One of the things I enjoy about landscape photography is trying to convey the mood of the day visually. On this particular day I went to Swiftcurrent Lake for the sunrise in Glacier National Park. The sunrise was subpar as clouds to the east blocked the early morning light – however because of the wind the clouds were moving extremely fast and the water was very choppy. As some of the others who were there for sunrise packed up and went home after a half hour or so of waiting for colors I decided to strap the ten-stop ND filter on and I took some longer exposure shots to capture the wind and the speed of the clouds above the mountains. With the help of the ND filter I was able to leave the shutter open for 25-seconds which both showed the speed of the clouds and smoothed the choppy water (typically more appealing for landscape photos).
Wind over Swiftcurrent Lake – Glacier National Park
It’s unlikely I get back to Glacier National Park this year – really too bad because it is an amazing place. Instead I hope I’ll have an opportunity to make a longer weekend in the summer and stop in Yellowstone or the Grand Tetons. It’s been about ten-years since I’ve been there and I think I’m due for another trip.