After 8,000 or so miles living on the road (honestly I lost count), I finally made it to a park I have always wanted to see — Glacier National Park. Glacier covers a large area of the northern part of Montana, and a little bit of Canada, and has some of the most beautiful vistas, glacier-carved valleys, and rugged, snow-peaked mountains I have ever seen.
It was the middle of July and I wasn’t sure how Glacier would look during summertime, but I was passing through anyway and I had a National Park pass. I decided it was time to finally see the park I had heard other photographers rave about for years. Once I finally got into the park I followed a roadway that traverses right through the interior of the called “Going-to-the-Sun Road”, which is 50 miles long and full of amazing vistas.
I was there during the high season and buses and traffic were everywhere hogging up the popular spots, so I had to improvise and find somewhere that worked best for me. I found a pull-over high up that maybe could fit two cars maximum with no one around and buses just whizzing by. The view was dark and cloudy of the mountains and valley below, but I knew they would eventually clear an potentially give me a great shot.
I set up my tripod, found my composition, settings, and then waited for the perfect moment where light and shadow convened to give me this shot. It is one of my favorites so far, and it’s proof that Glacier National Park can look beautiful no matter what time of year you might visit.
Camera & Settings
- Fujifilm X-E2
- Lens: 18-55mm f/2.8=4
- Focal length: 18mm
- Shutter speed: 1/60
- Aperture: f/22
- ISO: 400
- Tripod: Yes
- Post: RAW image file processed through Adobe Camera RAW
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