First Light hitting Cascade Mountain
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
It's funny how you go to a new place to photograph it, with the intention of photographing a number of different locations, yet you end up going back to the same few spots over and over. That's how it was while we were in Banff: Willie and I kept finding ourselves at Vermillion Lakes during sunrise.
On this particular morning the sky was starting to burn before we even got out of the car. We knew that this "pre-burn" meant we were in for a beautiful morning. As the sun continued to rise the colors in the sky grew more intense and we quietly snapped away, trying to not crack the thin ice forming on Second Vermillion Lake with our excitement. Light rays beamed out of Mount Rundle. Just when we thought the show was over, we turned around to find new scenes to photograph.
While the sun rose in the east, we looked west and caught the first rays of light hitting Cascade Mountain. I loved the orange glow that it cast on the mountain, while the clouds behind it give the illusion that it's spewing fire. I kept the entire scene fairly dark to maintain the peacefulness of the waking morning.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
155mm, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, ISO 100
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