Monday, July 10, 2017

A Grand Photoessay: Grand Teton National Park

Mormon Barn - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Two months ago I traveled to the Grand Teton National Park for the first time. It was high on my to-do list ever since moving to Utah last year. I've wanted to visit ever since I saw Ansel Adams' epic picture of this place many years ago.

It was a quick two-day, one-night weekend getaway with the family. In fact, the trip was a birthday gift from my wife. We stayed in a cabin near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

There were some fantastic photographic moments that I'll never forget. Half of photography is about being at the right place at the right time, and I felt like I was where and when I needed to be to capture some good images.

On the fist day we visited the Snake River Overlook, which was made famous by Ansel Adams. It felt amazing to stand in the footsteps of greatness. The weather was dramatic--first snowing, then clearing enough to clearly view the tall peaks, and with some lifting fog along the river. It was a truly magical moment.

On the second day I got up early to catch the sunrise at Mormon Row. There were layers of overcast sky, but the clouds were constantly changing, with dramatic instances where the sun would shine through. It was stunning!

I was surprised at the large number of photographers that were at this location--there must have been two dozen or more. And this was during the so-called off season. I felt like I was constantly stepping into someone else's photos and others were constantly stepping into mine. But I can certainly understand why this is such a popular place to take pictures.

After that I went to Schwabacher's Landing. The atmosphere here was completely different than at Mormon Row. It was just me and one other photographer. It was so peaceful. And the beauty is grossly understated in my photographs. I felt like I had stepped into a painting. It was unreal! If not for the photographs I might think that I dreamt it all. I really can't find the words to describe how wonderful this place was.

I used a Fujifilm X-E1 camera to capture these images. The main lens that I used was a Helios 44-2 f/2 58mm. I also used a Rokinon f/2 12mm lens, an X-Fujinon f/3.5 135mm lens and an X-Fujinon f/1.9 50mm lens.

Even though it was a quick trip, the beauty that I saw and photographically captured was nothing short of grand. If you've never been you must go, it's worth whatever effort it takes to get there. I look forward to returning and spending more time at the Grand Teton National Park.

Day 1:
Geyser Park - Soda Springs, Idaho
Follow Me - Wayan, Idaho
Snake River Behind Fence - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Stairs Up - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Stairs Down - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Broadway & Cache Street - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Time To Eat - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Pinky G's - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hastily Window Shopping - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Snake River Overlook - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton Overlook - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Tetons Behind Snake River - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Snake River Fog - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The Tetons and the Snake River, 2017 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Day 2:
Barn By The Tetons - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton Barn - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Barn & Teton - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Tetons From Mormon Row - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Mountain & Mormon Home - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Barn In The Mountains - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Wyoming Buffalo - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
A Bison Below The Tetons - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
A Teton Bison - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Sliver of Illumination - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Clouds Around Mount Owen - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Mountains & Clouds - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Peak In The Sky - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Teton Peaks Above The Clouds - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Peeking Teton Peaks - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Peaks - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Morning Sun Rays - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Tree At The End of The Meadow - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Avalanche Canyon - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Glacier Overlook - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Monochrome Teton Mountain View - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
A Teton View In Monochrome - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
First Light On Rendezvous Mountain - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Tetons, Clouds & Snow - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Snow Covered Teton Mountains - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Trees & Tetons - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Teton Reflection - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Reflection At Schwabacher's Landing - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Trees, Water, Tetons, Sky - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
View At Schwabacher's Landing - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Morning At Schwabacher's Landing - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Tetons From Schwabacher's Landing - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Beaver Dam - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Schwabacher's Landing Beaver Dam - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Beaver Pool At Schwabacher's Landing - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Rainy Day Tourists - Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Waiting At The Falls - Idaho Falls, Idaho
Falls & Mormon Temple - Idaho Falls, Idaho
If You Ever Plan To Go Out West - Idaho Falls, Idaho

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