Friday, July 30, 2010
The Tetons are most beautiful when viewed from the east, making them prime candidates for a dramatic sunrise shot. I had been scouting viewpoints for the last day and a half but had yet to find something I really liked. All of them had flaws. For example, the overlook from which Ansel Adams’ captured his iconic image, Tetons and the Snake River, one of my all-time favorites, is now partially obscured by trees. I ended up deciding on Schwabacher Landing, down along the Snake River.
It had been cloudy the night before so I woke up hoping for clear skies to the east and a bunch of fluffy cumulus clouds floating above the summits of the mountain range to catch the color of the rising sun. No such luck—not surprising for this time of year. I headed out anyway. You never know what might happen on a given morning; a moose could wander through the middle of the frame at just the right moment.
I ended up waiting for first light with a gentleman from Quebec. He had flown into Jackson from Seattle, where he attended a workshop given by Art Wolfe. (Have I mentioned that I want to be Art Wolfe in my next life?) His wife, sleeping back at the hotel, met up with him in Jackson a day earlier. They would soon head north for their first trip into Yellowstone. In the meantime, we waited to see what we could make of the morning.
To the dismay of my new Canadian friend, a duck and her latest brood of fluffy little ducklings began paddling back and forth through our composition, sending ripples across the otherwise still surface of the water right as the mountain peaks began to catch a little color. Fortunately they were only teasing us. After a few minutes, they continued on their way and we began shooting.
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