Waterton Lakes National Park – The Grand Landscape

Samantha, Ian McGillvrey and I went on a 5-day backpacking trip to Waterton Lakes National Park in late July. The intent of the trip for me and Sam was primarily a nature hike, although I did manage to get in some shots at sunrise and sunset most days. Here Ian and I present our favorite three big grand landscapes at sunrise. Yes, these are big light, wide lens views of the the park’s landscapes! Sam took the point ‘n shoot camera and no tripod, so she didn’t partake in these early morning low light sessions. To see all three of our ‘alternative’ views of Waterton, stay tuned for the next post. And the video at the end shows a fast 12-minute sunrise at Lone Lake (a frame every 30 seconds) – to see the video larger click here.

©Ian McGillvrey -  Maskinonge Panorama - click to see larger

©Ian McGillvrey – Maskinonge Panorama – click to see larger

©Darwin Wiggett - Vimy Peak from Maskinonge Lake

©Darwin Wiggett – Vimy Peak from Maskinonge Lake

©Ian McGillvrey - Lower Twin Lake at sunrise

©Ian McGillvrey – Lower Twin Lake at sunrise

©Darwin Wiggett - Looking towards Lower Twin Lake during a foggy sunrise

©Darwin Wiggett – Looking towards Lower Twin Lake during a foggy sunrise 

©Ian McGillvrey - Lone Lake sunrise

©Ian McGillvrey – Lone Lake sunrise

©Darwin Wiggett - First light at Lone Lake

©Darwin Wiggett – First light at Lone Lake

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.

9 Comments

  1. David Heilman
    August 8, 2013

    Awesome…just awesome! I am enjoying following your adventures to a truly beautiful place in the world. It is on our must visit list!
    Thanks to http://janechese.wordpress.com/ who turned me on to you guys.

  2. Ian McGillvrey
    August 8, 2013

    Great stuff Darwin! I always find it interesting to see how different photographers will interpret a scene. I love seeing your take on these places. That video is very cool too… not all that much faster than real time either ;)

  3. Hendrik Boesch
    August 8, 2013

    Great images of Muskinonge Lake! Tried so hard to shoot a sunrise there, but then there’s always wildlife dragging me away :)

  4. Tom Smith
    August 8, 2013

    Great photos, I have always enjoyed the Waterton area.
    I particularly enjoyed the Time Lapse-movie of the sunrise.
    I would like to try this technique, please share with me the hardware and software used in this production. Thanks in advance.

    • Darwin Wiggett
      August 9, 2013

      Just take a photo every 30 seconds (camera on tripod and use a cable release) so the camera does not move. I then used Proshow Gold slide show software to make a slide show with each image up for a 1/2 second with a 1/2 transition in between. Proshow Gold also allows you to add a music track and fade it out at the end. Easy eh?

    • Tom Smith
      August 17, 2013

      Thanks Darwin,
      I tried a test shot with the suggested setup and software. My enhancement was to use the Canon external timer,removed the tedium.
      First time around: great results! Will do more.
      Great technique!
      Tom Smith

  5. sue
    August 9, 2013

    The most beauitful light in all of these pictures. Just makes me want to grab my camera and take a trip there. Fantastic. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  7. Marcus Billeder
    August 30, 2013

    This motivated me to take some more pictures of nature in my area.

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