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Focus on the Fence

January 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Since we've had much less snowfall this winter-to-date than last year, my shooting at Grand Teton National Park is on hold for the time being. Instead, I've continued to concentrate on the derelict buck and rail fence just a few miles from my home. 

Interesting skies have been in short supply since the first of the year: there have been a number of long stretches of complete overcast, and unfortunately no inversion situations to speak of (which can create wonderful rime ice). A handful of late afternoons looked promising; I'd set up and be waiting for the sun to drop lower in the sky, only to watch my compositions evaporate as the clouds disappeared rapidly. Mornings thus far have been either completely overcast or completely clear.

That said, a couple days have served up good conditions. The areas of fence line which I've been able to feature has expanded, thanks to the position of the clouds in the sky. 

There's something about buck and rail fences which I've always found appealing. The fact that this one with so much character is located nearby is a wonderful thing. 

The Neglected Fence XIVThe Neglected Fence XIVBonneville County, Idaho I made this photo about thirty minutes prior to sunset: the clouds directly overhead were beautifully lit and who knew if they'd hold together? Might as well try to capture this and then hope for color later.

I got down very low and used the fence post to block the sun. The combination of low perspective and wide angle lens also enabled me to include as much of the sky as possible. I liked the way the lighting above created yet another line, so you end up with the fence line and cloud line nearly converging. 

While the clouds remained in the sky past sunset on this evening, they did not pick up much color: low overcast along the horizon prevented the last light from filling the sky with fiery hues.

So for a few minutes, the sky was exceptionally beautiful, and there was a photo to be made. It was simply thirty minutes ahead of "schedule," and the composition was based on lines and shapes more so than color. 

You never know exactly what's going to happen....or when!


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