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GLACIER NP



This is the view across Two Medicine Lake with Sinopah Mountain in the background. The water was so clear that it made visible the colorful submerged rocks. To...
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This is the view across Two Medicine Lake with Sinopah Mountain in the background. The water was so clear that it made visible the colorful submerged rocks. To exaggerate the perspective I held the camera almost at the water's surface.
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JyoScapes PRO+
 
JyoScapes May 23, 2016
Love the way you included the foreground. :) Makes it a little more than a simple reflection shot. :)
ericsalveggio
 
ericsalveggio May 24, 2016
excellent use of the lens' focal length, and exposure.
TanyaJTimmons1967 Ultimate
 
TanyaJTimmons1967 July 10, 2016
This is beautiful...where if you don't mind telling me, is this at?
TanyaJTimmons1967 Ultimate
 
TanyaJTimmons1967 July 10, 2016
Just saw the below info.... It's been a long day!!
Paul_Joslin Platinum
Paul_Joslin July 10, 2016
Thank you for liking the photo Tanya. Hopefully you get a chance to visit Glacier NP if you haven't already. It is a beautiful park.
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins July 26, 2016
Great shot, good foreground. Where is it?
Eduardbetz PRO+
 
Eduardbetz August 01, 2016
Love the foreground as a lead in to the mountain. It's a fantastic image !
Gauthier91
 
Gauthier91 August 07, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
adavies PRO
 
adavies December 31, 2016
Fantastic! Great foreground detail...really well done! :)
Sunshine100
 
Sunshine100 January 27, 2017
so beautiful!!
EdithNero
 
EdithNero February 15, 2017
Great capture and work ????????????
Merlot Platinum
 
Merlot March 29, 2017
Love it great shot
fredpilkington
 
fredpilkington April 23, 2017
Great shot
carolebradley PRO
 
carolebradley May 17, 2017
Stunning no other word for it
podesta
 
podesta June 26, 2017
Fantastic composition, great work
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci July 31, 2017
Spectacular!
stephendias
 
stephendias September 20, 2017
This. Is. Perfect!
gbernhard
 
gbernhard April 04, 2018
Absolutely breathtaking! Sooo beautiful!
Shelimar PRO+
 
Shelimar March 13, 2019
Stunning photo!
Rambling
 
Rambling October 20, 2019
Beautiful photo, extremely well done!
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch December 06, 2019
Wonderful!
Vash01Photo Ultimate
 
Vash01Photo July 02, 2020
Absolutely stunning!
Jchumleyphotos PRO+
 
Jchumleyphotos September 08, 2020
Beautiful!
bpwhite PRO+
 
bpwhite November 02, 2020
Fantastic photo! Thank you for entering my challenge!
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry December 23, 2020
Great reflection
terrymccollum Ultimate
 
terrymccollum Jan 24
WOW, stunning colors. Your AWESOME photo just made my favorites list!
terrymccollum Ultimate
 
terrymccollum Jan 24
I don't how you choose this photo but you have plenty of Awesome photos to choose from. Well Done Paul!
terrymccollum Ultimate
 
terrymccollum Feb 06
Congratulations on your challenge win!
sallyG11 PRO+
 
sallyG11 Feb 07
Congratulations on your challenge win, beautiful capture and well deserving! :)
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden Feb 07
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
terrymccollum Ultimate
 
terrymccollum Mar 26
Congratulations Paul on the win.Well Done!
Paul_Joslin Platinum
Paul_Joslin Mar 26
Thank you Terry!
darlenepollard PRO+
 
Love this!

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in Glacier National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Time
It was late morning when the photo was taken, not generally the most optimal time. However the rather flat lighting may have helped in this case because it softened what would have been a sharp transition from the exposure of the rocks under the water to the mountain in the background.
Lighting
While I am always looking for lighting to help give direction and focus to a picture, in this instance it was the landscape more than anything else that dominated and controlled how the picture could best be perceived.
Equipment
The scene was photographed with a Nikon D300 camera and a superzoom Nikkor 18 to 200 mm lens. Accept for making camera and lens upgrades I try my best to stick to using just one camera and one lens in the field. I didn't use a tripod or a flash.
Inspiration
I am always looking for beautiful settings where I can create a lot of depth in a picture as well as have visual lines that draw one's eye across an image from one corner to the opposite corner. This definitely had all the elements. Photographing in portrait as opposed to landscape mode is often a more powerful way to bring out the full effect of depth, as in this case.
Editing
The post processing focused on two issues. I used the de-hazing filter in Lightroom to improve the clarity of the water and I increased slightly the vibrancy and saturation of the colors.
In my camera bag
In my sling bag designed for quick access is but one camera and one lens -- currently the Nikon D500 and the superzoom Nikkor 18 to 300 mm lens. It does it all, landscapes, wildlife, sports, fast action and even close ups of insects. For years I used a Nikon D300 (or Nikon D300s slight upgrade) camera and the superzoom Nikkor 18 to 200 mm lens. With an SB 900 flash I also have done a lot of portrait photography with this camera and lens setup, using walls or halos to bounce the flash off of. A couple of years ago when Nikon came out with the Nikkor 18 to 300 mm lens, I upgraded to that. Because the camera is a DX format (smaller than full frame) the lens becomes effectively a 24 mm to 450 mm lens which is ideal for photographing wildlife, fast action like catching swallows in flight, as well as capturing landscape shots with plenty of depth, as in this Glacier National Park photo. While I like using a single superzoom lens to do everything because of the versatility it gives me in the field, I also like the fact that my almost never taking the lens off minimizes the chances for getting dust inside the camera.
Feedback
To exaggerate the strength of the foreground and create a lot of depth I set the lens at wide angle and held the camera about an inch or so above the water, a technique I often use. Since it was much lower than my head was at, I took several shots, hoping one of them would turn out the way I wanted. The fact that the water was very clear and the rocks colorful was a real bonus. To ensure that everything was pretty much in focus from the foreground to the background I used an aperture of f14. Having the lens set at wide angle also helps to accomplish that goal.

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