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I am starting to get really excited about Glacier National Park this year! After finishing up with the groups I almost always stay in the park for some time to continue to target my favorite areas, again. Even though it is certainly not backcountry, Swift Current has always been one of my favorite spots, due to its photographic potential, the amazing light that happens here frequently and because I accidentally got one of my best selling images from here about 10 years ago, as an amateur, not knowing much about what I was doing.
You likely cannot tell here but this particular morning I was getting lambasted with at least 70 mph gusts of wind that were actually picking up the water from the lake behind me and hitting me with a shower of immense spray. Not only that, but the winds were so strong the gusts would actually almost pick me up and nearly knock me to the ground. One good thing about these radical types of conditions is that almost always you are all alone attempting to shoot in them! To combat the winds I simply parked the side of my Suburban right behind me, to create as big a barrier/shield as possible and then I shot at ISO 400/800 for most of the attempts. I knew I wanted at least one softer water shot so I used my body as a shield and just kept shooting not knowing if any of the attempts would work. Almost all my images turned out blurry, but luckily I was able to pull off a few sharp ones when the light was getting good (I don't know how).
Canon 5D Mark2
Canon 14mm L2
2 shots bracketed consecutively at 1/8th second (sky) and 0.5 (water)
Straight linear gradient blend in PS CS6 with a little dynamic range touch up using my innovative "Blend If - for Dynamic Range" technique.
The shot could have been easily captured in one image for dynamic range, but I needed a longer shutter speed for the water which blew out slightly in the sky.
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