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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-04-2017, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Default Quarry Lake, Canmore

Quarry Lake is nature park above Canmore under Lawrence Grassi massif. Given Canmore mining history, it was a pit till '70s when operations were ceased. There were plans to build condo complex here, but upon residents upheaval it was converted into urban park instead. Pit was filled with water and now it is quite lovely spot with nice trail around the lake, beach, and couple of picnic areas. Area is also popular with dog walkers because of nearby off-leash area. (Dogs are not allowed on lakeshore trail & must stay above). Parking lot is on south side of road that leads to Nordic Center past junction with Three Sisters Parkway.

From photography perspective it has couple of fantastic vantage points. Mornings are good for shots south towards Ha Ling / Miners peak & Rundle massif, while afternoons are terrific for views north from south side of lake towards peaks on north side of Bow Valley (Grotto, Lady Mac, etc). Sunsets, if you get right combination of clouds and calm weather without wind are terrific! Here is series of shots I took throughout the year with bit of narrative:

1) Summer mid - afternoon view from north side of the lake and start of walking path. Sun is still high enough not to create shade on Lawrence slopes and allow easy exposure throughout the frame, even if it is still a bit bright
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2) Same spot, but photo taken in spring, also bit later in the afternoon -- so right side is already bit underexposed. This spot would also be good for morning shots as you'd get 45 degree angle between sun and Lawrence/Sisters
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3) Walking path on south side of the lake in early October, mid-afternoon; area is pretty good for for fall colors too
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4 - 6) Sweet, sweet spot! As trail comes to east end of the lake and turns north, you come to this extremely photogenic area and personal favorite. I've sold many shots made here. Early evening is the best for light:
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7) East side of the lake for water reflections shots. Even when it is bit windy, this side is calmer and I have rarely seen no reflection at all. Again late afternoon - early evening is the best. With tripod past-sunset shots are awesome too
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8) Best spot for sunset shots, just as trail turns from east to north side of the lake. You have to get right combination of clouds and calm water, and whenever I bring the tripod I don't get the right conditions and vice-versa. Here is the shot that illustrates just how good this spot can be as sun has dropped below Rundle massif. Shot was hand-held with 2 sec exposure so it is not sharp enough. I'll eventually get lucky
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9) Good spot for sunsets and specially for wide sweeping panorama is meadowy hill above north side of the lake (dog path). Winter shot that illustrates the point:
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10) Coming back to west side of the lake there is nice picnic area and several aspen trees that look terrific in fall as leafs start falling off. Again note shadow challenge on far right side in mid-afternoon when pic was taken
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11) Finally, for waterfall lovers: Quarry Lake drains into Canmore creek, and there is hiking path along. You have to know where to go, but there are some outstanding spots:
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There you go; hope this post inspired photographer in you to visit and explore on your own. If you have a cool shot, please do post in response.
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Looks like an awesome spot for taking pictures, thanks for sharing. The reflections of the peaks off the lake are amazing, they look pretty good from lots of different angles around the lake. Also, never really thought of how much of a difference the angle of the sun at different times of the day makes on lighting of different sides of the valley, thanks for illustrating that through your pics!

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You're lucky living in such a beautiful area. Would you still like to move out west?

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