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It is not new to say a picture is worth a thousand words? – Why Landscape Photography disagrees !

For landscape photography, and indeed other genres – It has been said time and again “A picture is worth a thousand words!” but, in today’s world, with the heavy use of Social Media, this has been turned around! So, I ask myself, as a landscape photographer in Banff – can you really put the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park into words? Canadian Rocky Mountain pictures and Banff Landscape Photography, for me, are indeed worth a thousand words and more!


It is advised by SEO ( Search Engine Optimization) experts that for photographers like me if doing a blog post and ” keywording” on your images it is best ( that is you rank higher in the searches ) for your website and blog posts etc. IF you use 500 to 1000  “suggested” in your post and carefully selected “keywords” to DESCRIBE your pictures or images you wish to get found!! Being found in searches, getting eyeballs to see, in my case, my pictures of Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains.

As the use of AI (Artificial Intelligence ) grows on the internet and all around us in the digital world, ( have you seen the recent Mission Impossible flick – Dead Reckoning!?) it may well happen that AI can, in the future, interact with pictures of the Canadian Rockies and Banff. However, you as the viewer form an emotional and visceral connection and engagement with pictures, any picture. AI simply can’t do this, only humans can. So, for the sake of getting “ranking” of my website and the Banff and Canadian Rockies Landscape photography I do ( and yes, I hope to sell pics of the Canadian Rockies), it is recommended and advised that it is necessary to use AT LEAST 500 and up to 1000 words.     

Between a Rock and a High Place


Words can be searched by the SEO engines, words can be ranked by how, when, where, who, how often, etc they are used and “clicked on”. So, if I use enough of the “ranking keywords “, my pictures of Banff, high-resolution Canadian Rockies images, and the Banff National Park Landscape may eventually be found, my website pops up in the search, and you get to see the beautiful landscapes in the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park!!
What is the most photographed place in the Canadian Rockies? The researchers have found it is Moraine Lake and the 2nd by their rankings is Lake Louise. Castle Mountain, Rundle Mountain and the Vermilion Lakes, and more fall into place on the list. But, there is also a saying that goes “ Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder “ !! Why are the Canadian Rockies thought of as so beautiful? Because they are spotted all over with Mountains and glaciers crawling down from massive limestone peaks and pristine lakes that range from see-the-bottom clear to so-turquoise-it-looks-fake, the Canadian Rockies has some of the most magnificent landscapes in the world. ( These are some nice words – question – do they engage like the pictures in the Post ?) The listing falls short as places like Bow Lake, Emerald Lake, Cascade Mountain, The Columbia Icefields, and many others exist and should be seen and experienced. The Park is huge and it takes time and planning to get to these spots. As of this year, one has to reserve a spot on the special transit buses to get to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise as the popularity and demand have outpaced the parking that was once available. That severely impedes landscape photographers like me, as we tend to like the pre-dawn, Dawn, Sunset, and twilight times for those special images and the transit system is not favourable to this!


Cloud Catcher

I don’t think 1000 words can describe the beauty, the creativity, the complexity, and the synchronicity – but this post was to show why I won’t try. The shots here, I trust, will SPEAK for THEMSELVES. Thanks for visiting, check out the website and LIVE PREVIEW Option so you can SEE the IMAGE on your wall in REAL TIME and REAL SIZE.

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Special Moments in the Rockies, Captured in a Print Forever”

Published by Ron Hallam

Gita Photos is a Landscape Photography Studio based in Banff, Alberta and Banff National Park a World Heritage Site. Hi, my name is Ron Hallam. I am truly blessed to be able to live in and work in this stunning location; Banff, Alberta. I closed in and renovated the deck of my condo to be an editing studio. The studio is paneled in Alberta cedar. The main part of the ‘studio’, though, is the Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies! My work invloves hiking through the Park to find locations where the natural wonders of the Rockies are illuminated by the natural light of the moment. As one client testimonial put it, I want to offer you “ an instant escape to someplace magical” ( Jane Fedosoff, Toronto, Ontario) Another client commented “Ron's photographs are not just beautiful images of the Canadian Rockies. They are Ron himself – his life experiences, his love for this place and his eye for detail- that show a depth and unique understanding of this special place we are lucky to call home.” (Phil Monod, Banff Alberta) I’m in the second half of my life. I spent the first half running a ski shop and skiing and hiking in and around Banff National Park. I tinkered with photography for a long time - first with disposable cameras in the 70's. Needless to say the disposable left everything to be desired and I walked away wanting more, much more. Then, for one special hiking trip to Nepal, I purchased a proper SLR camera. The SLR provided better images, but I still needed time to learn and study and work at the craft of image making and film processing. Meanwhile, the time commitment necessary to run a shop (and my shop was a passion) meant work gave me limited spare time. That translated into playing when I could, took precedence over study of camera, technique and processing. So, upon retiring - for my second half, I wanted to stretch and work my “creative muscles”. I got down to focused and dedicated photographic endeavor. That started with a new DSLR. Then I began to study image making seriously. I learned about the digital way of image capture and developing (editing). The Rockies Landscape is so grand that larger Panorama shots are a favorite for me to create while, but as you can see from my work, everything in this magnificent place draws me to capture images of all kinds of landscapes. I like to work in both Color and Black and White and would love to hear which you prefer as your format of choice, and why. Every time I make an image, it is the direct result of letting the “something” inside me come up to the surface, and compel me to record that moment of what I’m seeing and feeling. I want to engage you to see the Rockies, and feel the Rockies exactly the way I do. I want to try to have you try to understand and engage with my perspective, and point you to the exquisite, intricate and profoundly intelligent designer - the God who created this natural world. Then, if you are awed by creation but also perturbed by economic disparities in the world, I hope you will browse the Art Battling Poverty Gallery dedicated to Poverty Relief and assistance for the marginalized. While you and I enjoy the beauty of the Rockies, many are struggling simply to survive. When you purchase my Art from the Art Battling Poverty Gallery (or indeed any image purchase) just tell me to donate to either of the NGO's I work with, at time of checkout. A portion of each sale, 15% – read the ABOUT Art Battling Poverty Tab) will be donated to in your name. Have a browse and find “ A special moment in the Rockies, captured in a print forever”. And when you purchase you won't only have a special print, but you will also be giving Hope to the marginalized.