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Beauty Before Light | by John Cothron
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Beauty Before Light

Oxbow Bend in the Grand Teton National Park is one of my favorite, as well as one of the most popular areas of the park. It was created when part of the river was cut off and left behind as the Snake River found a new path to the south.


Oxbow is one of those places that if you want to get a spot, you better get there early. As I recall there were 20-30 photographers standing around me somewhere when I took this image, and sunrise was still 30 minutes away. As isolated as it looks, you had to time your shots to fall between the cars moving on the highway and revealing their headlights through the trees.


As beautiful as sunrise was on this particular morning, the time leading to it was just as beautiful in its on way. The colors are cooler for sure, and for me instill a greater sense of tranquility.


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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Exposure: 2.5 sec at f/16, ISO 50

Lens: EF50mm f/1.4 USM

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Taken on September 19, 2011