Over the years I have gone to some of the same locations over and over again in hopes of improving on the images I already have. Once you know of a good shooting spot, it’s good practice to go back there and challenge yourself to come up with something new or to improve. Well this spot I have gone to many times in all seasons. If you live in Bozeman and have fished the Gallatin River then you know where this is. I keep going here one to fish and two to shoot. It’s just a spot with great a great foreground and great trees but the hitch is always the sky.
If you ever have heard my Dad talk about landscape photography then you’ve probably heard about the importance of clouds. I keep looking for that great sky that is going to be over this part of the river and thereby being reflected in the water. The problem is those clouds have to be over the south, over the Gallatin Mountains to be precise. And usually by sunset either there is no color left or the clouds have moved. I lucked out this time with a little bit of light and a little bit of cloud cover. Shot with the D4 and 24-70 AF-S, it’s a vast improvement over the last image I took here but there is still room for improvement.