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Oxbow Bend

by Miles Hecker

Islands In The Sky

Oxbow Bend Sunrise


This shot works best from early June through early October. The above photo was taken from the parking area and gives you the sweeping Snake River foreground. A full mirror shot can be had by hiking down to the river and looking for the 'right' spot. In fall people like to go 100 yards further north and compress the golden aspens seen on the far point with a 70mm lens.


Early sunrise gives you the alpenglow you see above with a super saturated film. Sunset will give you the classsic high altitude fire in the sky if the cloud cover is right. The fire is best in mid September when the sun sets behind Mt Moran. Moose are often seen at both sunrise and sunset in the river.


LENS: 35-70mm focal length for 35mm camera, 38mm was used above.

FILTERS: 2 stop split ND at sunrise, 3 stop split ND at sunset


Slide films: Velvia or Kodak E100VS

Negative films: Fuji Reala or Konica Impressa


See: Digital cameras for landscape work.


About Miles Hecker

Miles has been involved with photography for over forty years. He teaches digital photography at Casper College in Casper,Wyoming. His photos have won awards from Natures Best magazine,, The Luminous Landscape and Wyoming WIldlife . Miles' photos have been published in American Vignette, Backpacker Magazine, Natures Best Images, Popular Photography, Wyoming Audubon, and Wyoming Wildlife. He is co-founder of WyoFOTO LLC.



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Concepts: Sun, Photography, Sunrise equation, Sunset, Sunrise, Sky, Image, Wyoming

Entities: WyoFOTO LLC, Casper College, Snake River, Mount Moran, Miles Hecker, Backpacker Magazine, Wyoming

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