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Lake Minnewanka, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
March, 2008

15 minutes outside of Banff, we sat by the frozen shore of Lake Minnewanka… the hour was early and the temperature by far on the wrong side of zero. Wrapped up in layer upon layer and with equipment at the ready, we sat waiting for a new day to begin… This was my first experience in dawn photography.

The first of 2 mornings capturing sunrises around Banff; the air may have been cold, but my mind is certainly full of warm memories…



  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 6 years ago

    What an introduction in to the world of stupid o’clock Paul. When the temperature is about 60 degrees less than what you’re used to it must be a real culture shock but with such a view on offer i’m sure you care a little bit less for it.

    Love how the reflections pick up in the water with the remainder looking like ice and the coolest of cool blue tones subside throughout the shout holding the actual thermometer reading hand in hand as your eye shivers around the shoreline in search of that rising sun and some much needed warmth.

    (Rambling aside – I like it matey!)

  • Thanks so much Stuart… and please, always feel free to ramble! I always enjoy reading your comments.

    Actually there was not a drop of water to be seen here at this lake… this was all ice and believe me, I have never heard anything as eerie as the groaning of a frozen lake as the ice begins to shift in the morning. After a couple hours of tip toeing around the shore of this frozen lake, not knowing how thick the ice was, we later saw a couple of locals casually walking out to the centre. Yep, the ice was thick!

    Look, who is rambling now… memories…

    – Paul Tupman

  • dbiggins71
    dbiggins71over 6 years ago

    Great shot Paul – I’d noticed that you hadn’t posted for a while, so was wondering when one of your shots would appear…and I’m not disappointed! You can almost feel the cold from the blue tones, and can almost hear the “silence” too…apart from the errie groans of the ice, of course!

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanover 6 years ago

    Cheers Dan… I had been biding my time and then stumbled across this one today in the collection. Thanks so much and I’m very happy not to disappoint! :-)

  • joak
    joakover 6 years ago

    fantastic paul well worth the effort

  • Thanks joak… always worth the effort! :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Naomi Frost
    Naomi Frostover 6 years ago

    Fabulous image, Paul. I love the cool blue tones – they really add to the iciness of the image. I’ve never been in weather that cold before, and like Stuart said, what a way to be introduced to stupid o’clock! Did you eventually walk out into the middle?

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanover 6 years ago

    Hi Naomi and thanks… it was like from one extreme to the other! Although we didn’t venture out onto the ice on this morning, we got our acts together on the following day, walking out on to the middle of Lake Louise.
    Thanks again… :-)

  • Jerame    *
    Jerame *over 6 years ago


  • Thanks Jerame… :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 6 years ago

    wow Paul really great shot it was worth the wait in the cold

  • Hi Christine… it was definately worth it, if not for the experience alone. The sound of the alarm at that time in the morning is the worst thing in the world, but once up and out, it is something i would recommend to anyone. Thanks again.

    – Paul Tupman

  • helene
    heleneover 6 years ago

    Wow you’re dedicated – gorgeous composition and light paul!

  • Haha! Thanks Helene… Dedication is what you need!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    What an awesome scene! Love the almost monochrome tones…..with just a hint of dawn lighting the sky in the distance…..beautiful!

  • Hi Mel… :-) It was exactly those things that I was trying to acheive with this… freezing cold tones with just a hint of that new light at dawn… glad you like.

    – Paul Tupman

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