Canadian Rockies Landscapes: Sunrise in the Tonquin Valley

Being able to spend three nights in the Tonquin Valley allowed three chances to have great light in the morning.  The landscape around the valley is honestly spectacular in every direction.  The Ramparts, an iconic chain of peaks that string together the length of the valley, rise sharply up from the western shoreline of Amethyst Lake while there is a band of forested hills separating the shore from the sharp ridges that form the eastern edge of the valley.

The rocks, water, mountains and snow can be combined beautifully when photographing in the valley during the day with imagination being the only limitation during the daylight hours.   However, adding in dramatic light when the clouds decide to play along provides a magical element to work with in the images.  For two of the three mornings I was in the valley, there were moments where the sunlight crept under the blanket of clouds and the pinks and reds of the early morning shone through.

An incredible place to spend some time.

9 responses

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  2. Those colours look surreal.

    It’s hard to imagine any place really looks like that.

    September 5, 2011 at 2:06 am

    • Tonquin is truly incredible – when you get amazing light, I can’t adequately describe how beautiful that valley is. Thanks for your comment and for checking out the blog.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

  3. Absolutely stunning! I love the first picture. If you can you should print it on that really high quality Fuji paper that reflects light. I would buy a print of the top picture any day.

    September 4, 2011 at 6:05 am

    • Thanks Jenna – I have not used that paper but have printed on a couple different metallics. With the right image they can look fantastic. Thanks for the link I am trying to set up a printer in the UK for my European print orders so that may be a piece of the puzzle. All the best, Chris

      September 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

  4. Nice Post!

    September 2, 2011 at 6:47 am

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  6. Beautiful Pictures 🙂

    August 31, 2011 at 7:34 am

  7. Judi Martin

    It is wonderful to see this beautiful part of our earth through your eyes. Thank you, Mom

    August 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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