Signal Mtn

Schwabachers Landing

Schwab. landing

A Pool with a View
© Nancy Patrick

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SEASONS

The beaver ponds that create the classic mirror shot of the Tetons are open from late spring to early fall. Some prefer the golden glow of the fall colors to the very green look of late spring. The site is jammed in fall. So get there especially early to get a good spot. It is not uncommon for the first photographer to arrive two hours before sunrise!

The green shot looks best from early June to early July. The Tetons in spring are snow covered and look more majestic than in most fall shots. It is also less crowded in spring, but be prepared to rise early. The alpine glow starts at about 5:30AM this time of year.

TIMES

Most people go for the technicolor, alpenglow show just as the sun hits the Grand Teton at sunrise. A good bank of clouds adds to the overall drama of the event. Don't run away though, sometimes the soft light of the golden hour can be interesting in its own right.

The above shot was taken at about 40mm focal length equivalent on a 645 MF camera.

LENS & FILTERS

LENS: 28-70mm for 35mm camera, 17-40mm for crop sensor cameras

FILTERS: 2 stop split ND at sunrise or HDR

FILMS

Slide films: Velvia 100 or Kodak E100SW

DIGITAL CAMERAS

See: Digital cameras for landscape work.

 

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