Friday, October 18, 2013

Jenny Lake Sunrise Shoot

Grand Teton National Park is back open as of yesterday! What better way to celebrate but to go on a sunrise shoot?

I originally planned setting up to shoot near the bridge at North Jenny Lake junction, but once there my eyes roamed the place and did not find what I was looking for. So I decided to chance something new... I started driving down the one-way scenic road along Jenny Lake. I wasn't sure if there'd be any spots to pull over for photos or not - and it was only 10 minutes till sunrise! A risk...

... That payed off fairly well. I found a spot where I wished I had a wider lens to use, and I believe it could be a new "Zuk favorite" for photography. My dad, Ken Zuk, would especially love the rocky shore here. Sorry dad, will take you there sometime!

I got there just in time to catch some gorgeous alpenglow. Enjoy the photos!

Panorama of Jenny Lake. In mid-left of photo is Cascade Canyon. Most prominent and forward mountain on left is Teewinot, which I climbed this season.

Closeup of the Tetons. From left to right: Teewinot, Grand Teton, Mount Owen. The Grand is hard to pick out, but the tip is there. 

When you don't have a wide-angle lens to capture the shore and the mountain tops, try this trick used here: panorama of three landscape-oriented photos stacked on top of one another.

Or you can back up a bit and capture some interesting grass around the rocks. :)

Panorama, alpenglow at its peak.

Looking north towards Mount Moran.

The rocky shore I said my dad would love... unfortunately my lens wasn't wide enough to capture them with the lake and mountains in the background.

A cool textured rock in Jenny Lake, Tetons in background.

Capturing the details... fall colors have fallen.

It was a great spot I plan to return to as soon as we get a bit of fresh snow. Imagine these rocks with some snow on top, with a wider angle lens I'm going to borrow!

Thanks for stopping by...

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In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance untilwe acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory."
 (Ephesians 1:3-14, ESV)

Autumn Aspens

Last week we were still in autumn season! Though winter has been biting pretty leaves off trees, I captured these photos from Jackson Hole Bible College's campus grounds before it happened. The fall colors in the aspens have pretty much left here now, so I'm glad I captured at least some of them this year. This was during a light snow. Enjoy God's creation!

Our nice little aspen fence at the end of the property.

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"Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory."
2 Timothy 2:8-10

Saturday, September 28, 2013

9/11 JHBC Backpack Trip

I co-led Jackson Hole Bible College's 4 night backpack trip from September 10-14. We trekked through Jedediah Smith Wilderness into the Granite Basin area, and camped near "Lower Lake". The sunset the first night was spectacular!

Some shots looking down South Leigh Creek Canyon:

Cliffs surrounding Lower Lake

My fellow photographer Leah, shooting down South Leigh Creek Canyon

Sunset streaking across the clouds

Closeup of the fiery sunset

Panorama of the Canyon

Trees lining the ridge - kind of looks like they are trekking uphill. :)

Sunset glow lingers

The next day we went on a day hike up to Little's Peak. After summiting, we went off trail across a ridge that we figured would come out overlooking Lake Solitude. We were right! It was one of the coolest hikes I've done. Some tight boulder ridges and huge granite slabs that we hiked over. Here are some shots of our rewarding view:

Lake Solitude in Cascade Canyon with the Tetons in the background. 

Some stormy clouds hanging over the Tetons, causing us to head back a bit early.

Aaron Schroder (JHBC student) taking photos.

Some of our hiking group hanging out at the overlook.

Some puddles were on top of the ridge from rain.

Panorama of our view.

The next day we went on a hike to Green Lakes. Here are some interesting shots:

Green Lake from the trail. Color looks more green from higher viewpoints.

Some fall colors in the brush.

Another view, another foreground, same lake. :)

Fish rising near the colorful shore.

I really liked the greens and the rocks near the edge. :)

Looking back at the trail, some red fall colors.

View from the shore of the lake.

A little bottle of Tabasco sauce at the bottom of the lake! :)

The rest of the trip went well. I got to do some fishing with my new fly rod. Lower Lake is stock full of nice cutthroat trout. Here's some I caught:

Me with a few cutthroat trout around 12 inches each.

Praise the Lord for choosing to use me in ways that I love! His glory is shown so clearly in His creation - direct it to praise and honor to His name!

Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, ESV)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Teewinot Climb (09/07/13)

My brother Matt, Steven and I decided to climb Teewinot (A "Teton Cathedral Peak" in Grand Teton National Park) as a warmup for Jackson Hole Bible College's backpacking trip that we would lead the next week. It was certainly a warmup, and much more! A great decision to whip us into shape.

We started quite early, and it took us about 10 hours total from the trail parking lot and back. We only got lost a couple times, and went the wrong way a few more times... but that only meant harder climbing! Here's some video I took along the hike with my GoPro camera:

And here are my photos from the top:

Little spire below Teewinot Peak, looking Southeast

My hiking comrades

Steven lookin' 'round

Great view of Cascade Canyon, with Lake Solitude at the end.

Steven straddling the peak. :)

Looking down at Jenny Lake.

Grand Teton (left) and Mount Owen (right). Teton glacier at bottom left.

Panorama showing Grand Teton, Mt. Owen and Cascade Canyon (from left to right).

The Grand Teton and Teton Glacier

B&W version of the Grand and Owen

The Grand

Panorama of my view from Teewinot's peak.

Cascade Canyon

Top of the Grand, a few people at the peak.

Jackson Lake

Panorama of view towards Jackson Lake.

Hiking comrades

Me with Grand and Owen in background.

Another peak to add to the hiking adventures!

God bless!