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Three Valley Lake 1

By GavMc
As a follow-on to my Emerald Lake series this is Three Valley Lake in the Rocky Mountains, Canada.

I know its called Three Valley Lake not because I remembered it but because I zoomed in on the restaurant, found a sign for 3 Valley Gap, popped that into Google Images and before I knew it found a picture of the building Three Valley Lake Chteau. Isnt the Internet a wonderful thing! I felt like Sherlock Holmes!

I like this shot for the composition of the various layers of mountains leading your eye into the pinetree just behind the restaurant. And of course for the strong , clear reflections on the still water. And for the interesting shapes of the different rooms, eaves and towers in the Chateaux. The water appears to have acted like a polarising filter(?) in that its brought out saturation(?) in the sky, so the reflected sky and clouds seem even more vivid.

All I did in PhotoShop was crop a little bit of uninteresting mountain/reflection to the left of the Chateaux. Oh yes, and run a De-speckle to smooth out my grainy old film (thankyou Mavis!). I didnt do anything with the Levels etc because that just seemed to make too contrasty, and I quite like it as it is.

Comments and advice welcome as always..


Tags: Sky Light Reflection Mountain Lake Ripple Landscape and travel

Voters: MoWiz, Taya, geoffwd and 18 more

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geoffwd 16 1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2005 2:37PM
Amazing reflections
gatecra5h 17 1
3 Dec 2005 3:03PM
Wow that's an amazing shot! Looks like you've mirrored it, not a single ripple there! Lovely image!
GavMc 15 2 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2005 3:16PM
Thanks guys!

No mirroring, this is exactly how it was.. All the way up until about 10 minutes after I'd take this that is - then a family pulled up with some kids, one of whom promptly threw a stone into the lake!

Ruined the perfect reflection, but made for some nice ripples though! They went on forever because the lake was so still..

georg 16 4 South Africa
3 Dec 2005 9:13PM
A stunning picture. Looks like I must not yet leave my little Canon Powershot A80 at home. Upgraded to a Panasonic FZ30, but my Canon will come with me for the time being.
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2005 4:22AM
nice shot
Vivian 15
4 Dec 2005 12:15PM
very great shot, well done, vivian
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
4 Dec 2005 2:15PM
Hi Gav, This is an amazing image - particularly the reflection on the water. If I were to try to improve it any bit, I think I'd try to "burn in" the mountain in the left hand background. At present the reflection is a bit more "saturated" than the subject itself. But well done in any case. It's really good. John
Lourens 16 5
5 Dec 2005 5:17AM
Well done Gav!!!
exposure Plus
17 6.0k United Kingdom
5 Dec 2005 10:51AM
A beautiful reflection light detail and composition.
GavMc 15 2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2005 9:33AM
Hi everyone!

Thanks for your clicks and comments. Further to John's good observations about the left hand side mountain being a bit washed out I've submitted a mod, with it burnt in a bit more (in fact I did everything above the waterline - starting to the hang of PS now!).

Comments welcome about whether this is overburnt, or needs a little more..


PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
6 Dec 2005 7:03PM
It's awesome. It might need a little clockwise rotation. I'm not sure. Line up the top of the spire with the end of it's reflection and you'll see what I mean.
GavMc 15 2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2005 11:34PM
Thanks Patrick - wow you do have sharp eyes! I've done the rotate and posted it as a third mod.


MoWiz 16 114 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2005 4:45AM
Stunning shot, the rotated mod is spot on
11 Jan 2006 4:03AM
What a Beautiful part of the world, Gav...Lookin' a bit late at this, but glad I spotted, a place I would Luv to see in person one day!
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Jpeg 15
17 Jan 2006 10:10AM
Fantastic scene Gav. The colours are far more pronounced and balanced in the latest mod. Great work.


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