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Contender Susan Taylor


Upon hearing flowers were already in bloom, 2014 Vista Contest Contender Susan Taylor rushed to Grand Teton National Park to capture this single image shot



Photographer: Susan Taylor www.susantaylorphoto.com

Location: Snake River Overlook inside Grand Teton National Park.

Date: June 6, 2014.

Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens, B+W Circular Polarizer, Really Right Stuff tripod and head, Think Tank Camera roller bag

The story behind the shot:
I was thrilled to find out that the pretty yellow Arrowleaf Balsamroots were already in full bloom in early June when I contacted the Grand Teton National Park ranger station. With full bloom being a week or so earlier than I anticipated, I rushed up to Grand Teton National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area solo the next day. I thought it was extra special to find this little wildflower plant all by itself in line with the famous Ansel Adams Snake River view, including a gorgeous and cloudy sunset sky. I visited this area of the Snake River where Mr. Adams captured his famous Black & White several times during sunset and sunrise through my June visit. This particular photo brightened my day beyond belief.

Special techniques:
This single image was shot in manual at f18, ISO 640, 19mm at 1/15 second. There wasn't a need for me to "blend' more than one image this time with different distant focal points to achieve the sharpness I prefer throughout the whole image. I began basic processing of his photograph from a Raw image file in Lightroom 5.5 including a little "Dodge and Burn", then used Photoshop CS5 to clean up a couple of small areas. I finished up with some light processing in Photomatix Pro 5 to allow the photo to pop more and add a bit more drama.

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