Four Seconds on McDonald by grizzlysghost

Four Seconds on McDonald

Please view LARGE if you get the chance, thanks!

Usually when I visit Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park (just down the road), it is pretty smooth. In fact, I usually try to get there when it's glass (though it is a little choppy about 95% of the time I check).

Today was an exception. Not living near the ocean I miss out on a lot of timed exposure wave action, so I ran up to the lake on this windy day to see what I could get.

What I got was some mighty wet pant legs, and this shot.

PP 6 November 2012
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T20 Week 126, #3, 9 November 2012
Stunning. Totally worth the wet pants.
November 6th, 2012  
Beautiful scenery
November 6th, 2012  
stunning shot
November 6th, 2012  
WOW! This is one fantastic landscape shot, Aaron. The tone is so dramatic. Fav for me!
November 6th, 2012  
I wish I could have this hanging on my wall. Stunning shot and detail through out this scene. FAV.
November 6th, 2012  
There is so much awesome in this pic. The clouds, the wave capture, the foreground rock, the midground rocks, the mountains... Serious fav. Well done!
November 6th, 2012  
Meg
Breath taking! This is a beautiful photo!
November 6th, 2012  
I would say it was well worth the wet pant legs!! It is just gorgeous! Definite fav!
November 6th, 2012  
Absolutely stunning, Aaron.
November 6th, 2012  
The lake seems to be steaming... great long exposure... some awesome textures!
November 6th, 2012  
This is spectacular! Love that long exposure on this shot!! Fav for sure!
November 6th, 2012  
I'm guessing mighty cold, wet pant legs. Beautiful exposure and depth in the shot.
November 6th, 2012  
Stunning! Fav.
November 6th, 2012  
Wow. This is an amazing shot of a beautiful place. I'm thinking that my challenge for Get Pushed is going to be way too easy for you. If you haven't done it yet, I'd like to give you a new one (that I put a little more thought into). Your new challenge is: "Nature's Child" - interpret that any way you want. :)
November 6th, 2012  
This is simply gorgeous
November 6th, 2012  
Yes... large is fantastic!
November 6th, 2012  
Gorgeous!
November 6th, 2012  
Super amazing, Aaron. A fav!
November 6th, 2012  
Totally friggin' awesome! Insta-fav even before viewing large and the then the black background.....oooolala! Well worth the wet pant legs imho!
November 6th, 2012  
@laurenjessopphotography Haha, thanks Lauren; I'll see what I can come up with! :)
November 6th, 2012  
Aaron - Thanks for your sacrafice...... This is Outstanding!! Would be very happy to call it my own!!!!
November 6th, 2012  
We all have wet our pants at some point in our lives, don't feel bad ;) aaammmaaaazing shot!!!
November 6th, 2012  
WOW factor, all that you do is on the wow radar
November 6th, 2012  
Stunning large! Fav!
November 6th, 2012  
So you have to have rough water to get this effect and long exposure! Its really perfect, particulary enlarged!
November 6th, 2012  
@maggiemae Yep MaggieMae, the more waves and movement the better; that way you get more "fogginess" :)
November 6th, 2012  
Holy Toledo! Viewing this large is a awesomely overwhelming! (I sound like a Valley Girl. HAHA!) Seriously, it looks surreal and something like you'd see in a 3d computer game or in a Lord of the Rings movie! Fav-duh!
November 6th, 2012  
Amazing, it looks otherworldly.
November 6th, 2012  
Aaron, this is one coooool shot. Instant FAV! Love it!
November 6th, 2012  
Wow! This is absolutely breathtaking large. Well worth the wet pant leg. Fav'd.
November 6th, 2012  
Beautiful!
November 6th, 2012  
Woww this is beyond incredible!! There is such an air about it - of mystery and drama and nature's rawness. Superb shot. :)
November 6th, 2012  
Instant Fave Aaron. This is a shot that I'd put on my wall in a second. There aren't enough superlatives in the world for this one. Absolutely stunning.
November 6th, 2012  
stunningly fabulous shot! when we stayed on Lake McDonald a couple of years ago, it was so much fun photographing it throughout the day as the light and the lake changed, but I never saw anything like this!
November 6th, 2012  
@dhostick It is pretty amazing how much this lake changes throughout the day; lighting has such an impact on this place!
November 6th, 2012  
Awesome shot Aaron, instant fav, who needs the ocean (although it was pretty fun this week to get some ocean shots;)- )
November 6th, 2012  
Heavenly..... what a beautiful shot.
(I was alarmed that you got your pants wet then remembered that you're american and it means trousers..!)
November 6th, 2012  
This is awesome. So clear and sharp from zero to infinity. Inspiring
November 6th, 2012  
:)
Fav
November 6th, 2012  
Wow, I can see why this has so many favs already! Have another one!
November 6th, 2012  
great job Aaron! beautiful shades, shadows and highlights....;) amazing
November 6th, 2012  
Stunning! Great work
November 6th, 2012  
Wow! Looks like a scene from a fantasy movie! Love it! Fav!
November 6th, 2012  
Beautiful shot!
November 6th, 2012  
Kim
AWESOME!!! I've always wanted to try one of these long exposure shots. I just love the mood it creates.
November 6th, 2012  
Wonderful surrealistic feel to the scenery, lovely!
November 6th, 2012  
