Tranquil dawn at Bow Lake

Mountain reflections at Bow Lake in Banff National Park, Canada, just before sunrise

Tranquil dawn at Bow Lake
May 26, 2016 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Bow Lake in Banff National Park, Canada, with a frosty tree trunk pointing towards the Rocky Mountains in the back (image by Johan Peijnenburg)
Bow Lake . 24mm . f/16 . 2 minutes . ISO64 . D810 with Nikon 24mm f/1.4

And suddenly it was almost one and a half year ago since I last posted! Oops! I guess life in general kept me too busy … or maybe I just needed an extended break to get back some focus 🙂

One of the things that kept me busy in the past two years was travelling (and shooting) the world. I visited places like Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy and I am planning to travel even more in the years to come! So, I will have plenty of new images to publish and share in the coming months and years.

Above is an image that I captured during a trip to the beautiful Canadian Rockies at the end of the summer of 2014, where I had the great pleasure to meet up with fellow photographers George Marquardt and Olivier Du Tré.

The image is a long exposure landscape that I shot just before sunrise at Bow Lake. Bow Lake is a small lake in Banff National Park in western Alberta, Canada. It is located on the Bow River, in the Canadian Rockies, at an altitude of 1920 m.

The image features a frosty tree trunk pointing towards the Canadian Rockies in the back. Although there were some nice sunrise colors in the sky and water, I felt the image worked best in black & white. Hope you like it!?


PS: as a tip for travellers, the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge located on the shores of Bow Lake is a great place to stay. Nice people and good food as well. And some great sunrise and sunset shooting locations nearby. Make sure to book early, as the lodge seems to fill up quickly.

Comments (148)

  1. Jerry Johnson 4 years ago

    Great to see you and another one of your gorgeous images my friend! I especially like how the driftwood seems to be pointing towards the rising sun. Hope your travels continue to go well for you!! :-)

    • Author

      it’s about time right!? No excuses anymore. I really needed a break, but happy to be back again. Thanks for the feedback! 

  2. Patrick Metzdorf 4 years ago

    Fantastic image! I also like how the mountain tops seem to get the first sun rays up there.

    • Author

      Hey Patrick ! 🙂 Yes, they do get that light. How have you been?

      • Patrick Metzdorf 4 years ago

        Good, thank you. Haven’t had as adventurous a time as you over the last years. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of this.
        Are you now back in Switzerland then? Athena Carey has kept us apprised of Lac Leman’s sunrises in the meantime. ;)

        • Author

          Yes back now. I have a few relatively quite months ahead, so that I can actually do something with what I shot 🙂 Yes, saw Athena’s sunrise. Will hopefully be shooting one with her next Thursday … if weather permits … how are your CH plans?

  3. Dominique Dubied 4 years ago

    Wow I cannot trust my eyes… a post from Johan! More than 2 years of “radio silence”…
    Very nice details.
    Good to see you back!

    • Author

      That’s not fair Dominique ! You are rounding up 🙂 Thank you and I hope I can keep it up again. You might have to kick my butt if I don’t :)

  4. Rik Kooijman 4 years ago

    Good to hear from you again Johan! I am glad to see you didn’t give up photography ☺ . Spent your time well though. Keep your posts coming. 

    • Author

      thanks! Yes spent it very well and loads of new image to work on and share now 🙂 Alles goed verder? 

  5. Patrick Metzdorf 4 years ago

    On hold for the time being. But not cancelled. However, until then I’d certainly like to visit again. Once I know when, I’ll shout ahead for another early morning with you guys ;)

  6. Wonderful contrast and reflections!! Beautiful!

  7. John Getchel 4 years ago

    Lovely composition!

  8. Yunus Siddiqui 4 years ago


  9. Don Spenner 4 years ago

    Most beautiful image Johan, I think you should take more breaks, if this is what we get to see upon your return. It sounds like some great traveling and more to come. Enjoy the journey & be safe my friend.

    • Author

      Many thanks Don ! 🙂 Nah this break generated enough worthwhile stuff, so I am good for a while. And I really missed the interaction with people like you 🙂 How have you been?

      • Don Spenner 4 years ago

        Always good to be home after a long trip. Glad to hear you gathered some great images. All is well here, Johan. Thanks for asking and great to see you back.

  10. Author

    @John & @Yunus: thank you :)

  11. Wonderful work Johan and well worth the extended break =). Happy to hear that you´ve managed to enjoy your adventures too – and welcome back :).

