Orion Over the Cozy Cabin

Here’s a picture postcard winter scene, one that thousands of people walk by each day — by day.

This is the Swiss guide cabin at Lake Louise, but seen at night. Light from the Moon just off the frame at top illuminates the scene, while Orion stands in the sky over the cabin and Mount Fairview.

I took this shot Saturday night, February 4, 2012, as one of many shots that night at Lake Louise, under crystal clear skies. It was a winter wonderland and a night photographer’s paradise.

Nightscape shots like this are surprisingly easy to take — typically being 20 to 40 seconds at f/2 to f/4 and ISO 400 to 800 with a good DSLR. The exact settings depend on how bright the Moon is. I used the Canon 5D MkII and 24mm Canon lens, a fine combination for night shooting.

— Alan, February 5, 2012 / © @2012  Alan Dyer


2 Replies to “Orion Over the Cozy Cabin”

  1. This photo is like a romance novel come alive — The Greek goddess Artemis was not known to have had very favourable relationships with men. A love affair, with the handsome and respected mortal Orion, ended really badly. Artemis turned her dead lover into stars and with her hunting kills shot him into the night sky where he remains as the constellation Orion over top of this cosy cabin in the Rocky Mountains.

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