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Rainy Night In Jackson Hole

Center Street

Last night, I came out of the movie theater to find rain falling in Jackson Hole. I grabbed some gear and headed back downtown to see what I could capture with the rain covered streets. Spring Break began two weeks ago and will end on Sunday. It’s traditionally a “sleepy” time after the World Championship Hill Climb at Snow King. Many of the locals head to tropical locations, but we hung around this year. The photo above was taken at the corner of Broadway and Center Street, looking north.  Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Nikon 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8 at 56 mm, 6 Second at f/14, Manual Mode, -1 2/3 EV,  ISO 100

Wort Hotel

I purchased a Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens back in November, but had a lot of problems with it. Recently, Tamron replaced it with a new copy. After taking a few shots with the shorter 24-70mm lens using my Nikon D5, I switched to the Tamron G2 for the rest of the night shoot. All of the photos were captured using a tripod, and most were triggered with a RFN4-s remote trigger to help eliminate shake. I also turned on the 3 second Shutter Delay to further help reduce mirror flap. This photo was taken of the Silver Dollar Bar, which still has their Christmas lights wrapped around the trees. I believe they leave them up all year. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Tamron G2 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 160 mm, 1/3 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Broadway

This image was taken from the West end of Broadway, looking East towards the Town Square. Town crews began removing the Christmas lights wrapped around the antler arches and trees on the 1st of April. After seeing them lit each night since Thanksgiving weekend, the Square seems dark.  Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Tamron G2 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 150 mm, 1 Second at f/5.6, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Gaslight Alley

This is another street scene taken from the intersection of Broadway and Cache, looking north. Typically, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bars adds a ton of light to the West side of the Square, but with Spring Break, that whole block was dark last night. I’ll go back on another rainy night for that series of shots. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Tamron G2150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 420 mm, 1/1 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Silver Dollar Bar

After taking a few of the street scenes, I started taking advantage of the long reach of the telephoto lens. This was taken through the glass at the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Tamron G2 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 320 mm, 1.30 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Headlights

I stopped to capture abstract shapes created by reflected lights over various textures. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, Tamron G2 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 550 mm, 1.30 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Bokeh Lights

This Bokeh shot was purposefully thrown out of focus, taken alongside the Wort Hotel. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/2 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Streaks

This is an accidental shot taken when I hit the shutter while adjusting the tripod. I thought the composition was worthy of including on this page. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 280 mm, 3 Second at f/14, Manual Mode, -1 2/3 EV,  ISO 2200

Red Light

While this is only a shot of a red stoplight reflected onto we asphalt, there was something about it I liked. The green version was much the same. After seeing the Bokeh lights at the top, I might have tried throwing the front section out of focus. Next time! Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 320 mm, 1/1 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Store Front Display

As I walked around the square, I stopped for a few shots of the window displays. Some had reflections, and some of those reflections may have added to the shots. This one was fairly clean, however, taken at Stone’s Mercantile in the Broadway Shops. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 280 mm, 1/6 Second at f/9, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Boyers

This shot was taken through the glass at Boyer’s on Broadway. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 220 mm, 1/1 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Pebbled Plate

I had parked my truck in front of Belle Cose, on the South side of the Square. This pebbled texture caught my eye as I approached my truck. It is a crop of a pinged silver plate on display in the window of Belle Cose. Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 350 mm, 1/3 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

Pebbled Plate

Shooting Data: NIKON D5, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 160 mm, 1/3 Second at f/8, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 200

I would have liked to have a “model” (my wife) with me last night, but she was home in bed. I would have posed her with an umbrella in several of the scenes to add a human element, and the umbrella would help with the rainy night narrative. Shutter speeds were long for most of the shots, so any passing tourists would have been blurry, or even not picked up by the sensor. If I went back again for similar shots, I might also take a remote SB-910 strobe. I was anxious to try the replacement Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens in various conditions. It performed extremely well last night.


Rainy nights are great for capturing images most people neglect. Give it a try sometime! If you like this page, please share it on you favorite Social Media pages using the Icons included on this page!

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Comments (5)

  1. Gretchen Stainbrook Givens

    These are absolutely stunning photos. Even if I wasn’t a Jackson Hole native, I would be captivated by these scenes. Your eye for unusual composition and finding the interesting elements is keen and unique. Thank you so much for posting these extraordinary shots.

  2. Dave Obrien

    Very interesting! I was taking note of you apertures!

  3. Craig Knecht

    Mike, I enjoy how you take the most common subject matter we may see regularly and turn it into photographic art. Thanks for making me look at some things very differently, as thru the eye of the lens.

  4. Barb Anderson

    Beautiful photographs…very much so; would like to spend a night or two in Jackson but for retired, single old ladies, that is only a smile and a wish.

  5. Kara

    Always enjoy your posts! Thanks for some photo ideas next time I’m in town!

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