The Wedge Pond on highway 40 in Kananaskis is a great place to capture sunrise. For anyone who enjoys the early mornings it's a fantastic location to shoot a beautiful alpenglow reflection on a mirror like pond. Mt Kidd stands opposite and catches the sunrise for about 20 minutes on it's east facing flanks. Further south Mt Galatea and 'The Fortress' will also capture the light but for only a short time.
Usually I will have clients shoot the image below and then move south a little on the east side of the lake to shoot a fully centralised shot of Mt Kidd. The lake will often have a light mist providing a break in the near perfect symmetry.
When the sky has a good high cloud covering, the image is very different, without high cloud it is a clean line of colour isolating itself against an empty sky. With the cloud in place catching the sun the colour is spread widely across the frame. Either way it is a stunning location and this week the haze from forest fire smoke brought a deeper red to this beautiful shot.
The Wedge Pond is one I return too quite often both with and without clients and no doubt I will be returning again soon.
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