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Mountain Stream Feeding Two Medicine Lake - Glacier National Park



For me, this autumn scene captures nature's circle of life, with one of the many glacial streams feeding Two Medicine Lake, on south east side of the park....
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For me, this autumn scene captures nature's circle of life, with one of the many glacial streams feeding Two Medicine Lake, on south east side of the park.
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13 Comments | Report
Saraye
 
Saraye November 23, 2016
Nice
Roussou
 
Roussou January 19, 2017
Beautiful capture
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MarkWolskyPhotography March 21, 2017
Thank you very much!
rushewallace PRO+
 
rushewallace January 24, 2017
Excellent photography !!!
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MarkWolskyPhotography March 21, 2017
Thank you very much!
Neckbone
 
Neckbone March 21, 2017
Great work, congrats!
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MarkWolskyPhotography March 21, 2017
Thank you very much!
siljemariamh
 
siljemariamh March 24, 2017
This photography is really something! I love how the mountain in the back is positioned, and how the river and the trees really give depth to the picture! The colors are amazing too.
TcCamera PRO
 
TcCamera October 15, 2017
Absolutely amazing! Beautiful capture thank you for sharing
Neckbone
 
Neckbone February 07, 2018
Beautiful scene and capture!
debhearn
 
debhearn March 03, 2018
Absolutely incredible shot.
lesliebinder PRO+
 
lesliebinder March 23, 2018
The colors are outstanding!!!!
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brianbaitystudio March 31, 2018
thank you for providing a title, description, and location. I feel this is super important for location photos like yours. I travel a lot and photos like this help me choose new destinations
debbiespeed PRO+
 
debbiespeed June 30, 2018
Looks like a fabulous painting!!!!
Rezaw
 
Rezaw November 16, 2018
Wonderful
Amberlaine
 
Amberlaine January 04, 2019
this is pretty

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken along the shoreline of Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park. I hiked a trail along the lake and then bushwhacked for a while, trying to find a more unusual setting for the beautiful mountain across the lake. Along the way I encountered several clearings with ample presence of grizzly bear, so I was focused on making myself known by whistling familiar tunes as I sought a better location from which to photograph the lake. After a few miles of hiking, I stumbled by complete chance upon the glacier-fed stream, winding rapidly toward Two Medicine Lake. This was the spot.
Time
It was slightly after noon when I took the photo. There was a snow squall off to the right and the winds were quite strong. The sky was clear with clouds. The grasses on the left across the stream were bending in the wind, creating an effect of movement in the subject.
Lighting
Since there was significant contrast between the bright afternoon sky and darker stream, I elected to take three shot bracket, with two f-stops between shots. Even though there was quite a bit of movement in the scene, I preferred to balance the scene’s light with a bracketed set, using a variable neutral density filter. Over time, I have become more adept at bracketing my landscape work during any time of day, and with movement present. The shutter releases were at 1.6 seconds, .4 seconds and 6.0 seconds, if memory serves.
Equipment
For this particular shot, I used my Nikon D-810 camera with a Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G lens. I used a Tiffen variable neutral density filter. My tripod was an aluminum MeFoto with Manfrotto mount.
Inspiration
Anyone who has shared the fortune to visit this national treasure, knows the profound beauty of Glacier National Park and will be inspired beyond words to photograph its many iconic scenes. I’m planning a return trip to Glacier National Park in the autumn.
Editing
As with all of my work, I use Adobe Lightroom to make minor edits to render the scenes as I recall them in my memory. Post processing affords me some artistic license to tell the story of a subject in a more compelling and experiential way for the viewer.
In my camera bag
For equipment, I use a Nikon D-810 platform, with assorted Nikon and Sigma lenses. I also use a number of filters. I recently upgraded my tripod to carbon fiber Manfrotto quick release model with Sirui K-30 ball head. A lighter tripod is helpful when you’re carrying thirty pounds of equipment into the back country.
Feedback
If I were to impart any advice to fellow photographers on creating a similar type of photo, it would be to practice with your equipment until you can feel your way through the camera settings to create that great capture without having to think too much. Endeavor to make ISO, aperture and shutter speed instinctive for that moment you come upon a scene worthy of capture. Secondly, in your plan to visit one our national parks, be mindful of the flora and fauna, and prepare accordingly. We are visitors to these pristine environments and should tread with great care and respect, and leave the locations better than we find them. And finally, always try to stretch your technical and artistic abilities by studying how other photographers create their photography. ViewBug has many valuable sources for learning and improvement.

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