Weather conditions in the mountains are hard to predict and as a photographer you have to learn to be flexible and adaptable if you want to come home with as many beautiful photos as possible. For our trip, we knew we wanted to visit the grand vistas that the Canadian Rockies is known for, but we also knew that predicted snowstorms would mean those views would be completely clouded in. We planned on photographing more intimate or abstract photos during those times.
A foot or two of snow fell in Banff while we were there. During this snowstorm Willie and I ventured out to photograph some of the trees while they were still snow covered. We made our way towards Lake Minnewanka, only to find the road was closed. That was OK because we parked at the road closure, threw on and hiked to a little patch of Birch trees.
I used a relatively high shutter speed to capture the falling snow and loved how the trees cascade towards the background.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8:
105mm, f/16, 1/50 sec, ISO 400