    • Author

      … and missed you too 🙂 How have you been? I hadn’t travelled that much during the years before and am glad that I picked it up again. So much nice things still to be seen 🙂 

      • Life is very good man :). And you know, we all need and deserve a nice break at times so I think you did the perfect thing, take a break and enjoy the world, that should happen more often than it do. I might take more micro breaks compared to your time off, but It’s the same thing really,and you are right, there is so Much to see and enjoy in life :).

        Do you have anything fun already planned?

        • Author

          well spoken 🙂 And good to hear life is good! Anything planned: Greenland in September (teaching a workshop). For the rest I need to sit down and make final decisions for the rest of the year. Probably Newfoundland, Iceland again and maybe New Zealand towards the end of the year :)

  12. amazing!

  13. AJ Lim 4 years ago

    Beautiful monochromatic with wonderful light and reflections!

  14. George Fletcher 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous Johan!

  15. Jose Fialho 4 years ago

    nice pic thanss

  16. Athena Carey 4 years ago

    World traveler!!
    Thursday 1/2 day is looking good. Fingers crossed for weather!

    • Author

      🙂 Keeping fingers crossed … the weather has been awful lately …

  17. Shelly Gunderson 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image! Good to see you back!

  18. Marina Versaci 4 years ago

    You’ve been gone a long time, but you came back with a gorgeous work!! ♥

  19. Now I know what’s going on “traveled so many beautiful places” I wish I can do that too. Your image is like a dream, amazing & wonderful. My best wishes for you Johan 

  20. Love the composition Johan

  21. Nikola Nikolski 4 years ago

    Mooi werk!! Groet!

  22. So good to see you back in Johan!
    With a delicious image…From Canada! Superb B&W, full of serenity…

    • Author

      … and you should kick my butt if I don’t keep it up Annick! 😀 Thanks for the kind words. And yes Canada. Love your home country! 🙂 Hope to be going back there this year … maybe even twice 🙂 

      • Cool Johan!…Becoming Canadian, I would say ;-)))

        • Author

          Thought of that at some point Annick. But wouldn’t want to be that far away from my family. I do love Canada and Canadians though … even the French-speaking version 😉 

          • Annick Jaquillard 4 years ago

            Ha Yes true… then a canadian trip once in a while is great for the spirit!

  23. Author

    @Leyla: thanks for the kind words and best wishes to you too ! 🙂
    @Maciej : thanks!

  24. Compelling B&W ! Bravo Johan.

  25. nice work Johan!

  26. Javier Esvall 4 years ago

    Fantastic image! Good to see you back!

  27. Toshi Nakamura 4 years ago

    Beautiful composition and framing! The sky light and the fog have mysterious mood.

  28. Author

    @Javier: gracias 🙂 Glad to be back!
    @Toshi: thank you!

  29. Ian Good 4 years ago

    Nice to ‘see you’ Johan ! Great image of a place I’d love to see one day too! :)

  30. Joan Munford 4 years ago

    Hello Johan, thanks so much for sharing this amazing and serene image with us.
    Love the composition and this amazing view!

    Your blog looks very professional at first glance, I am going to read all about it in a moment…
    Good luck and see you around : )

  31. Awesome

  32. Michael Russell 4 years ago

    Beautiful photograph Johan! Long time no see! :)

  33. Matt Adcock 4 years ago

    amazing Johan, leading lines to love

  34. David Orr 4 years ago

    Wow, it has been a long time, such a beauty sir. Hope all is well with you and your family !!

    • Author

      Thanks! All is well we me and my family as well? And with you? Still happy in Okinawa?

  35. Rosa Frei 4 years ago

    Love it! Great composition!

  36. Ah Greenland should be a fun workshop, and Iceland deserves a revisit of course :)

    • Author

      Yes the Greenland workshop will be fun and interesting. And it is one of those location where people do not easily go to without some guidance 🙂

  37. Christa Niederer 4 years ago

    After admiring your latest monochrome, I have been reading all the comments to see what you’ve been up to. You must have loads of great images in the pipeline and enticing new journeys lying ahead. Enjoy the summer and don’t forget to share your discoveries now and again :)

    • Author

      Thanks! I have. Good thing that I usually don’t shoot much in summer. Gives me time to actually do something with the images 🙂

  38. Andreas Levi 4 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful work, Johan!!
    It’s great to hear (and see^^) from you and it sounds you have a perfect time my friend?! 🙂
    I hope you are well?!

  39. Great to see you back! Splendid image!

  40. Lammert Doddema 4 years ago

    Stunning and nice reflection!

