Manual Grand Teton National Park - A Photographers Site Shooting Guide 1

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If you can drive so that the Bison are framed by the Tetons in the back, park your car on the side of the road, and capture your images. Of course there are others, like Cunningham Cabin, so explore. In addition to the highway, you can also travel the inner road which runs parallel to the highway, but a little closer to the mountains. There are so many amazing photography opportunities. Grand Teton National Park is an absolutely amazing place to visit. The photo opportunities for landscape and wildlife photography are virtually endless. Combined with its close proximity to Yellowstone, it is a fantastic photo destination.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Dirt Cheap Photo Guide to Grand Teton National Park is written for three distinct travelers: the photo enthusiast, the family photographer and the travel fan. In twelve chapters, pro photographer Jeff Clow takes the readers on a guided tour of the park with specific driving instructions as to where to find the best photo spots at the best times.

Both famous and lesser The Dirt Cheap Photo Guide to Grand Teton National Park is written for three distinct travelers: the photo enthusiast, the family photographer and the travel fan. Both famous and lesser known landscape locations are highlighted. If you have one morning or a week in the park, the book tells you how to use your morning and evening light most effectively. The book also includes dozens of photos of the various locales showing some of the composition options that a photographer should consider.

Jeff Clow has been leading photo tours to the area for several years and shares all the location and shooting secrets that have taken him a decade to discover.


I scouted out the area the day before and decided on how I was going to conduct the shoot. I got out my camera and composed for the next day. What I wanted to do is compress the barn and the mountains in the background so they seemed much closer than what they actually were. This would give the mountains a more grandeur appearance and the barn a more humbling look. To do this you have to use a telephoto lens of mm or greater. I decided to use the mm on the 35mm camera and the mm lens on the MF camera. I snapped a few daylight handheld shots and headed out for the rest of the days shoot.

The next day I was up at a. I arrived on location again before the sun had a clue on coming up and got set up. It was so dark I could see the stars. The Milky-Way was in full view! Shortly after getting set up a couple of other photographers stopped by to see what I was doing so far away from the barn. I explained to them what I was doing and how I was going to accomplish it. They both agreed that it'd be a good shot and decided to set up there too. We had several intelligent conversations about photography while we waited for the sun to come up.

It was great. We had another thing in common too Again, it was 24 degrees and I worried a little about my batteries so, I kept checking them during the conversations we had. So far so good.

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After the sun lightened the sky but, before striking the mountains, several more photographers had shown up. They parked in the parking area nearer to the barn though. He knew we were there because he looked directly at us. Still, he kept to his shot. After a short discussion with my fellow photographers, I approached the late comer and indicated to him where we were set up and what we were doing. He said he could move a couple of feet but I explained to him that he'd have to move 25 yds or more to get out of our shots. He turned away and ignored me from that point.

There really wasn't much I could do because we were both on public property and I walked back to my fellows and gave the details of the conversation with this "other" guy. One of the new colleagues I had would have nothing to do with this. We got our shots and soon departed. Who was right? My opinion, I was. I'm sure the other guy would differ with me on this but, I believe in the unwritten rule of "First come The next morning I was going to get my sunrise shot at Oxbow Bend. Like the two days before, I was up, showered, coffee'd, out and on location by 5 to a.

I parked in the parking area at the east end of the Oxbow Bend area. Something to chew on while I'm at it. It seems that when anyone sets up a tripod and camera other photographers appear out of thin air.

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You could be on location all by yourself but Then another, and another, and another. They all must think "Wow, that must be a good shot; otherwise that guy wouldn't be over there! Orrrr, maybe it's a good shot and somebody had to get there first! I got to the parking lot, saw I was the only one there, and decided to thaw out for awhile. I parked near the west end of the parking lot so I could work out the back of the truck.

Shortly thereafter another guy showed up who squeezed in-between me and the edge of the drop off to the river. I couldn't even open up the back door of the truck and wondered how he was going to get out of his van. I moved slightly to make things more convenient. Then another guy showed up who got out of his truck immediately and got ready to move out. Hmmm, smart fellow he is.

He had three camera pouches and four lens pouches attached to the vest and a camera with lens on the tripod. And you thought I over killed! He headed out right away and walked down the path to the river and downstream a little. It looked to me like somebody else did a little scouting the day before too. Without over exaggerating I'll bet more than a hundred photographers showed up for that shoot. Most were strung out along the roadway but somewhere around 25 or so were where I was shooting from. Needless to say, it got a little crowded and I thought "So much for using my truck as a work bench.

The same guy who asked about the metering asked if he could use it so I let him use my spare grey card, instead. But, when he asked to use my GND filter You're out of luck pal. I also explained to everyone about the guy who set up earlier down by the rivers edge so they could compose their shots without him being in them. At first there were a few cries but when I related to the "First come, first served" rule, everyone quieted down. There were no other incidents. When the sun started coming up everybody got down to business and started getting their once in a lifetime shot in.

