Lake Louise, morning after the first snowfall of the year. I have very few pictures of Lake Louise, because it's usually very crowded and while the lake is beautiful, it's not as spectacular as some other places nearby. In this case, I just stopped by Lake Louise while I was on my way from Moraine Lake to Lake O'Hara, and the conditions were perfect. Fresh snow, early morning light and not too many people. Lake Louise is known for it's light blue/green water, which is so bright that it almost looks fake. Since the light is at such a low angle here you only get a hint of that colour in a few places were the sun comes through the trees and hits the lake. The mountain is Mount Fairview, and the small building is the boathouse, where you can rent canoes. The small bit of yellow/orange on the mountain is a group of larch trees, which turn golden colour in the fall.
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Timecatcher (2513) 2007-10-17 6:48
Spectacular shot Alvin....Keep up the great work
dareco (17134) 2007-10-17 6:52
This is honestly one of the nicest pictures I've seen of Lake Louise. Beautiful mountain and I especially like the reflection. Fantastic color. TFS
negative (420) 2007-10-17 6:59
you have shot a wonderful photo here.Shall I tell you how 'jealous' I am cause you have see this wonderful landscape!!
all the best
delkoo (68) 2007-10-17 7:00
i am completely stunned by your shot, i never seen a quality like this, so clear ,so sharp and so beautiful.
dlevy23 (2018) 2007-10-17 7:04
Hi Alvin, this photo is great on every aspect. The colors and composition are amazing. Great reflection in the clear water.
Love the red in the house contrasting with the white on the trees.
chpp (4281) 2007-10-17 7:16
very nice image. great POV and colours. I like the morning sun at the top of the mountain and the reflection looks great. the lower clouds add a nice touch to the image. very nice composition
Manuel1982 (1142) 2007-10-17 7:26
this shot takes my breath away - absolutely fantastic. Especially the different colours and the clarity of Lake Luise are amazing. Furthermore the small boathouse is a nice detail and rounds off a perfect photo.
Sharpness is great as well.
Hendrika (655) 2007-10-17 7:28
We have been standing here around the same time some years ago and at night it was freezing, but no snow yet as you have captured.
A most excellent shot!
danyy (0) 2007-10-17 7:37
on continue cette superbe ballade au travers des zones canadiennes où le froid a déjà fait son apparition, il me sembnle très clairement voir de la neige ou du givre sur les sapins.
Des couleurs toujours aussi enchanteresses et des montagnes impressionnantes.
carper (96) 2007-10-17 7:40
what a country you live in, a country for country photographers. The pov you made here is good, the reflection the clean water and the balance in the shot are very good, nice job Alvin, have a nice day.
Roly (2024) 2007-10-17 7:47
Nice, very crisp view of Mt. Fairview in excellent weather conditions. You're right, it is difficult to take a picture here, because the lake shore is usually crowded with tourists. I'll check to see if I have any decent pictures taken from the top of Mt. Fairview. The reflection is not ideal, but it still looks very good and the traces of fog hanging onto the slopes add to the image.
jplebrun (21208) 2007-10-17 8:24
photo à couper le souffle, les couleurs, la clarté, le sujet, félicitations c'est une merveilleuse composition.
Gerrit (45129) 2007-10-17 8:55
fantastic clearness of this lake forming mirror and window at the same time.
Beautiful place but so cold so early.
Gustaw (21670) 2007-10-17 10:34
Hallo, my friend!
It is very interesting photo with nice composition. I like your colours and light. Very beautiful reflections in water. Very nice vacation photo.
tehanu_f (6896) 2007-10-17 10:39
It seems Canada's nature is poetry itself and you reflect this beauty perfectly. This view and the quality of the photo is beyond words. Congrats.
Fis2 (82668) 2007-10-17 11:00
Beautiful place, wonderful frame. Interesting colors and reflections in water. Well done.
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-10-17 11:02
a nice composition with the reflexion in the water of the impressive mountain.
Buin (42260) 2007-10-17 11:13
Here one word is enough: Overwhelming!
Greetings from autumnal grey Germany!
