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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thoughts on Grand Teton National Park

Oxbow Bend
Nikon D90, 50mm f1.4, ISO 200, f16, 3 shot HDR

To start with, I would spend a lot more time in GTNP than we did on our previous trip. Last September we arrived in GTNP in late Sunday afternoon, so we weren't able to see or do much before the sunset. We spent all day Monday then most of the day Tuesday in the park. We did hit most of the iconic photography spots, but we didn't get to spend as much time as we would have liked at each one. We hit up Oxbow Bend both mornings, although, we weren't actually planning on visiting Oxbow the second time do to time constraints. We also hit Schwabacher Landing, the Mormon Barns, Wilson Rd (moose), Jenny Lake, and Jackson Lake. We definitely hit a lot of places but for short periods of time.

If you are into landscape photography, GTNP is definitely the place to be. Equipment that I would make sure to have with you, a strong stable tripod, remote shutter release, and a circular polarizer filter and a wide angle lens.

Mormon Barn
Nikon D90, 50mm f1.4, ISO 200 f16, 2-3 shot HDR stitched with CS5

My advice, try to do something new or at least new to you. We all know that GTNP has been photographed over and over again. So, how can you do something different? Try shooting HDR (high dynamic range), a panorama, or do what Chad did and turn around and shoot the opposite direction as everyone else (See Chad's blog post on HTC EVO 4G as a Camera). Shoot as much as you can in the early morning and late evening. Remember GTNP is a photographers paradise, so get there early before all of the other photographers!