I visited Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming, USA) in 2011 and, not surprisingly, I was absolutely blown away by its beauty. Unfortunately, at that time I did not know anything about photography and the very few nice shots I got were the result of pure luck.
The picture below is one of the lucky survivors of that trip.
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After returning from Grand Teton, I looked at the picture and felt there was something special about it, although I did not know what that was.
Now the reason is pretty obvious to me: the composition is pleasant and the photo is well exposed. Once again, that was very fortunate, as back in 2011 I had no idea what composition and exposure were about.
I should call this shot "The sum of all lucks" and the result of that sum was me being able to post-process the file later on and produce a very decent final image.
Look at the Before and After:
Don't get me wrong. If I go back tomorrow, I am sure I will get a much better shot. In particular, this is what I would do differently:
- Shoot RAW rather than JPEG.
- Use my Sony A77ii, rather than the old Nikon D200 I had in 2011 (the former has much better dynamic range).
- Capture the scene during the Golden Hour (sunrise or sunset).
- Frame my composition better to avoid cropping in post (something I had to do to produce the image above).
Am I still pleased about the shot? Sure I am.
In December 2016, GuruShots launched its Best of 2016 challenge and my image of Grand Teton National Park was selected to be showcased digitally in an exhibition at the Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair in Greece.
A few days ago, my picture was also selected to feature in the article Take A DEEP Breath And Hold Onto Your Shoes. These 36 Landscape Photos Will Knock Your Socks Off.
I find some of the pictures very inspiring and I hope you will like them too. My Tetons shot is number #35.
I reckon there is an important take-home lesson here: once you become a photographer, you will be able to revisit some of your old shots and turn them into successful images!
For another example of old picture revisitation, read about my Yellowstone Bison calf.
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