Grand Tetons, Day 1
September 21st, 2013
I am currently in the Tetons getting ready to conduct a photography workshop with friend and co-instructor Richard Bernabe. After a very long day of travel, 7 hours of flying and 5.5 hours of driving, I arrived in the Tetons a couple of hours before sunset. Being the light was absolute shite and I was utterly exhausted, I opted to turn in early planning an early start the next morning in hopes of great images at first light. I slept like hell, I never sleep well on the road, and was close to saying screw it and turning back into the confines of my bed when this overwhelming feeling of guilt flooded my senses. So I stumbled out of bed and checked the sky. Crystal clear! Might as well go back to sleep I thought, but first I wanted to check the weather charts over at NOAA and see where the temperature and dew point where. To my joy the dew point and temp were exactly the same. I knew this could mean the chance of early morning fog and mist along the Snake River, so I quickly dressed and headed into the park. I was not disappointed by the prediction as a solid bank of fog lay just below the rising peaks of the Teton Range. After driving back and forth looking for the best spot to set up, I finally settled on a location and got quickly to work. The light at first was soft and the sky bathed in a deep glow from the Earth shadow at dawn. I decided my best chance was a pano comp as the location was not ideal with any immediate foreground interest. The image below is a 7 image (vertical orientation) stitch yielding a 1 gig file and native resolution of “30×70″. Very little processing in PS was needed to bring this image to it’s full potential.
Nikon D800, 70-200mm, 7 image stitched Pano in PS
After finishing up at the location above, I quickly rushed over to another spot I had scouted in the past. Once again hoping for some mist on the river, I was not disappointed. This location is where the Buffalo Fork River spills into the Snake River creating an elegant and subtle S-curve leading to the mountains in the distance.
Nikon D800, 24-70mm, Singh Ray 3 Stop Reverse Grad, Singh Ray Mor-Slo 5 Stop ND, 5 seconds @ F14, ISO 200
Well that’s it for now. I need to get off this computer and back in the field. Clouds are rolling in and I’m looking forward to sunset this evening.