Zolive (5929) 2007-10-17 11:36
fantastic picture. All is perfect: he landscape, water, trees with snow, colors, sharpness...
claudio74 (7263) 2007-10-17 11:55
Perfect picture of yhis wonderful landscape in typical conditions.
The light is exceptionnal.
Sorry for the smile i m over quota.
Ann75 (0) 2007-10-17 12:37
This is a stunning shot of Lake Louise, especially because it's different from the usual view we see so many times! The dusting of snow really adds to the photo and the amazing light is plus too! Amazing composition with a beautiful scene! Excellent work, Alvin!
lukie (0) 2007-10-17 12:47
what else can I say : a splendid shot ! What a reflection on the water ! Perfect sharpness.
fryz (1735) 2007-10-17 12:50
gneufeld (15884) 2007-10-17 13:11
A splendid view of Lake Louise and surrounding beauty. Great details here in very good light and excellent colors. I find the subsurface rocks in the foreground somewhat distracting but a good lead in to the image none the less. Fine work, Alvin, and TFS. Gerald
jonathan_hart (21274) 2007-10-17 14:44
excellent quality, great reflection, wonderful colours,
you know, sometimes i should do copy and paste with the critics about your mountains and reflections shots...
pierrefonds (55380) 2007-10-17 14:51
A good POV of lake Louise, of the forest, of the Canadian Rockies after the first snowfall and of the reflections in the water, the photo has a very good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
singuanti (15250) 2007-10-17 19:09
Hi Alvin. You know when I was in Grand Tetons I got a shot or two that reminds me of this. It sure does look like the air is so clear. I've seen a shot or two from this place on TE but never with such impressive reflections. The mild snow, trees and low clouds all add so much to the jaw dropping beauty. Most impressive Alvin!
darrasin (2860) 2007-10-17 19:17
Excellent work Alvin! I really like how the peak just dwarfs the well placed lodge. And that interesting zebra like reflection of the frosted pines in the water is very intriguing. Technically, the sharpness, exposure, and colors are right on. And thanks for pointing out that group of larch tree, they certainly add a bit of unusual contrast to the scene.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-10-18 0:44
wonderful place, great picture with excellent sharpness, colours and contrast.
Lovely clouds and reflections
Very well framed and done
ChrisJ (94844) 2007-10-18 1:33
A magnificent alpine scene, with marvellous colour & superb reflections in the lake. I like the small patch of yellow contrasting against the blue sky. Tfs!
PixelTerror (0) 2007-10-18 2:27
This place is not exactly new TE territory... However the photo is very interesing because of the early snow highlighting the tree shapes and the melting of the landscape reflection with the underwater world, very nice.
Have a nice day,
leo61 (0) 2007-10-18 7:03
This looks very cold.The blue/green water looks great and together with the reflections this is a nice foreground for this mountan.
Dyerco (10185) 2007-10-18 7:26
The yellow and red really add interest to this shot and both the larch and boathouse are well placed. Excellent work.
kiks (11749) 2007-10-18 8:17
Hi Alvin, what a light. I foundthe transpareci amazing. The sunrays on the mountain and at the water make it very light.
mbasil (2129) 2007-10-18 12:53
Nice, man. There's lots going on in this shot -- the lake, the rocks, the snow on the trees in the bg, the mountains, the sky with clouds. It works well here, but my hunch is that there is so much detail that it looks lots better in more than 800 pixels.
AdamBurton (8062) 2007-10-18 13:27
This is a spectacular shot Alvin. Almost certainly my favourite shot of yours. The subject matter and light are top notch, as is the quality of the shot.
toni_al (15875) 2007-10-18 14:12
Que dire, magnifique j'adore ces reflets, la cabane et ces nuages qui entourent la montagne.
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-10-18 15:21
AMAZING ONE ALVIN
What do you want me to say on this one ???
Clarity is at its best, subject is perhaps what is most beautiful on earth and technically ZERO DEFECTS.
A treasure this one
danielswalsh (13593) 2007-10-18 17:38
Okay Alvin, it's official.... I now hate you
Nothing more I can say- but it's all your fault...
I was in Banff and Lake Louise area in August (mid summer) and all I got was rain. Then you have to go and post a beauty of a photo like this and rub it in my face. To make matters worse- I know you can just drive up there for the weekend and not have to take a 20hr flight each way. It's just not fair...
