First Ray

© Ken Smith

First Ray

Carolyn M. Fletcher Student 6/4/2011 6:16:23 AM

This is just fantastic, Ken. A fave for me! #1382532

Mary Timman 6/4/2011 6:17:11 AM

Beautiful image Ken. Such lovely colors , reflections and clarity! #9443556

Judy V. Kennamer 6/4/2011 6:44:58 AM

Totally gorgeous Ken!!! Just like being there! #9443603

Linda D. Lester 6/4/2011 7:41:03 AM

I'm on my it! #9443660

Tammy M. Anderson 6/4/2011 8:47:47 AM

Wonderful in every way, Ken. A fav for me too. #9443718

Erika G. Gossett 6/4/2011 8:55:24 AM

What a beautiful image! It takes my breath away! #9443725

Michael Howe 6/4/2011 1:49:52 PM

Beautiful image,Ken...Nice work!!! Planning a trip out there in July...thanks for the info. #9444000

Nancy L. Green 6/4/2011 8:07:56 PM

Hi Ken, this is one GORGEOUS capture my friend, the colors are GORGEOUS, the comp wonderful, and those reflections ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!!!! We really enjoyed meeting you today and hope you have a wonderful rest of your WE!!! <>< #9444337

Michelle Alton 6/5/2011 3:59:34 AM

It has to be a favorite for EVERYONE, Ken. What a thrill to view! #9444618

Mary L. Graham 6/5/2011 8:10:45 AM

Gorgeous Ken, Love the colors!! =)

Gail Vitikacs 6/5/2011 6:41:38 PM

Postcard should try to sell this one!!!! Yahoo! #9445632

Shelly A. Van Camp 6/6/2011 8:03:17 AM

WOW!!! Love it! #9446626

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 6/6/2011 1:16:59 PM

**SIGH** #9446914

Lisa J. Boulden 6/12/2011 9:11:35 PM

Outstanding scene, Ken!!!
~♥~ #9457294

Phyllis A. Houghton 6/16/2011 9:47:19 PM

Congratulations on your Editors First Pick. You captured a very beautiful scene. Thank you for the directions in case I go there again. #9464735

Christopher J. Budny 7/8/2011 6:42:45 AM

What a beauty, Ken! Reflection, sky color, mountain peaks... everything you could want! #9515667

Tammy Espino 7/28/2011 6:36:47 PM

Congratulations on your awesome finalist,Ken! Good luck next round :) #9560798

Linda D. Lester 7/28/2011 6:37:27 PM

Congratulations on this beauty!!! #9560799

Ellen Hodges 7/28/2011 8:03:16 PM

Huge congrats on your awesome finalists, Ken! Very best luck!!! #9561676

Merna L. Nobile 7/28/2011 9:23:00 PM

Imagine it. Feel it. Receive it. Congratulations, your entry was very special and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Merna Nobile #9562074

Lisa J. Boulden 7/29/2011 5:22:09 AM

Congratulations, Ken, on this glorious finalist!
~♥~Lisa #9563132

Stefania Barbier 7/29/2011 5:54:53 AM

huge congrats Ken, it's a beauty! #9563281

Danny B. Head 7/29/2011 6:13:01 AM

Love the reflections! Congrats, Ken! #9563458

Christopher J. Budny 7/29/2011 6:35:35 AM

I stand corrected... it was missing a badge... and probably needs a gold badge at that... Congratulations! #9563602

Shelly A. Van Camp 7/29/2011 6:58:41 AM

A BEAUTY!!! Congrats, my friend! #9563762

Gina Cormier 7/29/2011 7:20:19 AM

Congrats again!!! Just stunning!!! #9563944

Phyllis Burchett 7/29/2011 7:20:39 AM

Congrats on this beautiful finalist and thanks for the info Ken! #9563949

Shawn Jennings 7/29/2011 10:09:04 AM

Fantastic lighting on this, Ken! Congratulations on your finalist! #9564825

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 11:51:50 AM

Wonder where I was when you posted this beauty, Ken! Congratulations! (and thanks for the directions!) #9565277

Gail Vitikacs 7/29/2011 1:10:53 PM

YAHOOOOO! You got the GOLD!!!! Congratulations Ken! #9565554

Linda D. Lester 7/29/2011 1:18:57 PM

Beautiful....Congratulations!!!! #9565617

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 1:28:56 PM

I'm not even through with the Finalists, yet! Congratulations, Ken! Well deserved! #9565710

Michelle Alton 7/29/2011 1:40:01 PM

Brilliant work, as always, Kenn. Congratulations! #9565778

Patricia A. Coblentz 7/29/2011 1:41:33 PM

What a stand out image this is, Ken...gorgeous! Congratulations on your win! #9565790

Danny B. Head 7/29/2011 1:47:47 PM

A big congrats, Ken! #9565843

Stefania Barbier 7/29/2011 1:57:49 PM

gorgeous winner, congratulations Ken!!! #9565910

Agnes Fegan 7/29/2011 2:10:42 PM

Congratulations on your Win Ken! #9566013

Tammy M. Anderson 7/29/2011 2:40:15 PM

Beautiful winner. Congrats, Ken. #9566129

Mary Timman 7/29/2011 2:42:02 PM

Huge Congratulations on your Winner! #9566139

Phyllis Burchett 7/29/2011 3:24:49 PM

Congrats on your win Ken! #9566293

Renee Doyle 7/29/2011 4:06:32 PM

WTG Mr Smith!! Big congratulations on your excellent win with this beautiful image!! #9566506

