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Sunrise in the Canadian Rockies. It was a long hike into this area, but totally worth it. This has to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world....
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Sunrise in the Canadian Rockies. It was a long hike into this area, but totally worth it. This has to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world.
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susanneradke October 26, 2018
Canada is great and so is this picture!
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Great vista, it's been 25 years since I was in almost the same location. Great shot, thanks for sharing.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken from the niblet inside Assiniboine Regional Park which is south of Banff.
Time
I took this picture just after sunrise when the early morning light was still just barely peaking over the mountains on the horizon.
Lighting
The sun had been working it's way down the main peak in front of me for a little while, but the first beams were just creeping into the foreground. I loved how it lit me up standing on the edge of a cliff, but not touching anything else in the foreground. It was a short window where this was occurred so I needed to be in the right place at just the right time.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 5d mark iv on a gitzo travel tripod. I set the camera on a timer with 3 brackets. There were a couple other photographers out there at the time and I asked one of them to hit my trigger release when I was setup so I wouldn't have to run over to the this spot. It would have worked fine doing it by myself, but it saved me a couple steps.
Inspiration
I had always wanted to photograph this area. Canada has so many iconic peaks, but this was always one of my favorites. I took a number of different pictures of just the landscape during sunrise, but I wanted to have a human element to show the scope of how vast and breathtaking this area is. Since my hiking buddy was too lazy to get up for a couple mile hike in the dark, I got to pull off an epic selfie.
Editing
I normally have to do a fair amount of post-processing to get my images to look exactly the way I want. This was one of the rare shots where the lighting and exposure were just perfectly in sync. I just had to do a tiny bit of adjustments to balance out the highlights and shadows. I did a little bit of sharpening with a high-pass filter to give the lines in the mountains a little bit more pop along with a mid-tones curve layer to finish it off.
In my camera bag
I always carry extra batteries, a tripod, micro-fiber cloths (my lens frosted over so they were needed to keep the front element clean) and 10 meters of rope. I didn't need it this time around, but I've found that I use it quite frequently. This particular morning I was so glad that I keep a warm set of gloves and hat in my hiking pack since the temperature dropped noticeably as the sunrise occurred. Normally it warms up, but this day was the opposite and I started out feeling great, but would have pulled out too early if I hadn't had some warmer options with me. The other thing that I've started carrying on backpacking trips is a garmin inreach. Having a satellite based communication device is important to keep the wife informed that I'm still alive, but also to have in case of an emergency. Didn't need it this trip, but it saved a life on a different hike a couple months later.
Feedback
Get up early so you have time to try out some different shots. This was the only clear morning I had in the area so I didn't realize that the lighting would work so great for me standing there. Bouncing around to a few different areas during the sunrise allowed me to find this spot just in time to get the image, but I also didn't feel like I missed the shots I had planned since I had been shooting for 2 hours already.

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