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Moraine Lake at sunset:

Update: Since this is my most popular photo, many people have asked me if I photoshopped the hell out of it or how I got the colors so vibrant and captured the range of exposures here. For one - I used a circular polarizer that allowed me to keep the shutter open longer - which obviously saturates the photo, and really added to the reflection you see in the lake. The lake really is that color, mostly from the amount of glacial silt that is suspended in the lake. I used a very light graduated neutral density filter for the top part of the image to keep the range intact, but the light on the mountains really looked that beautiful and soft.

As for photoshop, I added a slight amout of contrast, while just barely lighting up the darker elements.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.

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  1. Sandeep Santra 31 months ago | reply

    Excellent Lakescape!!!

  2. Plaum 29 months ago | reply


  3. glosszoom 29 months ago | reply

    stunning indeed

  4. Ronan'35 26 months ago | reply

    belle image

  5. FanøOhFanø 26 months ago | reply

    Probably the most beautiful picture I have ever seen!

  6. Mtnmissing 25 months ago | reply

    Stunning shot...

  7. ~ CarLee Photography ~ 25 months ago | reply

    Stunning, we have travelled many a same road it seems by looking at this set, the day we were here it rained and was freezing, we had one small moment of sun and that was it ;)

  8. Fintrvlr 25 months ago | reply

    Incredibly beautiful capture!

  9. Gabriel Tompkins 24 months ago | reply

    Whoa! I've seen many shots of this amazing place, but this is one of the best yet. That blue reflection is so beautiful.

  10. Gabriel Tompkins 24 months ago | reply

    I just noticed the date on this photo... 2006?? You are truly one of the great Flickr veterans. :)

  11. Shahriar Shahidi [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

    Strong composition. And please feel free to look at my photostream

  12. bud_marschner 22 months ago | reply

    pretty shot! wonderful light.

  13. FanøOhFanø 14 months ago | reply

    Still the best shot, I have ever seen here on Flickr.

  14. Sam Gupta Photography 14 months ago | reply

    Mind blowingly Awesome !

  15. scun11 12 months ago | reply

    What a great shot!

  16. Michael Tracy 12 months ago | reply

    I'm making plans on making the banff, jasper tour soon. Images like this get very excited! I hope I can capture such a perfect landscape as this! Wonderful work!!

  17. FanøOhFanø 12 months ago | reply

    Have written it before, and now, when I found your pic again: Most beautiful photo, I have ever seen.

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