Follow associate photo producer and photographer Tyler Metcalfe on Instagram @tylermetcalfe as he captures the best of Montana in fall.
Patience is one of the most important tools I have learned to use as a photographer. Time and time again, I have heard stories from fellow photographers who were in the right location, waiting for the right light, but started to feel as if it would never come. In many of these situations, the greatest possible light didn’t come until after they were packed up and on their way out. Yet here I was, standing on an exposed section of the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park under flat, dreary, gray skies (during what I thought was post-sunset), thinking about packing up my gear and heading out. Because cloud cover was high, it seemed as if the sun had already set, and the valley in front of me was covered in shadow. Upon remembering the stories of similar situations, I decided to wait. Only a short while later, I was rewarded as the sun snuck out from under the clouds and illuminated the valley walls in front of me.
Photo Tip: Be patient with light. Finding a good location to take a photograph is only half the battle. Oftentimes, what matters most is the time of day you choose to photograph, and how the sunlight is working with the other elements in your frame. Experiment with photographing at different times of day, and be sure to slow down and observe how light changes a scene over time.
Photographed with a Canon 6D and 50mm 1.4 lens. Exposure settings: 1/400, f 7.1, ISO 400.