I know that I promised the Grand Tetons today but I shot several landscape images before reaching Grand Tetons National Park. Click on the images to make them larger and more detailed.
I stopped to talk to a park Ranger on our trip to the Tetons and he said that as bad as the smoke and haze were this day, if we had been here a week earlier you could barely see the mountains and certainly wouldn’t have been able to capture any images of them.
To get to the Tetons National Park we had to go through Yellowstone National Park and we decided to take a route that we had not see on our tour. As you can see from these images there was a lot of haze in the sky and while I tried to remove as much as possible there was just too much of it. Later in the day the sky did clear up a little bit.
Some more of the hundreds of pools and geysers around Yellowstone. It would have been interesting to walk around this large feature but we wanted to get to the Tetons as soon as we could.
Later in the day the gray skies gave way to some puffy clouds and patches of blue sky. There was still some haze but it was considerably less than the early morning.
Came across this beautiful water fall. I wish I would have had my neutral density filter and a tripod. I had considered bringing my mono-pod but in a rush to finish packing I forgot it. What that would have allowed me to do would be to make the water falls silky smooth. A preferred method by many photographers.
So I had to do the best I could with what I had to work with. There were a lot of people at this water fall and it was hard to get the view I wanted. Some people finally moved and I got the shot I wanted.
Finally the Grand Tetons came into view. As you can tell from this image the smoke and haze was a real problem. Still we were in the presences of these majestic mountains and it was a real joy for me to see them again after 44 years, which was the last time I was in the park.
That’s it for today. Hope to post more Tetons in the coming days along with some other neat images.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Great pictures Dave. Looks like the rain should miss us tomorrow. See you in the morning for the 8:40 tee time.
Jim Etheredge 10569 Reagan CT Peosta, IA 52068
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I’m looking forward to it Jim.
Amazing photos!!! I knew the smokey haze had been heavy, but oh my. I was impressed at how you so adeptly removed the haze to reveal amazing sights.
Thank you for your very kind words Debbie. I was at first very disappointed when we arrived at the Tetons because of the haze but decide to photograph the anyway. Knowing that I could probably adjust for the terrible conditions. I am please with the results. Congratulations to Terry for his book. I am in awe of him. Thank you for your ongoing friendship. Blessings