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Mistaya Falls. Banff National Park



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JDLifeshots August 10, 2018
Beautiful capture! Congrats.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph is of Mistaya Falls in Banff National Park in western Canada. The falls are on a signposted trail just a couple of hundred yards from the Ice Field Highway - one of the most scenic roads in the world - running north/south in the Rocky Mountains between Lake Louise and Jasper. The peak is Mount Sarbach
Time
An early morning shot. I walked down to the falls in the dark with the aid of a headlamp and set up tripod and camera as the sky began to lighten.
Lighting
Early morning photos any where are all about rapidly changing light. The shot is taken towards the south west and the sun is rising behind me . The light first catches the peak then creeps down the mountain. This exposure taken after about 10 minutes, though obviously there were several other exposures taken both before and after. The photo was taken in early July so the air is crystal clear. Later in summer once the forest fire season starts the air is hazy with smoke and the light quality is completely different. The difficulty with the lighting in this situation is the contrast between the newly lit mountain and the still much darker river and valley floor. This can be handled by using graduated filters in front of the lens or in post processing. I did not use filters in taking this photo.
Equipment
Photo was taken with a Fuji XT-1 with a Fuji XF 10 to 24 lens set at 24 mm. Camera secured on a Gitzo G 1325 tripod.
Inspiration
I had visited the falls on a number of times - its a 3 hour drive from my home, and I often camp about 20 mins away. I recognized the the orientation of the valley and the attractive shape of Mt. Sarbach had excellent potential for a sunrise shot and I was not disappointed.
Editing
Processed in Lightroom with the usual basic corrections. I used graduated filter to balance the lighting between dimly lit foreground and the brightly lit sky and mountain peak. Then before sharpening I gave it a modest degree of post crop vignette.
In my camera bag
I never walk away from my vehicle in the mountains without bear-spray, which is on my belt not in the pack. Up there we are not top of the food chain. I invariably carry 2 Fuji XT bodies. When setting off on a landscape shoot like this one I carry 3 Fuji XF zoom lenses; the10 - 24, the 16 - 55 and the 50 - 140. I carry polarizing filters. I have graduated filters but I seldom use them. I always carry spare batteries. I have Allen keys for maintaining the tripod and mounts. Headlamp for early morning starts and walking back to the vehicle in the evening. I carry the tripod in a custom made bag on the outside of the pack I carry a minimum litre of water and when weather is cooler I like to have an insulated flask of coffee.
Feedback
These relatively remote mountain landscapes generally means that you have to be prepared to camp out. This particular area is an exception as the is a motel at Saskatchewan Crossing about 3 miles to the north. only open in the summer season and often fully booked. https://www.thecrossingresort.com. I usually camp at an informal site just outside the park at Preachers Point on Highway 11. The National Park has campsites at several places on the IceField Highway. Anyone photographer visiting the Canadian Mountain Parks should take advantage of a series of E books "How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies" by Darwin Wiggett, Samantha Chrysanthou & John E. Marriott. These can be downloaded for a small fee at https://www.oopoomoo.com/eguide/how-to-photograph-the-canadian-rockies/

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