Montana Outdoors

December 12, 2011

Five hours

Filed under: Light — Tags: — montucky @ 12:07 am

Clark Fork noon (12:56 PM)

Clark Fork evening (6:15 PM)

I’ve heard so many times that light is everything in photography. It’s sure true to an extent. The top photo was taken at about 1 PM: the bottoms one at about 6.


  1. Both pics are so beautiful – I don’t know which I like better! Maybe the second one, it’s magical.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 12, 2011 @ 1:20 am

    • When I hiked down there for the evening shot I was actually hoping for some senset color, as there had been the night before, but there were no clouds.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  2. Beautiful and interesting. I don’t know photography, but watching the light change each day and through the seasons is one of the greatest gifts in life. Thank you for this post!


    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — December 12, 2011 @ 3:20 am

    • I certainly agree about the changes of light. The natural world continually blesses us with beauty, doesn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  3. I really, really like the second one, although that blue sky in the first is absolutely gorgeous, and of course the snowy mountains in the distance.


    Comment by TheDailyClick — December 12, 2011 @ 5:01 am

    • I like the evening light too. We are usually inside then, but all of the wild creatures are beginning to circulate and I wonder what they will be doing!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 11:45 am

  4. Is that a shooting star???????? Wow!


    Comment by Roberta — December 12, 2011 @ 6:48 am

  5. Probably a plane. But I like the idea of a shooting star better.


    Comment by Roberta — December 12, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    • I like the idea of a shooting star better too, but I’ve never been able to capture one. That’s most likely a military jet headed out from the Seattle area.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 11:46 am

  6. Light is everything. I believe it sets the mood that the photograph conveys. Your photos are always beautiful and they definitely convey your love of the environment. Thank you so much for sharing them.


    Comment by anniespickns — December 12, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    • Thanks! Yes, light really sets up a photo. Today, for example is heavily overcast, but the diffused light is wonderful. Now if there were a few flowers on the ground instead of snow…


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

  7. I suppose it depends on what you want your viewer to see. You can obviously see more of the scenery in the top, but the bottom is deserving of a frame and a spot on the wall.


    Comment by Choppography — December 12, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    • One of the nice things about being strictly an amateur is that I can shoot always by instinct. Then I suppose a photo depends on someone else’s feeling for it too.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

  8. Ansel Adams would wait all day for light and clouds to be just right, then snap ONE exposure, plus a backup incase the first plate got scratched or broken.

    BTW, have you seen the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum, Montucky? It’ll be here till sometime in April.


    Comment by Kim — December 12, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    • Those were the days when a photographer had to be good! I have not seen it, but I will watch for it in the spring. Thanks!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

      • Actually it’s been at MAM since October, so anytime you get to Missoula you can check it out. 130 images hand-printed and hand-selected by Adams himself. Takes up the entire main floor of the museum. Mostly landscapes, some portraits, a rare still life or two. The museum is open noon to 5 Tuesday – Saturday, I believe.


        Comment by Kim — December 14, 2011 @ 11:31 am

        • I will plan to visit the Museum before the exhibit closes, but probably not until after the holidays. Thanks!


          Comment by montucky — December 14, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

  9. both shots are lovely!


    Comment by silken — December 12, 2011 @ 10:10 am

  10. Hi Montucky, The bottom twilight picture is quite good. I love looking at scenery that is photographed at different times during a day. Good job! Have a wonderful Monday!!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 12, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    • This was just an experiment, trying the same composition at different times. I got pretty close to the same composition.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  11. Lovely! I prefer the 2nd one, too!


    Comment by Barbara — December 12, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    • There is something haunting about the evening light, isn’t there!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  12. Beautiful! Dramatic..I love how the water looks..


