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Maligne Lake
For sure Maligne Lake was one of the most beautiful places we visited on our whole trip. The weather was great that day with almost no clouds in the deep blue sky, so it was really nice to take pictures, especially with my polarizer. We stayed three days in Jasper National Park on Whistlers Campground, a really nice campground about 2 kilometers in the south of Jasper, where you can see many wapiti elk browsing on the meadow next to your tent (or RV). On our second day we drove about 50 kilometers south. Our ride through the park was already really beautiful and of course we made lots of stops (maybe you remember this one) and walked some trails to see as much of the wonderful landscape as possible. And then, in the afternoon we arrived at Maligne Lake located at an altitude of 1670 m. I immediately made friends with the whole scenery because I liked the lake, the red roofed Maligne Lake Boat House, the forest and the mountains in the background. But before I took any pictures, I went swimming in the ice cold but amazingly clear water that is brought to the lake by a glacier river. It was really nice to swim there, like in all the Canadian lakes, though you couldn´t stay much longer than thirty seconds inside :) After that, I instantly got my camera and my tripod out of my bag and started to think what would be the best way to capture the scenery. When I was looking for a suitable point of view I discovered a group of ducks swimming on the lake and a yellow boat some metres behind them, so I immediately stopped and took some pictures.

F/14 gave me an exposure time of 1/20 seconds and as I had my tripod with me, it worked quite well. I originally took this picture in 14-bit RAW (NEF) , so I converted and edited it with Adobe Photoshop CS3. But again, the polarizer was mainly responsible for the colors.

I´m glad for any advice, hint or proposition, that could help me to improve my photography.

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