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The lesser-known lake

The lesser-known lake
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Kaiser 77mm UV-MC
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tour de Canada
Theme(s): Lakes of the World, Lakes of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-19 14:03
Viewed: 6894
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not quite as many as the number of people that visit Lake Louise make the 15-kilometre road journey (mostly uphill) to Moraine Lake, which is smaller than its neighbour, but in many ways its scenic superior. The road was pretty decent and the trip was well worth it.

My girlfriend and I visited Moraine Lake on the same morning as we visited Lake Louise. We considered this lake the more impressive of the two, because it is left untouched by humans and is therefore slightly more natural than Lake Louise. The deep-teal-colored Moraine Lake is surrounded by peaks.

The weather became slightly better when the morning passed and when we arrived at the Moraine Lake the sun had appeared and most clouds had disappeared. It was still unbelievably cold! Because there was more wind than a few hours earlier, we didn't experience mirror-effects like we did at Lake Louise. Still I think this picture turned out quite okay. I love the color of the lake and only because I have seen it with my own eyes, I can believe this is the actual color.

This is the lesser-known lake, but a must-see!!

Ps-The horizon is not tilted. As you can see the shore of the lake really does run down a bit. As you can see the actual horizon (from the middle left to the start of the trees) IS levelled.
You may hit me as hard as you can!

Software: Photoshop CS2
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-stop: f/8.0
Focal length: 17mm
ISO Speed: 200
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Weather Condition: Reasonably clear
Time: 11:48:18
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: Kaiser UV Filter

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-19 14:25]

Prachtig Pieter.
Ik denk dat ik mij daar ook wel kan uitleven.
zeer goed genomen compositie, goed gedacht aan de voorgrond en hiervan gebruik makend een fantastisch diepte shot. Ik vind hem erg goed.
gr. jaap

Hi Pieter,
I never was a lover of Canada, I prefer the asian countries. But when I see your phantastic shots, so monumental and also so peaceful, I have to change my mind, that's a wonderful place. Thanks for your impressive shots, realy wonderful, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-10-19 14:37]

Hi Pieter,

Nice shot and well done on the composition.

Do you know what makes the iredescent turquoise blue color?
It's when the glacier moves over the rocks which grinds them down to a powder. Then in the spring when there is a glacier melt, the water with the fine powder etc is dumped in the lake. The particles are so fine that they do not sink, they suspend, the light is slightly absorbed thus the iredescent turqoise blue.


Pieter, this is a great photo. Great colours, excellent sharpness, a very nice composite. TFS.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-19 14:53]

beautiful landscape
Well done Libor

Water, forest, mountains and beautiful colours in one frame. I love this place and I think you've captured it perfectly.
Photo has amazing depth and I can feel space looking at that. POV and composition could't have been better.
I like it very much.

Hi Pieter, very good capture with wonderful depth and accurate exposure. Again those mountain make for a spectacular backdrop. The log in the foreground does add a nice touch of colour but Id be happier if were diagonally placed in the frame. I dont know if this would have been possible. Would I have included it ...probably not. I'm not sure how to rate this one because of it. If it were better place then 8/10 for sure. Well done.

Beautiful picture of a beautiful place.
I am not sure if including the bottom part of the frame is usefull, it is catching the eye too much, pulling the viewer out of the frame and it is not the subject of the picture, maybe is the trunk was not in the frame it would be better.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-19 17:22]

Hi Pieter,
Brilliant shot!
Perfect composition, excellent POV,
beautiful view.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-19 17:22]

Hey, man, how beautiful this is.

Excellent job, Pieter. Great and vivid colors. Maybe I could crop a part of the bottom, but it's just a preference.

Another great landscape shot from Canada! I think your composition is spot-on. Great colors too, and fantastic depth in the photo.

Looks like awesome alpine climbing two, look at those chutes and those jagged peaks... awesome place and good note ! But the photo of course remains the biggest plus !

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-19 21:46]

Nice landscape,
Exposure, focus and DOF are good. I like the perspective of the wide angle and the low POV. The only thing that bothers me in the picture is the piece of wood on the shore. It is quite obious and distract me. You could have move left et cropped the picture. But it's still a very nice shot. TFS

Hi Pieter.
You have become a great landscape photographer.
This a great view with wonderful colours, great POC and very nice composition.
Excellent work, my friend.

