morants curve

Morant’s Curve | Alberta, Canada

In Banff National Park, Blog, Canada by JamesB4 Comments

My first trip to Alberta, Canada this past January seriously blew my mind. I’ve always loved being in the mountains, and I’ve seen some beautiful mountains ranges (Sierra Nevada, American Rockies, Appalachian, French Alps) but I don’t think any of them prepared me for the Canadian Rockies. They are hands down the most dramatic and impressive mountains I’ve ever seen. Starring up at them in disbelief was a regular occurrence all throughout the brief 5 days we spent up there. If you get a chance to go up there, make sure you do it. I may even be doing a workshop up there next spring so you might have a chance pretty soon!

Anyway, this is a new shot I hadn’t processed yet at a place called Morant’s Curve. This view was made famous by a photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway by the name of Nicholas Morant. The CPR trains come around the curve a few times a day, sporting their striking red paint jobs which stand out beautifully against the Bow River and the snow capped mountains. Unfortunately for us, we missed the train by a few minutes (it passed us by about 5 minutes before we got to the pull off). Maybe next time I’ll get it, but despite missing it, it’s still such an incredible view!

morants curve

  • scottthomasphotography

    Beautiful regardless. Can you tell me how you balanced out the light here? Split ND filter or post work? Thank you.

    • No filters needed here! It was overcast that morning and by the time we got here, the clouds were beginning to break up (as you can see in the photo). The sun was behind the clouds still so there wasn’t any harsh light to deal with, and on top of that, the RAW files from the Sony a7rii are just ridiculous and contain so much information that I rarely need filters or multiple exposures as it is.

      • scottthomasphotography

        Thanks, James. I’ll keep the Sony in mind when my sports photography days are over and I can lighten up my gear.

        • You’d be surprised at how well the Sony’s do now with fast moving subjects! I was completely blown away when I got my a7rii and starting photographing surfers off the pier in California. It can detect your subject, lock onto it electronically and track it wherever it goes within your screen and my keepers (in focus) outnumbered my missed shots something crazy like 10:1. The only thing the a7rii lacks for sports now is reach (since it’s full frame) and FPS rate. Reach can be fixed easily enough since it shoots 42MP images.