I am standing shivering in the pre-dawn cold. I am not entirely sure if I am shivering because of the cold or because I am about to witness something I have dreamed about most of my life. I have my camera setup, focused, and ready to shoot, but I am torn between just watching the scene unfold or capturing the moment. I often have this feeling when shooting at sunrise.
The sun breaks the horizon and gently kisses the peaks of the Tetons in the distance. I am awe struck at the sight, yet this is still not what I have come so far to see. I wonder if Ansel Adams felt the same way I do right now standing somewhere in this same field. I am further pulled into the history of this place by that thought and continue to struggle to stay focused.
There is a hum of noise as other photographers ready them selves the same way I am. Some are clearly focused, others are oblivious to the magnitude of the moment we are about to witness. The sun is creeping closer to us little by little. I long to feel its warm comfort not only to fight off the chill, also to illuminate my subject.
Utah Nature Photography 12x18 Inch Unframed Poster Art Print of the Iconic Moulton Barn in a Sage Brush Flat with the Tetons Mountain Range Rising in the Background at Sunrise on a Clear Morning
Finally, the sun blazes onto the target of everyone’s attention. The old Moulton Barn stands like beacon in this sage brush field. I momentarily just freeze caught in the overwhelming beauty of the moment. After a minute or so I gather my thoughts and proceed to start shooting photographs.
I am asked quite often why I do what I do when there are so many things people seem to feel are more worthwhile. I can only ask those people how often are they rendered dumbfounded by the sheer beauty of the sunrise on the Tetons, or a mountain lake? It happens to me quite frequently and I would not trade it for all the money in the world.
I do this so that I can do the most justice I can to capture what I have experienced and share it with you.