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East to Hinton

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We planned to use the town of Hinton, Alberta, about an hour east of Jasper, as a base for exploring parts of Jasper National Park. As we headed toward Hinton on Canada Highway 16 early in the evening of September 4th, we passed several ponds on the south side of the highway that caught my attention and made me pull over to see whether I could take some photographs. I say “whether” because it was almost 8 o’clock, the sun had settled below the hills, and there wasn’t much light left. I found that by raising my camera’s ISO to 1600 and using my telephoto lens’s widest aperture of f/4.5, I could indeed get a few pictures.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 23, 2017 at 4:50 AM

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  1. hand held?


    October 23, 2017 at 5:56 AM

    • Yes, hand-held at 1/400; with a long lens I felt I needed that fast a shutter speed. I always shoot hand-held and benefit from having image stabilization turned on (Canon claims as much as 4 stops with the 100-400mm lens). It’s true that with a tripod I could have managed a lower ISO.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2017 at 6:46 AM

  2. Not just a few pictures but beautiful ones. The colours and lines in this photo remind me of green jasper.


    October 23, 2017 at 6:38 AM

  3. Very nice reflections. Have you ever viewed this type of photo rotated 90˚? It looks very different. 🙂

    Jim R

    October 23, 2017 at 7:18 AM

  4. The beginning of Paul Zimmer’s poem, “The Place” seems so appropriate:

    Once in your life you pass
    Through a place so pure
    It becomes tainted even
    By your regard, a space
    Of trees and air where
    Dusk comes as perfect ripeness.
    Here the only sounds are
    Sighs of rain and snow,
    Small rustlings of plants
    As they unwrap in twilight…


    October 23, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    • That’s a good verbal accompaniment. The notion of being tainted by getting looked at is a principle of quantum physics, where things are at such a small scale that even the light required to see them changes those very things.

      In the grand world of etymology, I’ll point out that Zimmer is the German cognate of English timber—again appropriate for these woods.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2017 at 8:09 AM

  5. Does Zimmer also mean “room”? I don’t know why I think it does… I think from a Pink Panther movie. I’m sure glad you were able to get this glorious image. It is lovely.
    Regarding the poem Linda shared, this is indeed a problem. I recently learned that whales get impaled on the prow of cruise ships plying the Alaska waters. So now when I see advertisements for inland cruises to enjoy the nature of Alaska, all I can see in my mind’s eye is ships with dying whales impaled on them. Bet they don’t tell the customers that happens!


    October 23, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    • You’re right that the normal modern meaning of Zimmer in German is ‘room.’ I worded my etymological comment the way I did, saying cognate rather than equivalent or translation, because the meaning has changed in German. I imagine Zimmer got applied early-on to huts or simple houses made of timber, and then to an individual room in a larger structure, until eventually the connection to timbers disappeared. Or maybe I should say almost disappeared. My German dictionary translates Zimmerung as’ timbering’ and ‘frame-work.’

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2017 at 12:09 PM

  6. Awesome shot of the reflection, Steve!
    Was away for a while… finding it hard to get time for my work and social media 🙂


    October 23, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    • Glad you like it, Indira. I understand about work eating up time we’d rather be spending on other things.Let’s hope you enjoy your work.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2017 at 12:11 PM

  7. Wonderfully done, Steve!

    Pete Hillman

    October 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    • Thanks, Pete. I was relieved that the pictures came out okay in such low light. I went following the next morning, as you’ll see in the next post.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 23, 2017 at 4:43 PM

  8. […] the morning of September 5th, reversing the course we’d so recently taken, we set out westward from Hinton, Alberta, back toward Jasper. The previous evening I’d […]

  9. […] for the second and last time. As on the previous morning, I planned to stop and take pictures of the ponds along the highway in eastern Jasper National Park. My timing was good: these ducks were the first thing I saw after I got out of the car and walked […]

  10. A very beautiful photo, viewed from any angle! I especially love these photos of reflections in water, Nature’s ultimate mirror.

    Lavinia Ross

    October 26, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    • I like the way you put it: Nature’s ultimate mirror. When I saw this place, even in dim light, I felt like I just had to get a picture of it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 26, 2017 at 11:43 AM

  11. Those are some gorgeous reflections!!


    October 26, 2017 at 6:47 PM

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