Follow associate photo producer and photographer Tyler Metcalfe on Instagram @tylermetcalfe as he captures the best of Montana in fall.
Though dreary weather can often deter people from getting outside, I often prefer it. Trails become much less crowded, overcast skies can keep you cool while hiking, and low-flying clouds often make for dramatic views. I recently took a hike along the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft and though the weather wasn’t ideal by most people’s standards, we enjoyed it. Low clouds and fog swirled through the area, alternating between completely obscuring our view and opening up to reveal dramatic views through the valley. After an hour and a half of hiking, we still hadn’t seen another person—an extremely rare occurrence, according to my guides—and we began to fully appreciate the feeling of dramatic solidarity.
Photo tip: Use nasty weather to your advantage. Giant clouds can enhance a sense of scale in a location, and can be used to frame your shots in a unique way. When photographing subjects with fog or clouds in the frame, use a small aperture (7.1 or smaller) to prevent highlights from becoming over-exposed. Fog and cloud details can also add a lot of texture to images, and can reveal a gritty feel to photographs.
Photographed with a Canon 6D and 24mm 1.4L II lens. Exposure setting: 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800.