Glory by PerriSchelat

Sharing some photos from my trip to Glacier National Park last month with Ryan Dyar and Miles Morgan. I had the best time getting to know these two wonderful photographers. It was such a fine group of people whom I hope to stay in touch with. Lot’s of different backgrounds and ages with a common interest in photography.
This image was the bane of my existence for about 3 weeks during processing. In the field I had to contend with high winds, using high ISO’s and fast shutter speeds in low light to freeze these yellow rascals while they were whipping around in the wind. I was very close to the flowers, which would normally push the limits of sharp depth of field with any wide angle lens, so that meant collecting different focus points for blending in post processing. Hand blending flowers in post processing is time consuming, unforgiving and detailed work. I was close to the flowers, but I made sure not to get to low as to lose the visual of flowers extending into the distance. I did a bit of a perspective adjustment to the mountain, by shifting my lens downward creating a wide angle distortion that would make the mountain appear taller.
Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.
Hidden Lake, Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier NP, Montana

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The Smoking Room by RyanDyar

Smoke from the surrounding wildfires during my two week trip to Glacier NP made itself VERY well known. All day long it was there like some loud drunk frat-dude saying “look at me! I’m here to screw up your good time, bro!”

Fortunately, we were able to use the smoke to our advantage a few times. The smoke can do interesting things to the atmosphere and light color, so not all hope was lost. The haziness in this particular shot was from the fires hundreds of miles away in Washington state… it made the trip across two states to try to screw up my party, but I think I made it work still. Not the most original image ever taken, and a bit predictable for sure… but whatever, I dig it.

Anyways, one of the tours I’m leading in Norway with my good friends Arild and Stian is almost filled, so if you are interested in that trip, now is the time to check it out! I’m willing to bet this trip to the Arctic will be even more productive than our last. I can’t wait!

Also, I just released a new post-processing instructional video a few days back. It’s packed with some unique techniques and theories about processing you may not find anywhere else. People seem to really be enjoying the videos and have had nothing but great things to say, so I *think* they are helping people… it’s been awesome to see the many before/after shots people have been emailing me. Be sure to check the videos out if you are into that sort of thing. It’s all on my website, as well as more photos, photo tour info, processing instruction via Skype like everyone else is doing, etc, etc.

2015 Tour Schedule
Lofoten Autumn Aurora – With Arild Heitmann
Northern Lights Finale – With Arild Heitmann
Processing Tutorial Videos
Processing Instruction via Skype

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Bears and Gumdrops by Pcoskun

After hearing the unfortunate news about the wildfires in Glacier National Park, I began to look back on the images from my trip there in 2013. This is a reprocessed version of one of my favorite photos from that trip. In fact, this was taken on the last morning I was in the park. I poked my head out of the tent in the hours before sunrise to see if there was a cloud in the sky. I was disappointed to see clear skies and thought about just sleeping in on this final morning. I really didn’t want to waste a single moment in the park, so I decided to get ready for the morning. My friend and I made our way to Logan Pass which was a spot I still hadn’t made a photograph I really liked from. Plus it had been closed off due to recent grizzly bear activity. We arrived at the parking lot and the skies were still clear. We started hiking up towards hidden lake and I stopped frequently to take photos of the wildflowers along the trail. Slowly but surely, I had noticed some clouds building up. By the time we got to the hidden lake overlook, the sky was full of clouds. So many that I thought that there might not be any break in them to get some good light. I wandered around the area looking for wildflowers for a good foreground. When I saw this pretty robust field of purple flowers (not sure the name), I was pretty excited. Just as I set up my shot, the sky began to transform into this golden stormy purplish mass that complimented the wildflowers. After getting a few shots I was happy with, I just had to stand there and enjoy the scenery. It is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been (both literally and figuratively). It was almost dreamlike. We began to make our way back to the parking lot making friends with some photogenic marmots along the trail. I was sad to have to leave this magical place, but reality set in and my friend and I made the long journey back to the desert. Hopefully someday I will be able to visit again and that the current fires do not destroy all the beauty.

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Breathless by cwexplorationphotography

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I have to say after seeing the Enchantments, the North Cascades, the Olympics…. you name it nothing took my breath away like Glacier. I had heard about the park from a number of people and I had always been blown away by photos of the area, but to see it in person is something different all together.

We had just got done hiking out to Avalanche Lake (by hiking I mean playing dodge the thunderstorm) with my GF Kelcee and her dad when we decided to head back to Frittas to grab a beer and wait for her dad’s GF to make it into the park. We hung around for a bit and I was getting a little worried that we wouldn’t make it up to the higher peaks before sunset. With her dad behind the wheel we hauled some serious ass up the road into the park and made it to the first hairpin just as god rays flooded the valley. After getting some photos we hoped back into the truck and floored it to make it up to higher vantage points. Just as we punched through the trees and into the main valley my jaw hit the floor. After picking my jaw up I had do it again when the sky started to blow up all around me. I pulled myself together for a whirlwind of shooting in the area. What made it even more special was that there was literally no one up there, just us and those glorious mountains. I seriously can’t wait to get back to there again; this was one evening of shooting that I seriously will never forget.

Glacier National Park, MT

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