On Sunday the weather produced a cloudless sky for us in Grand Teton National Park. Ryan Wright and I were contemplating whether or not to get up early for our last morning at the park. I looked at the weather forecast and it said there was a chance for clouds so I made the executive decision to get up early and go to Schwabacher Landing. The issue was that the road to the landing is closed this year so we would have to get up early to make the hike down to the landing in the dark. So with the drive to the gate and the hike it forced us to get up at 4:15am which was not really pleasant, but as the say, “The early bird catches the worm!”. Boy did we catch a worm!
I tracked our hike on my iPhone and it was only a 25 minute hike and 1.25 miles down the the landing. We got there in plenty of time to setup and were lucky enough to share the place with only one other photographer. Well those that talked themselves out of the early morning hike missed an amazing sunrise! The hike back up to the gate is somewhat strenuous and uphill but don’t let is sway your from the hike! This is a must see location when you are at Grand Teton National Park.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I also used the tilt-shift lens to shift to the left and to the right and this allowed me to create a perfect 3-shot vertical panorama for this image.
- 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
- 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), LEE¤Filters Adapter Ring – 82mm – for Wide Angle Lenses
- ISO: 50
- Focal Length: 24 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 2 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4