Sense of Scale

Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

I love shooting landscapes and while I love the colors of the American Southwest, in my heart I am a mountain guy. My favorite mountains to visit is the Rocky Mountain range. The range is massive, stretching over 3,000 miles from British Columbia to New Mexico. The Rockies are home to 9 national parks and countless other state or provincial parks. They form the backbone of the Continental Divide in North America. The mountains are known for their ruggedness and attract tourists for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, fishing, snowboarding and mountain climbing (the highest peak tops 14,400 feet).

Wherever you go in the Rockies, you feel insignificant with the mountains towering all around you. I had this feeling when I captured this image. The location is the remote and gorgeous Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. I really felt this sense of scale when composing the Prince of Wales Hotel. It looks like a small little place (it isn't) when compared to the mountain behind it.