There is no doubt that the Canadian Rockies are one of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Blue lakes, lush green forests and gigantic mountain peaks invite travellers in the summer months to enjoy an unlimited number of activities. Indeed, it is a joyful and laissez-faire relationship.
In winter, however, the true character of the mountains is revealed. Temperatures remain well below zero, often reaching extremes. The snow cover simplifies the scenery, exposing only the essential lines. White powder also guards the access to many locations and roads become a hazard for those who are unprepared. The toughness of this land is manifest. It is no longer a carefree wilderness. This is exactly what we found appealing, beautiful and even strangely desirable.
Photographing the Canadian Rockies poses a challenge of its own. How do you go beyond the usual postcard “beautiful”? How do you show a landscape of such grandeur, avoiding the common snow-peaked, sun-bathed scenery? How do you look into your viewfinder and draw with light your own particular lines? It’s nearly impossible! But it is worth trying. Always.
Captured with the X100T, Fuji X-T1, the XF 50-140mm F2.8 and XF 14mm F2.8.
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