Very nice Pieter,
I do prefer this to the others, a very very good shot.
Great composition, detail and exposure.
My one nit is the tourist who did make the 15km journey, and wear a bright red jacket (middle of the image at base of trees)
Still a wonderful shot Pieter, thanks for posting.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-20 3:34]

Wooooow ! What a wonderful place that you have well captured. Composition is pleasant and cliff with snow are impressive. Congratulations Pieter and thanks for sharing with us your trip.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-20 4:22]

Hello Pieter!
Wonderful landscape from you again.POV,large DOF,details,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-20 4:53]

Wow, Pieter, what a place! I envy you your trip very much ;-) Perfect landscape, I love look of mountains with snow, blue sky, green trees... Excellent POV and DOF. Superb work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-20 6:01]

Pieter, you are showing us some beautiful scenes from Canada. I love this one, the colours of the water against the pine trees look so good. And what stately looking trees growing so straight and tall and surrounded by the mountains. Excellent - perfect, thank you.

Hello Pieter!
Wonderful place and capture.POV,details,DOF,colors,sharpness,frame and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Pieter!
Amazing DOF! I'm really iompressed.

Hi Pieter.
Superb landscape shot! The scene is beautiful, and you have used the rocks and log in the foreground very well. This one rockks!

This is a wonderful capture Pieter. I really do envy your trip there. Thanx for taking me along..Albeit vicariously. Well done.

This is a beautiful landscape shot! The exposure is well done, colors are magnificant. The log kinda distracts some. Paul :)

What an amazing place, just beautiful. The trees against the snow covered mountains are incredible. I would probably have cloned the tourist in red...just my opinion. I so want to visit Canada, will probably wait until the children are a bit older. Thank you for posting this tranquil image.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-20 17:44]

Bonjour Pieter !

Cette composition est parfaite, le ciel bleu, les magnifiques montagnes, les beau conifères qui offre un jolie contraste avec l'eau bleu turquoise. Et comme bonus cet arbre qui donne beaucoup de profondeure à cette photo.

Félicitations Et merci pour l'envoie

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-20 21:42]

Hello Pieter,
Very nice landscape, well composed i like the foreground & dof, colours & light are beautifull thanks for posting,

Have a nice week-end & take care,

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-10-21 17:58]

Yo Pieter! Weer een mooie plaat van je! Die rouwrantjes eromheen genieten niet mijn voorkeur, maar das bekend.. Deze landshapsfoto is erg mooi. De belichting en de scherpte is perfect, bovenal heb je een mooie compositie gemaakt. Mooi is ook de afwisseling van kleuren. Dit is een van je sterkste foto samen met die kouw die ook erg mooi vindt! Super gedaan!



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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-22 7:42]

Hi Pieter
Very pretty scenery. Great DOV accentuated by the log in the foreground. The colour of the water is just beautiful and contrasts well against the trees.
Regards Toni

Hi Pieter, stunning, no other words to describe it. I bet it was difficult to return home after all of that beauty.
Very Well Done!!!


PS It naturally went to my fav list

I love this picture, Pieter. You're right, you didn't get the mirror effect in the lake but adding the driftwood in front of the composition adds a lot of interest.



Great Landscape shot
like the log in the foregroung great DOF
I can smell the fresh air
nice one
great composition contrasts and colours
Dave R

Hi Pieter I'm glad to came & look at your photos they are magnificient, the richness of the colors and the subjects make me want to go & have a look myself. Congratulations

Hello Pieter!
Very nice shot.Details,sharpness and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-09 6:57]

Hello Pieter, very nice shot. I love the composition and the view is spectacular. Very well done.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-18 0:24]

Hello Pieter!
Wonderful landscape, well captured here! Nice POV and DOF! Very sharp details and brilliant colours! TFS!

Pieter, this is lovely and well worth both the trip and the freezing conditions. I've seen this lake before in photos but yours is certainly the most impressive I've seen. I love the composition and everything else is spot on. Lovely image :)
PS Beautiful exposure, how did you deal with the contrast between the sky and ground?

A stunning image, the log in the foreground provides a sense of depth and scale.
The smaller trees to the left of the image show how massive the mountains are.
Excellent exposure.
Perhaps not as sharp as it might be, I expect you could do better now you know a few sharpening tricks.

Hello Pieter,
Amazing colour of the water!
The scenery is well framed, with the dramatic mountains to close the view...
Fine colours and nice details in this pleasant composition, good foreground interest!
Pablo -

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