Although having the main road through Glacier closed really did suck, one good did come out of it. Driving on the outskirts of the park gave us some pretty amazing views of the snowcapped mountains from a distance. It was an awesome opportunity for a challenge to capture them with different foregrounds. It really allows you the chance to test your eye as a photographer on how creatively you can frame a subject. Next time you go out and shoot, take only a telephoto lens with you and see what you can get. Shooting wide is awesome but it definitely limits you on the range of opportunities for creative framing. Shooting telephoto is pretty challenging but the end results of a well framed shot is in comparison to no other. I shot these with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L V2 mounted on my Sony a7ii (adapter needed). Don't have a tele-lens? Make sure to head on over to BorrowLenses and rent one to try one out. Use code "MIGHTYKILLS10OFF" for 10% off your rental purchase.
And then there was blue hour. Soon after the sun sets and all that vibrant warm colors start to fade away, a completely new mood sets in, of which many call blue hour. Typically when the sun is far below the horizon, indirect sunlight explodes in hues of blue. If you’re looking for very cool tones then this is your time moment. In fact, only a couple of minutes is all you got. Blue hour usually doesn’t stick around for long. Blue wavelengths are significantly shorter than of red wavelengths, the reason why it darks so quickly once you lose sight of the sun. If you’re not quick, it can definitely pass you by but it’s not always a bad thing. What happens when the sun is gone? Stars come out.
Our first stop heading into Glacier was this lake that I had come across while researching this destination, Lake McDonald. I saw plenty of photos of this place, in all different seasons and none of them came short of breath-taking so it was definitely a must. I didn’t know what to expect getting to this place, which is all the reason for me becoming completely speechless when I turned the corner from the parking lot and saw this expansive view of the lake. The water was clear as glass and super calm. The sky was blue with clouds full of character. It was going to be one hell of a sunset, this we knew.
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To me, nothing says "adventure" like a trip through the mountains and there are few things that I anticipate and enjoy more than standing in the presence of them. Something about them have always had a way of taking my breath away and making me feel both powerful and insignificant at the same time. It's a crazy feeling, one that I find incredibly hard to find words for.
We took a trip into Glacier National Park, knowing it was winter and that most of the park would be closed but little did we know that even the outer edges of the park still top the worlds most beautiful sceneries. We shot sunrise, mid day and sunset every day of our five day itinerary and while it was very cold, and a non stop schedule, it was one of my favorite trips to date. We toured through icy roads, hiked miles through bear country and had the most epic snowball fight the world has ever known. Ever.
We came and we conquered. And who knew that frozen Sour Patch Kids could be so good?
There are a lot of National Parks you should experience at least once in your lifetime and Glacier is one of them.. if not twice or three times. The park is huge and filled with amazing landscapes. Although I only scratched the surface, I still managed to fit in two hikes in two days. One of the hikes we did was Grinnell Glacier and that was an 11 mile hike with an elevation gain of about 2000ft. Both days we had crazy weather from the storm coming in along with haze from the wildfires that were still going on in the southern parts of the park. I suggest you visit this park soon before you miss these incredible glaciers since they're predicted to be completely melted by 2020.