Goal of the Photo

After a long, eventful day of horseback riding, visiting the National Museum of Wildlife Art, a trip into the city of Jackson, Wyoming and seeing buffalo out the car windows, we stopped along Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park nearing the end of the day. Mount Moran can be seen silhouetted and in the reflection of the river. With this image, I was after a different type of photo from the usual images taken of the Grand Tetons range.

Project Specs


  • Landscape Photography
  • National Parks Photography

Camera and Lens Used

  • Camera: Pentax K110d DSLR
  • Lens: Pentax-DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Film Speed: ISO 800
  • Focal Length: 35mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/30th second

Location and Date

Location: Oxbow Bend
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

  • Date: September 10, 2015

Photo Analysis

The silhouetted nature of this image simplifies this landscape to the viewer's eye. Rather than being overwhelmed with too much detail, the photo conveys a sense of peace at the end of a long day. The gradient in the sky, smooth reflections in the water, and the large dark mountain and river bank shapes have a tranquil feeling that allows the viewer's eye to ease into this image. The water leads the viewer's eye up to the central focal point of the image, Mount Moran. Without much detail this photo says just enough.