Saturday, December 31, 2011

Snow - December 31, 2011

On the last day of the year drove out to Troll Falls near the Kananaskis Village. I haven't been out there forever, opting for newer locations with different views. The falls are tucked away in the shadows and sometimes the light is challenging because the sky is usually so much brighter than the water.

There wasn't a lot of snow on the trails leading to the falls so the walk, while refreshing, was somewhat uneventful. It was nice to be outside moving around.

The falls themselves were iced up, but the ice wasn`t very thick. There were a couple of ice climbers picking their way up the falls which was kind of neat to see. It didn't take them long to climb up and back down again. I snapped a couple of shots with the tilt-shift lens trying to use selective focus to highlight the climber.

Ice Climbers at Troll Falls

Walking back to the car it was starting to get late. The sun would be setting soon so I drove down to the Kananaskis lakes to see there there would be a colourful sunset. On the shores of the Lower lake the wind was howling and the sun had moved behind a cloud bank. I tried to get a few shots but it was quite windy and I didn't want to walk very far so I left there and drove over to the Upper lake parking lot.

Instead of a colourful sunset, I found snow.

The sun was down and there wasn't much light left so I made my way down to the shore line where there was this cool looking drift wrapped around a big rock and made the shot below.

This is a pano of two four minute exposures with a bit of post processing to convert it to black and white. I'm pleased with how it turned out.


Thanks for looking

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