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Grand Teton - Jenny Lake and Boulders | by Bill Wight CA
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Grand Teton - Jenny Lake and Boulders

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When James Neeley and I visited Jenny Lake, the sky was almost a solid cloud cover. As we walked around and waited, some holes opened in the clouds and we saw 'spotlights' shining here and there. This image attempts to capture one area where the sun was lighting up the side of the mountain across the lake.


Often, cloudy weather can give some pretty spectacular lighting, so when you arrive on a scene that is very photogenic but the lighting is not right, give the clouds some time and they might open up a bit.


When possible, try an include a framing element in your composition. An interesting foreground object can give your landscape image more impact as well as give the image a perception of depth. Here, instead of just imaging the lake and background mountain, I used the boulders at the edge of the parking lot and the two trees for a frame.


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Taken on June 17, 2009