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Photograph Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Alberta



0.25 miles

Elevation Gain

5228 ft

Route Type



Added by Matt Kim

Pictures will never do Lake Louise justice. You must see this with your own eyes to really grasp its beauty.

When photographing Lake Louise, I highly recommend visiting outside of peak season (June to August) to avoid the crowds. Regardless of when you visit, you'll still have plenty of room to find a good spot to photograph the beautiful Lake Louise. If you plan on shooting while it's completely sunny, make sure you bring your polarizing filter to reduce the glare in the lake. However, when the sun is glaring down on the lake, that's when the color will truly show. Although the gloomy days make for great dramatic photos! If you're getting a strong current in the lake, or experience rainfall, I recommend bringing an ND filter with you to smooth out the surface of the lake with a long exposure shot. Make sure you keep your aperture between f8-f22 to get everything in focus, depending on what you're going for. The color of the lake is provided by the glacier and snow run off, which you can see towering over the lake in the distance.

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
ADA Accessible

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