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Bow Lake, Icefields Parkway

September 15th, 2009

Bow Lake, not quite yet melted with ice on the surface. Beautiful scene. Stopped by the roadside and scrambled down the slope to get some nice shots. About midday when this was taken. It was still very cold due to the altitude and ice even at midday... SONY A900 + KM 17-35mm + DRO +3 Advanced.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: T
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Very nice. I love the clear water in the foreground.

The only slight criticism I have is that the shape of the landscape makes it look like the picture is slightly tilted and I'm one of those people who are incredibly sensitive to wonky picture frames!

The only other problem is that it's only a 1920 resolution! It's too small for my monitor. Waaagh!
Posted By: G_Berry
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Awwww :( I miss Canada.

I was there May thru June and drove the icefields parkway.
Such an amazing place, life changing.
Posted By: Sgustafson
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Posted By: K
about 14 years, 10 months ago
@tony: well, it seems it's really tilted. How could the horizon not be... horizontal otherwise? Nothing any postprocessing application can't correct, of course. The picture is nice.
Posted By: Burn Baby
about 14 years, 10 months ago
*yawn*....not much there to look at, though technically hard to fault. just a little too flat. as tall as the rocks may be, they're very dull and monotone. that's when more dramatic lighting could step in to save the day. just not today.

just dont understand why it doesnt say what country or even continent it's from. is 'bow lake' supposed to be some kind of common knowledge? this kind of arrogance would be expected from a yank, but a little canadian should be more considerate.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: stubulman
about 14 years, 10 months ago
a very inviting shot. I adjusted the midtone contrast just a bit--your tastes may vary.
Posted By: lerch84
about 14 years, 10 months ago

Burn Baby, it is very hard to search on internet, isn't it?
Posted By: Mark
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Well.. we have had a little vacation from the troll. First paragraph was sufficient, second was his insulting self again. 2 sec. search in google found the area and gps coordinates of the lake. Very hard indeed to find.

The horizon was a little tilted downward to the right... easy fix though. Great picture though, found its way to my desktop folder.
Posted By: bleuwave
about 14 years, 10 months ago
The image isn't tilted, there's just more water on the other side...
Posted By: paulevermore
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Absolutely beautiful. Clean and fresh. Once again the trolling troll is obvious, on one image it critises the artist for not showing the beauty we have around us and now he criticises that beauty. Angry pathetic little man.
Posted By: kailIFL
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Posted By: Scoops98
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Great picture!!! The water line is off by 0.6º from being level. It kinda throws me off.
Posted By: Beginning
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Beautiful shot.. I like it.. :) Thanks for sharing..

I have no idea why it looks sorta tilted I don't really think it is, the shorelines throw it off.

Proof: http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/7373/level.jpg
Posted By: seanms
about 14 years, 10 months ago
i guess i'm in the minority here in that i like the imperfections in nature. i just don't see the need in taking a long time setting up to get that one perfect shot. you're not gonna please everyone, so why try.

personally, i love the shot. it's serene, beautiful, calm. a place i'd very much like to visit.
Posted By: jmich
about 14 years, 10 months ago
So, this is what the Opal lake from Macindows looks like IRL.
Posted By: slashbomb123
about 14 years, 10 months ago
thats what i call a perfect reflection. nice job
Posted By: Lykos
about 14 years, 10 months ago
This looks pretty good. I hate to agree, but it is a little flat on the mountains on the right. I'm not saying this as to pick at the photographer's skill since skill wise it looks like this took some effort to capture. I don't know what more you could have done to bring out the depth.

For those who want to edit it, I suggest Paint.net since it's rotation with minimum detail loss wins out pretty well. I did a rotate zoom command (ctrl shift z) which is in the layers menu up top, 0.6 rotation as mentioned above and a zoom of 1.02 (for 1680x1050) reosolution. The zooming is to cover up the blank area after rotating. I guess it could stand 1.02x and a smig up. If you click on the little button for zooming and just use the arrow keys, you can move up by intervals of I'm guessing 0.005 even though it won't show the 1/1000 place value.
Posted By: B_wall
about 14 years, 10 months ago
I haven't been in this website too long, but burn baby burn, you sure do have a lot of crap to say for some one who hasn't even submitted a photo. Are you scared of people like yourself? They might criticize your photo??
Posted By:       
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Hello TME. Wonderful place to take a picture, much as there to pick my favorites. Good performace.

On the lake, if it is tilted or not, if there is more water on one side than another, do not think so. I believe it is only the flow of water and the slope of the place is natural, you can not change. This view of the water that drives your eyes to the other side is magnificent.

jmichi, you have a great sense. I think that is the same. Just look at the mountains and compare.
Posted By: Genocide
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Good to see theres some Sony users on here! A900 is a beast.
Posted By: jamie0101
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Burn baby burn....why don't you just shut up.You are a legend in your own mind only,and keep your dim witted opinions about "yanks" contained in that small neanderthal head.
Posted By: Trombonez
about 14 years, 10 months ago
What a great picture! Brings back good memories! Keep it up!
about 14 years, 10 months ago
I don't think anyone has a right to tell anyone else to shut up - what sort of a world would that be, where we silenced those we did not want to hear?

Burn, I like your criticism, but please always try to be CONSTRUCTIVE.
Everyone else, you've really got no right to tell anyone to shut up, so play nicely and everyone can get along.

Criticism is required, how else can people improve?
Posted By: TME
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Hello thanks for all the comments. I'm not sure if there is a tilt? I guess the tilted effect is due to the ridges along the mountain on the left of the picture. I remembered the picture as it was when I was there with the curious tilt effect due to the textures on the mountain. As for the mountains on the right, they are quite some distance away, not sure what is meant by flat since there are meant to be the background really...

This is my first picture chosen so I really appreciate all the comments. Curious thing is that when I posted this same picture on a local SONY photography forum, no one mentioned the tilt at all... :-)
Posted By: jamie0101
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Sorry,but I have to disagree with "caneveryonepleasebenice." When someone writes a critique just to show off,and verbally humiliate another artist,to say nothing condones that kind of behavior.His comments were deliberately inflammatory and disrespectful to the artist, and to American's. My words were necessary, and I have an obligation and right to forcefully respond to people who enjoy degrading other artist's .
Posted By: Quatrix
about 14 years, 10 months ago
Now this is what the sky SHOULD look like in a photo -- smooth, not gradiented or grainy.
Posted By: asatch
about 14 years, 10 months ago
It's absolutely beautiful! This picture alone makes me want to buy a plane ticket and get here as soon as I can. You captured it wonderfully!
Posted By: BlackGary
about 14 years, 10 months ago
I`ve been there few months ago. Really nice place! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: DAvE23
about 14 years, 10 months ago
fantastic picture, looking at it brings me right back to when I was there this time last year. Thanks :)

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