I often say that the best way to get good images is to take lots of images. No one ever got anywhere just staying at home, watching old reruns of the Cosby Show, and swearing that “tomorrow” they would go out and shoot. The best photographers are the ones who are continually trying to master their craft, which come by…wait for it…WORKING ON IT!
Last fall I had the chance to take a friend to Grand Teton National Park. We had very limited time so it was key that we planned out what we wanted to do. However, things don’t always happen that way. First off, we had car problems in the middle of the trip which set us back the first night, not allowing us to get a good sunset shot. Then the next and only day we had for shooting there was a fire close by in Idaho which was awesome for sunrise, creating super orange and red skies, but shortly thereafter the smoke covered the Tetons making it impossible to even see then, let alone get good shots. So we spent the day driving and hiking, hoping to come across something of worth. I was pretty discouraged but then, while driving past a wheat field with some trees in the back, the image of this photograph just popped into my head. So I slammed on the breaks and got this little beauty.
The high contrast light on the green coupled with the smoky mountains behind create for an effect that at no other time would have been there. It just goes to say that even though we as photographers can’t control the elements, we can definitely control how we respond to them.
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