Glacier’s Lake McDonald

Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald

Here’s a favorite fall image of mine I took a few year’s back on the west side of Glacier National Park. This image usually gets a lot of questions regarding digital manipulation, so I thought I would share how it was created. This particular image was obviously shot with a very wide angle lens (16mm) and just after the sun had gone down on Lake McDonald. In order to achieve this unique look to the foreground, I simply used a polarizing filter to remove the reflection of the water off the rocks, enhancing their color and making them seem to pop out of the water. In addition I combined a split neutral density filter to balance out the brighter sky with the dark foreground. So nothing too complex, just the right conditions and a couple easy to use filters.

Canon 5D MKII, 16-35mm 2.8L, f16 ISO 100 1.0sec

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7 Comments

  1. Delia Akbari March 11, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Stunning photo! I’m absolutely in love!

  2. Jason Savage March 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks Delia!

  3. Audrey March 20, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Waouw ! Wanna be there right now. That is awesome.
    Wait, I’m coming ! haha.

  4. J.D. February 24, 2016 at 2:15 am #

    Beautiful picture! I found in on a facebook website. I am not sure if you knew they used it. https://www.facebook.com/spiritearthnetwork/photos/a.782798305123326.1073741829.769256736477483/983539828382505/?type=3&theater

  5. Amanda February 24, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    Would you mind if I used this as a reference picture for my pastel art? I wanted to get the correct permissions before doing so.

  6. anne August 31, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    My sister and I get together twice a year and this time she brought along the puzzle with Pebble Shore Lake G N P. Thank you for the challenge of putting nature back together. Best wishes as you travel with your cameras.
    Regards, Anne and Mary

  7. Mary Reinhardt November 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    I am a member of a Facebook group and a member posted this photo to get ideas for a frame. I hate it when people think there’s nothing wrong with printing other people’s work and not paying for the image.
    My suggestion is to watermark your work.
    You are too talented for people to steal your images.

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