Thursday, June 26, 2008

Teton’s Last Light

SWF…………………………….. (It’s our 100th Post)

After Sunset – Lake Jackson
Grand Teton National Park
(Click on the photo for a full page of blue)
(I used a telephoto to zoom in on the mountains and reflections)
No color enhancement, levels adjustment only.


Some of the best photos are made just before sunrise and just after sunset. In this case the sun was well down behind the mountains. The bight glitter patch on the lake is caused by a notch in the mountains to the left, allowing just enough light to illuminate the tops of really small ripples on the lake. This brightness is an optical illusion and caused by the longer exposure. In reality, it is like moonlight reflections that appear brighter than they really are.


I don’t think there is a name for the shades of blue in this photograph. I just know that I like them. By the way, in this photo, you get double your Skywatch due to the sky reflections in the water. If you go there to photograph this, climb up on the picnic table and set up your tripod there. That's what I did.


Since you will be using a tripod, use a small aperture (high f/number) to get best depth of field. Use RAW if your camera supports it. Digital is cheap, so make lots of photos. Use a broad range of shutter speeds. For some good information (tutorial) on early or late photography, see some of Jim’s recent posts over at Transient Light Photography. He does great work.


If there are no clouds to make oranges, expect blues. It may look black or really dark to the eye, but the sky color is still there in incredible shades of blues. In this case, it wasn’t that dark and you can still see some color in the near trees from the back lighting.


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Troy and Martha

69 comments:

kjpweb said...

Congrats on the big #100!
And you celebrate in style! That's beautiful and tranquil! A relaxing sight! Kudos!
And keep 'em coming! Looking forward to #1000!
Cheers, Klaus

quinttarantino said...

Congrats.
Fantastic photo.

evlahos said...

Congrats for the 100th. and congrats for this amazing shot

fishing guy said...

Troy: Another early SWF and a great photo, this was a special timing on your photo. Very nice photo.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

wow!
troy martha, what a great post!
like a water-mirror, or sky reflecting in the water... both ok
my congrats with your 100tpost...

thanks for your visit and healtwishes

greetings '1 arm' joann haha!

Jim said...

Beautiful photograph and tint Troy!
That blue really makes the image, IMO.

Will return later to read and catch up and comment.

Jim

Jason D. Moore said...

Congrats Troy!

Probably my favorite image of yours I've seen!

Nice work!

Doug Taron said...

Congratulations on 100 posts. I've been to Jackson Lake in the Tetons. It's lovely, but none of my photos came out like your amazing one. My camera must have been malfunctioning. Yeah, that's it.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Gosh, this is about as stunning as beautiful ever gets.


Thanks for your visit to my Brookville Daily Photo blog this morning. I hope you enjoyed my post today showing the baby rabbit eating the poppy leaves.

I also wrote a longer piece on my Better Blog Writing about my Mom and Dad. See if you like the writing style. It is popular among better blogs.


Last evening, it was almost dark, when one of the baby rabbits came up to our patio door and wanted in. I was flabbergasted but only took a picture and didn't leave him come in the house.

I wanted you to know I stopped-in to repay your visit and leave a you a comment.

I enjoyed reading your blog post for today and I thought your photography was excellent.

Cicero Sings said...

One great shot! The setting is wonderful.

100 Posts ... a milestone ... congratulations.

Travis said...

What a shot. The photo is very impressive. I once climbed Table Mountain which approached the Grand Teton's peeks from the back side. What a view it was.

Amazing photo!

Daryl said...

Congrats on #100 ... looking forward to at least 100 more!

:-Daryl

Brandi said...

What a great shot. I am enjoying traveling through the lens of your camera!

photowannabe said...

Breathtaking photo. This is a prize winner. I could see this hanging on a gallery wall.
Congratulations on 100 wonderful posts.

Petunia said...

OMG!
Love it!

Petunia's SWF

SandyCarlson said...

I love it. That is a work of art.

I like the "I've got your back" badge in the sidebar, too!

Angie said...

A beautiful photo. Great SW contribution.

Rose said...

This sure is a fantastic photo!

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

That's really beautiful. Congratulations on your 100th.

Marie said...

Just amazing!

Willard said...

A beautiful capture and good advice!
Also, congratulations on your 100th post!

Luiz Ramos said...

After sunrise and before sunset is always beautiful light.
Good.

imac said...

Fantastic photo, love the colour.

