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Mount Edith Cavell & Cavell lake

Mount Edith Cavell & Cavell lake
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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: 2005-09-24
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Cokin Circular Polarizer 77mm
Exposure: f/22, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Tour de Canada
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), 5 favs. and up - PART 2, National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-23 13:36
Viewed: 14318
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 122
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
That day was our last day in Jasper National Park and we were about to head for Wells Gray National Park.

Just before we left Jasper NP, we decided to go up to Mt Edith Cavell & Cavell Lake. 14 kilometres of unbelievably bad road, uphill ... We had driven some of the worst roads in Africa and Mexico, but this must have the been the worst 14 kms in our lives! We almost decided to go back (multiple times in fact), but when we reached the place, we were so glad we had persisted. We asked ourselves: could this be the most beautiful place in the world? There was virtually noone (just one quiet Japanese photographer and his quiet family of 3 and us). We were so happy. :-)

Mount Edith Cavell & Cavell lake

Mount Edith Cavell and Cavell lake are located in Jasper National Park.

In 1916 Mount Edith Cavell is named to honour heroic British nurse executed during WWI for assisting prisoners of war to escape German-occupied Belgium.

Mount Edith Cavell is located in the Athabasca River and Astoria River valleys of Jasper National Park. The mountain was named in 1916 for Edith Cavell, an English nurse executed by the Germans during World War I.

A close up view of the north face of Mt. Edith Cavell is visible after a short hike to Cavell Meadows. The trailhead is by the parking lot at the end of Mt. Edith Cavell road. The trail to the meadows is 3.8 km one way, rising 370 metres (1,200 ft) to 2,135 metres (7,000 ft). The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide describes the trail in detail.

All info from http://www.wikipedia.org and from
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Shutter Speed: 1/4
F-stop: f/22
Focal length: 17mm
ISO Speed: 100
White Balance Mode: Auto
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Clear
Time: 10:26:11
Tripod: yes
Flash: no
Filters: Kaiser UV Filter & Cokin Polarizer Filter

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To annagrace: Floating framesAner 1 11-29 14:30
To elroyie: The non-reflection has got NOTHING to do with tsAner 7 11-23 17:15
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Gorgeous Peiter! Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect in every way. Pure & serene. Your polarizer really enhanced this image nicely, it was very effective on the water. I got so excited looking at this picture I couldn't type correctly, so I had to go back and fix this comment. :)

Absolutely magnificent and perfect image, Pieter!

Thank you.

Hi Pieter,
Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.
C.P. did well for you, however, there is slight vignetting on the top right. The mountain on the top left, the white is cooked.
Overall, well done on this one.


I don't know if it is the most beautiful but it is defenetly very beautiful place.
The polarizer didn't do very good work with the water, I would like to see stronger reflection or not reflection at all, now it is in the middle.
One more thing is the shade in the left bottom.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-11-23 15:27]

Beautiful place!
I like the composition and prespective. I like the light and sharpness. Very good sky. Great detail. Well done!
Regards, Krzysztof.

wow look at that ehh wish i where there... its just magic. Very good colors amd scenery is just breath taking. Love it!!

Hi Pieter,
that's what I call perfect nature.
The water is so clear and I love the quiet atmosphere. What a wonderful world, thank you very much for sharing it with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-23 16:32]

Hey Pieter,
wonderful image, very strong on detail and its really nice of you to share your informative note,
there is a little vignetting over the left snowpeak, the reflections and underwated stones are captured brilliantly :)
Cheers TFS,

Superb shot, you did well in keeping the river bed clear and also maintaining the reflections, well thaught out and executed shot.


I can't add anything with my commets to your photo that you don't know already. I'll leave the comment to a simple: "amazing"
Cheers, Mike

Hi Pieter.
This is a fantastic view. The clear water is gorgeous.
Lovely colours, good details and well composed.
I like the POV and the deep also.
The top of the snow to left is slighly OE.
Excellent work, my friend.

Hi Pieter

This is breathtaking! Perfect in every way. I prefer this shot to the workshop. Congrats!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-24 4:02]

Wooow ! Another pleasure for my eyes, this landscape is wonderful, it is well composed and presented ! I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Pieter and thanks for sharing.

