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Schwabachers Landing

Today I'm sharing another image from the Tetons.  This image was made at Schwabachers Landing.  Although it wasn't made at the "iconic" location that you see most of the images from this area.  It was made just up the road a bit.

I actually prefer this spot over the "iconic" spot.  To tell you the truth, I've never really gotten fired up about the "iconic" spot.  It's just a scene that doesn't do much for me.  I've been there several times and it's just never gotten me excited, even when the light has been great.

I like this spot because of the way you can include the river rocks as a foreground anchor.  I also like how you are able to use the river as a lead in line.  You do give up the reflections, though, so that's the trade off. And, I'm OK with that, personally.

ISO 100, 35mm, F/11 @ 1/40th second

So, this image was made with my Sony A7R, LA-EA4 Lens Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.  I also used a Marumi Circular Polarizer to kill glare off of the rocks and water's surface.  

Then I processed the image using Lightroom and On1's Perfect Effects.  I used a preset in Perfect Effects called "Vecchio".  This effect was nice, but much too strong for me out of the box.  Since everything in Perfect Effects is in layers and works very similarly to Photoshop in that regard, I simply dialed back the opacity of this effect until I was pleased.  That's it...nothing fancy at all.  Just pushed a few buttons. ;)

Lewis Falls

I just wanted to make a quick post to share an image with you that I made a little over a month ago in Yellowstone National Park.  Yes, we were there a week before the government shut down...I'm so glad the parks are back open now! 

Most of you know I'm kind of a waterfall nut, so seeing one this nice, so far from home and covered in snow was a no-brainer.

I shoot this at a ISO lower than the native ISO of my camera, which I don't do often at all.  It just happened to be very bright overcast and I was trying to slow the shutter down as much as I could.   I went with ISO 50.  I shoot this in Aperture Priority mode at F/22 (again trying to slow 'er down a bit) and that yielded a shutter speed of 1/4 second.

Of course I had my camera mounted on my Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Tripod and used my Hoya Circular Polarizer.  I also used a cable release...I sometimes forget to tell you that, because I usually do it all the time so I sometimes forget that thing isn't actually part of the camera.