Skiing in the Sawtooths

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.

  • Susanne 3y

    Unique photo. Well done and good luck with the camera in the future.
  • Geoff Penaluna 3y

    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.
  • Truman Terrell 3y

    Beautiful shot and blue color.

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  • catoledo 3y

    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
  • QC52 3y

    A real killer shot! I prefer the first with the reflection and touch of open water but, would have loved to get either shot!
  • Gary Weathers 3y

    I like the wide version. Great job on the blend it looks natural :)
  • Eleanor Milligan 3y

    wonderful x.
  • t8tohs 3y

    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.
  • Jerry Patterson 3y

    Wow ! Once beautiful scene and shot Dylan !!
  • Rich Herrmann 3y

    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!
  • Geo 3y

    What a Lovely look back !!
    I am sure you will enjoy the memory for a long time to come ;)
  • Brad Swann 3y

    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.
  • Michael Speed 3y

    I like the first one. Looks like you had a great time pal. I wish we had some snow down here:)
  • Charles Knowles 3y

    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.
  • Anna Gorin 3y

    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.
  • Tom Bielli 3y

    Great images, hope you enjoyed the skiing. As a nordic ski patroller, I'm glad you survived the falls...
  • John Finnan 3y

    Sweet Shot Dylan !!
    I would love to have been out there
  • Christine's Mulberry Palace 3y

    Wow, with scenery like this, I think I'd be out skiing or shoeing everyday! Simply stunning!
  • ☼Sol.Digital☼ 3y

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

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  • Romio Hasan 3y

    so peaceful! liked the cropped one much
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Taken on February 4, 2012
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