I captured this photograph of the Cloudy Tetons from the Jackson Lake Overlook during my first day of the Photography Workshop in the area. They probably should have called this the Grand Teton Overlook as the mountains are more pronounced than the lake. What made this photograph special for me was the stormy cloud formation above the area. It is not often that I get to photograph landscapes with these type of clouds and I really enjoy it when they are there. Clouds photographed with a super wide-angle lens are more dramatic.
The Grand Teton mountain range began rising about 10 million years ago. Numerous earthquakes released tension along the Teton fault building the mountains one step at a time. Each large earthquake breaks the ground by about ten feet dropping the valley floor three to four times as much as the mountains rise. The Grand Teton (covered in clouds) at 13,770 feet, towers about 7,000 feet above the valley floor. That is a lot of movement!
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/4.5, shutter speed at 1/6,400th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I have no idea why I used these settings but it worked. I used a sturdy tripod to create a solid foundation. This is a single image processed in Lightroom then finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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