Amazing view Pieter!
I wolud like to see all this wonderful corners in the world!

This photo is really excellent, Pieter.
I don't think there is any vignetting. I would guess the slightly darker sky on the right is due to the sun being just out of the frame on the left, so all the left side is slightly lighter. The left mountain top is OE, that is the only REAL nit worth mentioning.
The reflection on the lake is half and half, which could have been adjusted by rotating the filter, but it's down to personal taste.

Very nice capture Pieter, good composition and effective DOF. I think the Ultra-wide Zooms are best for these type of shots as I would like to have seen a little more on each side. Sometimes with Kit lens Id stitch two photos. As you know exposure would balance out better with Grad filter. Thread on reflection and "diffraction effects" is interesting I must try a few test myself because I often set the aperture 18-22. I would have thought the polarizer would have totally removed the reflection, maybe it also depends on to angle of sun etc. Anyhow its cracking shot and one to be proud of. 7/10 Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-24 9:14]

Hello Pieter!
Magnificent Landscape.Sharpness,POV,details,framing and composition are perfect.Polarizer filter worked very well here.Excellent job!TFS...:-)

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-24 9:14]

:o) wauuuu beautiful landscape
great composition and light :o)
well done
regards and TFS Libor

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-24 9:29]

Agree Pieter! This is one of most beautifull places in world for sure! Perfectly exposured, peaks' shapes are great! Semitransparent water also looks amazing.

Excellent capture Pieter and very well composed in the vertical. Thank You on our Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S.!

Hi Pieter,
WOW! This one rocks! Beautiful scenery, and you have captured it perfectly. I will say that I think you nailed this one.

Superb shot Pieter!
It's beautiful, very clear and technically perfect. It has amazing depth.
I like it very much.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-24 10:52]

Pieter, in my opinion, this one works better than the workshop version.

I do enjoy composition and dof. Great sharpness and pov too.

Hi Pieter,
This I feel, is your best post on TN. A truely outstanding image.
This has the WOW factor, a beautiful shot. this will be an Excellent addition to my favourites list. Thankyou Pieter.
Thanks for posting.

Wonderful capture Pieter. It most have been a gorgeous trip in such surroundings. Fantastic clearness in the water - I do not think I have ever seen anything like it. Great colours too.

Lovely scene Pieter, I kinda like the soft refelctions. The "deep" is very nice. There seems to be a slight blue cast at the top. But it could very well be just me... :)

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-11-25 3:23]

Hai Pieter great landscape shot. Good composition, well balanced, the reflection doesnt bother me. Your picture makes me want to pack my backs again.
Thanks Reina

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  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2005-11-26 14:01]

GOEde plaat pieter! Gaaf gedaan, prachtige compositie, mooi van kleur.. ! Helemaal top! Je hebt gekozen voor F22, dat lijkt in traditioneel fotografie de goede keuze om zo veel mogelijk scherptediepte te krijgen... Echter door gebruik van je APS sensor komt dat punt al eerder, zo rond de F16... Daarna neemt helaas de scherpte weer af.. Hebben daar diverste tests mee gedaan, ook met de 17-40, wat overigens een puik lensje is, je moet dat zelf maar eens proberen..



A perfect reflection with amazingly still water. Everything about the composition is done well, the exposure is spot on. How did you do the neat floating frame?


Another great landscape! Wonderful point of view, Great DOF and beautiful colors. Breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

Hi Pieter,
Superb capture of this beautiful landscape!
Excellent composition, and great DOF,
very nice colours and perfect framing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-28 4:03]

Pieter, absolutely stunning!! The view is amazing, but the stones in the lake are so very clear to see - I like that. Those trees look so small, yet I know they're not. Good job, thank you.
I'm also loving your diary, wish I was there, but not on that road!!!

This is very nice. Calm cristal clear water leading straight into beautiful mountains. Good DOF and color balance.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-28 14:19]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Great landscape. What a wonderfull trip you made!
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Pieter.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-07 4:04]

Excellent nature shot. Very good quality. Congratulations.

Hi Pieter,

Great landscape! what a beautiful place. Perfect photo with excellent sharpness and very good composition.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-16 22:49]

Very well done landscape. Good use of the polarizer filter. Congrats !


