When you’re somewhere really cool, it’s hard to capture the feeling of the place in a picture. This is especially true when you’re somewhere vast and epic like a quiet mountain lake surrounded by towering rocky peaks of mountains. In these cases, it’s difficult to zoom in and capture small details in the landscape when all that you want to do is get everything in one shot. Zooming in and isolating the small details, however, can sometimes do a better job of telling the stories and conveying the feelings of the landscape.

This was the case one day at Island Lake, just outside of Fernie, BC. I was completely taken by the stillness and calm of the lake and the mountains surrounding me in all directions were hard to stop looking at. My favourite part of the whole scene, however, was the perfect reflection of the trees on the lake and this would have been lost in a wide panoramic photo of the entire scene. So I did what I had to and zoomed in close.

POW: Island Lake Reflection

Aug 6, 2017


Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-6000
Exposure bias -3/10EV
Flash fired no
Focal length 71mm
ISO 160
Shutter speed 1/50s
Title POW: Island Lake Reflection

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