Teton Magic

Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

As many of you know, I just got back from a great trip to Wyoming. The reason for my trip was to attend a Grand Teton Photo Tour and then stay on to visit Yellowstone by myself. For those of you who are wondering, a photo tour is essentially the hiring of  a guide who knows the area well and provides transportation to the prime locations at the destination. There are no workshops or teaching done on a tour, just a bunch of photographers getting together to shoot some iconic locations.

The tour guide company, "Dirt Cheap Photo Tours" is owned and run by Jeff Clow.  For those of you that haven't heard of Jeff, he is well known in photography circles, especially within photography sites such as Flickr and 500px.  In any case, the tour was one of the most enjoyable times that I have had, and I will definitely attend future tours hosted by Jeff.  I give the tour my highest recommendation.

On our second morning of the tour, Jeff took us to one of the iconic locations in the park, Oxbow Bend.  Here the Snake River flows past Mount Moran, and if you get there early enough (we left at 5am to be set up at sunrise), you are able to capture great light as well as smooth-as-glass water resulting in wonderful reflections.  Get there a little late and you lose both the light and the reflection.

As you can see in this photo, the timing was right, and I shot this panorama from the river bank that included Mount Moran on the right with the Snake River leading to it.