After the shoot everybody was happy and we all slapped each other on the back for a job well done! Come to think of it, I was the only one there who had two tripods and cameras set up. At least I was fashionable. Before we left, I let Sam out to take in some Oxbow Bend smells. After all Sam and I were the first to get there and the last to leave. Soon after, the place was deserted. My last sunrise shot was at the "Windy Point" turn out. When I scouted out the shot I decided there wasn't much there unless you zoomed in on the mountains Clouds encompassing the mountain tops would be good.

Again, I was on location about a. I kept the heater running to aid in the defrosting and I fell asleep! I woke up early enough though and had about 15 minutes to spare. I quickly got out of the truck and set up both the 35mm and MF cameras and put the mm on the Canon and the mm on the Mamiya. I metered but knew that would change once the sun crested the horizon and started to light the mountains.

I had time to kill so I looked around and saw two other people and one car parked there. Two ladies were trying to watch Elk but they were too far away. I thought, "How the heck can they get through life without knowing anything about photography? I used my GND filter for both cameras and also had warming polarizers on each lens.

This slowed the shutter speed down quite a bit. Because the sun rises fast at this time of day and year, I handheld the GND. It has a "soft" transition area and hand holding would blur the transition even more. I just had to be careful not to bang the filter against the end of the lens barrel which could possibly scratch the filter or cause camera shake All worked out well. The "Windy Point" shoot was my last sunrise shot but I'll mention a few of the other shots just to prove I had other locations on my events list. Oxbow Bend really isn't much for shooting other than sunrise or evening shoots.

Course; if it's cloudy you could get in some close-up vegetation shots. Other than that the lighting just isn't right. I got set up there one evening and noted clouds to the west of the mountains. This would make for some good color shots. I met another photographer who had the same thinking. We had an hour or so to kill and we got into some heavy duty conversation. He was also using Canon "L" glass. Pretty expensive stuff! I asked if he were a pro but he said no but said he'd been published several times.

As it turned out, he was from the Boston, MA area. I had been stationed west of Boston and recognized several of the places he talked about. I guess we had something else in common. His wife came over and we were quickly introduced and soon the three of us seemed like long lost friends. I don't want to embarrass him anymore than what he already did. Anyhow, Bud was driving their van along one of the roadways. His wife was in the passenger seat.

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About a quarter of a mile in front of them Bud saw a guy pull over and get out of the car. The guy had his equipment in hand and quickly sprinted across a small clearing and into a thicket. Bud thought, "Wow, this must be a good shoot because that guy got out!

About half way across the clearing he noticed the guy crouched down and peering through the underbrush. Bud put the viewfinder to his eye and pointed the lens in the direction the guy was looking but couldn't see anything of importance though. He yelled out "What? So, even the guy with the most expensive equipment and experience can get caught up in the frenzy of getting in the shot everybody else is. The Oxbow Bend evening shot turned out pretty good.

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I was using a mm lens to get in those wide angle shots. Just before the sun went down a Bull Moose ventured out to the shoreline and started to graze along the shore for a few minutes. He then plunged into the water and swam to the other side of the river. Those who had telephotos on got in some good shots. I snapped off a few shots but they didn't turn out very good.

Who wants to see a black dot in the water? After the sun went down everybody left the area. I turned to the east and noted the pink to purplish colored sky and it's reflection in the water so I mounted the mm on the camera and took some shots of the far shoreline. The shutter speed was around two seconds. Those shots turned out pretty good too. Another good location was the "Blacktail Ponds" where I got wet. The parking area is on a bluff overlooking the Snake river and just to the north at the foot of the bluff are some ponds with a small inlet from the river.

I gingerly walked down a gully to the foot of the bluff and headed out to the ponds This is a nice mid-morning shot and anything earlier wouldn't be productive because the sun would be too low and the bluffs shadow would obscure the ponds. Anything later and the reflection of the mountains wouldn't appear. So, mid-morning it is. As I was hiking I started to sink in the muck and soon got ankle deep before I decided to turn back. Whew, what a smell! I'll bet some of that stuff I churned up hadn't seen the light of day or been exposed to the air in centuries. I backtracked to where I thought it'd be safe to get closer to the foot of the bluff.

Once on dry land, I had to be careful of the loose gravelly soil but soon made it to my destination. I set up and fired off seven or eight shots per camera. While I was packing to leave I noticed a pathway over by another gully not too far from where I was set up. I took this path which guided me back to the parking lot. If you decide you want a "Blacktail Ponds" shot follow these directions: Just to the north of the parking lot is a gully and just across the gully is a small fisherman's path.