Currently browsing posts tagged with "foliage"



Jasper’s Fall Colors


Fall colors in Jasper, Alberta, Canada

Fall colors in Jasper, Alberta, Canada

After all the recent lake shots, I figured I’d post something a little different. This is an aerial view of the Athabasca River and a train snaking through Jasper town amidst splashes of brilliant Fall colors.

PS: I’ve been too busy lately. If I am late in replying to your question/request, my apology. I do try to answer emails and post new photos when I can.


 About this entry



First Light on Pyramid Mountain


Morning light on Pyramid Mountain -  Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Golden sunrise light on Pyramid Mountain – Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

I waited for nearly two hours to get this shot. It wasn’t a spectacular sunrise, but eventually, first light lit up the side of Pyramid Mountain for a few minutes. I love catching first light on mountain peaks mirrored by a perfectly still lake surface.

There is a sense of separation in this composition: the distant cloud formation seems to mimic the rock formation under water, and a piece of driftwood serves as a lone element connecting with the distant trees on the other side of the lake. The ethereal light on the mountain is the force that binds these displaced elements together. As I wrote in my previous post, light is what you see. I hope you see what you seek.

PS: Perhaps this scene looks familiar? It is the same location where I shot Every Man Should Paddle His Own Canoe.


 About this entry



Patricia Lake Autumn Sunrise


Golden aspens awaiting first light as the morning mist rises from Patricia Lake -  Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Golden aspens awaiting first light as the morning mist rises from Patricia Lake, Jasper National Park – Alberta, Canada

I shot this image about fifteen minutes prior to my previous photo, Layers of Stillness. From this view, turn 120° left to see the alpenglow on the Triden Range. Patricia Lake is small and easily accessible, but when those aspens turn colors on a crystal clear lake water surface, this place is incredibly photogenic. Throw in a moody cold Autumn mist rising under a colorful sunrise sky, this place can take one’s breath away. The best part about this beautiful morning sunrise? I saw only two other sunrise watchers enjoying this scene in silence. Out on this small lake, I found my own space and time, and I loved the absolute stillness of this quiet sunrise. This was one of those rare intangible moments that I can’t described nor captured with my camera. I think of myself as a “light chaser”, but it is not just about the light, it’s about finding those “pauses” that make time stands still. “Light” is what you see.




Every Man Should Paddle His Own Canoe


Morning light and autumnal reflections on Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park - Alberta, Canada

Morning light and autumnal reflections on Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park – Alberta, Canada

This photo is one of my favorite landscape shots that I’ve done to date. Technically speaking, this shot was difficult for me to pull off. I went to Patricia Lake for a sunrise shoot. After two hours of flat light and choppy water, I decided to move to Pyramid Lake where I found calm water just as the morning light began to light up the aspens on other side of the lake.

I setup my tripod inside this canoe, thinking that I’d get plenty of opportunities to experiment with different compositions; but every single movement I made caused ripples in the calm lake water, ruining the reflections. Then the wind started to pick up, sending ripples across the lake. So I sat inside this canoe and waited patiently for my shots as the morning light dappled in and out of the clouds. To get a good exposure was also a challenge. I stacked a two stops soft edge and a two stops hard edge Lee GND filter to keep the highlights in checked and to prevent the mountain details from getting lost in the shadows.

I love this shot not because of the technical challenges, but because how I felt so connected to this scene as I sat inside this canoe with my tripod and remote shuttle release cable. The wind was a blessing in disguise as it allowed me to contemplate about what I wanted my image to convey. Since I was in Canada, it’s fitting to quote Wayne Gretzky, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” In this shot, I aimed the canoe not at the light directly, but where I anticipated the light would be when I reached the other side of the lake. I’ve been paddling my own canoe since I was sixteen. Although my canoe might be old and leaky, it always takes me to where I want to go. Of course, I am speaking metaphorically. This canoe didn’t move at all during the time I sat in it, but it took me on a journey, a self-discovering journey that I will always remember.


 About this entry



Bathed in Autumnal Colors


Oxbow Bend Fall foliage reflection on the Snake River

Backlit Wyoming Aspens, Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming, USA


 About this entry



“Morning Has Broken…” on Oxbow Bend


Oxbow Bend Fall foliage reflection on the Snake River

Oxbow Bend’s aspens basking in Autumn morning light, Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming, USA


Read the rest of this entry »


 About this entry



Pre-dawn Stillness on Oxbow Bend


Pre-dawn Stillness on Oxbow Bend

Pre-dawn colors and reflections at the Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming, USA


Read the rest of this entry »


 About this entry



 About this entry



Aspen Flames

aspen; autumn; bishop-creek-canyon; sierra-nevada; eastern-sierra; fall; foliage; lake-sabrina;  photofool

Aspen trees in the early morning light on Lake Sabrina


Read the rest of this entry »


 About this entry



North Lake’s Fall Alpenglow

Reflection; aspen; autumn; bishop-creek-canyon; sierra-nevada; eastern-sierra; fall; foliage; north-lake; sunrise; alpenglow; photofool

Bishop Creek Canyon’s aspens awaiting morning light on North Lake.


Read the rest of this entry »


 About this entry





Tag Archive

aerial afterglow Agapanthus Alaska Alaska Range Alberta alpenglow alpine lake Alyeska Angels Landing Antelope Canyon Arizona aspen autumn beach Bearhart Mountain Big Sur Bird Bishop Bishop Creek Canyon Blog boat boat-house bodie bow-range Bow-Summit bridge Bristlecone Bryce Bryce Canyon butterfly California Cameron Lake Canada Canadian-Rockies candid canyon Catheral-beach cave Chugach cloud composite Convict Lake creek dancer Denali National Park desert Eastern Sierra egret Fall fisherman Flickr flower foam fog foliage Garden Wall Girdwood glacier flour glacier lake Glacier National Park Going To The Sun Road Grand Teton grass green Grinnell Falls Grinnell Glacier Grinnell Lake hanalei hanalei-bay Hawaii herbert-lake Hidden Lake Highlight Trail hike Honopu-arch hoodoos; hotel icefields-parkway impressionism Jackson Hole Jasper Jasper-National-Park kalalau Kauai kelp kiteboarding lake Lake Sabrina Lake Tahoe Laurel Mountain Liedig Meadow light LimeKiln-State-Park Logan Pass lundy-canyon Macro Maligne-Lake Maligne-Mountain mcway-falls Merced River Mono Lake Montana moon moonrise Mormon Row motion Moulton Barn mountain Mount Gould Mount Grinnell moutain Mt McKinley Mt Moran Napali Navajo nd110 North Lake ocean oil platform Olympic National Park Oxbow Bend Pacific Northwest Page Patricia-Lake Patricia-Mountain PCH pebble Peyto-Lake Poipu Portfolio Pyramid-Lake Pyramid-Mountain rainbows rain forest redoubt-bay reflection ripple Rising Sun river rock Rock Creek Canyon Rock Creek Lake ruins sail boat sand San Francisco Santa Barbara Seascape seashell silhouette Silver Lake sky Snake River snow solstice-parade Springdale square St Mary Lake stone storm summer sunrise sunset sunsie surf surfer Swiftcurrent Lake Talkeetna Teton Tetons tide tree Trident-Range tufa Tuolumne Meadows twilight Twin Lakes Upper-Yosemite-Falls US National Park Utah vertorama Virgin River wagon water water fall Waterton Waterton Lake Waterton Lakes National Park wave wedding Wild Goose Island wildlife winter wordpress Wyoming Yosemite Zion