Dual meaning in the title. This shot was taken at about 9:50 pm Alberta time, just before the sun set, long after all the other tourists had gone to their hotels and campgrounds. We were on our way back from Maligne Lake and got some of the best light I've ever gotten, breaking through the clouds as a storm approached. There were only a handful of people as I pulled over to the side of the road, rolled down the window, and snapped this shot.
The other meaning is that although I've long liked this photo, there were a lot of distractions in the camera crop that made me avoid posting it much earlier. I hadn't quite figured out a good way to crop this one without losing some of the cool light until I hit upon a very simple solution: crop it more as a panorama-style shot. Amazingly simple, and surprising that I didn't think of it sooner.
This is beautiful Medicine Lake, one of the most recognizable spots in Jasper National Park, and indeed all of Alberta.
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agulberk (3794) 2011-04-08 20:24
Hi Dear Neighbor Clark.
Wonderful images of glorious mountains and nice blue beautiful lake under dark clouds with interesting and amazing yellow light reflected.
Very well composition,impressive captured and nice presentation.
Golden_Eagle (545) 2011-04-08 20:59
this is a great shot - beautiful landscape, good POV and DOF, well balanced light and color - it was worth waiting!
daddo (24529) 2011-04-08 21:13
Hi Clark. I have just discovered your gallery after seeing your latest photo and I must say that you must be one of the best conjurers of nature's grand and beautiful panoramas.The light here is glorious and the colours almost too spectacular. But then that is what drove the forefathers in both Canada and America to set aside these unspoiled treasures for future generations to enjoy. Your Ireland shots are special also. Regards. Klaudio.
selay22 (254) 2011-04-08 22:25
breath taking shot
I've been to Alberta many times but havent had the good fortune of seeing these particular mountains,
Great dramatic sky, the colours and mist from below make it look like a valley of gold.
InasiaJones (31498) 2011-04-08 23:00
A great visual tribute to Canadian Rockies in all their splendor.
It's a good thing you could figured out the way to present us this stunning landscape where the light creates all the magic. The clouds are quite spectacular and contribute a lot to the uniqueness of your shot.
I've been along this road by four occasion during the same month (it's a long road back and forth...), as I was trying to catch the best light over Maligne Lake, but I've never seen anything like this, although I was coming back to Jasper at about the same time as you.
So good things come to those who wait, but a little luck from Mother Nature can help as well.
alin-m (3716) 2011-04-08 23:56
Splendid image,great photo with amazing view.Congratulations.
JFS (32459) 2011-04-08 23:57
You are offering us one of the nicest sceneries in the world with a great definition and light. Thanks Clark!
CLODO (30702) 2011-04-09 0:00
I like the superb light you caught, illuminating the yellow-gren woods in te background which contrast with the pure blue of the lake and the grey clouds.
Thank you for sharing such a jewel
Hansaphotos (6913) 2011-04-09 0:14
You have captured the wonderful view in a magical light. Fantastic colours and colour contrast between the yellow forest and blue lake. The dramatic clouds adds a fine contrast too. Excellent work! TFS. Have a nice weekend.
Best regards, Erling
annjackman (20091) 2011-04-09 1:14
Certainly worth waiting for as the golden light is glorious. The cloud formation is lovely as it hangs over the mountains. The crop suits the picture - excellent work.
Ninello52 (7572) 2011-04-09 3:24
Quel fascio di luce che perfora il cielo colmo di nubi č veramente straordinario! Fantastici i colori del paesaggio! Bellissima immagine! Complimenti!
vishaal (1042) 2011-04-09 3:56
G R E E T I N G S from India !!
A great shot with a great title !
An amazing atmosphere with a magic in it !
A great composition from you with an excellent POV to capture this dance of nature ! Great sharpness. Mesmerizing colors.
borax (1732) 2011-04-09 5:47
Classical POV for a beautiful place under a beautiful light ! WB and colors are just nice between blue and yellow ! That's surely a picture you can be proud of.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-04-09 6:30
an accomplished and quite stunning shot this. A magical light and composition with impressive colours and textures. Atmospheric and inspiring work. Wonderful imagery!
dta (67992) 2011-04-09 6:31
Hello Clark ,
An exceptionnal landscape picture ! Higher above the average of TE . As you say , you've waited for the best light conditions , and they were fantastic at this moment . The composition and the framing are perfect ... and this is also a beautiful wild place !
ngk (2413) 2011-04-09 12:12
Hi Clark ,
What a wonderful view. Excellent composition!! Amazing colors, fantastic light management!!
froggy45 (380) 2011-04-09 13:39
You've said it all in the title of the photo.
The sunlight is truly magical here and you managed to achieve a lovely composition and very good and sharp quality of the picture. The cropping seems to be very effective, too.
Thanks for sharing!
Bartleby (13552) 2011-04-10 3:37
geez! Amazing light indeed! And the panorama crop works really well. Impressive!
chawax (19514) 2011-04-10 11:49
Wow, what a gorgeous light ! And a fantastic contrast between this warm light and the dark sky. Panorama-style format is a very good choice. Very well done !
stevesaba (8135) 2011-04-25 21:28
Splendid shot. I recognize the location. And wow, the light!! Glad the cropping worked out so you could upload it. A fine addition to your gallery, warm regards,
smarcell (19963) 2011-10-04 23:36
Another magic moment. You are right, in photography "waiting" is a good rule. Wait for the right light, for the right moment, for the person passing by in the right place with the right dress, etc.
- Copyright: Clark Monson (cdmonson) (4794)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-05
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Digital ISO 400
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Canadian Rockies
- Theme(s): UNESCO World Heritage Sites, CLODO's SELECTION X [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-04-08 20:04
- Favorites: 2 [view]