This is Morraine Lake, in Banff National Park. This is one of the best known scenes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, but it never fails to amaze me when I visit. The valley is known as the Valley of Ten Peaks, although only 6 peaks are visible in the picture. The mountains are very steep and dramatic, and come right down to the lake. Since the lake is on the north side of the mountains, the sun is behind the peaks for most of the day - this photo was taken about 9 in the morning. The lake has an incredible light blue colour, which can be seen where the sun is hitting the water. The colour is caused by rock dust in the water, and the rock dust comes from the glaciers above. For this shot I used a polarizing filter, which really made the sky stand out.
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Quentin (5280) 2005-08-08 23:44
Amazing landscape! Your image is very sharp with beautiful colors. A pure beauty! The water is so blue. Well done.
I really like all your work. See you
brajesh (192) 2005-08-08 23:50
A paradise on earth, beautiful and well captured!
Janice (4403) 2005-08-09 0:34
Hi Alvin what amazing shades of blue! Very sharp and clear, excellent composition. Very well done.
rabdelnoor (3421) 2005-08-09 0:55
What a wonderful shot.You really have managed very well the colours, considering the light and the shadows. One of the best photos of this place I have seen. Goes straight to my favorites. VEry well done.
umbrellaphotos (1901) 2005-08-09 1:06
WOW Alvin! Very nicely done. Fantastic colors all around - great blues and greens. You did a great job capturing this image. My hat is off to you. Hope to see many more soon,
jiherka (4552) 2005-08-09 1:09
Ho today it is suny. I was near this lake 5 days ago, and hte sun was not here. Thanks to show it with the sun.
Well done Alvin
pnphan (3957) 2005-08-09 1:21
this scene of the landscape is so beautiful. The blue sky and water go so well with the textile of the rock. perfect lighting
Roly (2024) 2005-08-09 1:23
Very nice, strong colors in a great light. The air is rarely this crisp here. I would try to reprocess this image, because the sharpness is poor and there are obvious jpeg artifacts at the rock/sky interface. Something wasn’t quite right, maybe sharpening or just downsizing, and the landscape deserves more.
Gregtom (7167) 2005-08-09 1:26
Beautiful landscape with very well saturated colors, good sharpness and clearness. I like the composition with the lake leading the look to the deep of the cadre. Good job!
UlfE (14641) 2005-08-09 1:33
Superb composition and lovely colors. Beautiful and very well done.
jarosz0 (517) 2005-08-09 2:06
Amazing picture. I like still, deep blue water, fantastic green of forrest and monumental mountains beyond. Sharpness is incredible.
alainh (35583) 2005-08-09 2:13
the effect polarizing is excelent here.
the light and sharpen in the forest is great.
you make a splendid work
Calimero76 (10957) 2005-08-09 2:17
très belle photo de paysage
j'aime le cadrage mais surtout les couleurs et la lumière sur le lac
mjbuxton (46) 2005-08-09 2:23
Absolutely beautiful. The colors and the sharpness seem perfect to me. I figured you used the polarizer, I have been using one quite often myself and they are a necessity. Buy I Still don't think the polarizer does any justice for the real beauty of actually being there. Great work.
cgrindahl (6113) 2005-08-09 2:48
Very stunning photo Alvin! Beautiful color and fine detail. The morning light is wonderful as well. Excellent work all the way around. Thanks for sharing your work with us.
iliannak (774) 2005-08-09 3:09
amazing !!! and what a blue ...
i love it
srabbe (1424) 2005-08-09 3:41
Colors are incredible, this is a wonderful landscape !
I really like the light on the lake, which gives 2 different blue colors.
Great sky with the polarizer!
timotey (119) 2005-08-09 4:00
The greatness of the mountains gives a very special light and shadows on this beautiful lake. It improves contrast of the overall picture. We can imagine the size of these mountains and this lake by seeing the trees in the right side of the frame. An astonishing place with a feeling of hugeness well rendered by your picture. Very well done !
chaity (1539) 2005-08-09 4:28
Hai Alvin, a very nice photo with different shades. Nice POV and stunning scenary.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-08-09 4:33
This view is gorgeous, you made an excellent use of the superb weather conditions on that day and went there early enough to get a shot that could fint its place to any AB promotion material, a fantastic scenery, and it looks so virgin, no hman trace in sight, just fabulous colors and pure nature enjoyment.
Did you guess, I love the view ;-)
Have a nice day,
sylvie (1183) 2005-08-09 4:50
What a great landscape and a beautiful panorama, you had a good point of view.
