Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Grand Tetons (1971)

The Grand Tetons (1971)

The foothills of the Grand Tetons is a land of a thousand lakes.  the cobalt blue skies, glaringly white clouds and snow, and the silvery reflections in the pools of water, all against the dark rocks and earth - all of this creates such a stark contrast that it actually hurt to look at it.  My eyes would water from the intensity of the light.  In fact, I actually had to wear sun glasses or I would have become essentially snow blind.  Though you can get a sense of that from this scan of a slide, the reality is more as if the whole scene was backlit with an arc light.  That is one reason I shot slides at the time - the dynamic range of the brights to the shadows was so much more intense than any photograph.      

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