The drive to the Tetons was long and tiresome. After debating constantly about which route to take, we finally settled in and loaded up the Suburban to head north.
The drive in was gloomy. The sky was coated in mid-level clouds, and as we approached the mountains, we could only see the bottom half of the giants. The early sunset light was poking through the clouds, giving a slight hint of light on the glacial-looking snow in the trough between peaks. However, the way that the clouds were covering them caught my eye.
I grabbed my camera bag from my feet and put my 70-200 on the body. Knowing very well that the movement of the car would have blurred the foreground, I set my ISO to a fast 800, turned on the IS and AF, and kept the f-stop at 4, and rolled down the window to make the image. I set a relatively fast shutter speed of 1/100, I snapped a few shots of the mountains to the west of us.
After coming back to the images, I knew very well there would be noticeable grain, so I anticipated doing a black and white edit. However, I did not anticipate the auto focus to be off. Possibly due to the movement of the car confusing the IS of an old lens, but maybe because I hadn’t calibrated the auto focus of the 70-200 in a while.
I was content with the image I got, but it wasn’t one that I wanted to include in my portfolio. Though it was my first image I shot in the Tetons, It didn’t really capture what I wanted it to. If we had stopped on a pull-off, I could have set up my tripod and made a much nicer color version of this image.
The lesson I learned from this image:
Don’t shoot from the car to make proper photos. Do it as a way to remind yourself “I should go back and revisit this location” or treat is as a “photo sketch” to get some ideas rolling. I shot this with the intent of potential portfolio use, but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be.