The Canadian Landscape Contest – Mike Isaak
In the summer of 2009 I hiked the 44km, grueling, Skyline Trail in Jasper, Alberta along with a good friend. This was more than just an easy day hike, which we soon discovered. Before getting to Tekarra campground, we had to hike up a good chunk of mountain called The Notch, in plus 30 weather, with 40kg backpacks, and an unnecessary leg cramp (on my part). It was an endurance test for the body. At the summit, we saw and heard a storm approaching. We rushed down the long, winding descent to the campground. Rain, lightning, and thunder hit as soon as we had set up camp. Luckily for me, the storm didn’t last into the morning and I was left with a beautiful, clear and crisp start to the day. I chose a rock to safely and comfortably stand on and waited. Light started to hit the top of the mountain and I snapped away. Unfortunately, I realized that I had a dying battery and a dead one in my bag, along with only one frame left on my memory card. I waited until the light was fully covering the face of the mountain and proceeded to snap the last shot of this trip. This is what became of it. For this shot I used my Nikon d200 with the 17-55mm @ 19mm, f/10, ISO 100, and shutter speed of 1.9 seconds.