This is another photograph that I made a couple of years ago in Grand Teton National Park taken at the infamous Oxbow Bend. This was actually on the morning that all of the national parks were closing due to all of the idiots in charge in Washington, but that is a whole other story. I’m sure many of you will remember.
There were probably approximately 150-200 photographers lined up along the banks of the river with all of their camera lenses pointer towards Mt Moran. This is the infamous photograph everyone is more familiar with. It has been photographed millions of time. As a matter of fact the header for this particular blog post is the more classic image of Oxbow Bend you are familiar with. I on the other hand looked further to the south and saw the beautiful ballet between light and shadows so I quickly grabbed my camera with the 200-400mm lens already attached in order to frame and compose a tighter image and made the photograph above. The play of the light and shadows helps to add depth to the image as well as adds more drama to the photograph.
My point is to always have an open mind. Don’t just think of the iconic shots when visiting national parks. They have been photographed millions of times and are photographed daily by hundreds of photographers that you have to contend and sometimes put up with. Be open and always look around you in all directions. You may be a bit surprised in what you will find.