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.

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

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    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.

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      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!

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    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!

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      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.

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    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!

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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      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.

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    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…

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      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.

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    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.

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      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.

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    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!

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      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.

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        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!

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

  9. both shots are lovely!

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    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!!

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    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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!

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      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.

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    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!

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    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.

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      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.

    Malcolm

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    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.

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      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!

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    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!

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

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

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    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!

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      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 😉 )

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    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.)

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      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.

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    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.

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      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.

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    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.

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      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
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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    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!

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      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.

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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      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.

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    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?

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      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! 🙂

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    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!

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


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