Apparently it's world photography day which is pretty cool!
This shot of Moraine Lake has to be one of my most popular in regards to social media and print sales but all is not what it seems!
The iconic lake is getting more and more popular year after year so getting a good, tourist free shot is pretty challenging.
If you'd like to know more about the process behind this shot check the link in my bio.
Back when the skies were clear and the stars were out.
There's over 540 wild fired currently in BC, the smoke is thick and is effecting air quality throughout BC and Alberta. BC is currently in a state of emergency so we have to keep our fingers crossed for cooler temperatures and rain.
This shot from Moraine Lake is from a week or two a go when we had a break from the smoke.
Want to learn how to shoot the milky way, check out the link in my bio.
Before the smoke piled in we had a couple of days of perfect astro conditions, you could say the stars aligned!
There was no moon, the milky way in the right place and clear skis. I headed out to get a few shots from iconic locations and was super happy with how this turned out from Lake Louise, Banff, Canada.
I recently put together a few pointers on how to shoot astro which you can see from the link in my bio.
Rawson Lake is an easy, rewarding hike. You'll find perfect reflections after just a few short kilometres. With views like this you can see why a lot of grizzlies call it home!
For more info on this trail check the link in my bio!
Since properly getting into photography I see the world in a different way.
Whilst camping at lower Kananaskis Lake I noticed some pretty cool grass that looked pink and purple when it caught the light in certain ways. A lot of people wouldn't take much notice, I mean I wouldn't have a few years ago.
Knowing the grass was there I had to check out the same spot for sunset. As we arrived it didn't look like much was going to happen but then I spotted some faint sun beams appearing from behind one of the mountains. Barely visible to the naked eye at the time I knew this would get better and pick up on camera really well.
So here it is a scene that a few years ago I would probably have walked straight past ends up in a pretty cool composition.
It's important to take the time to appreciate what's around you and all those little details.
The East End of Rundle is one of my favourite short hikes close to where I live here in Banff. It offers fantastic views of Ha Ling peak as well as endless other peaks in the opposite direction.
This is a shot from sunset at the top at the start of the hiking season.
Learn more about this hike from the link on my bio. #eeor#eastendofrundle#haling
Nothing quite like summiting a hike just as the pink morning light brushes the nearby mountain peaks.
This range seen off of the top of Sulphur Skyline reminds me of Half Dome in Yosemite. Anybody know what it's called?
If you're interested in knowing more about how to see this view for yourself check out the link in my bio!
Here's that big Panorama I promised!
The Story Behind the Shot: https://www.simonennals.com/blog/2018/7/27/sulphur-skyline
When I post pictures I often get asked a lot of questions about where they were taken or how they were created (which I'm more than happy to answer). Because of this I've decided to start doing a series of 'The Story Behind The Shot' pieces over on my website.
These will range from hike and trail information to editing and camera techniques. I'll also be sharing other images and video over on my website that I don't share on social media. It's a great way to make use of the endless images that otherwise wouldn't see the light of day!
The first one is for the below view, read more here: https://www.simonennals.com/blog/2018/7/27/sulphur-skyline
When life gives you clouds, hike well above them!
We recently spent some time in Jasper, I persuaded everyone to get up at 3:30am and ascend a mountain to catch the sunrise. I don't think anyone regretted it!
I have an epic panorama from this hike as well that I'll post once it's all put together. Excited to show you! #sulphurskyline#alberta#jasper
Recently took a bit of a hiatus from the Canadian Rockies and Instagram. Partly to the lack of not having enough time and being home in the UK visiting friends and family. Had an incredible time at home but am looking forward to some summer adventures exploring here.
I'll start back off with a shot of Moraine, the very crowded jewel of Alberta.
Whilst in the Quintana Roo region of Mexico you'd be hard pressed to travel around and not come across a cenote or two.
These amazing swimming holes are often under ground, surrounded by expansive cave walls or with vines hanging down from the world above.
A pretty incredible way to take a break from the relentless heat!
Here's something a little different from myself, more of a portrait I suppose of @ajoutdoors_ enjoying a refreshing dip!
Tobacco Fields of Vinales
I've had the pleasure of traveling Cuba and Mexico over the last couple of weeks. All for my amazing partner @ajoutdoors_ birthday. It's been the trip of a life time with incredible company!
This shot is from one of our last night's in Cuba as the sun lit up the sky over the Tobacco Fields and mountains of the Vinales Valley.