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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-17 22:03]

Hello Pieter,
Very nice landscape, i think you like the rocky mountain me i like your photo :-)
Thanks for posting,


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-27 14:39]

Hi Pieter, this is a nice shot. I must be honest and say that I like the WS with the reflection full on. Polarisers do help with reflections after all reflections are glare. I think the reason for the difference is the sun. In the WS the mountain is bathed in light and in the other the mountain is shaded by a cloud.

Anyway, it's a lovely composition and great colours and scene. Very well done.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-01-29 14:35]

Hello Pieter,
Another splendid Canadian landscape from you. The beauty is simply majectic!!!
Best greetings,

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-02-09 9:24]

Nice composition, showing very good POV and depth! A picture we would like to jump in to enjoy the landscape!


Schittende foto, kan niet anders zeggen.
Echt super. Staat ook op ons verlanglijstje om daar eens heen te gaan.

Thanks Pieter for this wonderfull picture and the instructive workshop.

Just Great!!!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-13 5:16]

Hi Pieter,
Woow, beautiful shot of a beautiful place. I read all the notes from Elroyie and I'm not sure I agree. This is a beautiful shot, sure William Henry Jackson might want to change it but to me it's beautiful. It's a great composition, details and colours are perfect and a good exposure. Great work!

Hi Pieter, A spectacular view of Edith Cavell. Colours are magnificent. Your photo really shows how pristene our lakes are.

Here's an interesting topic...In Okotoks Alberta, there is a huge Glacial Erratic. A huge boulder left over from the iceage. The sign in front of the boulders believed that the rock came from Mt Edith Cavell. I guess Edith Cavell is made up of Quartzite and that is what the Glacial Erratic is....Quartzite. I have a photo of the glacial erratic. Janice

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-07 14:41]

Fantastic shot great composition and landscape - TFS


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-22 18:45]

Hi Pieter
Beautiful landscape shot. Great colours and sharpnes. Good DOFand POV.
Well done Pieter


A beautiful mountain scenery!
An iterestin effect in the water, where there is a combination of reflection and real image...
Well framed image, well working composition... Great details with the first snow of the year, topped by an awesome sky!
I'm happy to take this fine image over the 100 points line...
Pablo -

Hi Pieter !
The most beautiful mountain picture I have ever seen ! Everything is just perfect here : the vibrant colors, the wonderful composition and POV, the light, the reflection in the water... And o course the landscape is awesome. Very well done !

Great experience over there...
Your right about reflection in workshop. I prefer also the one (this one) with stones isible under water. It is a more pro pic.
In the case there were no stones or the water was not transparent, maybe reflection would have a better effect.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-08-24 17:39]

Wow breath taking. I love the contrast and detail in this photo Very well done.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-09-10 15:04]


Simply lovely. What a spot. Rivels anything I saw when I lived in alaska.

Well taken.


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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-09-29 14:30]

Holy smokes - I like this picture! So clean, fresh, crisp and beautiful. Id love to be there to see it for myself. Very nice reflection in the river, sharpness and colours are great!
Waiting to see more photos!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-03 14:46]

Technical and aesthetically 10 points Pieter... both images, the original one and Workshop.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: *****
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
POV: *****
Note: ****

With admiration... Ricardo

Hi Pieter,

Wow I've just found this shot in the 100 points+ group - very impressive!

This is a beautiful shot of a beatiful place and very worthy of all the compliments - in short, fabulous work!

TFS, Doug

Hi Pieter,
Amazing shot. Very sharp and neat. Reflection on this clear water is absolutely superb. Great PoV.

Ben Lakitan

You ARE ARE ARE both MASTERS of this art.
Amazing capture.
Excellent clarity.
10 out of 10 for focusing.
Best regards,

Hello Pieter,

Wooow ! This picture is wonderful, very good composition with great colours !

wow, what a great shot with the see-through water. I guess the pola comes in very handy here. My compliments!

Great shot!! Exceelent use of blue and reflections to create the feeling of the serene place. Good composition and sharpl;y focussed. But the patch of white at the top left just above the mountain appears to be a little too bright for me. Anyways, amazing shot.

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