WHO: My mom and I
WHAT: Oxbow Bend
WHEN: October 2014
WHERE: Grand Teton National Park, WY
WHY: Trying to catch the fall colors (as you can see from the picture we were a bit late)
"Frosted in Pink"
When going to the Tetons for photography, anyone who is anyone has heard of Oxbow Bend where the above image was taken. This past fall I was on a trip with my Mom to catch the fall colors in the Tetons. We started our trip a week before this image was created. Before we had even left I knew from posts on Facebook that I would miss the fall colors for a second year in a row. I tried to not let this knowledge get me down and told myself there would be many other stories to tell. Thankfully fall in Yellowstone National Park was turning into a photographers heaven with lovely moody mornings filled with fog. Well after 6 straight days of mornings filled with fog I was starting to crave a sunrise. I mean all of my images were starting to look the same. Every time I got up early hoping for some warm golden rays, I got fog.
Before bed that night I got everything ready. Set the alarm for 5:30am since I only had to drive just 5 minutes away for my shot. When the alarm ran after what felt like just five minutes of sleep I quickly rolled over to turn it off being my mom had no need to rise so early with me. I won't lie after a week of getting up early I was tired and exhausted, but I put on a hat and headed out the door. As I rounded the corner near Oxbow Bend I could see quite a few flash lights and the closer I got the more evident it became I would not be alone. In fact I would estimate that there were almost 150 photographers already set-up and ready to catch the sunrise! I was shocked. It had we wishing I had appreciated that moment at Lower Falls when only 15 photographers surrounded me. Apparently I was not the only person missing the sun. I felt discouraged put pushed forward with my plan. I parked the car, grabbed my bag and starting walking away from everyone. I had to find a spot that I could call my own. While walking I thought to myself "I must make it different." With so many of us I had to somehow make my image standout. I concluded that most people here would be shooting normal rectangular shots, so I was going to focus 80% of my composure on a panoramic layout. I finally located a location where not only was I away from everyone but I was even out of site of everyone. Hooray for pretending to be the only one around. I quickly turned to getting my gear ready and just as I was just finishing up I hear twigs snapping and leaves crunching. Apparently my spot also looked to be a great spot for "Mr. John Doe" to set-up his gear as well. I won't lie I tried hard to not give him the stink eye, but I was really bummed he plopped his stuff right next to mine. Then a few minutes later I had another guy just 10 feet above me. Where were they all coming from?! At some point I had to let my disappointment go so I could focus on the task at hand. The sun was just starting her display and pink began to frost the mountains. I just loved how moody the sky was behind the peaks I could not wait to see how this sunrise panned out. Just as I finished snapping the three images that were used to create the panoramic above the sun moved behind a cloud and the show was over; that was all she wrote. My first sunrise in almost a week and she lasted a whole ten minutes. Don't get me wrong I love the image that came of that morning but I will never stop wondering what might had been and she been allowed to fully rise to meet the mountains.
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