The day after our adventure to the waterfall led to a relaxing day while we prepared to pick up Sam from the airport (who wasn’t able to join us for the first few days due to his graduation). Our cameras were out and being cleaned from the hike the previous day, as water from the waterfall had pummeled us and our gear. Yet another example of Canon’s fantastic weather sealing at work.
Lounging around the camp with a tarp covering our tent from the rain the day before (simply put, our rain fly wasn’t doing its job. We ran to Jackson and bought a huge tarp to take its place). Clothes lines were hung at the rear of our camp drying all of our wet belongings. Clouds above our heads came and went, and we eventually realized we could see the pinnacles of the Tetons for the first time since we arrived in the park.
I slapped my 70-200 on my camera and zoomed in to a group of pines that were framing Mt St John quite nicely. I snapped a few photographs, and thankfully at a high shutter speed to negate any motion blur or softness from the image stabilizer of the lens.
This photograph didn’t make the cut, and I don’t really feel that bad about it.
I was kind of trigger-happy at this point. I did think about the fact that it was late morning and this light looks horrendous on digital (daylight landscape looks fantastic on good color film such as Kodak Portra, but not as much on standard color film stock like Kodak Gold).
Not only was the light less than ideal, there’s a bugging pine in the middle of the image. It’s just screaming for attention and distracts from the actual subject: Mt St John. The idea and the attempt were there, but this is one of those photos that wasn’t meant to be.