The Story Behind the Shot
The Story Behind the Shot is a new blog series we are excited to share with you! In these blogs you will get to know the story behind some of your favorite images in Tyler's portfolio. A more in depth view of what Tyler was thinking and how he executed the shot than what you will find on the image description pages.
For the first edition of this series we felt it would only be fitting to share Tyler's best selling image, Tranquil Reflections. Whether young or old, everyone who sees this image is taken to a special place. The grander of the Tetons dimly light in the early morning light as the sky glowed purple is a memory Tyler will never forget.
In July of 2012, Tyler got marred to his better half, Jessica. His fall trips were already planned and she wasn't too keen on him taking five trips right after their wedding. To hopefully make Jessica more understanding of the trips, Tyler offered for her to pick any trip and he would hold off on going on that trip until she could join in late October. Jessica chose the Grand Tetons.
Upon arriving in the Tetons the leaves had all already fallen so Tyler's attention was focused on wildlife, sunrise, and sunset. Tyler knew he wanted to photograph the reflection of the Grand Tetons on the Snake River in the calmness of the morning.
The day before Tranquil Reflections was captured, Tyler scouted out the area he was hoping to get the shot. The area known as Schwabacher's Landing was where Tyler started. The area is a hot spot to grab an iconic touristy photograph. The morning of the shot, Tyler hiked up from Schwabacher's Landing until he found an area along the river where the Tetons peeked through the evergreens.
Tyler set up his gear and waited, not expecting much with such a clear sky. Much to his surprise and enjoyment, as the dark night turned to light a thin band of clouds started to turn purple above the Tetons. Tyler grabbed his shot and within seconds the beautiful purple light was gone. Not more than five minutes later, the sun came up and the majestic purple moment was all but a memory.
Camera: Sony A65
Lens: Tamron 10-24mm @ 24mm
Shutter: 1.6 Seconds
White Balance: Auto
Notes: Triggered release, Tripod Mounted