Grand Teton National Park provides opportunities for truly stunning nature photography. Friends of ours hosted a destination wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming over the holiday weekend. It was a beautiful event at the historic Snake River Ranch. Obviously we were excited for their wedding, and to see our friends, but I was extra excited to visit Grand Teton National Park. I have been to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks several times over the years and each time I come back I am amazed by the stunning beauty of the parks.
Yellowstone may have its unique geologic features, and more abundant wildlife, however in my opinion, the abrupt contrast between the plains around the Snake River and the Teton range create some amazing photography opportunities.
If you're looking to capture some of these photos on your next trip, be sure to set your alarm early. Sunrise provides some unbelievable light conditions, and it takes a fair bit of driving to get into the park and to set up at your location in time for first light. Additionally early morning is a good time to spot some of the wildlife out and about for their morning stroll, without all the crowds.
This trip I selected two locations for early morning photography, Schwarbacher's Landing and Mormon Row.
Schwarbacher's Landing is an ideal location because of the opportunity for reflection photography of the Grand Teton peak group. It is one of the only drive in access points to the snake river where you don't have to hike a ways to get to the river. Before sunrise there is usually very little wind at river level, allowing for some crystal clear reflections. There are several different viewpoints on the trail from the parking lot. Be sure to explore them!
Mormon Row is located in the Antelope Flats area and consists of a set of abandoned homesteads set against a breathtaking backdrop. One of the highlights is the T.A. Moulton Barn, allegedly the most photographed barn in the world. Pro Tip: The area directly between the barn and road is very worn down and can be filled with tourists sporting selfie sticks. Try crossing the bridge seen in a few of my photos to the field on the left as you face the barn. This eliminates most of the tourists from your photo, provides more interesting foreground and creates a beautifully framed rule-of-thirds photo.