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A Road with a View

A Road with a View
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-21
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Kaiser 77mm UV-MC
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tour de Canada
Theme(s): Lakes of the World, Lakes of Canada, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Reflections, National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-22 8:25
Viewed: 12987
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
That day we were going from Banff np to Jasper np and to get to Jasper we had to drive the Icefields Parkway. This road is 230 kilometres long and it is one of the most scenic highways in the entire world. It runs straight through the roughest parts of the Rockies!

We were really looking forward to drive that 'road with a view' and we didn't get disappointed. We had already driven the Road to Milford Sound in New Zealand and some extremely scenic routes in Norway the year before, but the Icefields Parkway made us dizzy! Only after a few minutes of driving we came to Hector Lake and this is what we saw from the car. Beautiful isn't it?

During the 230 kms we saw many, many more extremely beautiful views and we made a lot of stops and took a lot of pictures. We will never, ever forget this fantastic stretch of highway.

Hector Lake:

SW Alberta, West Canada, near B.C. border, in Rocky Mts, in Banff NP, at foot of Mt. Hector, 45 mi/72 km NW of Banff; 4 mi/6 km long, 1 mi/2 km wide; elev. 5,704 ft/1,739 m. Drains SE into Bow River.

Icefields Parkway: source - http://www.canadianrockies.net/icepwy.html

One of the world's most spectacular mountain highways. Unsurpassed mountain scenery paralleling the Great Divide, including the Columbia Icefields, Bow and Crowfoot Glaciers, Athabasca Falls and Peyto Lake. Grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou and other large wildlife.

Location: North-south highway route between Lake Louise and Jasper. Fifty minutes west of Banff, two and a half hours west of Calgary, three and a half hours west of Edmonton.

Distance: 230 km (143 miles). One way: 5 hours. Return trip: Full day.

The Parkway (the road) is open all year but the few buildings (2) and services (gas station, Snocoach tour and visitor centre) along it's entire length are closed from Oct - May.... so fill up with gas prior to leaving ...
You may hit me as hard as you can!

Software: Photoshop CS2
Shutter Speed: 1/320
F-stop: f/13.0
Focal length: 17mm
ISO Speed: 200
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Partly clouded
Time: 10:45:48
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: Kaiser UV Filter

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Da la sensación que el horizonte se cae un poco hacia la derecha. Pero una medición perfecta. Perfecto composición :D. Un gran trabajo :D. Un saludo desde Sant Joan Despi (España) :D

Hello Pieter!
Amazing landscape.Colors,POV,details,reflections on water and composition are perfect.Into my favr.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-10-22 9:00]

Hi Pieter!
Wonderful landscape.Colors,POV,details,reflections and composition are beautiful.I like it very much.Thanks for posting.

Fantastic reflection here Pieter. I really like the perspective/POV also. The bit of FG is a nice touch also. Very well done my friend. A pleasure. Thank You.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-22 9:31]

Pieter bonjour, this landscape is amazing and maily the reflection of snow mountains in the lake.Good composition too. Very well done. TFS Didier.

Hello Pieter,

I love seeing these photos, of my country through others' eyes.

As many times as I have been to BC, I will never tire of the wondrous sights and feel of the place. (In my heart it is my home, since I first saw it in 1976...)

This is a majestical image and my hat is off to you, for going out of the way to find it, and capturing it so well, I continue to look forward to seeing more.

Thank you for the wonderful job you have done on these images, and your notes.

Hi Pieter.
Another great landscape from your hand. This is a beautiful view with very good composition and POV.
The mirror effect are amazing, and the colours are lovely.
Excellent work, my friend.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-22 12:36]

Awesome shot!!DOF&Composition are very good.

Hi Pieter,
what a phantastic landscape, this colours are marvelous. The reflection in the water is quite more sharp than the "original". And it has such a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, thank you very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wow - Pieter, another brillant landscape. Excellent reflections, great colours and perfect POV. Thanks for posting.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-22 16:10]

Hi Pieter,
Brilliant shot!
Very nice composition, excellent reflection,
beautiful view.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-22 17:14]

Smiley now, critique tomorrow :-)

Regardless of the fact that the hords of tourist are in way lager numbers than herds of grazing animals places like Bannf or Yosemite ot Grand Teton remain such incredible monuments always a delightful sight, a window to Mother Nature's splendor at its best...

Wow, what a magnificent view, Pieter!!! Great reflection in this dead-still water. The shoreline is somewhat skewed but otherwise perfect. TFS! Michal

Hi Pieter,
WOW! This one rocks! Excellent work my friend.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-22 23:09]
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Personal assessment of the photo: exellent. Beautifull Canada!
Power of evocation in me: very strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete. You give me the taste to visit my own country.
Thank you Pieter.

prachtig Pieter,
Heerlijke foto, goed over nagedacht, prachtige compositie, mooie reflectie, goede kleuren, erg goed werk.
gr. Jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-23 3:42]

Wooooooow ! What a spectacle for my eyes !!! Great landscape with a excellent reflection ! I would like to see in 45x30cm or in real... Congratulations Pieter and thanks for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-23 4:39]

I think you could turn it up-side down and get a very similar view Pieter. What amazing reflections - so sharp and clear to see. You should be happy with this shot. Just stunning, thank you...

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-23 10:31]

beautiful landscape
all is perfect,wonderful reflection
TFS Libor

Hi Pieter, top shot. It seems that everything is in its place with this one. Beautful composition with the grass along the bottom framing the picture. The beautiful mountain backdrop is perfectly mirrored in the tranquility of the lake. Exposure is accurately handled revealing nice details in the puffy white clouds. Yes I really like this. 8/10 Excellent work.

