Posts tagged “Glacier National Park

Bear Hat Mountain

Bear Hat Mountain

Bear Hat Mountain

In 2014 I spent six months shooting the Pacific Northwest, I shot for about 3 weeks in Glacier National Park. This image from Bear Hat Mountain was one of my favorite images. It’s a popular place to shoot, not only is the mountain very photogenic but there is also a lot of wildlife in the park.  During the earlier part of the evening I nearly managed to capture a grizzle bear in one of my shots. Hearing the bear come crashing through the undergrowth I became very still, watching it from at least 75m away I felt safe enough. I hoped it would come closer and into the frame but unfortunately it wandered off too far to the left.

This shot has a little bit of movement in the reflection in the water. I tend to prefer that over earlier images which were completely still. Here’s another shot, also from Glacier National Park:

Grinnell Lake

Grinnell Lake

 

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Reach for the Sky

Reach for the sky

Reach for the Sky

This image and the Sumada Tree were both taken from the same hillside. It’s great to have two subjects in the same area, I had one tree facing north and another facing roughly east. This meant it was far more likely that I’d get at least one good image.

After capturing this image I couldn’t help being reminded of the film platoon.

From the movie Platoon

From the movie Platoon


The Sumada Tree

The Sumada Tree

The Sumada Tree

A fellow photographer recommended I visit this hilltop which is on the edge of Glacier National Park in Montana. The foreground log made such an obvious choice with the bark creating leading lines towards the standing tree. I would typically start my day attempting to shoot in the park, then retreat to a cafe in East Glacier Village. By afternoon I’d be ready to head to this hilltop. On about day six I spotted a guy hitch hiking on the road, he had a tripod sticking out of his backpack so I stopped and offered him a lift. I suggested he might like to shoot the tree and so after parking on the road we clambered up the hill. It was a promising afternoon with cumulus clouds building in the east. The afternoon was somewhat spoiled when the hitch hiker told me the tree had been photographed long before by a well known Oregonian photographer. I lost interest in the image and it lay unprocessed for a long time, but it’s a nice shot and so I felt it well suited to my tree gallery.