Critique? Why bother- it's flawless. ;-)
john_c (24662) 2007-10-18 17:38
An irresistible winning shot, as evidenced by the number of favourites already displayed....The dusting of snow, the misty clouds and the incredible reflections all come together here with a fine exposure level. The clarity of the water even exposes the rocks on the lake bottom in good relief and detail. Nicely captured, Alvin.
placombe (7817) 2007-10-18 18:23
Stunning shot which combines good photographic qualities and rules like colors, sharpness, framing and a remarkable dof. I'd live in that small cabin for the rest of my life.
Yffic (6106) 2007-10-19 0:33
An other fabulous shot.
The clear atmosphere is splendid.
I love the reflection on the lake.
A real superb picture.
vincz (19113) 2007-10-19 1:53
Unbelievably good! The light is fantastic on the moutain and the yellow colored trees, the rflection is stunning, the red hous a very nice touch in the composition. Bravo!
jhm (136014) 2007-10-19 3:32
This is a post-card out of your country.
Simply alluring maybe one of your best on TE Alvin, certainly of quality and composition. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend,
John_F_Kennedy (42048) 2007-10-19 5:42
A beautiful lake picture you show here. Reflection is superb. A wonderful light, very well contrasted picture nicely composed.
maximage (15535) 2007-10-19 15:02
Merveilleuse image! Image Glaciale mais d'une grande beauté.
Magnifique reflets dans l'eau!
C'est super beau.
plimrn (21344) 2007-10-20 1:38
Leave it to you come up with a magic shot of this lovely place that is so photographed that it seems mundane. As you say, the early morning light and the new snow add unique details; but the main thing is the way the composition framed the mountain and its reflection like a speeding arrow. The mountain reflection ending in stones seen through the transparent water and the bright red cabin and its reflection add the final magic.
markstaples (15670) 2007-10-20 5:36
Yet another fine shot with good composition. Excellent clarity, excellent sharpness, excellent colours ... it really is no wonder that 7 people have made this a favourite already. Superb.
rminkow (1556) 2007-10-20 16:24
Hi Alvin..you are truly talented..this picture is great as are many of your others...you have a great sense of composition and technically you do a great job with clarity and lighting..good work.
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-10-21 3:04
Hi Alvin, another fantastic refelction of the nature...
really the place looks great!
and you took it perfectly as usual!
fserajian (2293) 2007-10-21 3:13
Nice shot, I love the POV and the way you captured the rocks and yet maintained a controlled DOF. TFS
Signal-Womb (13048) 2007-10-22 5:46
Hi Alvin, absolutely beautiful capture. So many interesting details that make this one look so special. I am glad to push this into the 100s. Marvelous work..
dcawker (5717) 2007-10-22 6:07
All-around perfect shot here, Alvin.. I agree about the merits of shooting in other areas in the vicinity as well but you really 'nailed' this one! Regards, Doug
donluicu (24718) 2007-10-22 9:55
again a wonderful work, wonderful landscape in a great image (as usually)
well done and thanks
gunbud (34066) 2007-10-22 18:39
You got it all in this stunning composition. A tri-colored lake with stunning clarity calmingly catching fantastic relfections snow capped peaks and lightly frosted evergreens. The sky is perfect and the foreground rocks just below the surface and the tiny cottage reflection in the back are tow other excllent elements to this first pirze composition.
bruce_wayne (1507) 2007-10-23 9:50
This is a great shot!!!
Reflections are superb, wonderful colors, clearness and details...very well done
Bluejeans (64247) 2007-10-23 15:04
Não tenho muito a falar a tua foto esta fantastica :), parabens!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Manamo (3654) 2007-10-23 17:19
Alvin, I cannot not comment on this one despite the already very long praise you receive. This one is fantastic, it has ALL the elements:the light, colors, rocks in the water, reflections, sun rays on the water, mountains, snow, coniferous trees with snow on it, clouds at mountain level and that house!! that house!!!!
