This is the wonderful Peyto Lake at sunrise. The unfortunate part of my trip to Banff was the weather was unseasonably warm the first two days and their wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I was hoping to get away from the heat but it followed me. This didn’t take away from the fact that the Banff National Parks were still very beautiful! I made the best of the first sunrise here at Peyto Lake. The lake is such an amazing color of turquoise!
Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 16 mm
- Aperture: f/16
- Shutter Speed: 1/5 and 1/20 sec. – two blended images
- Post Processing: Aperture – Apple® – sharpening and lens adjustments, Adobe Photoshop CS5 – layer mask blending of two images, sized for web, onOne PhotoTools 2.6 – landscape color tuning.