Caryn Esplin - Falls Creek
Fall Creek Falls – on Hwy 26 between Idaho Falls and Swan Valley, Idaho
Just past the Swan Valley Commissary (famous for square ice-cream cones) as you head over the Teton Pas
Remaking an Idaho potato cellar, just outside Ririe, Idaho on Highway 26.

One day we were driving on Highway 26, which goes from Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Swan Valley, Idaho. We drove past this old dirt potato cellar that was being rebuilt. Of course I could not resist stopping to take some shots. My husband was a good sport and gave me 7 minutes. Here are some of my favorites from that short shoot.

If you continue down Hwy 26, you will find the beautiful Fall Creek Falls that is running very high this Spring. Then you will need to stop at the Swan Valley Commissary for one of their famous square ice cream cones. Turn left at this little store to go over the Teton Pass on your way to Jackson, Wyoming. About one mile past the store on that highway, you will see the gorgeous reflection in a pond to your right. There are plenty of photo opps all along your drive over the pass. Have a nice drive!

I used my trusty Nikon D7000 with the sharp Nikon 18-200mm that came with it (Costco’s kit was $250 off and included goodies like a bag, SD card, DVD, book, etc. for free.) To reduce the post-production time, I turn up the sharpness and saturation in camera, when I shoot landscapes. This way many shots come out almost perfect right out of the camera. Then I do a one-minute check in camera raw to tweak the clarity, temperature or run an occasional adjustment brush to add a highlight. On the Falls and the first two cellar shots, I bracketed the shots to get six different exposures. Then I used Photomatix to merge them for optimal exposure.

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