Michael Weatherford  

Bow Lake by Michael Weatherford

August 2019 - Bow Lake

August 2019 - Michael Weatherford


About the Image(s)

Here it is! My favorite photo from a trip to Banff National Park.

This is an “angle of repose” shot at Bow Lake, located just off the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta. I was walking the trail next to the lake, late morning on a typically hazy day in late August. The reflection of the talus slope in the lake was near perfect. This shot is hand-held using a Pentax K-1 with Pentax 31mm prime lens. 1/200; f8.0; ISO 100. I processed the image in Lightroom and Topaz Studio. In LR I cropped so the shoreline was perfectly in the center. I dehazed and did selective sharpening, texturizing, white/black, and color adjustments using the adjustment brush. It would have been great to have had the time to set up a tripod and do an pano on this one, but I didn’t.

You can put your socks back on now “ haha.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
15 comments posted

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
(Groups 16 & 68)
Excellent. I liked the perfect reflection. Your post processing is very nice. Good work.   Posted: 08/01/2019 13:54:09
Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Thank you very much for visiting our group and for the encouraging comments.   Posted: 08/02/2019 17:16:56

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
DATELINE: MIAMI 08/02/2019

Meteorologists are currently investigating the cause of unusually strong winds that have been occurring across Florida since Wednesday. Strangely these winds seem to be blowing the socks off of residents in the southern part of the state. Latest investigations into this unusual weather phenomenon have linked to images of mountain reflections. Scientists are baffled.   Posted: 08/02/2019 09:25:13
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Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Socks blown. Mission accomplished!   Posted: 08/02/2019 12:50:19
Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Congrats Michael... You did it!   Posted: 08/06/2019 23:08:20
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Hahahaha nice one!   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:59:45

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
This is a very solid composition featuring strong leading lines that sweep the eye across the image finally anchoring it on the bright talus on the far right. While it would appear that there is too much foreground the visibility of the stones seen through the water on the right add interest. The extremely still waters and the resulting sharp reflection give this image some visual punch. Visually the triangle and its natural diagonal lines are strong composition elements and this image is full of these shapes and lines. Particularly interesting is the almost pine tree like shape on the far right created by the diagonal lines formed by both the refection and the sloping talus. (the tree like shape is horizontal) The two strongest and most pleasing colors for entries in photo contests are blue and yellow and this image makes excellent use of both. Your processing of this image is well done. It would have been easy to over process this image. Your rendering allows the lines to become the story as the colors are shown as being quite natural.

I personally think a pano of this site would result in a weaker image because you would diminish the strength of the lines and the impact of the yellow/gold talus on the right.

Did you use a polarizer? I wonder how this would look shot from a lower angle as it would increase the drama created by the stones in the water and strengthen the foreground. Just a thought to try as you work a scene for the best angle. In the end this may still be the best angle.

In the end you have a fine image worthy of framing.   Posted: 08/02/2019 09:59:18

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
No filters. Basically a point and shoot. Yes, I think lower and closer to the water's edge with a polarizer would have been the way to go. Next time! Thanks for the feedback.   Posted: 08/02/2019 12:53:17

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Stunning image Michael. I keep looking for something that I could add or take away to make the image better and there is none worth mentioning. I don't think I have ever seen so many triangles in one landscape image that fit together so well. Nothing is out of place. Maybe if your were there and could shoot at some different angles there may have been another shot but it would be hard pressed to be better than what you have. I just thought of something. When I am shooting landscapes I always try and leave a little terrafirma for my viewer to stand on so that they can be in the image,"at least mentaley".   Posted: 08/05/2019 18:59:45

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
I like the idea of composing the image to have a place for the viewer to "be there". Thanks for sharing that - and for the kind comments.   Posted: 08/05/2019 22:08:03

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Michael, this is a very stunning image. I really like the composition and the reflections are so smooth they transition beautifully. Your changes in LR add so much detail and color which is justified for this stunning image.

I am sitting in the Kayak, completely still and can feel the breeze, and sunlight. I love the capture of the glacial snow as well. Stunning Sir!!   Posted: 08/06/2019 23:13:10

Wayne Stelk   Wayne Stelk
Michael, I will join the chorus to say your image is amazingly amazing! It's really stunning at first glance. I thought about the value-added of a polarizing lens. You would have gotten more of the lake's bottom, but maybe you would have lost some of the reflection?

Your post-processing is excellent and the colors are well balanced. While Richard suggested showing a bit of the shoreline as a bottom-frame, I liked the "floating" symmetry of the image that you have created. I don't wear socks much, but you sure knocked-off my flip-flops! :)   Posted: 08/11/2019 11:14:50

Cheryl Pauley   Cheryl Pauley
My first thought on viewing this image was "Wow"! It is really stunning. The post processing makes it look realistic and not over the top as we see so often everywhere. It draws the viewer's eye right into the image and makes me want to be there! Great job!   Posted: 08/11/2019 20:36:03

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Magnificent shot Michael! Very eye catchy frame. Interesting patterns of nature. Out of curiosity, I just rotated the image to see how it looks. It appeared to me like a colorful painting of a Dust-Off brush :) attached the image just to show how it looked.   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:59:09
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Funny. I actually thought of this having possibilities as an abstract when I first saw it. Looks like someone besides me as a mind that thinks outside the box.   Posted: 08/22/2019 10:12:24