Colours are wonderful, it's splendid, well done.
sam224 (6215) 2005-08-09 5:57
Excellent shot indeed. I love the mountain views, probably beacause I live in a mountain region.. but this one is really stunning. Good perspective and very nice colour. The different shades of blue in the lake are very attractive. Excellent background.
kebek (5438) 2005-08-09 6:37
Serwus Alvin !
Work, You should be absolutely proud of.
No weak points.
I especially like shadow and light on the surface.
All the best,
dkeus31 (27735) 2005-08-09 6:54
Impressive landscape; good framing and colors.
Nice sky and light.
hispic (9652) 2005-08-09 8:44
What a wonderful shot! with beautiful blue.
I really like this deep saturation and contrast like film.
AmiBe (6042) 2005-08-09 9:07
fantastic landscape, I like the different blue tones.
Good contrast with the green.
No human activities there, just savage nature...
Well done !
john_c (24666) 2005-08-09 10:49
A corlourful, well composed scene with perfect lighting and shadows. You have really captured the essence of this famous lake and the majesty of the area. I like the way in which the trees angle into the frame on the right. Very well captured.
ndb1958 (9289) 2005-08-09 13:26
amazing landscape. Amazing picture with beautiful colours and great sharpness. Wonderful image,
DLM (6479) 2005-08-09 14:38
Hi Cormac,great image very crisp,the forest stands out well against the azure blue water,lovely composition.
ArtLook (2348) 2005-08-09 15:03
WAW... I can't close my mouth... :) Such the beautiful colors, shades and lights on this amazing landscape! Superb! Very good composition with trees on the right. I like this photo very much, Bravo!
With BEST regards,
Fis2 (88823) 2005-08-09 15:38
Nicely composed landscape. Super foto! I like the colours, light and sharpnes.
anesugur (18789) 2005-08-09 15:59
MAXME (0) 2005-08-09 23:36
It's about time you got out there!,lol
nice shot neighbour!,shoulda ate your wheaties and climbed that baby! we wanna see 10 peaks,lol just kidding!,holy i was there same day you were!! i bet you 100 bucks we met on the highway!
PJE (20758) 2005-08-09 23:49
Alvin I see that when you came by this well photographed site that you timed your sho well. By that I mean the lighting in this late afternoon really brings our alot of color and deep tones in the shadows. The mountain shadow on the lake is superb. You should move to Chilliwack and hike with me up many a hiking trails up steep trails where the air is clean and mind is awestruck by all Gods wonderful beauty.
But I admit I have been eyeing your gallery in the past. You only post oncve in a while and when you have a winning shot. This one is one of your very best. Take Care Alvin.
capthaddock (28790) 2005-08-10 9:55
Wow! such a breathtaking view, every time I see it I am impressed by it (it was overcast when I was there), excellent balance of shadow and light, I love also the strong colours and the sky looks great because of the polarizer.
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-08-10 12:50
The curved line of the Rockies mountainscape looks very impressive!Wonderful play of light and shadow.The colors,especially on the lake in the foreground,are just great.
dolin (15647) 2005-08-10 14:26
Waouhhhhh, beautiful place, very impressive.
The POV is really fantastic.
I like these colors and this saturation.
Good hard light and shadow.
Good sharpness too.
jbweasle (9373) 2005-08-10 14:47
A stunning landscape, Alvin. The detail in the rocky faces is remarkable and I love the play between light and shadow giving the mountains depth. Fabulous blues in the sky and lake, complemented by the green of the trees.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-08-10 16:22
Great composition, very nice landscape. Great contrast of colors, light and sharpness.
rewmind (0) 2005-08-11 6:39
I love mountains and your picture is extraordinary. It somehow gives the impression that someone has carefully uniformised the pine-trees and arranged the mountain peaks and the spots for the snow intending to show harmony. Very nice.
joeydrops (2655) 2005-08-11 10:02
Very impressive photo! The shades of blue are excellent. Good use of the polarizer. You are right, the mountains are dramatic and must be very steep. They look awesome and contrast well with the blue. The green trees also add an extra touch. Good job!
ropetko (0) 2005-08-11 10:12
Great photo! Colors are amazing, polarizing filter was excellent choice, as well as the angle of sunrays used for the polarizer (some say that 30 degrees to 90 are perfect choice for this filter).
Great job done, TFS!
Cos (1562) 2005-08-11 10:46
This shot is too beutiful to be true - the landscape really is stunning! Great DOF and contrasts, it almost jumps out of the screen at you!
Did you do any PP on this shot?
betogrein (2232) 2005-08-11 10:47
Linda paisagem. belíssima composição, core e contrastes.
