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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. Ronan'35 50 months ago | reply

    belle image

  2. FanøOhFanø 49 months ago | reply

    Probably the most beautiful picture I have ever seen!

  3. Mtnmissing 49 months ago | reply

    Stunning shot...

  4. ~ CarLee Photography ~ 48 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 ;)

  5. Fintrvlr 48 months ago | reply

    Incredibly beautiful capture!

  6. Gabriel Tompkins 48 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.

  7. Gabriel Tompkins 48 months ago | reply

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

  8. Shahriar Shahidi [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

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

  9. bud_marschner 45 months ago | reply

    pretty shot! wonderful light.

  10. FanøOhFanø 37 months ago | reply

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

  11. Sam Gupta Photography 37 months ago | reply

    Mind blowingly Awesome !

  12. scun11 36 months ago | reply

    What a great shot!

  13. Michael Tracy 35 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!!

  14. FanøOhFanø 35 months ago | reply

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

  15. ~ Mani & Ginji ~ 18 months ago | reply

    " You are invited to post your fantastic Picture in : "
    We try to collect a sample of the best photos from flickr, just for the pleasure of the eyes ...
    Many thanks for your contribution !!!

  16. Derek Lyons 7 months ago | reply

    Stunning, but I actually think I prefer the monochrome version.

  17. russ david 4 months ago | reply

    Amazing light, awesome photo!

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