Meanwhile, Alex and Shea were nearly dying on their way up to Delta Lake.
Sam, Joey and I were having a relaxing time at Mormon Barn down the road.
This is yet another one of those classic, irresistible locations in the Tetons. There really isn’t any wrong-doing with the old barns in the park area. Frame it nicely with the mountains behind, and you’ve got yourself a classic scene.
Now, I do like this image. I like it a lot, actually. So why in the Hell did I not publish it in my portfolio? I don’t know if you’re tired of reading it yet, but it’s because it’s the same thing everyone else would do. If you Google search “Mormon Barn,” you’ll find all kinds of images that look just like this. In both black and white and color - more often, color. A lot of times they’re more “tourist” photos with no editing or just taken straight-from-camera. By no means bad, but for a landscape photographer, that just won’t do.
This photograph was actually a lot of fun to make and process. I didn’t have to do much of any crazy processing.
When shooting this photograph, I had my tripod quite low, such that my camera was about a foot or so above the ground. I slapped my polarizer on the front of my 16-35 f2.8L II, and adjusted it accordingly. If I didn’t have my polarizer, I would have blown-out skies and no detail in the mountains.
More often than not, landscape photographers don’t like mid-day photographs, and the only time they do is when they have a polarizer and likely switch it to black and white. It gives a strong Ansel-look to the images that, again, is irresistible.
I took my time with this image, because I wanted a good photograph of an iconic scene. Much like the vertical 4x5 image of the Snake River outlook (#14), I photographed this because I wanted to, and no other reason. It’s not one for my portfolio, but maybe one I’d hang in my own home.