  41. Anna Rimovska 4 years ago

    Awesome place and view, beautiful reflection… Have a nice day Johan 

  42. David Shield 4 years ago

    Welcome back!! Travelling the world is the greatest thing, and you returned with an excellent composition. I agree with the processing, the image looks flawless!

  43. Very nice Johan, did not expect it different from you 😀

  44. Gorgeous! Loving the B&Ws. You inspire me! 

    • Author

      Thank you and very nice to hear! 🙂 I think you have many images that would work very well in B&W!

  45. George Marquardt 4 years ago

    Spectacular capture Johan; and welcome back! Your travels all sound wonderful, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your trip photos!

  46. Frank van Es 4 years ago

    Wonderful work my friend!

  47. Sarah Mohammadi 4 years ago

    Wow! Breathtaking! Spectacular scenery! Live it Johan 🙂 

  48. Anna Ryndak 4 years ago

    Amazing work! Johan, I was missing your magical images….

    • Author

      hey Anna 🙂 Thank you for the kind words 🙂 Glad to be back. All well with you?

  49. Britta Rogge 4 years ago

    Excellent work ! 🙂 Btw, really happy to see you again ;))

    • Author

      many thanks ! 🙂 Very happy to see you again as well. How is your site doing?

  50. ❤~???~❤ 🙂 x

  51. will think about that Johan :)))

  52. Yasmin Simpson 4 years ago

    Dear Johan, wow it’s amazing how time flies, all this time away.
    So happy for all your traveling andddd very upset because you came to Canada and didn’t visit Victoria.
    Yes, I know you are a mountain, snow buddy and Victoria is the warmest-floral city in all Canada but please next time come closer ;).
    As always, lovely work.
    Wishing you all the best :)

    • Author

      BC is on the bucket list as well. Promise I will let you know when i am around 🙂 Many thanks for the kind words ! 🙂

  53. Shawn McClure 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image… Good to see a post from you, Johan – hope things are going well! :)

  54. Ralph Mendoza 4 years ago

    Welcome back. Lovely photo. Very scenic

  55. Betty Manousos 4 years ago

    That’s stunning! Johan :) Welcome back ! you’ve been missed:)

  56. Really good DOF and processing. Perfect composed as well Johan​ ?

  57. Václav Aichlman 4 years ago

    In black and white makes me nostalgic considerations .Very nice! 🙂

  58. fabulous! 

  59. Such a stunning image Johan, and I agree, it works very well in BW :)

    • Author

      many thanks for the feedback 🙂 hope all is well!? Did it work out with the request for your friend?

  60. Tom Tran 4 years ago

    A stellar return Johan. :)

  61. Armand Dijcks 4 years ago

    Really nice one Johan! B&W seems to be your new thing :-)

    • Author

      Dank je! 🙂 Not new but my preference is definitely moving in that direction 🙂 Are you coming along tp Greenland? 😉

  62. Great work and welcome back Johan! You must have hundreds of new images, I can’t wait to see them! Beautiful scenery here and magic mood, new day begins again. Nice hidden message :-D

    • Author

      many thanks! 🙂 Yes and now I need to find the creative energy to work on them and actually finish some ! 🙂 A new day indeed. Well spotted !

  63. Jany Viala 4 years ago

    J’adore ! Johan. Beau travail ;-)

  64. And he has to ask! Hey, what’s not to like? You had a year and a half for one photo! 

  65. Author

    @Jany: merci beaucoup 🙂
    @Dominique: lol, you Belgians are funny 😀 Thanks! 🙂 Jullie gaan toch wel winnen he de komende weken? 

    • Wel, naar het schijnt is het een topploeg, heb ik van horen zeggen, voor de rest is het de ver van mijn bed show, tiens, waar staat oranje? 

      • Author

        Oranje ligt ergens onder de palmbomen met een Belgisch biertje … en het is niet in Frankrijk 🙁 Helaas doen we niet mee. Dus we zijn eventjes wat minder arrogant lol 😛 

  66. arrogant, heb ik nog nooit opgemerkt,
    wel ze kunnen nog altijd de duivels supporteren met een ferme Duvel op :D

  67. Good to see you back 🙂 nice one btw!

  68. Santosh Subedi 4 years ago

    John….i am shocked,truly stunning picture.I suggest u to visit nepal also u will be amazed by there’s nature.

  69. John G. Moore 4 years ago

    Very nice Johan. Hope you are well and good Sir! :-)

  70. Margeret Wong 4 years ago

    Beautiful calm scene with a wonderful sense of perspective:)

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