I had seen these image before in several magazines. I live in San Antonio, Texas, and we don’t have these majestic views of snow-capped mountains with such beautiful greenery. I took some time off from my everyday job and booked a flight to Jackson, Wyoming. I only had 4 days to get this image before I had to head back home.
As we explored The Grand Tetons National Park, I made sure that I was at this spot before sunset. Unfortunately, the first 3 nights, there were no clouds in the sky to capture the glow from the sun setting. On the last day, I was at the same spot ready to go. As the sun set, there were some clouds in the sky which gave me hope that I just might get the image that I wanted. I waited and kept taking shots. I got some great long exposure images, but the sunset was uneventful. I packed my gear and started to leave. I made one final glance and saw sliver of red in the sky. I quickly unpacked my camera from the bag and set up the tripod. By the time I had everything ready, the sliver of red had turned into a streak. I snapped a few images and as quick as it appeared, it was gone. I was so excited. As soon as I got back to the room, I did some light editing with Lightroom and On1. I didn’t need to do much. Within a few minutes, I had the image I wanted.
My equipment: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 II Lens. The image was shot at f/16, ISO 100 at 22mm. Gitzo carbon fiber tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead.