Sunrise Over the Teton Mountains

Grand Teton Sunrise

This past weekend I headed into Grand Teton National Park after hearing several reports from friends that both Grizzly Bears #610 and #399 had been spotted with a bit of regularity again. On Friday morning, I woke up just before sunrise in the park and headed out to Pacific Creek Road, where I had seen #610 the evening prior. Before she emerged however, I saw the makings of a pretty great sunrise in the works. Most of Pacific Creek Road isn’t exactly ideal for sunrise shots, so I headed back up the road to a clearing that was slightly elevated, giving me a nice view of the Tetons, where most of the action looked like it was taking place anyway.

Granted I visit this area very often, but even if you’re new to an area, it’s a good idea to scope out where you are when you’re not shooting to have a good idea of where to go should light like this make its way in. If you don’t want to shoot in midday light, that makes for a great time to explore, get your bearings and find a good spot for a sunrise or sunset should you find yourself there during that time. A little mental note goes a long way.

0 thoughts on “Sunrise Over the Teton Mountains

  1. Beautiful!!! Any tips on how to know when the colors will show like this or is it just best guess? I recently tried to catch a good sunset over Longs Peak in RMNP – there was perfect clouds much like this but the color never really came in like I hoped….

    1. For the most part it can be a guessing game.  If you frequent
      an area
      around sunset and/or sunrise, you can begin to learn what conditions are necessary for great color.  For example in this shot, there were plenty clouds over the Tetons and Jackson Hole, however to the east where the sun was rising, it was relatively clear which I knew would produce something at least a bit interesting.  It’s just a matter of getting out there and hoping for the best.  You’ll win some, and you’ll lose some.  But at least in either case you’ll eventually learn what’s needed for some great color.

      Thank you very much for the kind words and comment!

  2. Beautiful!!! Any tips on how to know when the colors will show like this or is it just best guess? I recently tried to catch a good sunset over Longs Peak in RMNP – there was perfect clouds much like this but the color never really came in like I hoped….

    1. For the most part it can be a guessing game.  If you frequent
      an area
      around sunset and/or sunrise, you can begin to learn what conditions are necessary for great color.  For example in this shot, there were plenty clouds over the Tetons and Jackson Hole, however to the east where the sun was rising, it was relatively clear which I knew would produce something at least a bit interesting.  It’s just a matter of getting out there and hoping for the best.  You’ll win some, and you’ll lose some.  But at least in either case you’ll eventually learn what’s needed for some great color.

      Thank you very much for the kind words and comment!

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