Snake River Sunset in Autumn
Camera: Canon 1Ds MkII
Lens: 17-40 F/4 L @ 28mm
Filter(s): B+W #502 graduated ND filter
Processing: Blend of 3 exposures, each bracketed 2 stops apart.
About the Photo:
This was from my very first visit to Grand Teton National Park. If it’s your first time photographing here, I suppose an iconic shot like this is somewhat obligatory. I found myself here due to it’s accessibility.
That evening, there were dozens of photographers at Oxbow Bend, and if you know me, I am always opting for an area with as few people as possible. So I decided to stay at this spot for my first attempt at photographing the Tetons at sunset.
There were 5 or 6 other photographers at this location and they were all complaining about the trees that were “in the way” of the river, which I don’t quite understand… Seems as though alot of people just want to re-create the same exact Ansel Adams shot for some reason, and their idea of how the shot “should look” is based upon Adams’ work. One lady repeatedly complained and even suggested that the park service should cut down the trees, thus rendering the scene more similar to the famous shot from decades ago… (This one of the many reasons I usually stay away from “touristy” locations, but Grand Teton is such a beautiful place, I’m willing to compromise.)
I really like all the trees, I just wish I could have avoided the sun-spots/ lens flare, but with the angle of the sun, and the fact that I was using a grad ND filter in front of my lens, they were probably unavoidable… Even with the grad ND filter, I doubt I could have achieved this look without bracketing exposures. The sun was far too bright.
Autumn is a great time to visit the Tetons and Wyoming in general because of the foliage. alone.
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