Luke Wiley said...

this is a breathtaking shot! nicely done!
My Sky Watch Friday post

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Yay on the 100!!
Beautiful photo!! What an amazing reflection!!
Mountain Retreat

RuneE said...

There are no need for more words for all the varieties of blue as long as we can see them here. Gret!

And I agree concerning Jim's posts - they are worth there weight in gold

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well done on the 100 post... here's to the 1000..

Thank you for helping to make Sky Watch so popular and special. I hope you enjoy your Sky Watch as much as I do.
Tom

I have marked this down for a revisit so I can read through later when I have more time.
:O)

me ann my camera said...

Magnificent! I am always curious when I click on your link and am never disappointed with the surprise of such beauty you have captured.
varying seasons

John said...

Amasing shot and wonderful reflection.
Congrats.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

"Blue, blue, my world is blue." But, I'm *not* after looking at this fantastic photo! It's a true pleasure to view your photographic art. Thanks for the double sky watch.

Voz do meu Coração said...

Simply wonderful this picture, congratulations.

reader Wil said...

Very beautiful with the different shades of blue!

The Texican said...

Nothing like tetons at sunset. :)

Berit said...

Happy SWF to you, WOW nr. 100!!!

Beautiful photo!!!!

Judi-gmj said...

wonderfully educational and beautiful at the same time.

Sherry said...

That is a fantastic shot, with so many beautiful shades of blue!

Pretty Life Online said...

Pretty one for SWF! Which reminds me the quote... "we all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon".... Mine's up too hope you can drop by. Happy Weekend!

Champ Townboy said...

Truly amazing shot!!

Stuff I Shoot said...

Love the colors in this!

Louise said...

Breathtaking.

Me & my puppies said...

Happy 100! Here's to 100 more, Sky Watch ~ fun people taking amazing photos, nicely done.

JC said...

Beautiful photo for the big 100 post.

Carletta said...

Love the blue in this - soothing landscape.

Congrats on the 100 - it's a wonderful blog!

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy, those are some amazing blues! What a great shot. I love the Tetons! BTW, I tried what you said and resized my photos. Check it out on my skywatch post!

Raven said...

What an incredibly beautiful photo! I'd love to have it framed on my wall and look at it often because it evokes such a sense of peace.

Ms. Hays said...

Of all the places I'd like to visit, The Grand Teton Mountains is where I'd LOVE TO LIVE!!! I love those mountains!

Happy Sky Watch Friday!

Gary said...

Happy century!

I love these lakeside shots - so very relaxing.

Happy Sky Watch!
Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Aileni said...

Outstanding !

Suzanne said...

Thank you for sharing your photography tips. This is a fantastic photo and I love the calm feeling captured. Your blues are perfect. Happy SWF.

pts said...

congrats.beautiful!

Naturegirl said...

A stunning SWF photo!
I think the best I've seen today!

Andrea said...

Love the reflections. Beautiful shot.

nina said...

Very nice tones of blue.
A perfect steely reflection of the massive mtns of Tetons.

esnorway said...

nice pic

Craver Vii said...

First of all, congratulations on the 100th post.

Secondly, Wow!!! This looks like one you should definitely print on quality photo paper and frame.

And third, I appreciate the "behind the scenes," where photographers tell the story of how the got a particular shot.

Great Sky Watch!!!

Alan said...

Great photo. Nice job with the reflections and framing. Looks like a great place to get away and recharge the batteries.

Rambling Round said...

These blues are something!

lingovise said...

Wow. That's such an amazing shot. Something to really aspire to! Thanks so much for sharing ;)

TSannie said...

Such a beautiful photo. The further away mountains look surreal.

Congrats on your 100th!

T.R. said...

Absolutely breathtaking. Light is everything isn't it!

quilly said...

Beauty for my soul. Thank you.

Happy 1st 100 -- and many more ...

For The People said...

That will take your breath!!

Kahshe Cottager said...

This is a beautiful shot! Thank you!

My SkyWatch here

AphotoAday said...

I love it! Well done indeed...
Makes me want to get out there and do some travelling.
And I've got to agree with you about Jim's "Transient Light" website -- he really knows his stuff!

Catherine said...

"the shades of blue" gives a perfect picture, at the same time, neat and with nuances. You're a master concerning landscape pictures!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I'm sure glad you did well with this 100th post, as a Sky Watch post it was fantastic.. and I thank you.

Lew said...

Picture perfect - mountains, sky and water are my favorites - you got all three.

Duncan said...

Spectacular photo Troy.

Dewdrop said...

This is a phenomenal shot. Crystal-like... great stuff.