Print of the Month June 2008

144 Barn in the Tetons

144 Barn in the Tetons

Teton Ranch – Wyoming

The Tetons are an exciting and rather unique mountain range. The Grand Teton stands at 13,770 feet. Unlike most mountain ranges the Tetons lack foothills or lower peaks, which can obscure the view. As such, the Tetons rise sharply from 5,000 to nearly 7,000 feet above the surrounding terrain.

For photographers The Tetons are a delight, especially if you are an early riser. Since the majority of your photography will be done on the eastern side of the Teton Range getting up early is a must if you want to catch the beautiful directional morning light.

In the southern section of the park is an area called Mormon Row. Old farm homes now vacant give you a sense of what life was like 100 years ago. This is where my friend Tom Franks and I found this old barn. You can spend the entire day working here. From overall compositions to smaller details you are sure to have your creativity working overtime.

In late summer and early fall the sun will hit the front of the barn for only a short period of time making it essential that you arrive before dawn and select your camera position.

When Tom and I arrived it was still dark. We parked the car along the road unloaded our packs and began our hike into the field. We moved through the Arrow Leaf Balsam root carefully watching the barn and the position of it against the mountains. Setting up the view cameras was fast but making the decision on lens selection was a bit more challenging. If it is dark you really can’t see the image on the ground glass very well. So it was time to put the viewing card to use. I know that by holding the card approximately 10 inches away from my face I am close to a 180 mm lens. Looking thru the viewing card I could see the composition well, which included the tree on the right. This created some balance placing it on the right third and the barn on the left third.

I used an orange filter to darken the blue section of sky. Since this filter has a factor of 4 I needed to increase exposure two stops. The darkest area of the tree measured an EV of 9. Opening up two stops and made the exposure at f-22 at 1 second.

The lighting changes fast and if you are using a handheld light meter you need to work fast. Meter readings will be much easier for those using cameras with built in light meters. A suggestion for those using such cameras is to put the camera in the aperture mode and let the camera take care of shutter speeds. Since some of the exposures will be made in low light a tripod is a must. Don’t forget the cable release to avoid camera movement when making the exposure.

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The Print of the Month is a new print offered at an early-edition discount. Normal pricing must apply once the print is offered by a gallery.

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