Oxbow Serene

I just returned from an amazing four days in Grand Teton National Park.  I went with Jeff Clow’s Dirt Cheap Photo Tour and just had an awesome time.  You couldn’t ask for more amazing weather in the Grand Tetons .  It seemed that everywhere we went there were optimal conditions for taking pictures of the landscapes or we were at the right place at the right time to view the wild life in the park.  I was out shooting pictures for 16-17 hours each day and have some 2500 images to process.  If you are a photographer and are looking for those iconic spots, I highly recommend you take Jeff Clow’s Tour.  It’s such a great tour for a very low “Dirt Cheap” cost.  The tour, however is not cheap, but first class for allowing photographers access to the wonderful scenery of the park.  Tell Jeff that Rick told you about his tour.  If you can’t go on his tour an other great resource for photographers is Jeff’s Photo Guide eBook on the Grand Tetons.

This image here was on the last evening before I left Grand Teton National Park.  My wife had come along with the kids and she was touring the Park along with Yellowstone with the kids while I was out taking pictures.  This final evening, the kids just wanted to hang out at the motel so she and I decided to take in the sunset and I wanted a chance to capture a sunset at Oxbow Bend.  We arrived at Oxbow Bend and we were the only one’s there.  I think most people had left the park already to catch a flight on that Sunday or to drive back home.  We hiked down a little ways and ventured down below the lookout for Oxbow Bend and went right down next to the water.  There were some ducks across the Snake River from where we were swimming around and all you could hear were some tweeting birds, some crickets and the water flowing down stream.

I setup my camera, took a few test shots and then put on my 10-stop filter for a nice long four-minute exposure.  I pushed the button on the timer and we just took in the scene holding hands.  The beauty of this park is so hard to describe in words.  This is just one place you just have to take in with your own eyes.  The colors of the scene just seem to change right in front of you and just when you thought you had just seen the most beautiful image ever, you see another scene that is even more spectacular!

I have quite a bit of catch up to do this week so I’ll try to get some more Teton images processed and posted.  I have a couple of baby and family photo shoots I must process first, but will try to fit in some more processing of the Grand Teton images later this week or this weekend.

Here is the four-minute exposure I captured.  I purchased the 10-stop filter just for this trip and am really happy with the results.  This is Oxbow Bend with Mt. Moran towering over the Snake River.  The “bend”  is a bend out of the Snake River disconnected from the main river. It resembles the oxbow used by the western pioneers.  This is one of the last images I took, but wanted to share this moment with you and give you a taste for some amazing and spectacular images coming up from the Grand Tetons.

Oxbow Serene - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
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Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D MK II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L USM
  • ISO: 50
  • Focal Length:  70mm
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Shutter Speed: 241 sec.
  • Filter:  B+W 77mm #110 Solid Neutral Density (ND) 3.0-1000x Filter
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – Various minor adjustments, cropped to 16X9 format and sized for the web.



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