It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a month since I went to Wyoming. Ryan Wright and I started off the trip with an early morning drive to the Snow Mountain Range and Lake Marie. We had never been to this location but have heard it was an amazing place. It’s only about 3 hours from home so I may have to make a trip up to this area again and do some more exploring.
The area and trail around the lake was still snow packed and while the peaks of the range was dry there was still snow. The morning was not ideal. It was a cloudless sky, but the location was beautiful and the sunrise was still wonderful. There was a waterfall coming from Lake Marie that flowed underneath the highway on the other side down to a larger waterfall into the South French Creek. I ventured out on the snow pack and captured the inlet waterfall out of Lake Marie with the Medicine Bow Peak as a backdrop.
- Use a circular polarizer (CPL) to reduce the reflection off the water and give the elements in the water more definition.
- For sunrises such as this image I use 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.
- The tilt-shift lens allowed me to make the mountains look more upright instead of the layed back look you sometimes get with wide angles. It also allowed me to bring some more up-close definition of the rocks without increasing the aperture.
- This image was done using focus stacking and was the composite of 2 images using Photoshop CS6’s feature of Auto Blending Layers. The rocks really pop when I was able to put them in full focus at a lower aperture.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift 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 – 82mm – for Wide Angle Lenses
- ISO: 50
- Focal Length: 24 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1.3 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4