Skiing in the Sawtooths

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    This photo was taken at the outlet of Little Redfish Lake on a beautiful morning with the mercury reading a crisp 15 below zero. This was my first attempt at cross country skiing and the Sawtooth Mountains made for a very memorable first time. We're definitely blessed living here in Idaho with such a wonderful playground so close.

    I'm also thankful that I instinctively learned one of the best ways to quickly stop when your skis get away with you while approaching a riverbank down a slight downhill slope.... Falling over took just a second. Getting back up.... well, that took several minutes.

    This is a hand-blended HDR using 3 exposures in PS with layer masks.

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    1. Ladybird Photography 39 months ago | reply

      Unique photo. Well done and good luck with the camera in the future.

    2. Geoff Penaluna 39 months ago | reply

      My preference is not the square crop. I prefer the balance and more interest with the trees and the reflection. Beautiful blues and white balance.

    3. catoledo 39 months ago | reply

      Square format draws the eye from the the play between mountains and reflection. I find the landscape format more balanced with less predominance of shadpws

    4. QC52 39 months ago | reply

      A real killer shot! I prefer the first with the reflection and touch of open water but, would have loved to get either shot!

    5. Gary J Weathers 39 months ago | reply

      I like the wide version. Great job on the blend it looks natural :)

    6. Milli. 39 months ago | reply

      wonderful x.

    7. t8tohs 39 months ago | reply

      Wonderful! What do you mean you want to learn my technique? You have an outstanding processing technique. This photo is beautiful. I like the crop you submitted as it lets you take in a fantastic panorama. It makes me want to jump on my own cross country skiis and follow those tracks! (I'll need to dust them off first of course). -15 deg. Thats chilly but it makes for great crisp clear skies.

    8. Jerry T Patterson 39 months ago | reply

      Wow ! Once beautiful scene and shot Dylan !!

    9. Rh+ 39 months ago | reply

      Both crops tell a story and are wonderful in their own right! Way to go...stayed out of the river...that would have been bad. Great photo and story!

    10. Geo_grafics 39 months ago | reply

      What a Lovely look back !!
      I am sure you will enjoy the memory for a long time to come ;)

    11. Brad Swann 39 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! I love the views from the outlet of Little Redfish Lake. I can't wait to get back over there this spring. Did you guys camp out, get up early or stay in Stanley with those cold temps?

      Edit: just saw your earlier pics and answered my question. Excellent image captures of that amazing winter scenery.

    12. Michael Speed 39 months ago | reply

      I like the first one. Looks like you had a great time pal. I wish we had some snow down here:)

    13. The Knowles Gallery 39 months ago | reply

      Both are winners in my book. The both have something totally different to offer. Great story to go with it. I can still feel the cold in my bones.

    14. Anna Gorin 39 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous shot! I'll have to join the crowd and say I like the first crop better, partly for the lovely reflections in the water but mostly because I'm a sucker for diagonals in corners. The square crop emphasizes the ski trails a little too much for me. Not surprised that it was -15 up there, but impressed that you were out shooting in such cold temperatures! Hope you enjoyed the skiing - can't think of a better place to try it out.

    15. Tom Bielli 39 months ago | reply

      Great images, hope you enjoyed the skiing. As a nordic ski patroller, I'm glad you survived the falls...

    16. John Finnan 39 months ago | reply

      Sweet Shot Dylan !!
      I would love to have been out there

    17. Christine's Mulberry Palace 38 months ago | reply

      Wow, with scenery like this, I think I'd be out skiing or shoeing everyday! Simply stunning!

    18. ☼Sol.Digital☼ [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

      Wow ! Absolutely gorgeous!!!
      Have an awesome weekend!

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    19. Romio Hasan 32 months ago | reply

      so peaceful! liked the cropped one much

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