Living fairly close to the Alberta, Canada border, a friend and I were making our annual quick trip to Banff National Park in Canada. Moraine Lake is absolutely gorgeous — pretty much our favorite place of all. We were there in early October of 1998, before that area closes, and visitors were minimal. A fresh snowfall had occurred before we got there, with still-overcast skies. The water was calm and peaceful. I climbed the rocky moraine at the foot of the lake out-take, the best view point, in my opinion..
It didn’t take much thought… I trusted my Canon EOS ELAN II camera (35mm SLR) with a Tamron wide-angle lens, shutter speed of 1/60th. With Agfa 200 ISO print film, the f-stop was probably around f/16. I always used a polarizing filter, no matter what. Other shots turned out great, but when I looked at this one, it was special. It’s too bad I didn’t have digital back then, or had used slide film. But I’ve had it scanned, grain removed and put on a disc. It blows up to a 12X16 quite nicely. – Jane Timmerman
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