In my last post I talked about the conditions at the Grand Tetons. We arrived around 10:00 a.m. an the image above shows what the conditions looked like. The smoke and haze from the Western fires were just awful and there was a storm moving in. It was very disappointing to say the least. However I also knew that since I shoot in RAW format and with the help of Adobe Lightroom® and Photoshop® I could correct a lot of the haze in the image.
This is the same photo as the first one after 20 minutes of working to get the haze out and to reveal what the camera was able to actually capture. Fortunately after about an hour the haze dissipated somewhat and we had some nice blue skies and puffy white clouds.
The Grand Tetons are just so majestic. Their ruggedness and sharp edges just make for some beautiful scenery. I wish I had more time with them so I could really show case the true beauty of the mountains. We were on a 3 and half day vacation with so much on our agenda it did not allow us to really enjoy any one place for very long.
This is Jenny Lake which a large lake that covers much of the area around the Tetons. There is a ferry that takes you around the lake to some beautiful vantage points, however we were limited on time and was not able to take the tour. I know I don’t have to tell you but just in case you have forgotten you can click on the images and they will reveal a much larger more detailed image.
As you can see from this image taken later in the day, the haze did clear up nicely and the big puffy clouds eventually turned in to some storms, which the area really needed the rain.
That’s it for the Grand Tetons, my next post will be back in Yellowstone National park for some more wildlife and other interesting images.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.
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.