Lake Moraine is probably one of the most photographed locations in the Canadian Rockies. I recently spent a few weeks in Canada and of course having so little time to see this vast country I could only hit the well known spots. This meant trying to create a unique image of a scene that has been done thousands of times by other photographers. I don't know if I succeeded in that except that I think most people who photograph this location do so in color due to the amazing greenish blue color of the water. Hopefully I was able to a get a nice classical looking monochrome image that does the scene justice and sets it apart at least a little from many other images.
Actually being at this location was wonderful. It was dark when I got there and I clambered up the front of the rock pile not noticing or realizing there was a pathway at the back (I was visiting it blind for the first time). I staked out a fairly good spot and it was just as well as there were a lot of tripods around the place by the time I left. It was an amazing experience watching the sun come up and the lighting change slowly.
I shot this with my 5Dmk2 and a 24mm TS-E II lens. I used the shift function to take two images vertically and stitched them together so the end result is a massive medium-format size file I should be able to print huge. Stitching shift lens images together has been giving me flawless stitches every time just using the basic PS stitch feature.
I named this image Legacy as I feel the lake and the rock pile are the legacy of the long gone glacier.