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Snake River Overlook

-10 degrees

-10 degrees at Snake RIver Overlook revisited
© Miles Hecker

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SEASONS

Snake River overlook was made famous by Ansel Adams in his national parks series of photos. It is usually photographed while green in the month of June. Personally I find these shots pale when viewed beside the surreal glow of a winter sunrise. Be prepared for temperatures of 10 to 20 below fahrenheit if you choose to capture that glow.

The above shot was taken on a very cold winters morning. It was -10 degrees fahrenheit at the overlook. I was there with one other brave soul. For a brief period of about one minute, mother nature smiled on us and the above photo was captured.

TIMES

Ansel Adams took his famous photo in late afternoon just before sunset, as the sun was about to drop behind the Grand Teton. It is very difficult to find the clouds in just the right position to make that shot work. It is far easier to get the typical sunrise shot in the early summer or better yet the dead of winter. The above shot was taken at a focal length of 38mm on a full frame camera.

LENS & FILTERS

LENS: 35-60mm for 35mm camera, 24-40mm for crop sensor cameras

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

FILMS

Slide films: Provia 100F or Kodak E100SW

Negative films: Fuji Reala

DIGITAL CAMERAS

See: Digital cameras for landscape work.

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