Heading Out For My Long-Awaited Grand Tetons Photography Trip


As I write this, I’m on the plane heading out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to shoot at Grand Teton National Park this week. I’ve been wanting to get out there for a while now and my good friends Jeff and Randy are teaching a photo workshop along with Dave Black so I figured it was a good time to go do some shooting and catch up with friends.

Some New Gear
I’m psyched because I have some new gear to try out too. First, I have a Nikon D800E from LensProToGo.com for the week. I’ve been shooting the D800 on my last few landscape shoots, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on buying one yet. I’m really close, but I wanted to try out the D800E first to compare. It’s supposed to be sharper, but susceptible to moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts because of it’s lack of anti-aliasing filter. I’m anxious to put it to the test and I’ll let you know what I find.

And A New Tripod
I’m also sporting a new tripod – the Really Right Stuff TVC33. The last tripod I bought was a Gitzo traveler about 4 years ago. It’s been my trusty tripod ever since, but I need something stronger for outdoor shooting. I’ve made the Gitzo “work” but I’ve also sacrificed some sharpness as a result. See, the biggest strength of the Gitzo Traveler is also it’s biggest weakness – it’s just too small and unstable for heavy duty outdoor shooting. Don’t get me wrong, I still use it quite a bit and it will probably still be my go-to tripod since it fits right in my laptop bag and I don’t often check bags. But if I’m going to be up in the mountains with wind, water, and unstable ground I need something a bit stronger. Again, I’ll report back with my thoughts on both the tripod and the D800E after the trip.

And if that wasn’t enough, I know Dave Black will be doing some light painting so I brought along a Promote Control to try out for long exposures and some HDR.

In the meantime, I’ll post photos and stuff as I get ‘em. Have a good one.

(photo above courtesy of Fotolia.com)

  • Dennis Zito

    Hey Matt,

    Have a Great time up there! You are going to love it! The colors should be at peck! In Colorado, the colors were a week earlier than normal. I can’t wait to see some of your shots. We spent two weeks up there in 2008! I’m sure you’ll go places that we couldn’t go … celebrity status! :-)

    Have fun!

    Dennis

  • Mike Bowen

    Wow, that sounds like a great time.

    On a side note, do you know how Dave Black’s home fared during the recent fires? I thought Scott mentioned on one of the Kelby TV shows that Dave’s home was at risk and I’ve been hoping that nothing happened since then. Dave seems like such a good guy, I’d hate to have something that catastrophic happen to him.

    • http://mattk.com Matt Kloskowski

      He ended up just fine Mike. I’ll let him know you were asking though. I’m sure he appreciates the thoughts :)

  • Venita Quella

    How cool! I’m headed there for the first time on Friday, the 28th. I hope I’m lucky enough to cross paths with you so I can meet you. Happy shooting! Venita Quella

  • http://flashofperfection.com Tate Dumler

    Matt, I am telling you, the approach coming into the airport in Jackson has to be the most scenic view out of an airplane window I have ever witnessed, at least in this country. On the right side of the plane, which is where I was lucky enough to have had a seat, Grand Teton was visible on a cold, wintry, snow-covered day, in all of it’s glory. I keep hoping I am able to visit in the spring time and wander up to Yellowstone and hike the backcountry of Teton and visit some of those pristine mountain lakes. Can’t to see what you have in store for us when you get back. I can imagine that you’re going to bring out the Big Stopper and create some stunning sunrises and sunsets over the Tetons. Enjoy!