I spent a long time processing this shot. Too long. A few hours actually... though I was also watching Grey's Anatomy on Netfilx while processing, so I was a bit distracted from time to time.
This was some of the most dramatic light I had ever seen... and it came out of nowhere. Literally a half an hour earlier the sky was absolutely clear. That's why I love the Northern Rockies in the summer, you can almost set your watch by the evening thunderstorms.
I was never too sold on the composition I had used in this shot or the way the light worked throughout the scene, but after some creative warping, contrast work, and a lot of dodging/burning, I think I finally dialed this one in.
I don't do this often, but people have really enjoyed it in the past... Here is a link to a before/after gif of this shot. Before is after a couple raw adjustments and exposure blending a few files, after is... well, after. http://postimg.org/image/qq6vza0zr/
Anyways, like everyone else in this crowded nature photography scene, I lead workshops, I teach processing instruction in person or worldwide via Skype or Google Hangout screen sharing, and have a website with images, workshop info, prints, and yadda, yadda, yadda. www.ryandyarphotography.com