Upon arriving at Bear Lake shortly after being distracted by a group of grazing elk, the golden hour was in its final ten or fifteen minutes. We frantically grabbed our bags and speedily hiked up to the mouth of the path.
The trail that circles Bear Lake is a tame one in the peak of the summer. I had been to this lake the two times I had been to the Rockies before, and the paths were full of people. This time, however, the were laid with snow.
The snow-covered paths didn’t phase us. We were all prepared for intense pathways, and this was the lowest-tier path we would be on the whole trip. Quite literally a “walk in the park.”
Early into our being on the trail, I set up my tripod near one of the first breaks in the trees on the edge of the lake. Slapped on my camera and mounted the 70-200. Same old settings of ISO100, f/11, and judging the exposure time.
The air was still and the smell of pine lofted around us. As I began focusing my camera, zoomed in on live-view 10x to make sure I get it pin-sharp, I neglected to even care about what was on the screen.
The image that I was about to make was sub-par in composition. The light was great, the colors were spectacular, but that’s all there was. It was a pretty sight at a stunning peak that I didn’t bother to frame well.
This image was one that I wanted so bad to make it into my final cut for the Rockies, but its composition was poor. It’s more eye candy than anything, and I really can’t get past thinking of it as only that.
Take your time with composition. It’s always worth the extra minute or two to consider everything in the image.
Some scenes aren’t meant to be made into photographs. This was one of them. Sometimes, it’s better to just admire God’s creation without a camera, than it is to make a photograph of it.
After making this image, I continued hiking around the lake keeping an eye out for some more photographs that ended up falling into the same problem as this one.