Lighting conditions in the Canadian Rockies can change in an instant. What started out as a nice sunny day, ended up in a snow storm by the time I got to this bridge over the Spray River. I decided to head back towards the hotel and midway there the sun came out again... so I rushed back to the bridge and got this picture. There was not that much light left and it started snowing again shortly thereafter.
Here is some information from Wikipedia about the hotel and the ghost that inhabits it:
The Banff Springs Hotel is a luxury hotel that was built during the 19th century as one of Canada's grand railway hotels, being constructed in Scottish Baronial style and located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on June 1, 1888. Presently, The Fairmont Banff Springs resort hotel is owned by OMERS and operated by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Toronto.
The original building was designed by American architect Bruce Price. It was built between spring 1887 and spring 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway at the instigation of its president, William Cornelius Van Horne.
Banff Springs Hotel is also reputedly haunted. Stories suggest a woman dressed in her wedding gown lost her life on the staircase. There were candles on the staircase when the bride was walking up them, when suddenly her dress caught fire, in a panic she tripped and fell down the stairs, dying from a broken neck. Many people have reported seeing her ghost in full wedding gown, often dancing in the ballroom.
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mcmtanyel (13347) 2014-04-19 21:34
An excellent composition with the creek leading the eyes to the hotel and the majestic peak beyond. I like how the mountain seems to caress the hotel.
abmdsudi (43430) 2014-04-19 22:29
Indeed worth braving the element and credit to your effort, I love for the natural cool soft colors and layers of snow backed by the majestic jagged peaks
with the stream leads the way up to the almost camouflaged hotel. You did well with the compo, it's pleasantly exposed, adequate clarity and a touch of blueish tone in the sky is valuable indeed, but above all, I love the peaceful atmosphere and the whole feeling of the picture. Fine lens work and worthy of a shot. Congrats and TFS
npecanhuk (65378) 2014-04-20 2:10
Hi! Wonderful place and very beautiful picture! Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent! Tfs - Congrats , cheers, Neyvan
adidas5nb (5363) 2014-04-20 4:08
beautiful and stunning place.love the pov with the river leading us into the frame.nice layers of interest with the river the snow the green trees and then the mountains.
jhm (139094) 2014-04-20 4:37
Thank you very much to your interesting note.
Very well depth and perspective picture with the river and the snow.
You shows us a nice contrast picture with different colours.
An excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Easter Day,
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-20 5:12
the location of this hotel is quite magnificent. Placed against these glorious mountains and situated right on the river bank it has everything to satisfy even picky guests. I like how you photographed it from some distance which gives us great perspective and the idea of the surroundings. Well composed and with natural colors.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Easter
rychem (23132) 2014-04-20 9:22
At first I did not see this hotel, but the winter landscape is beautiful, I like this creek leading the eye to this mountain, beautiful silhouettes of dark trees against the brighter sky, well done
federico (2368) 2014-04-20 11:19
hello caleb, I like the composition in your photo, unlucky to get poor light conditions, wonderfull place anyway
boa (6021) 2014-04-20 11:39
i do not like snow and ice very much but i admit that this is a beautiful scenery with the river and the mountains in the background. The hotel in the background looks misplaced in the landscape and it reminds me of the Movie, Shining. Especially when i read your note. Good depth and note, tfs!
Have a nice evening/
cdmonson (4748) 2014-04-21 10:34
I like the different take on the Banff Springs. This is an angle I hadn't seen before. I'll have to try to find it when I'm in Banff next.
A general comment about most of your shots--they appear very soft. I suspect it's because they're being resized but not sharpened? I always sharpen my photos after I resize them to make sure the compression doesn't damage the image quality. I don't know if you have Photoshop or Lightroom, but I'd recommend either. If Photoshop is too expensive, Photoshop Elements is quite cheap and does most of what I use Photoshop for.
omid266 (4738) 2014-04-22 21:13
Salam , Hi Caleb,
very nice moment your return to catch and capture this landscape,
very very good view from Nature an the Hotel in background,
The mountain and trees are very inspiring for me ,in Geography book in Giudance School always i liked to know more and more about different landscapes on
the Planet Earth , and also about large country of Canada and his great Forests ,
Thanks for sharing this work ,
God luck friend
photoray (12149) 2014-05-16 7:58
From the thumbnail, the view appears to be all snowy Canadian Rockies, then the image reveals a glimpse of the classical Banff Springs Hotel up the river and through the forest top, with the craggy mountain backdrop.
delpeoples (53009) 2014-06-25 3:23
Despite the fact you got 4 seasons in 1 day, the grey looming sky works well. I love the steely greys and I think there is a lot more character to the shot than if you'd got cloudless blue skies. The way the river leads the eye in with those lovely diagonal lines is very clever and the definition of the BG mountains is delightful. Excellent work, thanks for sharing.
Have a lovely day
eldancer1 (27829) 2014-12-25 7:16
Beautiful scene! Now, I wish I visited Banff when I like in Portland, Oregon. I like your pov and it has good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
- Copyright: Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) (1076)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-29
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS8
- Exposure: f/4.7, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-19 16:16