Grand Tetons – Oxbow Bend
This is one of those “Iconic Views” of the Grand Tetons taken from Oxbow Bend of the Snake River. I think every photographer who has visited the Tetons has taken an image from here.
In the early morning when I drove by this spot, the mountains were covered with clouds. I came back in the early afternoon when the landscape was covered with mid day sun, Even though the lighting was not the best, I saw tonality differences between the trees, river, mountains, and sky. I thought B&W would work.
Columnar Basalt Remains – Yellowstone National Park
I think of basalt as a hard, stable volcanic rock created from lava flows. Columnar basalt is formed when lava cools slowly. It forms multi-sided vertical columns as it cools. These columns are characterized by horizontal fractures. When the columns are exposed to rushing water, the water carves out these fractures and the columns collapse. This image illustrates the vertical basalt columns as well as the collapsed column residuals.
Grand Tetons and Snake River
Ansel Adams shot one of his great photographs from this spot. His image showed much more of the Snake River. The trees have grown significantly to block part of the view that Ansel witnessed.
I shot this in mid-afternoon in hard sunlight. The colors in the scene were all washed out. Bus loads of people were wandering all about taking snapshots. I had to wait until the busses loaded up to get to a good vantage point. I was in no hurry I knew that I could still get a good black and white image, so I took my time. I shot multiple exposures focusing on the sky, mountains, and foreground trees. I blended the different exposures together to get this image. I am no Ansel, but I bet he did similar dodging and burning to create his image.
For reference, below is Ansel’s original print.
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942
gelatin silver print, printed 1960s, flush-mounted on wood
30 5/8 x 45 1/8in. (77.8 x 114.5cm.)
According to current research, this is one of nine mural prints of this image in existence and one of only six in this size, with print dates ranging from 1952 to 1973. This magnificent, extraordinarily rare example was probably printed in the early 1960s. In 2010, this photograph realized $338,500 in a Christie’s auction.
Grand Tetons – Mormon Barn (60mm)
I told you, the Tetons were behind the barn. The next day the clouds lifted revealing the brilliant mountains. I shot multiple images with different focal lengths and lenses. I did not care for the results with a wide angle because it subjugated the Tetons behind the barn. I did like the perspective of a larger telephoto which brought the mountains up for a dramatic perspective.
Mormon Barn (100mm)
It is amazing what a different feeling this perspective gives. The barn is now dwarfed by the grandeur of the Tetons.
I enjoy working a subject from different perspectives without being rushed to get to the next scene. Sometimes it pays of, sometimes it doesn’t.
Grand Tetons National Park – Mormon Barn
The Grand Tetons are really behind this barn. Blustery clouds covered the peaks of the mountains. I was a dark grey afternoon. Perfect for a black and white photo! I added a sepia tone to capture a feeling of an old bygone day.
Mammoth Hot Springs – View from Below
This image was taken with a 900mm equivalent telephoto lens shooting up at the cascading edge of the upper Mammoth Hot Spring Basin. What caught my eye were the lines and patterns of the water and mineral deposits.
This image does not capture the grandeur of the basin edge cascading off the cliff. I went thorough my photos to find an overall image. I did not find one. Big Lesson Learned: Make sure I do not become fixated only with details, I need to capture the overall perspective as well.
Upper Mammoth Hot Springs Cascades
This image was taken from an observation point just below that of my previous post. I liked the contrast of the orange-brown deposits against the white alkaline deposits. The puffiness of the clouds balanced that of the deposits.
Next post, a view from below …
Upper Mammoth Hot Springs
Mist steamed from the hot spring water even though the ambient temperature was around 90 degrees, The water flowed over a series of small cascades over the edges of the basin down to the valley below. The cascades stood out from the mountains across the valley.
I converted this image to black and white to emphasize the water and the edge of the bluff. It represents the feeling that I had when gazing over the edge.
Mammoth Hot Springs – Upper Basin
Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hot Springs area is also an area of unbelievable stark beauty. How can life exist in such a harsh environment of boiling hot mineral springs. I wonder how long these trees made it.
The day was hot around 90 degrees, we were tired and on our way back to photograph wildlife. We only took a few moments to walk around and take a couple of shots. My creativity was at a low level, so I feel that I missed some wonderful opportunities to explore. Well, next time …
Grand Prismatic Spring – Mist
Hot water from the Prismatic Spring shelf flowed into a “holding” pond before it entered the stream below. Hot water entering a cooler pool of water generated a steady mist. When I took this image, I was thinking black and white to express the eerie feeling of the mist.