Last Light at the 'Shoe

The setting sun drops below the western wall of Horseshoe Canyon near the town of Drumheller, where the rolling prairie suddenly parts to reveal one of Alberta’s natural wonders. The canyon gets its name from its horseshoe shape, defined by two coulees that flow into the Kneehill Creek, a tributary of the Red Deer River. The canyon’s two arms are approximately 3 miles long each.

Technical Details

EF 28-70mm @ 28mm; f/20 @ 0.4 sec, -1 EV, ISO 400


Hi Bob. Those are very interesting formations. Looks like a fun place to explore and take photos. I like the way the hills lead you into the composition. When I look at the shot overall I think I’d like to see a bit more of the sky.

Thank you, Cameron, for your kind remarks. I only kept a small strip of sky to include the sunstar. A larger strip of sky was too bright and distracting, due to contrast enhancement, from the darker main subject .

I get it. A sun star is worth preserving.