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Rocky Mountain Photography – Banff Landscape Beauty

The Fall season is a fine time for Rocky Mountain Photography. Banff landscape photography gets focused on the trees in Banff National Park. The Canadian Rockies have the famous Larch trees, as well as Birch, Aspen, and Poplar which all bring color to the landscape.

Banff landscape photography, while there is so much to shoot, has a lot of focus is on the Trees in Banff National Park. Of course that is the famous Larch trees!

Banff pictures show Canada’s Rockies, in the Fall, bedecked with Golden hues as the Larches turn . And what a show they make on the Banff National Park landscape. The more well-known locations like Moraine Lake, Larch Valley, and Ptarmigan Cirque in Kananaskis Country, see so many people come for the beautiful views, that there are now controls, and private vehicle access is restricted or gone. Such is the draw of the beauty that is viewed, highlighted by the colorful Larch Trees and undergrowth, that Banff Fine Art stores feature Banff pictures showing the burst of Fall color.

Island of Light
Island of Light

The Fall truly is a precious time to visit and take landscape photography images. As time goes on it seems there is a genre of Canadian Rockies Art that, for photographers and painters, has grown into a niche within the Art Form itself. The work of Byron Harmon hangs in several Hotels and public spaces as one of the famous photographers who created most of their work in Banff National Park.

The options to do Canadian Rocky Mountain pictures are as vast and broad as the landscape itself and while Fall brings so many dazzling sights, the modern era ( we can only guess at what Harmon might have done ) brings with it the option of Wide Angle images on lenses as wide as 12 to 14mm, and these lenses allow for the capture of the Grand Scenic style shots and Panoramas that Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies are famous for.

For me, Fall is perhaps the most desirable time to get out and shoot. An unnamed photographer commented in reply to the Question: What time of year is the best for landscape photography?

There is a consensus of opinion, amongst some landscape photographers, that it is better to hang up your camera during the summer months and wait for the softer light and warmer colors of autumn.  –  while the sentiment is shared by many, I’d never hang up my camera in Summer, Spring or Winter as there is so much subject matter and wonderful challenging light. Fall just happens to be a Canadian Rocky Mountain picture prime time for landscape photography in Banff National Park.

There are many Tips for shooting Landscape Photography:

  • careful composition with foreground elements
  • don’t always use a wide angle BUT use the lens that captures what you want to convey
  • pick your lighting conditions and time of day and balance that with the subject matter
  • ensure proper camera technique – focus, aperture, depth of field, level horizon, etc

Here is one more:

If you want some stunning landscape shots, come to Banff and the Canadian Rockies in the Fall!

Tarn & Larch in the Alpine