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Surely one of the most treasured spots to sit and watch as a new day breaks.

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
July, 2009

Lake Louise, set in the Banff National Park in Canada is perhaps known as the Diamond of the Rockies for no other reason than its sheer beauty alone.

Having arrived in Canada on the previous afternoon after a long trans-Atlantic flight, the idea to beat the effects of jet lag were adopted with a 3am alarm call and the chance to shoot Lake Louise in all its splendour at dawn.

Following a 45 mins drive from Banff accompanied along the way with storms over the mountains lighting the otherwise black night sky, we arrived at Lake Louise in good time for sunrise.

Some may know the lake as a bustling tourist spot with coaches coming and going throughout the day. Dropping off their cargo at the water’s edge to take in the majesty of Louise before whisking them off to a further destination all to the sound of clicking shutters and the gentle whir of digital handy-cams.

For Claire and I the experience was to sit alone in silence; the only guests at Natures matinee performance…

The dedication to early starts could not be better rewarded.


  • ashpipedevil
    ashpipedevilover 5 years ago

    Happy memories of this delightful spot. This is a great job Paul…well done.

  • Thanks Phil… this was the second time for me to this spot, the first time it was frozen and covered with a blanket of snow! Lots of happy memories!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Ian  James
    Ian Jamesover 5 years ago

    Stunning shot paul an instant favourite. I love the way the rocks in the foreground are framed by the reflection in the water.

  • Cheers Ian… after setting up in the dark, it’s always a bit hit and miss as to what you will get from a long exposure, but once the light and colours started appearing then that’s when things started getting intresting and you can start framing your shot!

    – Paul Tupman

  • dbiggins71
    dbiggins71over 5 years ago

    Paul, that’s fabulous-I love the rocks in the foreground, the rocks under the water and the stillness of the water itself. A fave? Oh yes!

  • Thanks Dan… It was a great experience to be there. Knowing the colour of this lake and then waiting for those colours to start appearing as the light came through was (without sounding too much of a geek) more exciting than I had imagined!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Cornelia Togea
    Cornelia Togeaover 5 years ago

    great comp and colors!. Lovely nature, well captured.

  • Thank you Cornelia… :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 5 years ago

    An absolute beauty of a shot Paul and this is such a great place to have to yourself when so normally crowded. The cool cool blues add to the immense sense of calm and the rocks stand majestically even under the water.

  • Thank you Stuart… I always look forward to what you have to say. It was a brilliant morning to have to ourselves, broken only when an American staying at the nearby hotel at got up to watch the sunrise and get some snaps. Nice chap and I hope we didnt intimidate him when we suggested he tried long exposures, etc… too much, too much!

    – Paul Tupman

  • UncleWiggley
    UncleWiggleyover 5 years ago

    Sorry to favorite and run…I hate to do that but I had company and didnt want to loose the image. A super piece Paul. I love it from top to bottom. The crispness of the rocks is just perfect and the way they disappear from view as the lake deepens is just dreamy. The turquoise/cyan colour of the water gives or rather adds to a huge feeling of peace and serenity that I feel when I look at this photo. The depth is wonderful and the way the dramatic dark vee of the mountains in the background reveals the higher snowy peaks beyond is superb. Fabulous image Paul…just lovely.

  • Thank you Simon, I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and really take in the image and give such a detailed comment. It’s a stunning setting so it’s a great joy to read such opinions and know that you have got some of that across to the viewer.
    Thank you again… :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Alana Ranney
    Alana Ranneyover 5 years ago

    Very nice!

  • Thank you Alana!

    – Paul Tupman

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture of our beautiful Canadian Rockies.
    This spot is very popular for photos, here is my version in sc from 2006, shot probably from the same point :)

  • Thank you TickerGirl… yes a very popular location which is why we got up at 3am to get the right shot!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    I’d really love to see this part of the world sometime! Beautiful image and framing of that reflection, Paul!

  • Thank you Mel! There are so many stunning locations to visit… I’m sure we all have a list of places as long as our arms! I would definately recomend this place as well as a drive through the Icefields Parkway… the best drive ever!

    – Paul Tupman

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    It is very beautiful!

  • Thank you Sharon

    – Paul Tupman

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