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"Threatening Light at St Mary's"
(Name Changed)

A couple of weeks ago as I was leading a workshop in Glacier National Park, we were driving (separate vehicles) to a certain location and going by St Mary's Lake again. I glanced over as we were driving by and slammed on the brakes and pulled over quick. I jumped out (clients sometimes get used to that as we try to respond to what light is doing when we can) and I ran to the vantage point and grabbed this shot, hand held with the Canon 5D Mark2 and the 16-35L2 at 16mm. My client quickly came beside me and asked me if I though it was worth grabbing the camera. I said "heck yeah, I think so" and showed him my LCD. Unfortunately, the clouds were ripping by and even my second shot in this bracketed series was not as good as this first one. Once my client got his Canon 5D Mark3 and Nikon 14-24 at 24 he got some good shots too. I think the point is that we really need to remain flexible as we are out hunting for photos. A heightened level of awareness, willingness to respond, and always "looking" is key. Then, go with your gut if you feel you should stop to grab a shot.

The purchasers of fine art gallery prints (80% women decorating their homes) don't generally go for the really threatening/dramatic images, but I thought it was at least worth showing here for fun.

I know some may not like the leaning trees from the lens distortion, but for whatever reason I, more often than not, prefer the distortion in landscape, so I let them be.

Canon 5D Mark2
Canon 16-35L2
F/5.6 (the sharpest for the lens)
100 ISO
1/125 second

Post production: 1 image done in ACR 7.1 with the exception of a touch of slight, selective highlight glow and a full color balance adjustment (as all images on the planet need IMO) and sizing and sharpening. I did exposure bracket the shot and for the potential print I would bring in the brighter version for the bottom shadowy areas for less noise there. I was a little quick and lazy on the web demo image...

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