Susan Seubert rode the Rocky Mountaineer train, coursing through Canada and exploring the sights along the way for Traveler magazine. Follow along as she shares glimpses into making incredible images in the Canadian landscape.
Peyto Lake is a huge tourist attraction just off the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. Most people leave their car, camper, or bus and walk to the platform to snap a photo before taking off. Although the views from the park’s platforms are magnificent, I wanted to have a look around.
As my assistant and I climbed the hill behind the viewing platform and got away from the crowds of people, I noticed a family take off on a side trail. They looked like they knew where they were headed, so I asked if we could join them. Sure thing, they said, and off we went. I was expecting a long trek to some distant viewpoint, but this wasn’t the case at all. About a 15-minute walk from the crowds was another, even more stunning view. There was a small handful of people, including a young couple who agreed to let me take their picture. What’s so great about this shot is the woman standing on a rocky outcropping, looking like a postcard.
Photo Tip: Never assume that the best view is the most popular. It pays to go off the beaten track and spend some time walking around your subject, even if it means doing extra hiking with heavy gear. Not only is it a great workout, but the rewards are also worth it!
Photographed with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a Canon EF24-105mm, f/4L USM lens.
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