Michael Jack  

Two Medicine Lake by Michael Jack

October 2021 - Two Medicine Lake

About the Image(s)

This image was taken in Glacier National Park at sunrise over Two Medicine Lake. Two Medicine is probably the least busy area of Glacier Park next to the Polebridge area. I did not go to Glacier this year, but my friends have told me even on trails where one would normally only occasionally see another group there was just a study line of people going both ways. There was no time to set up a photograph because people were pushing to get through. In my six years of going each August, I saw only one or two other photographers at sunrise at Two Medicine. I have no idea how many were there this year.

Canon 5D Mk III, EF17-40 f4 L lens, ISO 200, f19, 15 seconds.

7 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
The light in this image is simply wonderful. I also appreciate your choice of a long exposure to create the movement in the clouds and to smooth out the water. Both add to the tranquil feeling of the scene.

For me the image feels a bit unbalance--all the visual weight is on the right side. Perhaps making this a square and cropping from the left side, while creating a more centered composition, it may improve the overall balance as well.   Posted: 10/09/2021 18:01:54
Michael Jack   Michael Jack
Always helpful to have another view. I think you hit on why the image didn't seem right to me.   Posted: 10/10/2021 18:26:38

Richard White   Richard White
Michael, this is a great shot with the long exposure getting the clouds moving and the water being smooth. Really like the log in the photo as something to anchor the viewers eye. I tried Larry's idea, and it might work.   Posted: 10/09/2021 18:48:10
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Barbara Gore   Barbara Gore
Another great location and beautiful image. The use of the driftwood as a foreground element adds interest to the scene along with the smooth water. The lighting is soft and the colors compliment each other. My only thought is the orientation. I like the horizontal orientation but to me there's a lot of empty space in the water. I wonder if shooting vertical or by bringing the camera down to get more of the shoreline was an option.   Posted: 10/10/2021 19:15:07
Michael Jack   Michael Jack
Good suggestion. I will try that   Posted: 10/10/2021 19:17:22

Nan Jiang   Nan Jiang
What a nice picture. Terrific light and shadow. The tone makes people be pleasant. Perfect combination of cold and warm.   Posted: 10/15/2021 01:56:28

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like the light in this picture, particularly in the background with the rim of light that distinguish the mountains from the sky. I think Barbara´s suggestion about cropping vertical could work. My only pick is the exposure, in my opinion, it is better to shoot longer or shorter. By going down to ISO 100 and 30 sec, the water and clouds would be more blurry. Or, make it all sharp.   Posted: 10/17/2021 02:48:01


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