When A Landscape Shoot Goes Bad
Yesterday I posted some of my favorites from my Grand Teton National Park trip. First off, thank you – there were a lot of really nice comments. So today, figuring why should I end it on a high note, I thought I’d follow it up with some of the not-so-good photos from the trip. As I think you’ll see, so much of landscape and outdoor photography is just about being there at the right time and place with the right weather. You can be in a really beautiful place and, if the conditions don’t cooperate, take some really bad photos. Heck, as you’ll see here… you can be in a really beautiful place, with really great weather, and still take some bad photos
Here’s a photo from the Snake River Overlook the night before I got some decent ones (you can see them in yesterday’s post). I kept thinking the light would get good. In fact, I was with a few other people and I made them stay until about 15 minutes after sunset telling them “Guys… this could get really really good if we just wait a few more minutes”. It didn’t
Here’s one from Schwabacher Landing the morning before I got the shot that I was happy with. I know the Tetons were back there somewhere but we never saw them.
Maybe putting this ugly area of grass in the foreground will help.
How in the world did I think this would make a good photo? Is it those nice leading lines? You know, the ones that zig-zag you across the photo and back… and across again… and back again?
If you can’t beat the clouds and fog, then join ‘em. Saw this lonely tree on the drive back from the previous photo location. The Tetons are somewhere back behind that cloud layer.
Maybe if I work it from a different angle I can make something happen from this foggy morning.
I’m not shooting this stupid tree anymore!
The God beams that almost happened… but didn’t. Instead we were treated to some really nice gray and washed out skies.
This one I kinda actually like… a little. It actually could have gotten spectacular but again, the sun found a better place to go behind the clouds then to show off for us.
Beautiful morning at Schwabacher Landing. Remember that ugly area of grass I tried in the foreground yesterday that didn’t work? Let’s see it works today. Umm… Nope!
Now let’s see if I can cover the beautiful Grand Tetons with some large trees instead. I actually almost like this photo, but I prefer the one I posted yesterday (from a similar location just a few yards down) much better.
This is what you get when you arrive at a sunset location late. My very first photo as I put down the tripod. You only get a few seconds to catch the sun going down behind the mountains and trees. As you can see, I made the most of it with a very uninspiring composition of a rippled lake and a clump of mud in the foreground up front.
Gee… I wish I arrived early enough to get the sun from the last photo (as it went just behind the peak) in this one instead.
Maybe if I shoot it wider the sun will miraculously pop back up for a minute?
Here, I thought it’d be cool to try some star photos since we were out early for a sunrise shoot. Unfortunately it was so dark I didn’t notice the half-dead trees and my buddy’s camera in the frame until I got it on the computer.
Where the heck did that half-of-a-tree on the right come from?!
I absolutely hate dead pieces of wood. No… like I really hate them…
I may have screwed up everyone else’s photo by removing the dead wood (and causing large amounts of ripples in the nice flat water), but it’s all about me right? And by the time the ripples died down, the light was already getting a little harsh and flat.
And I call this photo “Fly fisherman’s butt with no feet (and tree with dead branches protruding into the right side of the photo)”
Finally, I call this photo: “The Inexplicable Glowing Barn, right in the middle of the frame”
Again… if you haven’t seen yesterday’s post please go back and read it, so you know I don’t totally suck as a photographer
Have a good one!