Titcomb Basin. Wind River Range, Bridger Wilderness Wyoming

Trip Update: Wind River Range

Trip Update: Wind River Range

Titcomb Basin. Wind River Range, Bridger Wilderness WyomingTitcomb Basin Wind River Range  #67957

I’m wrapping up two weeks of photography in the main segment of my photo tour, the Wind River Range of Wyoming. This part of the trip was a major undertaking for me. Hiking and photographing in the Wind River Range is quite unlike the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. The Sawtooth’s were three mainly moderate length trips at around 18 to 25 miles each, at 8000′ elevation. The trips in the Wind’s however were about 35 to 40 miles each. Trailheads were  starting at 9500′, eventually reaching 11,500′ elevation. I’m glad I acclimated to higher altitudes in the sawtooth’s first!

Island Lake Wind River Range WyomingIsland Lake Wind River Range Wyoming #67617

Unlike previous visits to the Wind’s there was no sign of major wildfires. While the weather was mostly beautiful summer weather, I did experience several instances of exciting evening and morning light.

While in the Wind’s I also continued experimenting with some night photography. I’m new to this genre of photography, but so far I’m finding it very enjoyable. Although I’d much rather being catching some sleep after a long day of hiking, photographing and swatting mosquitoes!

Now that the busy Labor Day Weekend is over I can safely venture into the next part of the trip. This includes Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, followed by the Beartooth Highway.

Locations Photographed in Wind River Range :
Bonneville Lakes
Island Lake / Titcomb Basin / Indian Basin
Green River Lakes

Squaretop Mountain Wind River RangeSquaretop Mountain Wind River Range  #69106

*The photos appearing on this post are quick on the road edits. However reprocess them and make them available for sale when I return to the office.

*Please note, due to being out of cell or WiFi range for most of this trip I may not be able immediately to respond to any licensing requests, or blog comments. Print orders that are placed while I’m away on this trip will not be shipped until I return to the office. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Milky Way over Titcomb Basin. Bridger Wilderness, Wind River Range WyomingMilky Way over Titcomb Basin  #68234

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Baron Lake, Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho

Photo Update: Sawtooth Mountains

Photo Update: Sawtooth Mountains

Baron Lake, Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho Photo Update: Sawtooth MountainsBaron Lake Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho

Today I’m wrapping up the Sawtooth Mountains segment of my summer photo tour. Eleven days and nearly 50 miles of backpacking into some gorgeous areas yielded plenty of new images. All the effort of hauling heavy camera gear into the backcountry certainly paid off. Tomorrow I’m heading to the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Meanwhile I’ll be checking out a few local hot springs!

Locations Photographed in Sawtooth Mountains :
Sawtooth Lake
Baron Lakes
Alice Lake/Toxaway Lake Loop

*The photos appearing on this post are quick on the road edits, literally I’m on the roadside working to publish this post. However they will be reprocessed and made available for sale when I return to the office.

Sawtooth Lake Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho Photo Update: Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Lake Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho

Sawtooth Lake, Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho Photo Update: Sawtooth MountainsSawtooth Lake, Sawtooth Wilderness Idaho

Please note, any print orders that are placed while I’m away on this trip will not be shipped until I return to the office.

Whatcom Peak North Cascades National Park

Whatcom Peak North Cascades National Park

Whatcom Peak North Cascades National ParkWhatcom Peak North Cascades National Park #61501  Purchase

Recently while filling an order for a client I came across a couple of images of Whatcom Peak North Cascades National Park in my archive that caught my attention. Both photos are from last year’s trip to Whatcom Pass in North Cascades National Park. Both are also good examples of what may be called pre-visualization and post-visualization.

Pre-visualization is being able to view a subject in the field and visualize how it may appear in its final form. Post-visualization, my own term, is fulfilling the vision during processing. Many times I have images in my files that haunt me in a way. Meaning I remember the pre-visualization, but I’m not seeing the processing solution to make it appear. However they keep catching my eye, beckoning me to keep trying.

In the field both of these images struck me as having all the elements of a compelling photograph. I also new at the time how they should appear in a final print. However, after initial processing and editing none of that pre-visualization came out. As a result I assigned them a lower ranking in the archive.

Whatcom Peak North Cascades National ParkWhatcom Peak North Cascades National Park  #61502  Purchase

Achieving the solution is sometimes only technical in nature. Other times it’s of a creative nature, or of course a combination of both. In this instance it’s the latter. Although I’m quite happy with the results you see here, it’s possible I’m still short of the original vision. In the future I may rethink the processing. Maybe they need just a tweak, or maybe something completely different. It’s all part of the creative journey.

To see more images from this trip read my two part blog, Whatcom Pass Tapto Lakes, North Cascades National Park.

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Whatcom Peak North Cascades National Park