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Moraine Lake, in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

I've been absent from TE for a while, taking a break as things were getting a bit too routine for me, which is bad for creativity. Now I'm back with some shots from this summer. Moraine Lake is one of my favourite places, and best places for photography. The mountains and the lake are spectacular, and the light is often very dramatic. In this shot you can see the natural spotlight effect from the sun peaking through a hole in the clouds and lighting only a few places while the rest is in darkness.

This was taken with a Nikon D700, which I just got recently. It's an amazing imaging making machine. The photos are incredibly clean and noise free. It's well know for being able to shoot well at high ISO's like 3200 or 6400, but even if you shoot at low ISO's there is a big advantage with this camera. Since the images are so noise free, you can push much harder in processing to raise the levels in the shadows, recovering lots of detail without running into a lot of noise. That comes in very handy in a shot like this, with the extremes of light and dark. I shot this same scene with my old D200, a very good camera, and the difference is quite noticeable. I can't believe that I'm the first person on TE with one of these cameras, but it wasn't on the equipment list so I added it.

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