Fun Friday: Not “(Quite)” What It Looks Like!

During my July trip to Glacier NP, I caught some flack from my wife. As we drove along the top of the Going-to-the-Sun Road, I was mesmerized by the many waterfalls that were active across the valley. At one point, I saw a good pullout and decided to grab a scenic shot of one of the waterfalls. While setting up, I envisioned getting that clump of purple wildflowers in the image as the foreground. Meanwhile, this is what my wife saw, from the car:

A Photo Is Born

A Photo Is Born

It kinda looks like I was about ready to go over the edge of the cliff. Well, truthfully I was close, but not as much as it looked. Sometimes our eyes and our cameras can deceive us a bit … at least that’s what I’ve been trying to convince her of! :o)

I was crouched down low because I was trying my darndest to get the wildflowers in the frame as the foreground. Here is one of many images I ended up with:

Glacier NP scenic

But this next image is closer to my earlier vision:

Glacier NP scenic

And everyone was safe! No slips, trips, or sliding. But to shoot in these situations, it is imperative that you are very careful, that you maintain your footing, and that you are constantly vigilant as to where you are … and where the edge is!

Photographic Equipment Used (for bottom, landscape photos):

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (IS “Off” while on tripod), shot at 50mm (a circular polarizer was used on front of the lens to slow down shutter speed, to reduce reflections, and to help saturate the foliage), shot from 122 to 132mm
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/8 (image #3) and f/36 (bottom image)
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. (image #3, which was an oversight when shot) and 1/30 sec. (bottom image)

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Posted in 2014, Blog, Fun Friday post, Landscape Photography, National Park, Nature Photography, Travel Photography
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