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onyanita April 27, 2018
gorgeous capture...i'm planning a trip there and wondering when is the best time for those lovely Autumn colours.

Buffalo and Grand Tetons, Gros Ventre, WY



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Location
This photo was taken in Gros Ventre, WY.not far from the junction of Moose Road and Highway 191. I was looking west, toward the Grand Tetons and I had set up for awhile, waiting for the local bison herd to cross in front of the mountain range.
Time
I always set up in this area early in the morning, with the sunrise over my shoulders. The weather and cloud patterns here are highly changeable, so you never know what's in store for the photographer.
Lighting
Snow squalls were alternating with filtered sunlight that morning. I waited until immediately following a brief snow shower, when the lighting level was a little stronger, with filtered sunlight on the mid-ground.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon EOS-1D Mark III using the Canon 70-200 mm f2.8 IS III lens, all mounted on a tripod.
Inspiration
I come to this area in late September every year to photograph the Grand Tetons. Gros Ventre usually has free-ranging bison in the area. I want to capture the solitude, the beauty of this spectacular mountain range ...with some natural foreground interest.
Editing
I had to work on dehiring the clouds somewhat because the morning light wasn't strong enough up high to capture detail. Other than that, I just did nominal sharpening of the foreground as well as some of the cottonwoods in mid-ground.
In my camera bag
For these trips, I usually carry the Canon 70-200 f2.8, Canon 100-400 f4.0/5.6, Canon 16-35 f2.8 lenses along with the EOS 1DX-MK III body. I also have circular polarizers for the lenses. I am currently using the Girtzo carbon fiber mountaineer tripod.
Feedback
The Grand Tetons are an iconic image in the great American West and, as such, are amongst the most photographed elements in the USA. So, if we want to capture these mountains with a unique feel, it's important to set up with the opportunity to capture both dynamic atmospherics as well as interesting and relevant foreground subjects. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen within a controlled time schedule. As I said before, I have visited this area every year for the past 14 years, always in early autumn. I want the combination of chaotic, changeable weather, partial snow cover on the mountain range, and bright foliage on the few cottonwoods in the area. The difficulty is in the waiting for all of these elements to present themselves to us for the shot.

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