Regulars to the site will have noticed the new header here on the blog page. I went to one of my usual shooting locations in kananaskis looking for a nice mirrored sunset, unfortunately the lake was not playing along and huge wind driven waves eliminated any hint of reflection.
Rather than seeking a new location entirely, I sought a new perspective on an old topic. My usual shooting spot was useless given the conditions, and my 'go to' wide angle lens just brought in the dark waters of the lake with no reflection at all, making a dull and uninteresting foreground.
I decided to climb to higher ground and set up the tripod with the 70 - 200 mm f2.8 and a 0.9 ND graduated filter to balance the dynamic range between the light, sun kissed mountains and the dark shadows of the mountainsides on the east side of the lake. I added my polariser to control the reflection from the white snow and further separate the mountains from the sky above.
I levelled the tripod precisely (not usually my way) to allow me to make panoramic shots with little effort. I initially didn't like the solid black of the forest in the lower portion of the image, but a change in composition left me enjoying the stark contrast from top to bottom of the shot.
The small cloud bank that crept through between the peaks added something to the shot but if I'm to be honest I would have liked a little more of it. Having said that, I found a 'keeper' from an disappointing start and that's always a good thing.
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