The day's end
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|The third of the Joffre Lakes is only 1km and some 60 metres of elevation gain from the second lake. We arrived at this third lake around 10:00PM. We promptly found a gravel tentpad still partly covered with snow, but we had a snowshovel along so we quickly cleared the snow away so we could set up camp.|
By 10:30, we were pretty much set up, with the sky above continually clearing on us. I decided to try a long exposure of 60 seconds to try capturing the fading twilight and the reflection that still graced the lake.
The foreground illumination was provided by using my LED headlamp to "paint" the rocks in order to get a bit of a foreground anchor for the composition.
By 11:00 the sky was quite dark and the stars were making their appearance. Another couple had joined us on this hike, so we sat together, talked and laughed as the stars began to fill the heavens.
It is quite a wonderful thing to be a mile above sealevel on a clear night with no light pollution whatsoever. It is in times like this that makes one so glad to have endured whatever hardships there may have been in getting to such a place. In fact, such hardships make these moments all the more meaningful.
Such places make me feel rather small in the quiet stillness of the approaching night.
I believe it was Ansel Adams who said that landscape photography is the most difficult of all photography genres to master and for good reason. It is a difficult thing to properly contain such beauty and magnificance within a photograph.
"How can I say there is no God, when all around creation calls?"
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- [2007-06-20 1:55]
Intéressant essai de clair-obscur.
First I love your quote!! Wonderful!!!
This is in your style - so good to see that wonderful reflective art style again. :)
- [2007-06-20 20:55]
I love the sky and it's reflection.An interesting mix of dark and light.The shot has a lot of atmosphere.Very good POV, and your usual expert focus and sharpness.TFS
I still like the darkness of this shot and with you having been there, you know how quiet it is at night,,,The quiet is almost deafening eh? I like it that way. Combined with the darkness it makes a sense of .....not sure...but once one gets used to it...it is magical...