It does not get anymore "Rockies" than that...Lake Louise is an old dream from when I was a very young kid. I had that book, which pictures were not half as good as yours. I can't wait to get there someday.
fib2004 (1182) 2007-10-24 8:18
This is an extraordinary shot. The moutain and its reflection is extremely beautiful. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Rodrigues (1035) 2007-10-25 14:11
Yes, I know you didn't get the perfect reflection, but the fact that the sun got his light through the water and lit the rocks in the foreground is a delicious detail, and kept also a slight reflection.
The clear weather and the clouds embracing the mountain are just perfect.
I think I would underexpose this one sligthly.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2007-10-26 4:46
This photo impressed me a lot. The moment you catched, the technic you used and the composition are all excellent. Congratulations,
aralda (1240) 2007-10-28 4:00
Incredible colors and landscape. Nice note, too.
MarcT (20964) 2007-10-28 9:37
wonderful picture. Extraordinary sharpness all over. Fine details, gorgeous colors, absolutely wonderful. A favorite for me.
pasternak (15177) 2007-10-29 0:34
Hi Alvin, this is truly a fantastic shot, symmetric crop does wonders here, as the tree line and the mountain together with their reflections form a giant arrow, and there is a different arrow, much smaller, formed by the house/boats. I particularly like the area where the reflection is "fighting" with the underwater stones, I like this effect of the polarizer. Great work, my compliments!
mumek (20198) 2007-10-31 2:52
Perfect example of nature's beauty.You captured a majestic mountains,beautiful light and lovely reflections in the lake's water .
lilimih33 (9912) 2007-11-04 17:32
Incredible atmosphere in your composition!
Perfect picture from all points of view!!!
Colours, light, reflexion, clarity...are EXCELLENT!
Quentin (5280) 2007-11-06 0:04
This one is amazing! I love it!
doubay (2093) 2007-11-07 2:56
I have an uncle living in Edmonton. When I look at this photo I feel a very strong desire to visit him very soon. This landscape shot is just incredible.
mirarer (4751) 2007-11-08 4:15
Preciosa foto para este bonito paisaje, lleno de color con una luz magnífica e increibles reflejos. En mis dos visitas al lago este pasado julio había una pésima luz de verano, lástima.
JCG (35129) 2007-11-11 10:29
Hi again Alvin,
I am impressed by the beauty of the natural colors of this superb Canadian landscape. Curiously the eye is irremediably attracted by the shutters or red frontages of the house. I like much the reflection and this foreground which lets see in transparency stones in water. SPLENDID. Thank you Alvin.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-11-17 14:07
I can`t resist to add this to my favourites ;).
Amazing light and composition with the reflections in clear water. Great moment captured.
balatrek (7455) 2007-11-18 11:22
Fantastic landscape! Good composition and excellent perspective, the 12-24mm has worked to perfection, has managed to capture the essence of this place, the strength of the mountains contrasted with the tranquility of the lake, the reflection are impressive, the red house help to balance of work and create a small area of colour on the scene, I also like the way you captured the stones from the bottom of the water, a great shot, well done.
indraajeet (1910) 2007-12-16 10:38
DLM (6479) 2007-12-25 6:10
I just popped onto TE in between cooking Christmas dinner ,this image just about took all the stress from my bones,
Merry Christmas to you and all that know you.
bend1k (934) 2008-01-19 22:53
photo fits the title or should I say title fits the photo :D
manudautriche (4344) 2009-09-09 13:00
Hu Alvin,cette photo est l'incarnation de la pureté dans toute sa splendeur,bravo,ciao.MANU
Simon_Rumford (136) 2010-04-28 14:36
incredible shot, I lived in lake louise for a while and this is on of the best shots I have seen and it doesnt even include your typical victoria glacier view...also that mountain is Mt.Fairview I have been on the sumit 4 or 5 times...excellent pic
Rafer (14987) 2012-09-13 5:18
Maravellous place and magnific shot!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!
GyurMaster (597) 2014-01-04 8:38
- Copyright: Alvin Brown (Cormac) (26545)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-09-29
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 12-24mm F4 ED AF-S Zoom Nikkor, B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Member's Favourites, Favorites - landscapes 02, My prefered pictures of october 2007 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-17 6:46
- Favorites: 32 [view]