This is amazing, I love this shot, great work and worth the pants getting wet! :-)
November 6th, 2012  
top 20 here you come! :D
November 6th, 2012  
@jsorensenart Thans Jake! I was lucky to catch the place so windy! I am pretty jealous you got some salty air though... :)
November 6th, 2012  
is this a composite? what I find amazing in this shot isn't the water at all, there's way too much eye candy on the edges of the shot... the lighting and detail of the mountains in the distance that have that HDR look to them, the drama of the clouds, and the detail and lighting of the small rocks on the right. I haven't really even looked at the water yet... I just know its there.... you know I love me a good sky with hi-def clouds, and to have mountains too? My eyes are going to develop diabetes looking at that eye candy!
November 6th, 2012  
Beautiful! And ditto what Jeff @jsw0109 asked. HDR?
November 6th, 2012  
Instant fav thanks for getting your pants wet to share this with us it is such a majestic scene
November 6th, 2012  
Wow, amazing capture !
November 6th, 2012  
Stunning capture,a wonderful perspective!! Fav!!
November 6th, 2012  
just stunning ! FAV
November 6th, 2012  
this is brilliant work!
November 6th, 2012  
@jsw0109 i totally agree with everything you said!
November 6th, 2012  
WOW, WOW, WOW. I don't even have the words to do this justice. Fav.
November 6th, 2012  
Outstanding Aaron...Fav
November 6th, 2012  
Spectacular ! Love the cold light !
November 6th, 2012  
@jsw0109 @deidra_aley Haha, thanks guys! Not HDR, just a single 4-second exposure. I did have to play with the lighting a little in lightroom post process, and as you guys should know by now that is about the extent of my post process ability! :)
November 6th, 2012  
Holy moly...Wow.....fav!
November 6th, 2012  
This is gorgeous Aaron. Fav
November 6th, 2012  
This is just breathtaking! Fav!
November 6th, 2012  
Excellent work. Cool capture.
November 7th, 2012  
Wonderful landscape photo! Fav!
November 7th, 2012  
OMG I don't think that could be any more beautiful. WOW. BIG-TIME FAV
November 7th, 2012  
Great shot. I shoot Lake McDonald on a regular basis so I can attest that this is exceptional. Fav.
November 7th, 2012  
fantastic capture!
November 7th, 2012  
Fab for me
November 7th, 2012  
Sue
Stunning Aaron .... view large it's breathtaking! Fav
November 7th, 2012  
Worth the wet legs - gorgeous and moody!
November 7th, 2012  
This shot is definitely worth the wet pants! Fave for me.
November 7th, 2012  
Superb!
November 7th, 2012  
Stunning scene!
November 7th, 2012  
Another beautiful scene FAV for me.
November 7th, 2012  
Wow, gorgeous. Glad you got some wet pant legs to get this shot. I will have to fav it too.
November 8th, 2012  
Awesome shot! FAV!
November 8th, 2012  
Absolutely breath taking! Fav and follow!!
November 8th, 2012  
Brilliant My Friend ..Just Brilliant! FAV!
November 8th, 2012  
Oh and Congrats on the P.P. i bet this makes top 20 to!! Its just awesome!
November 8th, 2012  
just totally freakin' spectacular :)
November 8th, 2012  
Lovely image - such a beautiful place. Congrats on PP!
November 8th, 2012  
Totally stunning! Well captured. I'd like to be there!
November 8th, 2012  
Breath-takingly beautiful! =)
November 8th, 2012  
saw it on the PP and thought "Aaron" ! it;s a superb shot mate and an instant fav!
November 8th, 2012  
amazing capture and processing
November 9th, 2012  
You live in a beautiful part of the world!
November 9th, 2012  
Congrats on Top 20!!!!
November 9th, 2012  
Magnificent Aaron! Congrats on Top 20 - Fav!
November 9th, 2012  
Congrats Aaron on the top 20!
November 9th, 2012  
Also a stunning top 10er Aaron. Not sure how I missed it but fav.!
November 9th, 2012  
Stunning! Fav!! xx
November 9th, 2012  
Congrats on the T20!
November 9th, 2012  
Another one of my Fav's ..I know i didnt miss this one! Congrats on top 20! Well Done!
November 10th, 2012  
wonderful beauty!
November 10th, 2012  
Congrats on having the number three image of the week, it is amazing and a fav!
November 10th, 2012  
Lyn
Beautiful, Aaron. You keep rocking the charts!
November 10th, 2012  
Just amazing and a fav.
November 10th, 2012  
Very nice work sir!
November 10th, 2012  
great shot sir!
November 11th, 2012  
This is a phenomenal shot Aaron!! Congratulations on placing this on the Top 20!! It very well deserves being there!
November 11th, 2012  
Wonderful Aaron. Fav
November 11th, 2012  
Fantastic shot.
November 12th, 2012  
Sorry i am playing catch up, but WOW and FAV! =)
November 13th, 2012  
amazing scenery! great shot!
November 14th, 2012  
You already know this is spectacular work. I'll just say we Montanans are some lucky campers to live in a place like this!
November 14th, 2012  
can I come back and fav this again - it's a stunning shot and location!! Just sitting here viewing large!!
November 18th, 2012  
BEAUTIFUL!! I love it!!
November 20th, 2012  
I think this is one of your very very very best ever, man!
It's an insta-fav! Worth every second. ;-)
November 22nd, 2012  
I know I am ridiculously late in faving this...I saw it earlier, but have no idea why I didn't fav it then. It is so beautiful, and makes me wish I was there. Fav
November 27th, 2012  
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