Muito boa mesmo, digna de um cartão postal...
Parabéns e obrigado pela visita.
Graal (99496) 2005-08-11 12:54
Excellent view, Alvin. Very good composition, beautiful colours. I like it, very interesting N.Park. Well done.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-08-11 17:23
This photo really makes me regret leaving Canada without seeing this wonder. You have got a perfectly composed picture and the light is really amazing. I like the shadow in the lake.
dominique (11414) 2005-08-11 17:38
Magnifique lumiere et beau cadrage , j'aime la vue , quel contraste !!! impressionnant , bien vu .
CoolDan (2516) 2005-08-11 17:47
C'est une vrai carte postale ça...
Les couleurs, le paysage, la lumière, le cadrage, bref tout magnifique. Bravo.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2005-08-11 19:19
What can I say that has not already been said - stunning :)
Tue (28264) 2005-08-11 19:31
What an impressive view of Canadian nature! Those mountains look really amazing and you got also such a wonderful blue lake in front as well. Very well done!
bibiweb (8) 2005-08-12 4:05
This is a superb postcard! It's very sharp and the colors are amazing. I find it absolutely beautiful and I am very happy to give you your 100th point for this photo.
ChrisJ (102789) 2005-08-12 4:19
A superb landscape with excellent color & saturation. The reflection & shadow across the lake are astonishing. Well done!
jasmis (57906) 2005-08-12 5:08
Woderful landscape and impressive colours. Superb.
athos99 (6894) 2005-08-12 5:34
This landscape is of a splendid beauty.
The colors are very intense and those of the lake are incredible.
Very beautiful framing.
A very beautiful photograph!
LCannon (2796) 2005-08-12 21:33
The awe you feel standing in front of this lovely, powerful scene, is very well captured for the viewer. After posting my sad mountain scene, I opened up this one of yours! Oh my the photographic skill I aspire to, I'm so impressed.
You've captured the grandure so well, and the contrast between the blue of the sky and the green of the water is amazing, powerful and dramatic. The mountains themselves leave me breathless, quite an accomplishment from a photo! The triangular shapes formed with the light and shadows are very nice as is the velvety water. I'd like to see it just a tiny bit sharper, like 1%, but then I seem to oversharpen everything, maybe it's my monitor?
Another masterpiece! Bravo!
huynt (5079) 2005-08-13 4:28
it is great shot. Too perfect. A calm and peaceful. Well POV and composition.
toni_al (15875) 2005-08-13 10:49
Superbe image, les couleurs sont magnifiques, et tres bonne gestion des hautes et bases lumières.
jjbach (9324) 2005-08-13 18:10
Wow !! What a great place and you captured so beautifully!! Wonderful colours so vivid and the depth is great. Perfect lighting with dark and bright areas. Splendid picture, one of my favorites!!
minoltaboy (19) 2005-08-13 21:25
I love this scene. Mountain scenery like this can't go wrong. You were wise to use polarization and the sunlight of morning like that. Glad you didn't capture canoes or anything else, this is all it needs! I once saw Lake Louise like this, only with neon green water. Wow! If you were to digitally transform this into an oil painting it would make the perfect 8 X 8 foot wall mural, believe me.
mumek (20202) 2005-08-15 19:09
Good evening Alvin!
Beautiful postcard from Banff!
Super colours and the contrast. Excellent composition with very good light. Thanks for posting and thanks for the note.
paido (944) 2005-08-15 21:23
Indeed this picture have an impressive shades of blue...
The composition in general is amazing as you did a great job catching the mountains and the forest under that sky...
Great lighting, great colors, great elements in the picture... wow...
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2005-08-18 15:07
Phantastic shot and colors. I like the POV with the lake leading my sight into the picture. Congratullations and Tanks for sharing. Cheers, Michael
sarju (5324) 2005-08-19 0:09
so very tranquil ... i can almost feel the air through your photo ... I like the way all the colours are so vibrant ... tfs ... sarju
PeterDF (421) 2005-09-01 22:23
I have seen some very nice photos of this area in Banff, but your photo really stands out. A very beautiful and stunningly vivid photo. Very, very well done!
caliane (610) 2005-09-11 2:48
wowwww superb hhoto!! this place is beautiful!! such an impressive shot! congrats!
tuffellow (546) 2005-09-22 2:42
2 more points here. 64 other people have said it all! Well done.
Elric (560) 2005-09-26 20:18
Hi Alvin. Living in a country surrounded by blue I adore it and feel like home whenever I see it. In your stunning photo I feel like being in heaven! It's truly a breathtaking place and the way you've captured it amazing. Perfect ligthing and contrast,amazing colours and sharpness. Excellent work, well done!
