Monthly Archives: March 2010

Grand Teton in Black and White

The Grand Teton and the surrounding peaks are shrouded in breaking clouds in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A shot of the Grand Teton and low clouds in black and white.

I’ve apparently been rediscovering my love for black and white prints again lately. With the temperatures reaching unseasonable warmth right now, it’s almost as if the off-season has already started for the residents as well as the local flora and fauna of Jackson Hole. As a result, I’ve been going back to some photos that had always caught my eye but for one reason or another, never did anything with. This was from a particularly cloudy afternoon that was beginning to break up along the Teton Mountains. The Grand Teton at this point was clearly visible while the rest of the mountains were only beginning to come back into view. Once again, this was one of those shots that was just waiting for the black and white conversion.
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Aspen Trees in the Lamar Valley

A scenic landscape from the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park (Mike Cavaroc)
Aspen trees stand in a line in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.

I was cleaning up some metadata on my images and I’m sometimes surprised that I have some images that I really like that I haven’t posted on my photoblog yet. Ever more so, I’m surprised I completely forget about them! Back in September of 2008, a couple of months before moving to Jackson Hole, I had made a road trip up to Yellowstone and took this shot of these aspen trees during my first visit to the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. I always liked the way this shot came out for several reasons: the drama of the clouds behind the trees; the isolation of the aspens themselves and as a result, how barren the landscape looks with just that strand of aspen trees sticking out in what looks to be the middle of nowhere.
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Mike Cavaroc the Photographer and Photography Website Essentials

Mike Cavaroc Discovers Photography

The sun setting against the Virgin River Gorge in northwestern Arizona (Mike Cavaroc, 2004)A little over six years ago my life changed forever. I retired a two megapixel point-and-shoot camera, took a plunge and bought a brand new 6.4 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel 300D – the very first in the series. I had been using the point-and-shoot mostly for friends and hanging out, but every now and then would look up at the sky and see something inspiring that I wanted to capture. It didn’t take me long to realize that I simply didn’t have the control I wanted in capturing what I was seeing.

The Digital Rebel began opening up all kinds of doors I never knew existed. All of a sudden I had a creative outlet flowing through me that I hadn’t been able to find in taking any other classes while in the Art program in college.
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Black and White of the Grand Teton

A black and white photo of the Grand Teton towering above its surroundings and Blacktail Butte in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
A black and white photo of the Grand Teton behind Blacktail Butte in Grand Teton National Park.

At first glance I wasn’t too happy with the way this turned out. I think I was expecting it to be a bit different for some reason. However the more I kept passing over it the more it intrigued me. It probably had a lot to do with how massive the Grand Teton looks against the bit of Blacktail Butte that I included in it as well as the morning light on it. Either way I was really enjoying the color version before seeing how it would look in black and white. I actually wound up switching back and forth several times before finally going with the black and white conversion fully. Overall I’m actually quite happy with it given how I first started out with it.
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