Banff National Park and Jasper National Park draw photographers from around the world. If you are a visiting photographer, where should you visit first? Where are the best photography locations?
Without a doubt, Moriane Lake (top photo) is the most picturesque location in the Canadian Rockies. It is located in Banff National Park. If you leave early enough in the morning you can park you car beside the lake and walk up a hill to this shooting location. Your walk will be about five minutes. Every time I have been there I have felt that I didn't deserve to get to a location that beautiful without a long hike. The best photo opportunities are found at sunrise, but sunset is also good. I have found that hiking up to the very top of the trail gives access to images with no foreground so you can shoot just the mountains and reflection off the lake. Hiking half way up will get you access to a shot with some foreground. This image is a three row pano consisting of 26 photos that together resulted in a 488MP ultra high resolution image.
Final word about Moraine Lake. The majority of tourists flock to nearby Lake Louise. From a photography perspective Lake Louise is half the experience that Moraine Lake offers. Lake Louise is jam packed with people and the photos are so so. Moraine Lake does not disappoint. If you have to choose between the two locations, head to Moraine and while you are there, spend the money and rent a canoe for an hour. On a sunny day the water at the far end of the lake is the colour of blue Powerade. It is so blue it looks fake.