EMA (313) 2005-12-02 12:15
Amazing capture of Banff!!
rajhema (1871) 2005-12-02 12:32
Magical shades. Very vast landscape capture. Sharp coniferous trees. BEautiful picture Alvin.
ayobami (1353) 2005-12-22 12:15
Absolutely stunning image! The landscape and colours here are phenomenal! Great composition and perfect amount of light - well done!
fadingstar78 (420) 2005-12-22 13:01
what a landscape pic! perfect clearlyness, colors, brightness and contrast. really sharp and beautifully composed. I love the color of the water...
atctim (73) 2006-01-17 19:16
What luck with the lighting and expertise with capturing this photo.
imrek (4) 2006-03-03 10:23
This is a wonderful postcard! Very good compo to!
MIMACSKA (291) 2006-07-17 15:07
I love this Pic!!!!!!!
snowfalken (1116) 2006-07-17 15:31
Wonderful picture of Lake Morraine and the Canadian Rockies! Brilliant and natural colors and very good contrast! One of the best landscape pictures I've seen on TE! Congratulations and TFS!
teutza (10590) 2006-07-17 15:41
hy alvin!great place out there!amasing composition!
Leia74 (843) 2006-10-01 8:37
seeing photos like this makes me understand why I so want to visit Canada!
I simply love the colors.
Thanks for sharing :)
sentano48 (8) 2006-10-16 13:27
Fantastic shot....heaven is near...congrats
schobi (187) 2006-10-16 13:42
Wow - fantastic landscape. The lake has such an amazing blue colour, great.
Well done, regards
Photo65Net (43120) 2006-10-16 13:45
This is a perfect landscape, very poster-like (I'd like to see it printed in large format).
The water colour is incredible.
Czpatriot (131) 2006-12-14 15:10
robinlawr (903) 2007-01-04 14:22
This is the first of your images I saw and the one which opened my eyes to what could really be accomplished with a camera and a great compositional eye at its viewfinder. Awe inspiring!!!!
dcawker (5717) 2007-02-11 9:44
Wow, fantastic capture of this much photographed lake, Alvin.. You'll have to tell me how you got so close to the edge of the lake sometime too. All that I could find was the obvservation deck WAY above it. Perfect light and perspective here. Regards, Doug P.S. You'll enjoy Jasper now that you live closer in British Columbia!
danyy (0) 2007-02-12 10:54
Je vais faire plus ou moins le même commentaire que tu as fait de ma dernière photo, un endroit que l'on voit souvent sur TE, mais c'est probablement cette photo qui le présente sous les plus belles lumières et les plus séduisantes couleurs.
Le cadrage et le POV sans impeccables.
J'adore ces bleus intenses, mais aussi l'intacte blancheur de la neige.
verswe (7322) 2007-02-16 16:34
Waaaw! Great colours!
It was still frozen when we were there.
aznegrao (10316) 2007-02-19 18:13
Que lugar maravilhoso e simplesmente de tirar o folego, e que foto heim??? Parabens.
henrytf (985) 2007-02-22 18:05
I have just had a look at your most popular shots.
I am impressed by their composition, particularly for the landscapes, the colours, the sharpness of the details in all of them and of course the preparation they imply.
I had a name in my mind : "Ansel Adams" and I checked many times that you didn't use a chamber.
I correct the preceding : Ansel Adams + extraordinary colours.
derek3755 (2341) 2007-02-28 7:53
An Incredibly Beautiful Shot! (I must get to Canada one day) Lovely Composition, nice dof, and great light!
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-03-02 4:37
Impossible Alvin don't give points to this image!
the blue is SUPERB and the place WO N D E R F U L!
Nature speaks here!!
and great your work!
pady (4800) 2007-03-06 15:59
I've already seen this beautiful lake on TE several time and this picture is for real admirators of nature in its most beautiful part.
presidente (1122) 2007-04-02 14:54
Amazing blue in this wonderful lake.
Color and contrast are excellent as composition and DOF, good job, Andrea
pierrefonds (59370) 2007-04-02 17:37
A nice photo lake Morraine Lake and of the Ten peaks, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. TFS.
IgorDeleze (585) 2007-04-04 7:34
You catched it with excellence and under a great lighting.
