Glacier National Park

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Dave Lively, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Dave Lively

    Dave Lively Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 16, 2014
    I went to Glacier last week and had a good time despite a heavy early season snow storm. This was a hiking trip, not a photography trip so the photos I took were usually not in ideal light but I was happy with many of them. I took pictures while it was lightly snowing but on one day left the camera in the car because it was snowing too hard to risk it. I took my GX7, 12-32, 100-300 and 45mm lenses but never put the 45 on the camera. I left my 60mm macro at home and did not miss it. The camera and 2 lenses worked very well for hiking. My only complaint is that a few times the 100-300 produced kind of funky bokeh, see the shot of a bighorn resting.

    A little out of focus and weird look bokeh. Not sure what causes the odd bokeh. I would say motion blur caused the softness but several shots in a row looked the same and motion blur usually varies. Shutter speed should have been adequate since I had IS on.

    Similar shutter speed as shot above, 100% crop but much sharper.





    Wish I had a longer lens for this one. Bear was about 40 yards away. I met a few guys that bragged about getting within 10 or 15 feet of a grizzly while I was there. I wanted to congratulate them for being much more stupid than I was but kept my mouth shut.

    I am not a big fan of hiking in foot deep snow but it really thins the crowds. We pretty much had the trail to ourselves going up on this hike.
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  2. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
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    Wow, nice pics. I was there in August and it rained continuously, with heavy fog. Couldn't see a dang thing! I've always wanted to go off-season, and your pictures have reinforced that desire. Thanks.
  3. synthetictone

    synthetictone Mu-43 Regular

    May 22, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
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    Nice pics and I agree with you on the fools who would walk that close to a bear. Many folks seem to throw out common sense when they see wild animals.
  4. Ropes4u

    Ropes4u Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    I grew up near the park and it still amazes me how many people get mauled by bears. It's not difficult - stay away live another day
  5. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
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    Nice photos! That funky bokeh and softness may be the result of atmospheric distortion - rising warm air from sun heated rocks cause some distortion.
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  6. Dave Lively

    Dave Lively Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 16, 2014
    Thanks! I had not considered atmospherics since I was within a 100 yards but now that you mention it the sheep were on the side of a mountain facing the sun so that makes sense. The snow that the park got the next morning makes me forget how warm it was the first day I was there.
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  7. Bomber

    Bomber Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 8, 2014
    Dongara . MidWest of Western Australia
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    Nice photos Dave , I particularly like the last one.

    Cheers Glen
  8. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 6, 2013
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    That was my first thought too, but not familiar with that lens either.
  9. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
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    You got some great shots - I love the P100-300, one of my favorite lenses.
  10. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
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    I love number 5. We were there in mid-July. great fun. Lots of great day hikes.

    Thanks for sharing.
  11. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Just watched a documentary on Glacier Nat Park the other night. I so want to go there! Thanks for sharing your great shots!