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Oxbow Bend

Islands In The Sky

Oxbow Bend Sunrise
© Miles Hecker

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SEASONS

This shot works best from early June through early October. The above photo was taken in early June from right at the rivers edge, about 100 yards north of the main parking area. Only three photogrpahers were present on that dreary overcast morning.

Most fall shots are taken from near the parking area. This location gives you the sweeping Snake River foreground most people enjoy. The famous golden hues of the Oxbow Bend aspen, attract hundreds of photographers in early October. Oxbow Bend is the "Old Faithful" of Teton fall color.

TIMES

Early sunrise can give you stunning alpenglow with a super saturated film or vivid digital color settings. Sunset will give you the classic high altitude fire in the sky if the cloud cover is right. The fire is best in mid to late September when the sun sets behind Mt Moran. Moose are often seen at both sunrise and sunset in the river.

LENS & FILTERS

LENS: 35-70mm for 35mm camera, 17-40mm for crop sensor cameras

FILTERS: 2 stop split ND at sunrise, 3 stop split ND at sunset or HDR

FILMS

Slide films: Velvia 100 or Kodak E100SW

Negative films: Fuji Reala or Konica Impressa

DIGITAL CAMERAS

See: Digital cameras for landscape work.

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