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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Photo of the Weekend - Bow Lake

Saturday morning I got up at 6 am and drove off into the dark to see what I could find. And while the wildlife was scarce, I did find some gorgeous colours in the subalpine at Bow Lake in Banff National Park.

Bow Lake in Banff National Park at 10:15 a.m. after the fog finally lifted

Unfortunately for me, the fog was so thick at the lake that it didn't burn off until after 10 a.m., so the light wasn't quite as perfect as I had hoped for, but it still made for some interesting images.

Bright yellow willows on the shore of Bow Lake

My favourite shot of the day was probably this final one, which I took while I was wandering around the shore of the lake looking for wildlife tracks.

The fog lifts for a brief few minutes to show a glistening snow-capped peak

Because of the sunlit fog that continued to hover in the air in all three of these shots creating very bright sections that were overexposed, I used my favourite tool in Photoshop to even the exposures out a bit and bring a bit of detail back into the highlights: the Highlight-Shadow adjustment tool. Try it out if you don't already use it!

Happy shooting!



  1. Nice shots, John. It's great receiving your shots of the weekend or day with the occasional yip. Keep it up.

  2. Hey John,
    Been following your blog for a while now. As per usual, it's a real treat to see your new image postings. Was about 100 km north of you, shooting the morning on the Sunwapta River, when you were at Bow. The next few days look promising for some snow and colour shots.

    Best regards, Darcy

  3. Hey John,
    Was great to run into you the other day! We will have to stop and chat one of these times. I will likely post a couple shots on my blog in the next day or so. Thanks for sharing... your stuff is always a treat to look at!


  4. Great to see you, too, Wayne! We'll definitely need to hook up.

  5. Great set of images John!
    I'll probably be heading to photograph at Bow Lake this weekend. I love the fall colours there.

  6. As always, beautiful and how nice of you to share such a nice part of our country through your lens!!

    I have to admit to living vicariously through your travels, so keep on trekking!