Title: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water
Location & Date: Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 16-35mm @ 17mm (Lee Big Stopper + Lee .6 Soft Edge ND Filter)
Shutter Speed: 20 seconds
Medicine Lake ranks as one of my top go-to locations for landscape photography anywhere, but certainly in Jasper National Park. And though I’ve captured the lake from almost every angle, 2015 proved why every year offers something different to shoot. A severe wildfire that burned much of the forest surrounding this unique draining lake completely altered the landscape, making everything new for landscape photography. But on our last night in Jasper, we chanced upon a scene that elevated the haunting view to new heights. A vicious electrical storm had just passed through the valley and as the setting sun started to burn through the lingering clouds, we were treated to less than five minutes of spectacular colours, a perfect reflection, and a hovering layer of cloud that broke up the imposing mountain range. The result? A once-in-a-lifetime landscape moment.