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Glacier National Park is often referred to as "The Crown of the Continent." For great reason:
* some of the most erratic weather producing some of the most wild light you will ever see
* 175 of some of the sheerest mountain peaks reaching upward to nearly 11,000 feet
* 25 glaciers
* 762 lakes
* 563 rivers or streams
* over 1,012,837 acres at 1583 square miles
* 151 hiking trails
* 68 animal species from bear to moose
* 277 bird species
* 2,000 plant species
* 8 -Class A campgrounds with 943 sites
* 5 - Class B campgrounds with 61 sites
* 65 backcountry campgrounds with 208 sites.
In a word a photographers paradise to say the least. That is why it is absolutely one of my favorite places to shoot and take people. I already cant wait to get out there this summer again!
This image (similar to a couple of others I posted before) is Pray Lake adjacent to Two Medicine Lake on the East side, where I have literally witnessed many of the greatest displays of light in my entire life. This was one of them. Since I have shot this lake over 10 separate years, I decided this time to blow the peak of ridiculous sunrise color on a long exposure with a 9 stop solid ND and a polarizer, to create the streaking/averaging effect.
Tech stuff: the moon is blurred slightly from the 60 second exposure. For the print I will replace it with a sharper moon that was shot immediately after this image without the ND.
I used "Puppet Warp" to correct the distortion in the main trees as well as bring back the feel of the mountain peak, that the 24mm flattened out a bit.
The image is a double processed raw file using my unique and very powerful "Blend If" blending for dynamic range technique. (And yes, that article is coming. Sorry I have been so tardy in producing it. I have been working overtime, traveling and moving all at the same time over the last couple of months).
Lastly, reds are always the worst color management issue for web (in terms of accuracy). If you are on a newer, calibrated monitor (I calibrate to 2.2 gamma, 6500 white point and 120 candelas) and on Safari or Firefox it should be pretty close.
Canon 5D Mark2