Amazing green and blue colors.
waseemkhan (1099) 2007-04-04 7:50
The air is rarely this crisp here. I would try to reprocess this image, because the sharpness is poor and there are obvious jpeg artifacts at the rock/sky interface,
i like your photographery
adenant (106) 2007-04-04 7:51
Just stunning! Speechless!
sssimon (684) 2007-04-04 22:50
It looks like I am not the first one to appriciate that picture! The light is just perfect. The shadow on the lake could not have been more well placed!
The sky is perfect!
donluicu (24724) 2007-04-13 16:45
What can i say?
your job is just great here!
nice pov, wooooonbderful colors...
bravo my friend
corsicastorm (3224) 2007-04-14 17:29
Un paysage grandiose...une image puissante...et le soleil qui rend l'eau turquoise; bravo!
rabani (9645) 2007-04-17 2:02
There are photos that are just way beyond description.
pally3100 (3413) 2007-05-14 22:38
a very good composition a perfect point of view ,the colors are harmonious and well contrasted a good shoot , congratulations from Belgium Henri in Liège
dias (123) 2007-06-02 17:30
zumoduvas (2069) 2007-06-02 17:45
Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
miumiu (6113) 2007-06-05 15:46
It's amazing! Congratulation!
Cliff_Barnes (54) 2007-06-12 4:12
beautiful shot !
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2007-06-14 19:40
Stunning. Majestic. A very very fine work!
Lovely light and marvellous cyan blue tone on the water in front. Damn nature can be so pretty! You've capture it all in full glory, with fine contrast, splendid detail, a lovely polarized(?) sky with a few little clouds. Love the lights and shadows play. Incredible!
cdmonson (4806) 2007-06-29 13:17
I can definitely see why this is your highest-rated photo. The richness of the blues in this shot is fantastic. The lighting is also superb. Really there's nothing not to like about this shot.
cepekdong (3676) 2007-07-02 9:02
what amazing landscape you have in canada ! definately worth going there some day ! i love the pic
luiscar (3286) 2007-07-03 2:48
Hello Alvin, already they you have said everything about this photography.
I would say to you that it is wonderful with big framing, definition, color and more impportante the eye of the author.
a greeting and thank you
jjbzippy (65) 2007-07-24 16:13
i love the vibrant colours its spectaular
paulalex32 (4) 2007-07-24 16:22
Hate to be the party pooper, but shouldn't/couldn't you have waited until the sun was in a better position? Seems a little off to me that you would shoot this with the shadows obliterating detail on one side and the sun overexposing on another. Cheers, Paul.
luna_amor (121) 2007-07-28 9:06
Stunning photo! The colours are unreal.. :-)
Love Banff.. what a beautiful place.
fijiphil (1355) 2007-08-03 9:16
Needs sharpening. Needs some foreground for some depth. File is overcompressed. It's a nice photo but nature gave you such a head start here, you really put in very little effort to make the most of it.
little-orange (14) 2007-08-06 10:01
Waouh, amazing picture, there is no words to comment this photograph!!
It's so beautiful that I almost can't believe that is real...
toto (0) 2007-08-28 1:20
Belle photo de cet endroit superbe,grande netteté,jolies couleurs et beaucoups de détails magnifiques.Très belles montagnes, très belle foret, belle prise du bon endroit,vraiment magnifique. Amitiés Thomas
MLINES (12516) 2008-01-02 21:30
Hi Alvin. Blues in nature are what draws my eye more than anything else. Here you cave captured natural scenery second to none in what is a fairly remote are. The composition is good with the lake and mountains. Details of the far cliffs is very clear. TFS.Murray.
zit2a (896) 2008-03-10 1:16
beautiful landsacape for a beautiful image
catherine63 (161) 2008-03-10 1:41
Superbe image, félicitations.
Fellini (6407) 2008-05-29 6:29
very good composition, with brillant colour, sharpenes and contrast, and interesting POV.
The light spot on the center is a precious enrichmen of this capture..
argycon (2769) 2008-10-07 13:23
Absolutely fantastic. No comments.
man33m (61) 2009-01-06 9:43
Fabulous scenery. Superb photo
Eileen (152) 2009-12-17 20:33
Wow! I can see why this is a featured photo. You captured absolutely beautiful colors and sharpness of the trees and mountains.There appears to be some sort of run off between the mountains, maybe the rock dust you were talking about. Thanks for your lovely presentation.
coolravi19 (549) 2011-11-23 6:08
This is just paradise & you have done a commendable job ...keep up the great work
jacekb70 (313) 2012-04-22 22:16
Scale of the rocky mauntains is amazing. Photo composition an colors are very impresive.
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- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-31
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- Camera: Nikon D70, 17-55mm f/2.8
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2005-08-08 23:20
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