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Lake Louise Canadian Rockies Photogoraphy Hot S;pot

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Lake Louise – Canada Photography – Hot Spot

Lake Louise, Alberta Canada Photography Hot Spot. Lake Louise is situated between Yoho National Park and Banff National Park; in the village of ‘Lake Louise.’ Lake Louise is referred to as Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” and the “Hiking Capital of Canada.” It is located off the Trans Canadian Highway In Alberta Canada.  This area offers a tremendous diversity of recreational and sightseeing opportunities, and is the perfect ‘canvas’ for all photographers…, experts and novices alike!  We consider this to be a must photograph location while in the Canadian Rockies. This hot spot will put you in awe with the breathtaking turquoise colors of this area.

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Photography Information:

Lake Louise has incredible turquoise colored water to work with which will make any image dynamic. When we shoot on water and want to get the reflections and not the silver glare we always use a circular polarizing filter for this effect. There is some moving water here so be sure to bring your tripod for long exposure photography to get the milky water effect. If you’re shooting in daylight bring your neutral density filter to get the longer exposure for the milky results.  Sunshine here is ideal but when big storms move in with black clouds you can also get some good effects. The clouds roll in and out quickly in the Canadian Rockies and we all know clouds can add drama to an image taken on a dreary day.

Lens: Generally this area is a wide angle lens locations. I would bring a zoom lens for the wildlife that you may encounter also.

Gear: To get started doing your photography bring your tripod and your circular polarizing filter. The circular polarizing filter will make your white puffy clouds burst and deepen the blue around them. It will also take the glare off of the water and replace it with reflection. Bring your tripod in case there is not a lot of light to work with to get your depth of field when desired. Don’t forget your neutral density filter if we advise there is moving water here.

Gear List at a glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release.

Read more on our Photography Techniques Page

If you don’t have a neutral density filter you can buy one here.

 

Shutter Priority Mode is used when our main priority is getting the right shutter speed. Shutter speed controls how fast the shutter opens and closes and is responsible for stopping action and getting crystal clear images when our subjects are moving. To read the basics of shutter priority Go to the Shutter Speed Page.

Shutter speed is used to get the milky water look on moving waters but the best way to do it is to also control your aperture and your shutter which is done in Manual mode. You can read about How to Shoot Waterfall Photography here.

During the day you would also need a neutral density filter when trying to blur the moving waters. Go to the Neutral Density Filter page and read about how to use them.

Aperture Priority Mode is used when our main priority is controlling the depth of field. It is often used for macro or close-up photography on things such as flowers so we can blur the background. It is used in school class photos when we focus on the first row and we want the 3rd row to also be in focus.  If you are not familiar with shooting in aperture priority you can read our Aperture Priority Page here.

Shooting in manual mode is a little more difficult. You will have to adjust your shutter speed and your aperture instead of only setting one and letting the camera do the other. It is used for waterfall photography, night photography, portrait photography and a few other things.

You can read more details about waterfall photography here. You can read about night photography here. They both explain the basics of shooting in manual mode.

Shooting night sky photography is actually very simple. It may appear to be complicated at first glance but if you read our section on Dark Sky Photography you can see how it is not as overwhelming as you would think.

There is also some good information that will be useful on our Dark Sky Photography Information page.

Find a workshop near you. Go to our Photography Workshops page and see if there is something for you. 

Shooting waterfall and milky waters photography require a tripod and some knowledge in shooting in manual mode. We have simplified it for you and you can read all about blurring waters here on our Waterfall Photography page.  You may need a neutral density filter for daytime waterfall photography and you can visit our page on Neutral Density Filters here.

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Park Information:

Location:

111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise
Alberta, Canada

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Hotel Information:

Our Favorite Canadian Rockies Resort – Banff Rocky Mountain Resort – 1029 Banff Avenue, Banff –  (800) 563-8764 in Canada/USA | +1(403)762-5531 Local  –  The Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is the perfect rocky mountain getaway for any traveler. They feature suites and condo style accommodation in Banff National Park. Stay with them and enjoy the comforts of home and more. This picturesque location has a dining room, a deli, tennis courts, health facilities, swimming pool, squash courts, and conference facilities. Take your vacation to Banff and live the mountain lifestyle. CLICK HERE to make your reservations. Don’t go anywhere else.

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Hotel Information:

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Camping:

Lake Louise Campground:

Address: Located 1.3 km east of the Village of Lake Louise on Fairview Road.Lake Louise, AB

Phone: 1-877-737-3783

Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/camping/lltrailer.aspx

Located just minutes from the Village of Lake Louise, this year-round campground is perfect for anyone needing space for larger units and/or people wanting power without full hook-ups. It is close to local attractions and offers mountain views, year-round camping and access to hiking and biking trails. Evening interpretive programs are offered during the summer season.

Sites: All 187 campsites have picnic tables and electrical hook-ups. Some sites have fireboxes. Electrical-only sites (15 and 30 AMPS) can accommodate RVs up to 15 metres (50 feet) in length. A maximum of 6 people and 2 vehicles are permitted on each site. All vehicles must be parked on the gravel area of the campsite. All soft-sided camping units must stay in the enclosed electric fence in the Lake Louise Tent Campground.

Services: The campground has flush toilets, showers, and hot and cold running water. There is a sani-dump.

Regulations: There is a liquor and fire ban in effect from 2300 – 0700 every day and a complete alcohol ban on long weekends.  Check-out time is 1100. The maximum stay is 14 days.

Fees: $32.30 per site per night with no fire and $41.10 per site per night with a fire. Wood is provided. Payment is with cash, traveller’s cheques, debit, MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. Reservations are accepted.

For more information about Banff National Park, please visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/fra/pn-np/ab/banff.aspx

Castle Mountain Campground:

Address: On the Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy. 1A) 33 km west of Banff and 31 km east of Lake Louise. Banff National Park, AB

Sites: All 43 campsites have picnic tables and fireboxes and are suitable for tents or small RVs up to 7 meters (24 feet) in length. A maximum of 6 people and two vehicles are permitted on each site. All tents and vehicles must be set up or parked on the gravel area of the campsite. Camping is on a first come, first serve basis.

Services: The campground has flush toilets, hot and cold running water, picnic shelters and food lockers. There is a sani-dump at Johnston Canyon Campground. Gas and basic groceries are available at the Castle Mountain Chalets.

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Weather:

For this location Read here.  Want to see the forecast to see if you need to bring your rain sleeve for your camera?

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