Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

When I recently traveled to Glacier National Park (northwest Montana), I was really looking forward to some great night skies photography. What I didn’t realize was that there were some nearby wildfires and they literally created havoc with any photography that included the sky or distant landscapes! That is, except …

when shooting afternoon skies! When shooting the sun/sunsets in a hazy atmosphere, the numerous dust and particulate matter in the air help to create a “moodiness” to the landscape. Color is also commonly affected. As you can see in the following images, photographing in this type of environment can be quite interesting!

Afternoon Sun in the Wildfire Smoke of Glacier NP

Afternoon Sun in the Wildfire Smoke of Glacier NP

Afternoon Sun in the Wildfire Smoke of Glacier NP

Not often can you get sun and sunny reflections like this in the middle of the afternoon! I hung around for an actual sunset, but just too much haze and smoke.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 28-135mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, shot at 109mm, 115mm, and 127 mm
  • ¬†Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200 (all)
  • Aperture f/32, f/22, f/16
  • Shutter 1/60 sec., 1/90 sec., 1/125 sec.



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Posted in 2018, Blog, Landscape Photography, National Park, Nature Photography, Sunrises/Sunsets, Travel Photography
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