Lake Louise: Photos of the Week

There’s not much left to be said or seen of Lake Louise is there?  I’m willing to bet this is the most photographed scene in all of Alberta, if not Canada (well, maybe second to Niagara Falls).  And, of course, there’s reason as to why it’s so often photographed: it’s stunning.

The truth is that I didn’t spend much time photographing Lake Louise, it’s been shot and shot again.  And besides, I much prefer waking up to Moraine Lake and having that view all to myself.  But still, one can’t help but photograph this place, and though it rained on me the entire time I was in Lake Louise, I managed to pull myself away from the comfort of my room at the Deer Lodge to shoot a couple images of the lake one morning.  You’ll notice that all the images are almost identical, but composed slightly differently.  It’s the composition that makes all the difference in the world.

Enjoy the images, and there’s a bit of information on how I shot these images and how I composed them below the photos.

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How I Got the Shots

I’m not going to get too technical about how the shots were taken.  They were all taken fairly simply.  Like all my landscape shots, they were taken on a sturdy tripod, and at the right time of day.  However, the trick to these images is all on the composition.  You see, there are 4 billion photos of Lake Louise out there, thus to shoot an iconic scene like this you need either great light, or a clever composition.  I had decent, but not great light, so I had to make sure the image was pleasing.  You see, I’m a firm believer that a great scene is like a sandwich.  It has to have two pieces of bread holding together a great subject.

In these photos, I used the rocks as the base for my image, it offers a pleasing slice of the image, but isn’t so distracting it takes away from the subject.  The sky is the other slice of bread.  The subject is the cottage and the beautiful colour to the water.  Now, you can also change the subject based on what you choose to put between the bread.  You can aim down and make the rocks and mountain the bread, and the water the subject.  You can make the water and sky the bread, and make the mountain the subject too.  In fact, just by tilting your camera up and down, you can create three different compositions all of which are completely different.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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    • Thanks Jonny!

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  1. Great Pictures ! Thanks for sharing

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  2. Ravishing. Wild. Soul tugging. Wow. I love your analogy of the sandwich too, makes perfect sense! And it’s also appealing because, besides your innate talent, it fits perfectly into the golden ratio spiral =)

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    • Glad you like it mate!

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  3. I love all of your photos. I especially love the Lake Louise photos. Absolutely beautiful.

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