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Contender Richard Ostrem


Glacier National Park inspired American Landscape contest Contender Richard Ostrem

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Photographer: Richard Ostrem

Location:
Middle Fork River, Glacier National Park, Montana

When did you take the photograph? October 19, 2011

Equipment:
Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens, Singh-Ray 2 stop ND Grad filter, Manfrotto tripod.

Describe how you got this photo.
On this day when the peaks were clearly visible and the autumn foliage at its brightest, I felt the need to stop for a second look. In order to access the spot where the photo was taken, one has to scramble down a steep embankment and walk out to the water's edge. Once there with my camera gear and tripod, I wasted no time in getting set-up to shoot. Although it was a gorgeous autumn afternoon with no wind, just a slight breeze would have ruined the almost perfect reflection of the golden cottonwoods. I positioned myself just far enough from the water's edge so that the rocky shoreline would be included in the foreground.

Did you use any special techniques? No.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
Because of frequently driving along this stretch of Highway 2 between East Glacier and West Glacier for many years, I have been familiar with this particular spot for a long time. It is on the south side of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River looking into Glacier National Park, and from the vantage point where the photo was taken, the viewer has a four dimensional image to look at. You have the rocky shoreline in the foreground, calm water from a quiet stretch of the river with the reflection from the foliage, deciduous trees along with the conifers, and lastly, the rugged peaks of Glacier National Park with a fresh dusting of snow in the background. This scene is representative of just how spectacular this area of Montana can be in the fall; the magnificent mountains of Glacier with autumn gold reflected in beautiful water.

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