"Cathedral Group Proper Alpenglow at Sunset," Grand Teton National Park
Growing up, my father always told me "if Heaven is not like Jackson Hole, I don't want to go." Whenever I head there, I think of him. This shot is for you Dad, RIP... I rarely plan my shots out far in advance. I try to find the beauty which is there and work with it, rather than forcing a planned shot. Quite often, I've looked at the weather forecast, had a hunch based on what I saw, and hopped in a car and drove 1000 miles. That was the case here. I kept thinking on the 12 hour drive about what I wanted to shoot. I wanted something different than the cliché shots from the same spots everyone shoots at. After I woke up the next day, I went about scoping the park and the sky. As the golden hour approached, the colors began to change slowly and the sun rays started to look nice behind the clouds. I knew I had a winner. So, I found my spot and set up. The way the sun rays streaked into the sky this day was phenomenal, and the Alpenglow on the snow and colors in the sky were a sight to see. Worth the 1000 mile drive for sure. Almost looks like heaven. I like to think that's Dad behind the mountains, lighting it up and smiling down on me.
Shot details: @canonusa 5DMKIII, Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS L II, Canon remote release, @gitzoinspires Carbon Fiber Tripod, @manfrottoimaginemore 3 way pan and tilt head, @hoyafilterusa 77mm HD2 Circular Polarizer, Kirk L bracket, acra mount, adapter, and Long Rail. 70mm, 100iso, f/11, 1/40 second
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