Iconic Images

December 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

While planning for my trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, it quickly became evident that there are several iconic images in those parks. And, the scenes are iconic for good reason--the scenery is spectacular.

While sitting in one of the lodges, a photographer was advising me exactly how each of these iconic images should be captured. First, he explained how the landscape at Schwabacher's Landing must be composed. He quantified the distance that I needed to hike down the trail--and pointed out that I would know exactly where to stand as there are three holes worn in the ground near the water where the tripod legs are to be placed! He then described precisely how the Moulton barn should be framed.

All of this advise got me thinking about how challenging it is to capture these unique scenes in a way that is different. I wasn't thrilled with the idea of reproducing the same images that were already on display on postcards in all of the stores. Yet, I realized that portraying these scenes in a unique way would be challenging, if not impossible. And, that it would still be fun to photograph some of these amazing sites with my own camera.

I realize that my photograph of the John Moulton barn is much like many others. I decided to bring some foreground (sagebrush) into the frame and widen the focal length to add some additional environmental perspective. Although I wasn't particularly pleased at the time, I now think that the early morning rain and the more dramatic sky added significantly to this photograph.

John Moulton barn


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