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May 22, 2024 09:12:00   #
Hoops12761
 
I am planning a three month photo expedition through Alberta, BC, and the West Coast starting in late August. For those of you that have captured that area(especially Banff and Jasper), what recommendations do you have as far as to the best time of day to photograph Moraine and Louise? Based on the weather, typically when does it start to snow? Also any other “not-to-be-missed” locations between Jasper and Vancouver? We will be traveling in a 22’ Class B RV, so if any of you have found great camp sites with full hook ups that would be helpful also.
TIA

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May 22, 2024 09:17:24   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
Generally in photography, the best light is in the first four and the last four hours of the day. Secondarily, you may want to consider whether your main subject faces east of west.

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May 22, 2024 10:24:57   #
photoman43
 
Look for a used copy of Darwin Wiggett's book "How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies".

https://www.amazon.com/Photograph-Canadian-Rockies-Darwin-Wiggett/dp/1551536412

Lighting will vary during the day and cloud cover can happen a lot. So be prepared to shoot in any kind of light. Softer light may be a plus for many photo ops in the Canadian Rockies especially those with water, waterfalls, etc.

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May 22, 2024 10:42:49   #
wbchinook Loc: Everson WA
 
I would try to take in Waterton and Glacier national parks if possible. Waterton is dear to my heart. I once was a summer warden there as a young man. In Glacier, your rig would not be allowed over the world famous Going to the Sun Highway. Instead, it is a once in a lifetime experience to ride in the old red open air buses that are available for this route. On the summit, you often fine yourself only feet from Rocky Mountain Goats.The scenery is breathtaking. If you were able to fit this in your travels, please watch out for Old Chief Mountain. This landmark sits on the Montana side of the border, on the edge of Waterton Glacier Parks. I grew up on a ranch in Southern Alberta with a view of Old Chief out of the living room window.

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May 22, 2024 10:43:55   #
wbchinook Loc: Everson WA
 
Duplicate. Sorry.

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May 22, 2024 12:07:30   #
Hoops12761
 
photoman43 wrote:
Look for a used copy of Darwin Wiggett's book "How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies".

https://www.amazon.com/Photograph-Canadian-Rockies-Darwin-Wiggett/dp/1551536412

Lighting will vary during the day and cloud cover can happen a lot. So be prepared to shoot in any kind of light. Softer light may be a plus for many photo ops in the Canadian Rockies especially those with water, waterfalls, etc.


Thanks…just ordered it!

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May 22, 2024 12:34:10   #
Old Coot
 
Hoops12761 wrote:
I am planning a three month photo expedition through Alberta, BC, and the West Coast starting in late August. For those of you that have captured that area(especially Banff and Jasper), what recommendations do you have as far as to the best time of day to photograph Moraine and Louise? Based on the weather, typically when does it start to snow? Also any other “not-to-be-missed” locations between Jasper and Vancouver? We will be traveling in a 22’ Class B RV, so if any of you have found great camp sites with full hook ups that would be helpful also.
TIA
I am planning a three month photo expedition throu... (show quote)


Guaranteed that you will be stopping every 5 minutes. Around every bend or mile, there are beautiful scenes to be captured.

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May 22, 2024 13:11:20   #
John O.
 
It is highly important that you do some study on light, quality of light, and color of light before you take your trip. Go go your public library and grab some books on composition and lighting. Shoot a scene, such as a building in the fairly early morning, mid day, afternoon and early evening and evening. Make sure that you are shooting from the same spot and same focal length and you will be amazed at the difference in your subject and its impact. If you don't understand light, and shadows, your photography is nothing but snapshots where most will be a waste.

We have been in the area you are going to. It would be a heartbreak for you if you were to make the trip without properly preparing yourself for capturing God's great beauty.

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May 22, 2024 13:32:30   #
rlscholl Loc: California
 
I doubt you would regret stopping at Lake Louise midway between Banff and Jasper.

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May 22, 2024 14:25:13   #
kufengler Loc: Meridian, Idaho 83646
 
I agree with see Lake Louise.
This was taken 25 years ago, before I had a digital camera. A beautiful lake and hotel. It is touristy.

Lake Louise
Lake Louise...

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May 22, 2024 14:25:48   #
tlhender
 
My son and I visited that area in Aug. 22. It is absolutely beautiful! Jasper is a neat little city with charm and character with great restaurants. We hired a local guide which was worth the money, particularly with exchange rate. Saw many bears etc. Lake Moraine was the highlight. I have never seen a more beautiful and unique lake. To really appreciate it you need to spend a night at the lodge which is not cheap. Otherwise you can only drive into the property for only a very limited time. You want to be there for sunrise and early evening. After seeing Moraine, Lake Louise is very anticlimactic and loaded with people. There are many beautiful spots along icefield highway. Enjoy God’s beautiful gifts.

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May 22, 2024 14:38:26   #
MtManMD Loc: Beaverton, Oregon
 
Please be aware that these popular places like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake are massive magnets that attract people for all over the world. Mobs. Think hundreds of busloads of people per day. Do your research about the difficulty in parking at Lake Louise. Moraine Lake is now close to private vehicles 24x7. You'll have to park remote and have a reservation for shuttle bus to get there. Similar permits and restrictions at Glacier NP in the U.S. now too.

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May 22, 2024 19:57:04   #
tcthome Loc: NJ
 
kufengler wrote:
I agree with see Lake Louise.
This was taken 25 years ago, before I had a digital camera. A beautiful lake and hotel. It is touristy.


Beauty!

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May 23, 2024 05:56:43   #
Capn_Dave
 
I was there in July one year and got snowed in when in Banff for a day. We did have the obligatory snowball fight

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May 23, 2024 10:01:23   #
clansman Loc: wendover,england
 
Re Lake Louise, I visited in 1966, and walked up to the next lake above, possibly Emerald Lake a mini version and well worth it, not at all far.

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