One of the most iconic locations for landscape photography is Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. I’m fortunate to go there a few times a year for work and I always look forward to the summer months when Lake Moraine is accessible without an eight mile snowshoe from where they close the road in the winter and spring months. Lake Moraine is perhaps the most well known location in Banff and when people think about Banff the image that probably pops into their head is the iconic view from the rockpile looking out at the ten peaks that reflect in the turquoise blue glacial water.
Red Canoe on Lake Moraine (Banff National Park)
I spent some time during my last visit in August – I went in December as well but timing just wouldn’t allow me to spend any days in Banff – walking the shoreline and tried to make a compelling image with the canoes in the foreground. I probably stood in this spot or similar for twenty minutes and maybe shot thirty or forty different compositions before I finally hit on this one that I liked the best. The red canoe seemed to pop and it was running parallel with the shoreline in the distance so I thought it provided nice symmetry for the image. Additionally, all of the other canoes and the shoreline in the distance seem to be pointing out towards the peaks in the distance so it kind of naturally leads the eye back towards the main focal point of the image.