One of the many benefits of visiting beautiful locations multiple times is you start to learn about patterns within the park. One of the patterns that seem to occur on a regular basis is that the winds that normally blow over Jackson Lake in Grand Teton Nation Park will calm themselves early morning after sunrise. Ryan Wright and I had just shot sunrise at the Moulton Barns and then drove by Signal Mountain around 6:30am. The winds were still blowing over the Lake as we passed it on the way up to Signal Mountain giving ripples in the lake.
Driving back down about an hour later the wind at Jackson Lake was still which left the water still like glass giving off a great reflection! The clouds were perfect that morning with a light, wispy, airy look that made for some amazing reflections on the water. I thought I’d share my 3-shot vertical panorama with you today. I cropped it to a standard 4X6 format to eliminate some extra sky in the image that was unneeded.
- Use a circular polarizer (CPL) when capturing images around water and other reflective elements. It also helps to define clouds but be wary using a CPL with lenses wider than 24mm because it creates an uneven pattern in images.
- Use if 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’s the same concept of capturing tall buildings and the tilt-shift allows you to straighten out lines.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
- Filter: B+W 82mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Slim MRC Filter
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 24 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac