Canon 24-70 L II Meets Fall Reflection at Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park

Give me a Canon EOS 5Ds R, a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and great clouds on a calm fall morning along the Snake River at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park and I can be content for … a very long time. Well, I was probably photographing too furiously to capture all that beauty to be considered “content”, but the feeling that, with each click of the shutter, something great may be written to the memory card is very satisfying.
The composition shown here is a rather simple one, but one that frequently works well. Frame half of the scene in the upper half of the viewfinder and let the reflection take care of the bottom half, doubling what is already nice. Because the subjects in the scene are far away and water is preventing getting closer from happening, perspective is determined primarily by walking the shoreline. Focal length selection is based on what looks good being included in the image, keeping in mind that distant subjects (including mountains) appear smaller at wider angles. In this case, I liked how the dark clouds and their reflection framed the top and bottom of the image.
This image is practically right out of the camera. I added saturation to give the image a bit more life, dropped the highlight brightness slightly and used the healing brush to remove some floaters in the water.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Camera and Lens Settings
44mm  f/8.0  1/60s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px

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