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Ryan Dyar / 14 items

N 337 B 15.6K C 57 E Aug 16, 2009 F Nov 14, 2013
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Most photographers I know (or artists in general) all have their one favorite peice of work they have created. A peice that represents best what they constantly strive to make... a defining moment in their own history when everything comes together and falls into harmounious place. This shot is that for me. It's probably not the best shot I have ever taken, but it's special to me for many reasons.


A few years ago, I was spending yet another summer in Glacier National Park, an eden for landscape photographers. The place is breathtaking, really. But this breathtaking beauty means it's photographed... A LOT. So having found this unique comp, that had not been previously photographed to my knowledge, was an exciting moment for me.


I spent the next 4 evenings sitting atop this waterfall, soaking my nether regions in the cold snowmelt that feeds it. Finally on the last night, the light I was dying for happened. But for me, it's not the epic light that stands out in my mind when recalling this evening. It's the place, the solitude I had that evening with nobody around me, the excitement of having longhorn sheep walk right up to me for a couple sniffs (I hadn't showered for probably 9 days), and knowing that I was going to create something that would be really special to me.


It's those things that make this shot so special to me. Everything just fell into place. The comp, the light, the moment as a whole... and now the memories. And since this is such a special image for me, I tend to go back every couple of years to reprocess it to keep it looking it's best. So yesterday, I sat down to do just that. When I finished, I looked at this new version compared to the old version... it left me feeling embarrassed for myself. The old version is SO bad. It really showed me how much I've grown and learned with my post processing.


Anyways, here it is. My favorite photo I have ever taken... featuring Lewis Range peaks Reynolds Mountain, Clements Mountain (partially visable), and Mount Oberlin. In a large print of this image, you can see part of the 600ft Bird Woman Falls inbetween the distant peaks as well as tall stands of Beargrass blooms in the meadows to the right.


If you like how my images look and would like to learn how I go about my workflow, check out www.ryandyarphotography.com where you can learn more about my workshops and tutorials.

Tags:   montana glacier national park summer mount oberlin Reynolds mountain clements mountain thunderstorm waterfall creek stream mountains northern rockies lewis range sunset light valley ryan dyar ryan dyar photography

N 157 B 13.0K C 74 E Aug 10, 2011 F Aug 22, 2011
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Another shot from my trip to Glacier a couple weeks ago. Not sure why, but I feel like this one isn't up to par. I'll most likely reprocess it soon.

The Glacier Lillies were out in full force, but they are tiny little guys and hard to shoot. I was on the ground for this, so I had to blend a few shots for depth of field issues. Also blended for dynamic range.

Let me know what you think!

Hit the kid up on facebook, www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720465126

Tags:   glacier national park montana logan pass mount reynolds glacier lilly sunset storm thunderstorm ryan dyar

N 310 B 13.5K C 133 E Aug 8, 2011 F Aug 16, 2011
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Back from a GREAT trip to Glacier NP with my homies Kirby Davis and Rob Macklin. Had some great weather and light. Also ran into the homie Alex Mody and finally got to meet Joe Rossbach... both are great dudes and killer photogs.

Anyways, I have a few images to share. I guess I'll start with this one. The spot might look familiar, as I shot one of my more popular images from this same area. Unfortunately the creek I had planned on shooting turned out to be completely dried up. So in a downpour of rain and lightning strikes, I had to make a last minute compositional decision... this was the best I could come up with on short notice.

Blend of 5 images for dynamic range, depth of field, and freezing the wind-blown foreground. A bunch of luminosity masks for the blend work and dodge/burn work, saturation masks and hand painted saturation to even things out color wise, texture adjustments, etc etc. Hope you guys like it!

Tags:   glacier national park sunset thunderstorm storm rain mountains montana northern rockies reynolds oberlin ryan dyar

N 38 B 8.8K C 58 E Aug 9, 2010 F May 14, 2011
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Water, mountains, stormy skies. Heaven's Peak and the Livingston Range, Glacier Park, Montana.

Processing was 3 images blended after processing them for color, detail, luminance, etc in ACR. Dodging/burning, texture adjustments, luminosity masks for some targeted contrast, some color correction painted in here and there. Can't remember everything.

My website has pictures on it... ones you can look at. Don't take your eyes for granted, go look at them.

Thanks all!

Tags:   glacier national park montana sunset storm waterfall heavens peak mcdonald creek mcdonald valley ryan dyar

N 244 B 9.9K C 118 E Aug 7, 2010 F May 9, 2011
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Been off the map for a minute, focusing on other stuff. I have been able to get around to throwing like 30 of my latest images up on my website, many of which have never been posted before. There are new images in each of the galleries. Feel free to check it out. the address starts in www, ends in a com, and has ryandyar in the middle of it.

As for this image, it was captured last summer in Glacier Park during a stormy sunrise. I've always loved this spot, but have found it hard to compose every time I've shot it. I think the light helped to add interest to an otherwise lackluster background.

Anyways, thanks for checking it out!

Tags:   glacier national park montana triple falls logan pass sunrise waterfall light ryan dyar


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