2015
Just saw the article in your link. Thanks very much for sharing your workflow with us :)
bunlee June 30, 2015
Thank you very much!! And thanks for checking out my blog post too!
BrendonFidek July 08, 2015
What an amazing take on Moraine Lake! I've never seen one like this before, they're all usually during the day! Absolutely amazing shot :D
bunlee July 10, 2015
Thank you very much!! On this same trip, I visited Moraine Lake 4 times. This was the 4th nights, the very last night of my trip. And it finally clear up!!! ;)
Deeb July 12, 2015
Wow! I have not seen this amazing scene shot at night before. Fantastic.
bunlee July 18, 2015
Thank you so much!!
Stunning site selection and Stunning photograph.Exlent eye behind camera. I wish i would be there too. Thank you for uploading such exceptional Image.
Best wishes for future.
bunlee August 02, 2015
Thank you very much!
AliAlzuhair September 06, 2015
bunlee September 18, 2015
Thank you!
mstansfield September 17, 2015
wow, this is fabulous!
bunlee September 18, 2015
Thank you!
darrellgillenwater PRO+
darrellgillenwater December 28, 2015

Same photographer See all

Discover more photos See all

Behind The Lens

Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta
Midnight in October (Night time hours are very different in the summer!)
It was a moonless night without any lights this evening. All it got is the ambient lights. And by ambient lights, I mean the lights from the stars!!
Canon 6D with Samyang 14mm f/2.8 on tripod, no flash
I've been trying to find places with the least amount of light pollution to photography the beautiful starry night sky the last 2 years. The great Canadian Rockies is an ideal place for that as I'm located in Vancouver, BC. And Moraine Lake is one of the iconic location of the Canadian Rockies for some astrophotography.
As mentioned there is only ambient lights from the stars. So I have to do 2 exposures to capture this image. One for the background captured with ISO8000 20 sec @ f/2.8. Another exposure for the foreground using ISO400 10 minutes @ f/2.8 and Blended them together in PS. There are also adjustments in both Camera RAW and Photoshop. Techniques including Digital Blending, Layer Masking, and all kinds of Curves, Levels, Contrast, etc.
In my camera bag
Canon EOS 6D, T3i, EF 24-105mm f/4L, EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 200mm f/2.8L, Samyang 8mm f/3.5, Samyang 14mm f/2.8, Circular Polarizer, ND filter (both 77mm). Interval Timers, 2 x Tripods, And sometimes a Motion Dolly for taking time lapse photos
Some preparation is almost mandatory. Things like moon cycle of the months and/or moonrise moonset time. Using some applications to find out direction and time of when the milkyway appear. Technically, camera setting can be various from place to place depending on how dark the location is. Bring a headlamp!! And most importantly, don't be scare of the dark night as a lot of people do when they first try. And for this kind of photography, the darker, the better the result will be!! And you will see how the ambient starlights allow you to see things with your naked eyes!!

See more amazing photos, Follow bunlee