While we were having the time of our lives at Snake River Outlook, we all seemed to get trigger-happy (especially once we started astro photography).
This particular image should have been a warning for what was to come in the following days. Mt Moran is a spectacular mountain with an intriguing trapezoidal shape, which we later photographed on our last morning in the Tetons.
There’s a lot of really interesting things happening in this image, and quite honestly, it might be better in black and white. This is a very texture-oriented scene, which often lends itself to being monochrome. However, despite that positive look on the image, it falls into the trap of “boooriiiiing” yet again.
This composition is kind of a mess. There is a distinct subject, yes, but there’s nothing to guide the viewer. There’s distractions in the foreground, and the darkness of the scene (which was compensating for the still-bright sunset sky) can potentially distract the viewer from the mountain.
I tried some crazy processing on this photograph, trying to balance out the shaded lower two thirds, and controlling the bright top third of the image. It just wasn’t having it.
At the end of it all, I realized that this image was a bit rushed - which is why I consider it a forerunner to a future failed image.
If i’m remembering accurately, when i reviewed this image on my camera, I wasn’t happy with it then, either. It may be left over from my days of leaning analog photography, but I never throw anything away (image-wise). I keep every single negative, and in this case, every single raw image. It’s a blessing and a curse - because if i got rid of them, I wouldn’t be able to have this whole blog series.
I could have — and maybe even should have — deleted this image and many of the other failed images. But I’m glad I didn’t.