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Photographer's Note

This is a photograph of the City of Banff from Cascade Gardens in Banff National Park. Mount Cascade (thanks Clark!) is the name of the mountain in the background.

It's hard to do this view justice, even harder at high noon and no polarizing filter. Also, there is hardly a vista in this town that has not been depicted on film or digitally as a souvenir of one person's visit.

I liked these gardens, we could have spent a lot more time here exploring them, but we were heading up to Lake Louise and had a place in mind for lunch on the way there. I think that sometimes when you are in Banff National Park, smaller attractions and museums go unnoticed due to the grandeur of the scenery. It's hard to pull oneself away from that grandeur to notice those smaller things. Several people wrote the other day saying they didn't even know there was a museum in the city of Banff. That's because the whole place is a museum, complete with shopping, lodging, food, etc. I can equate it to an amusement park for people who don't really care about amusement parks! Personally, I get no thrill from Six Flags or any of the Disney parks, I stood in line for 20 years during my career in the US Navy, it grates me to pay to do it. Oh, and I hate going upside-down - I got stuck on a county fair ride at the top in an upside-down car, open air, with my 3 year old son slipping out of it as he weakened. That cured me of amusement parks for good. Now there are several of you thinking "I knew there was something wrong with that guy..."

There I go with the stories again.

The photograph at hand was shot at the upper end of my Sigma 10-20mm wide angle, not for any particular effect, but because that is the lens I happened to have on the camera at this moment in time. I had yet to learn that the middle apertures of this lens give the best depth of field, depending upon where you set your focus point, so I stopped it down at f/22. There were no filters and very little post-processing. I ran it through PS CS2 for a little shadow and highlight adjustment, then added the frame, sharpened a bit and saved for TE's limits.

Well, it's finally Friday again and the (hour shortened) weekend will be here in a little while. I have some stuff I want to shoot with my newly cleaned camera. I got a kit to clean the dust from the sensor, it was getting very frustrating to have to clone those spots out all the time. I don't know how I got so much dust inside there after only a little longer than a year. It was a chore to get it all out, even with a loupe and the LensPen SensorKlear tools. I guess it was better than being without the D300 for the time it would take the local camera shop to do it. Made me nervous playing with the sensor like that, but I took my time and eventually got it done without harm to the camera.

So, y'all have a great weekend! See ya in the galleries!

Reed

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