Revisiting Sun Point, Glacier National Park

Sun Point, Glacier National Park, Montana

I've been working really hard getting my next eBook ready to go and I'm so excited to release it later this week! Since I've been focussing on the book I haven't made very many new images lately so I decided to go back and revisit some of the images I made on my North American trip last year. The first National Park I visited was Glacier National Park in Montana where I … [Read more...]

Sun Point and St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

Glacier NP Wild Goose Island HDR

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 … [Read more...]

Sunrift Gorge, Glacier National Park

Sunrift Gorge #3

The "Going-to-the-Sun" Road was closed in the middle section during our visit, forcing us to drive 2 hours around the park (and 2 hours back again) in order to get to the other places we wanted to see including St. Mary Lake, Sun Point, and Sunrift Gorge. Over time, glacier melt-off created this narrow channel in the bedrock where pristine water rushes past. There was a … [Read more...]

How quickly things change

Lake MacDonald Fishing

Man, the weather changes fast in Glacier National Park! I was warned. I did my research and found many people giving the advice to take your rain gear no matter what the weather when you leave. In this photo, a young girl is fishing on the dock at Lake MacDonald just as a storm starts to roll in. Usually I try to avoid people in my photographs, but sometimes a person adds a … [Read more...]

Does good weather make bad photos?

Lake MacDonald #2

Sometimes I think we photographers like to torture ourselves. We get up early, we stay out late, we go out in the rain, we hike to desolate locations all in the name of a photograph with emotion and mood. We are rewarded for such behaviour just enough times that we keep doing it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to stop torturing myself or anything. It's just that … [Read more...]

Sharpness isn’t everything

Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park

Is sharper always better? Most digital photographers sharpen their images, as do I. But sometimes I want a softer more painterly look. Achieving this affect in this image I made at Lake MacDonald in Glacier National Park took a number of steps. First, I got up really really early to catch the first light. 4:30am was when my alarm went off in order to get to the shores … [Read more...]