John Moulton Barn

In Grand Teton National Park resides two of the most photographed barns on the planet.  The T.A. Moulton Barn, which is the most popular of the two, and The John Moulton Barn.  Both of these barns reside in an area known as Mormon Row and they are about a quarter of a mile apart.

The road to get to these barns is closed in the winter, so if you want to visit them, you will need to make a walk of about a mile, however, the walk is well worth the effort.

On this particular day, we hiked out in the dark to make sure we were at The John Moulton Barn before sunrise.  The area hadn't had near as much snow as normal this year, so the hike out was really easy.  It was cold, though, at -1 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Due to the lack of snow, it seemed several other people had been in the area before us.  What that meant was we had a lot of footprints in the snow to deal with.  The best, and easiest, way to deal with them was to get back from the barn a bit, lower your perspective and use the sagebrush to block as much of the footprints as possible. 

Aperture-priority, 0.5 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 24mm

This image was made just before the sun hit the mountain peaks.  The sky gave us a hint of color as the moon was setting.  I believe any morning is a beautiful morning in this area, but spending a morning here with friends, a camera and a sunrise is tough to beat!

Image made with my Canon 5D IV, Tamron 24-70mm Lens and Sirui 3 stop GND Filter.  Gear supported by my Sirui W-2204 Tripod and G-20X Ballhead.

Shooting the Same Locations Multiple Times

I'm sure you've heard someone say before "Technically, you could never shoot the same photo twice.".  That couldn't be more true in nature or landscape photography.

Let's take this barn in GTNP on Mormon Row for instance.  It's been photographed a zillion times.  I've photographed it about 10 or more times now myself.  While, I still don't think I have the best shot I'll get of it, I got the one I am most happy with, so far, this past spring.  This is one of the reasons I will shoot the same locations multiple times.  There is always something different with Mother Nature.  If you photographed this same scene every day you would get a different image each time.

I always enjoy photographing a new location but many times I will revisit the same locations multiple times before I get a shot I'm pleased with.  I may be pleased with an image I take at a location then when I return I may have a better sky, or warmer light that I think makes my new image better. 

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16 @ 1/20th second

This image was made using my Sony A7R, LA-EA3 Lens Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.

Dramatic Weather, Dramatic Photograph

One of the days we were in the Tetons, it came a pretty good storm on us.  I had even heard reports of significant hail in the area.  Luckily, while it was storming we were resting at the hotel, however afterwards we went right out to shoot in hopes of getting images of some awesome clouds or dramatic light.

The old saying "Dramatic weather makes dramatic photos" was true here indeed.  I immediately could see some amazing black and white images being produced just from seeing the clouds the storm left us with.  While we were shooting different scenes, I told my group to keep black and white in mind for sure, because that would even be more dramatic!

One scene we photographed under these clouds was the famous barn on Mormon Row.  This is usually a great sunrise spot, but once I saw the clouds, I knew that's where we should check first for some dramatic shots.

ISO 100, 45mm, F/11 @ 1/200th second

This image was made using my Sony A7R, Sony LA-EA4 Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.  Of course I used my Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Tripod and BBH-200 Ballhead as a solid foundation, too.  I then processed the image in Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Software.