Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park in the province of British Columbia in Canada. Yoho shares a border with Banff National Park, and Emerald Lake is easily accessible by a car. A well–maintained trail goes all the way around the lake. It’s an easy 3-mile hike that offers great photographic opportunities.
This is a perfect place to shoot under bright, midday sun because the water takes on a shining turquoise color when the sun’s rays reflect off glacial sediments in the water. A circular polarizer filter helps reduce reflected glare on the surface of the lake.
On our first visit, we encountered high winds and heavily overcast skies. We did take a few moody shots, but we packed up an left early when the pines started to creak and sway violently all around us. The skies were overcast the second time we visited – we used the time to scout for interesting compositions so we’d be ready when the skies were right. They say the third times the charm – and for us, it really was. Fluffy clouds produced beautiful skies, and brilliant sunlight brought out the intense colors of the lake.