    Comment by Roberta — December 12, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    • Thanks Roberta. I love the water too. Wish I could post the sound of the rapids in the evening!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  13. Reminds me of a photograph thing I’ve wanted to do. Maybe I’ll do it in the desert when I;m there after the Holidays. Find a great spot. Take a photo every hour for a set # of hours – 6? 12? I’d love to document the changes.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 12, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  14. What a difference and each shot so beautiful in its unique way. Can’t decide which I like best, but one thing is for certain, you take wonderful photos to share with us!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 12, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    • Thank you! There are so many beautiful scenes out there as the light conditions change; I wish I could catch them all.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  15. It’s fun seeing the two of these river pictures together. I’ve never had the patience to go to the same spot and shoot anything like this.



    Comment by knightofswords — December 12, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    • The sky was really nice when I went down there around noon and I marked the spot where I put the tripod, hoping to have a chance for a pretty sunset from the same place. No clouds ever developed though, but the twilight was interesting.


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  16. Both photos are super! I feel as if I am standing there viewing the scene. Amazing how a few hours totally change the feeling!


    Comment by dhphotosite — December 12, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    • Changing light and changing moods. I’m glad that I can be outdoors often enough to see those changes!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  17. They are both pretty! I don’t suppose you stood there waiting??


    Comment by sandy — December 12, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    • No, much too cold for that! I was there about an hour on the last shot though and it became pretty cold with a little breeze coming off the water. Tough on the fingers and camera batteries!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

  18. Great idea … I really need to do a study in light some day. Early morning and late afternoon are truly magical lighting times. I would love to see a morning shot of the same place (hint, hint, hint 😉 )


    Comment by bearyweather — December 12, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    • I will try a morning shot next clear morning. For the last few days there has been a cold white lid over this part of the world, with an inversion layer being held in the valley. (I did mark the spot though if I can find it under the snow.)


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

  19. Oh, these are both so beautiful. Agree about the lighting–it can make or break a photo.


    Comment by kateri — December 13, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    • I think that the light conditions are what attracts me to any particular scene because I shoot what I see and seldom set out to photograph anything in particular.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  20. Amazing how light can transform a scene. I like seeing these landscapes through your eyes – always interesting.


    Comment by Maureen — December 13, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    • I’m glad you like them Maureen. I attempt to show the beauty that I see.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

  21. Do you remember the old song that began “What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours”? You beat the song by 19 hours and threw in an airplane as well.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — December 14, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    • Yes, I do remember that song: I’ve always liked it. Sometimes we think that things are moving slowly and when we think that, we are missing so mch!


      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  22. Both so pretty. You were pretty close to being in the same spot for both.


    Comment by Candace — December 14, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    • I marked the spot, but to get it exact I would have had to stay there or leave the tripod in place and I didn’t do that because perhaps some of the wildlife there would have moved it anyway.


      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  23. Awsome pictures, I am thinking i would love to come and vist.


    Comment by Shawn — December 15, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    • I think you would like seeing Montana. I live in the northwest part, but there is great scenery all over. Lots of deer too, especially in the central part where there are some huge mulies.


      Comment by montucky — December 15, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  24. I love Your “experiment” with this landscape. Both of photos are great in their own way.


    Comment by sartenada — December 16, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    • I am so much impressed by the difference there can be in the same scene in different light conditions, weather conditions and seasons. It makes me wonder about scenes that I have seen that were in remote places and I was only able to see them once, in summer. How would they appear in mid-winter?


      Comment by montucky — December 17, 2011 @ 12:05 am

  25. And both images are lovely which is a good reminder that if the scene is beautiful, it is wise to visit it at different times of day to take advantage of the full range of light! 🙂


    Comment by Victoria — December 28, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    • It’s amazing how much the same scene changed with different light and especially with different seasons. This scene is less that a mile walk from my house and I visit there often in all seasons and all kinds of weather. Last spring we had a very high runoff from snow melt and the spot from where the photo was taken was under over 10 feet of water. I visited on a cold rainy and windy day and sat on the hillside above the river on a bed of pine needles under a big pine, settled in under my poncho and went right to sleep!


      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2011 @ 12:32 am

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