Since I've been spending my time running around getting heavily sunburnt and wondering when the weather will be good enough for some serious exploring, I figured I would blog a little bit about one of my favorite shoots ever.
Everyone knows about Moraine Lake. A jewel of the Rockies, the glacier-clad tarn sees hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and even had it's place on some of our money. Millions of photos of it are taken every year, but I still wanted to bring my gear and try my hand at the famous Moraine Lake shot.
I have 3 rules that guide my landscape photography:
- Find a different perspective. Either get closer to the ground, go way off the trail, or take to the airs, but simply standing up and snapping a photo from the trail never cuts it. A lot of people take their pro-level DSLR with them on trips only to return with a variety of bland, dull and unoriginal photos. Putting in the effort is half of a good photo.
- Get a nice sky. Landscape photography is unique in that it relies heavily on the weather. A cloudy, dramatic sky will drastically change the tone of your shot, even if the subject is still the same. It might require waiting around a lot longer than you were planning for, but the result is always worth it.
- Get a nice foreground. That one has more to do with personal tastes. I find that a nice, sharp foreground makes for a much more interesting photo. Using a wide angle lens and tilting your camera down helps a ton, and contrasts nicely with all the background-focused shots out there.
I arrived at Moraine lake at around 7pm, when all the tour buses are long gone. Free from the hordes of tourists, I was able to pick any spot and start shooting. I obviously picked the freshest place to shoot from.
Rocks were jutting out of the water, which made for a perfect foreground. I dropped my tripods legs way lower and started shooting.
While this is very general advice and shouldn't be taken as gospel, I encourage everyone out there to try it! It's not because spot has been shot to death that you can't make it your own.
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