Testing a new location that I had my eye on for a sunset shoot, saw me standing out on the frozen water of the lower lake in kananaskis yesterday. It was an hour before sunset and I had plodded my way from the car park in snowshoes owing to deep fresh coverage from a recent snowfall. Our temperatures have been challenging for a week or so now and this location was as cold as any I've found in a long time. The light breeze felt like razors slashing at my face and I found myself resorting to the full balaclava and ski goggles to cover all areas of skin.
As the sun began to set the location initially looked promising, but the shadows climbed the west facing flanks of the mountains quickly. In the short time it took for the colour to change to that beautiful red/orange glow, only the peaks remained illuminated. I was left with a lot of dark foreground and an empty sky leaving the wide angle shot lacking in a number of areas.
I decided to take out the 70-200 mm telephoto lens and isolate a few of the peaks, while preparing for the shot a snowstorm moved in and split around the mountains. Suddenly the image was transformed from a bland sunset with too little light to a speckled sunset of stunning alpenglow reminiscent of a Patagonian landscape. As the clouds slid through the mountain passes I fired off a series of shots for over 20 minutes.
In the end it was difficult to select one from the group to post on the blog today, but I opted for this wonderfully moody frame with burnt umber summits interwoven with layers of blue and grey. A classic landscape in many senses it meets a number of the basic rules of composition and was worth every moment of that cold, biting wind across the lake.
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