An Evening at Sunwapta Falls

A waterfall below an island on a river with a mountain backdrop? Yes, please!

Sunwapta Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

It’s not often you find a waterfall below an island in a river with a mountain backdrop, but that’s exactly what I found at Sunwapta Falls in Canada’s Jasper National Park. I went here for sunset a few days ago and was hoping for the sky to light up pink but it never did. However the clearing storm left behind lots of wispy clouds, so I used my polarizer to darken the sky and bring out the contrast in the clouds, making them much more visible and dramatic than they were without the polarizer.

According to Wikipedia, “Sunwapta” is a Stoney language word that means “turbulent water”, and the water of the Sunwapta River originates from the Athabasca Glacier, further down the road on the Icefields Parkway.

Nikon D810, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, polarizer, @ 24mm, f/11, ISO 64 and ½ second.

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Adam Woodworth is a landscape photographer, award-winning filmmaker and software engineer. He has had a love of photography for most of his life and one of his main focuses is landscape astrophotography. His earliest memory of gazing up in awe at the night sky was as a child in a canoe on a lake in Maine, fishing at night. The intensity of the star-filled sky in such a peaceful spot was a powerful experience, and now he enjoys sharing that experience through his photography. Follow him on Instagram as @awoodworthphoto.