As a nature photographer it is really important to try not to let preconceived ideas overly influence one's subject matter. I was set up at Blacktail Ponds Overlook in Grand Teton National Park and planned to capture an image of the Teton Range with autumn foliage in the foreground. The weather had different ideas as the mountains were hidden behind persistent clouds. After an initial feeling of frustration I began to notice some nice patterns with autumn colored willows and cottonwoods below the overlook. I quickly changed my composition and switched to a short telephoto lens to isolate a small part of the overall scene. I added an "out of place" small spruce tree to provide visual contrast and a certain curiosity. The previously annoying clouds were now essential to this new composition as they provided the soft shadow free light needed for this subject.
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING
Toyo 45 AII camera with Nikon T 360/8 on Fuji Velvia 50 film - 1 sec at f/45