The Snowy Range is one of the new places I had a chance to visit this year. It’s only about 3 hours away and definitely a place I need to go back to and explore in more detail. The trip to Lake Marie was just a quick stop along the way to the Grand Tetons, but the early morning sunrise at Lake Marie just left me wanting more. There was still quite a bit of snowpack in the area for our June trip and trails and walkways were only accessible via snowshoe. The Snowy Range held up to its name.
This sunrise shot unfortunately was not greeted with much cloud cover, but the reflection off of Lake Marie was still an awesome site for the eyes, especially as the alpenglow hit the top of the Medicine Bow Peak. Medicine Bow Peak is the highest point in Southern Wyoming at 12,013 feet.
- Use a circular polarizer (CPL) to cut the glare off of the water and gives definition to the elements in the water.
- 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.
- I used a tilt-shift lens to create the perfect 3 shot panorama for this image.
- 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: 1.6 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4