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Landscape Sin #1: Choppy Water

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LOCATION: LAKE LOUISE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA, CANADA

When we’re shooting a lake or a cozy harbor, what we’re looking for is that still, glassy water that creates a beautiful reflection. So, if you hike up to that beautiful lake with the snow-capped mountains off in the distance, but it’s windy out that day and the lake looks more like the ocean...just keep walking. That’s right, keep walking back to your car, drive back to your hotel, and try again the next morning at dawn. Dawn is your absolute best chance for having calm, still water (by mid-morning it’s usually too late), and it’s worth getting up early for (not to mention the quality of the light), because choppy water is instant death to lake and harbor shots. By the way, that telephone pole lookin’ log there on the left isn’t helping this photo much either.

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