Wow, I have a lot of catching up to do with your portfolio, Pieter! What a completely spectacular scene you have captured. I love the perfect stillness of the lake which has captured the lovely mountains. I can see that you had much better weather in Canada than I did, LOL!!


Hi Pieter,
Incredible view and landscape. I enjoy this picture very much.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-23 18:37]

Pieter, what a breathtaking view. We know we can hit you when you deserve that, but don't give us the chance. :)

Excellent colors. A classical theme, an amazing and strong image.

I do enjoy colors, composition and dof. The image looks like a painting.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-24 2:17]

Hello Pieter!
Magnificent landscape.Reflections on water are amazing.DOF,details,POV,contrast,colors and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-10-24 6:18]

the view is superbe! the mirror-like lake with calm water improve the visual impact of this great shot. tfs

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-25 7:24]

Hi Pieter
Excellent composition with the perfect reflection, interesting detail in the foreground and DOV. Nice mix of blue sky and fluffy clouds.
Regards Toni

Superb reflections and detail, I like the level of contrast in the shot also, nice work.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-26 3:14]

This is absolutely breath-taking, Pieter. I can only imagine your excitement driving through such beautiful scenery. Your photos are inspiring the wanderlust in me. Another place on my list of places to see in my lifetime. Fantastic job and TFS. : )

Beautiful landscape Pieter!
Focus and DOF are great. Exposure excellent. For the composition I like the bushes in the lower part of the frame. It give a lot of depth to your picture. TFS

How could I missed that?
It's amazing shot Pieter.
The beauitful view, reflection in water and superb depth crete exceptional shot.
I like it very much.

Extremely beautiful landscape shot, this would make a nice calendar image. Paul :)

WOW, Pieter, I really feel envy looking at your last landscapes posted. Excellent places you visited, the calm and vast freedom that all the shots transmit is great. Thanks very much for sharing your trip with us!

Wonderful landscape. I love the reflection. It's all so sharp. I've got to get me a real Canon lens.


It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.

Hi Pieter

Your landscape shots have been very impressive. Great POV showing the perfect reflection. Good light and rich colours. Nice work. Thanks.

I think this is the best picture you have brought back from Canada, Pieter. It's a shame to limit it to 800 pixels, though, I wonder if you could post again with a thinner format and share a large post? The stunning vista makes great use of the lens. I can't give you any constructive criticism, everything is perfect!

Briliant landscape! I like the mirror effect. I have only one remark - about horizon, but that isn't important so much here. Congratulations!

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-18 8:25]

Pieter brilliant,
capture, awesome reflections giving a mirror effect.
very good POV, compo and exposure,
Cheers TFS
congratulations on your new equip.

What a stunning photo Pieter! This is the sort of image that I dream to take once myself as well. I'm sure I can't add anything that hasn't been said already. Simply awesome!

Hi, Pieter.
Very nice landscape. Excellent mirror composition, DOF and exposure.

Loveley landscape shot
nice colours
like the reflections
lovely composition and crop

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-07 17:17]

Hello Pieter, this is a wonderful shot. Lovley composition and beautiful reflections. Very well done.

Fantastic landscape! The colours are beautiful and the the photo gave a feeling of infinity!
Good work, bye To

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  • Remig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 16] (133)
  • [2006-05-04 16:52]

Outstanding. I havent seen a better landscape shot on this site.

Hello Pieter,
Perfect mirror lake! it´s amazing.
Beautiful landscape; exposure and framing well managed.

What a stunning landscape, so very well captured and presented. I really like the colours and the composition.



Hi Pieter,
Awesome scenery indeed!
Most impressive mountains very well captured, what is really surprising here is the calmness allowing for a reflection shot like this! In my place this very very seldom occurs in the mountain areas...
Classical landscape composition with good foreground interest, fine lighting and atractive details!
Pablo -

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-18 8:23]

Excelsa postal de Alberta Pieter.
Una impecable composición, con bellos colores y contrastes y el agregado de la maravillosa reflexión.
Mi admiración y mis saludos... Ricardo

Sublime postcard of Alberta Pieter.
An impeccable composition, with beautiful colors and contrast and the aggregated of the wonderful reflection.
My admiration and my greetings... Ricardo

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-08-26 12:46]

Totally amazing shot. I am trying to get into wide angle shots and shots like this just amaze me and I only hope that I can take shots as beautiful as this. I love the exposure, the sharpness everything about this photo just pops for me. Very well done. I salute you for this shot. I would print this if I was you.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-10-23 13:13]

Beautiful, Pieter! Good job on this composition. I like the light and exposure, too.

Hi Pieter,
Amazing lanscape ,super colors and betiful composition.
Fantastic..Thanks for sharing.
Ali Sözer

Hi dear Pieter ,
A very good composing shot, great in pov, good pose,good details and a great dof, gantastic shot.

beautiful land

TFS mario


"Mooi gedaan!"

What I really like in this photo from my old stomping grounds is the way U managed to get that lil pine to grow onto the the blue hole of the reflection, albeit that it is dead centre. It shows that U took the time to "line up" the foreground, one of the few things one needs to do to make a good shot great! After all there aint much U can do about moving mountains!

So long Dutchman,

Jay aka Jaap
from Alberta,
- missing in action -
in Nova Scotia

beautiful pose,soft and the square format fits perfect;

dream, just a dream when i look this shot

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