I’ve seen many views of the Teton Mountain Range from the Wyoming side, but tonight I’ll be showing you the Idaho side of the Grand Tetons. Ryan Wright and I had spent evening having dinner with some of his wonderful cousins in Victor, Idaho, which is in the southern end of Teton Valley.
The Idaho side just seemed much more laid back then in bustling town of Jackson, Wyoming, which is the resort town for Grand Teton National Park and home to some bustling ski areas in the winter. I think I could definitely live on the Idaho side.
After dinner we headed over to near Driggs, Idaho. The area is mostly a farming community and is nestled in the community is the Grand Targhee Resort . We found this wonderful view of Grand Teton along a dirt road and setup quickly for the sunset. The evening was perfect as the sky light up with reds and oranges with the added clouds in the sky for some drama. The pasture land with some abandoned homesteads made for a perfect foreground to the alpenglow lighting up the Idaho side of Grand Tetons. I am tempted to say I like the Idaho side better, but won’t. It’s just unique and a different view of a wonderful mountain is always refreshing!
- For this sunset, just like a sunrise, I used a Graduated Neutral Density filter to balance the brightness between the upper part of the image where the sun is hitting and the lower part that is not illuminated by the sunlight yet. This allows the image to be balanced so you can capture the photo in a single exposure. I prefer Singh-Ray filters and use the Lee Filter Kit System to hold the filters in place, which is especially useful for long exposures. I prefer the Singh-Ray Filters because they don’t leave any unusual color casts like some of the cheaper competitors. They are worth the money.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
- Filter: Singh-Ray 4×6″ Graduated Neutral Density (3-stop) Optical Resin Filter
- Filter Holder: LEE¤Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4×4″, 4×6″ Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
- Adapter Ring: LEE¤Filters Adapter Ring – 77mm – for Wide Angle Lenses
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 65 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4