Sun Point and St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

The winds howled over St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park as we hiked up to Sun Point to enjoy the vista. There were no serene reflections today! I had planned on doing some long exposures with my graduated neutral density filter, but when I pulled out my tripod the wind just about tore it out of my hands. I couldn’t even keep my hat on and my hair was blowing in all directions and in front of the camera.

The sky was quite bright in comparison to the foreground shale, which meant I had to use a filter or go with high dynamic range. With no tripod, my only choice was hand-held HDR. I took 3 exposures: one to expose the shadows, one for the middle tones, and one for the highlights, and blended them together using Photomatix software. I’m glad my camera does 8 frames per second because I could barely keep my feet planted in the same location long enough for 3 exposures.

Here is the last photo from Glacier National Park: the view of Wild Goose Island. This one was also a hand-held HDR image.

In the next post, I will move on to Wyoming.

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7 Responses to “Sun Point and St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park”

  1. Bret Edge says:

    These are both great but that first one is mind-blowing, Anne. Killer clouds, fantastic composition, dynamic light. Really good stuff. I’m enjoying your trip!

  2. Absolutely incredible! I love your gentle processing and how it accentuates all the wonderful details here Anne!

  3. Len Saltiel says:

    Wow Anne. The details and texture in the foreground and the drama in the clouds are great.

  4. Chris Plante says:

    WOW! Great images. The HDR treatment was not overdone. Very nice.

  5. Russ Bishop says:

    Wonderful images Anne. Sounds like you are having a fantastic trip so far.

  6. Damn Anne! That is just beautiful!

  7. These are great, Anne – and wow, am I ever impressed with your steady hand!
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