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/29/2011 4:24:21 PM

Fabulous winner! WTG Ken! :-) k #9566621

Kay E. Mahoney 7/29/2011 4:34:39 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful second place winner, Ken. #9566700

Debra R. Harder 7/29/2011 4:52:30 PM

This had GOLD all over it! Huge congratulations on your beautiful GOLD WINNER, Ken! jsb #9566799

David Phalen 7/29/2011 5:20:21 PM

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #9566989

Gina Cormier 7/29/2011 5:22:13 PM

Congrats!!!!!!!!!! You deserve it!!!! #9567001

Shawn Jennings 7/29/2011 5:37:16 PM

Congratulations on your win, Ken!!! #9567090

Judy V. Kennamer 7/29/2011 5:40:43 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful WINNER Ken! I love this shot! #9567112

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/29/2011 5:45:25 PM

Congratulations on your 2nd Place Gold Winner Ken!!

jo ann c. #9567137

R. J. Laudenbacher 7/29/2011 7:03:58 PM

So beautiful, Ken. Congrats on your 2nd place gold! #9567410

Sabrina Ryan 7/29/2011 7:26:25 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this Winning image, Ken! #9567503

Kathy Wesserling 7/29/2011 7:44:30 PM

Too many photographers never identify a place (like they're afraid of a little future competition.) You, my generous friend, give explicit directions. That, and this gorgeous image, makes you a complete winner in my opinion! Congratulations on your Gold2. #9567572

Tammy Espino 7/29/2011 8:34:27 PM

Congrats on your win, Ken :) #9567686

Boyd L. Alexander 7/30/2011 7:06:03 AM

Well done Ken! A big Congratulations on your Second Place Gold Medal win -- perfect reflections!!!
Way to go!! #9568874

Patrick Rouzes 7/30/2011 7:29:11 AM

Congratulations on your Winner, Ken! WTG! #9568955

Lydia Williams 7/30/2011 8:11:33 AM

Wow, Congratulations Ken! #9569135

Cathy Barrows 7/30/2011 8:44:40 AM

Congrats on your winner...beautiful #9569221

Eivor Kuchta 7/30/2011 8:48:20 AM

Congratulations on your winner, Ken! I wanted to go there when we were in Jackson, but the road from 191/26 was closed, and we weren't sure how much snow we would have to walk through further down. Wonderful reflection and light! #9569233

Mitch Spence 7/30/2011 9:34:37 AM

What a view and what a beautiful image, Ken. Congratulations on your winner. #9569357

Ryan Murphy 7/30/2011 1:50:57 PM

gorgeous, Ken. Congrats #9569748

Sharon 7/30/2011 2:00:25 PM

WOW!!! Absolutely stunning, Ken! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved Second Place Win!!! #9569777

Darren K. Fisher 7/30/2011 2:16:17 PM

Congrats on your fantastic win Ken. #9569831

Lindley Johnson 7/30/2011 4:59:01 PM

Fantastic color, glorious light, and perfect reflections! Congratulations on your stunning winner, Ken! #9570209

Marcel J. Fernandez 7/30/2011 7:58:11 PM

Ken, Congratulations on you Most Beautiful Winner. #9570507

Dominick M. Dimacale 7/31/2011 12:14:00 PM

Congratulations Ken on your Win!!!!

Dominick #9571722

Emile Abbott 7/31/2011 2:54:14 PM

Congrats Ken on a beautiful winner. Was in Nebraska several days ago. Beautiful state. #9572002

Usman M. Bajwa 8/1/2011 2:48:47 AM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S.......on this terrific Winner!!!!

UB. #9573090

Dayna Cain 8/1/2011 5:22:27 AM

A truly beautiful and skillfully taken image. Congratulations! #9573564

Linda Blair 8/1/2011 7:04:04 AM

Beautiful winner...congratulations!! #9573795

Phyllis A. Houghton 8/1/2011 1:14:04 PM

Congratulations on your gold and thank you for the directions. I hope to see this scene next time we are there, except I rarely make sunrise! #9574549

David M. Montero 8/1/2011 3:55:45 PM

Awesome shot Ken. Congratulations on your win! #9574955

Christopher J. Budny 8/1/2011 3:58:17 PM

...Now it is complete perfection! :) Congratulations on your win! #9574964

Karen Celella 8/2/2011 12:03:51 PM

Congratulations on your fabulous winner, Ken! #9577136

Mary Beth Aiello 8/3/2011 10:19:49 AM

Everytime I see your shots, I want to leap on a plane and head west. Another inspiration, Ken. Huge congrats on you win. #9579361

Kathy Cline 8/3/2011 6:05:50 PM

HEY KEN, I did not forget about you. Iv been traveling lots, so limited time on BP. I love this image. You are so talented at landscapes. Congratulations on a well deserved award. By the way...its like 96 degrees in Ft. Walton but feels like 113. #9580235

Cassie L. Woodlee 8/4/2011 5:27:52 AM

Breathtaking!!!!!!! #9581151

Michael Howe 8/20/2011 9:34:05 PM

Congratulations Ken, Well deserved!!! #9617508

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Sunrise at Schwabacher’s Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The sun had just hit the top of the mountain.

To find Schwabacher's Landing, travel north on Highway 26 (US-89) out of Jackson for 16 miles, past the airport and turn-offs for Mormon's Row (the classic barns). If you travel to the Snake River overlook, you've gone too far. The exit is on the LHS of the road and there's a sign for Schwabacher's Landing. Travel to the end of dirt/gravel road.

There's plenty of parking and public facilities. One classic view is right at parking lot. Keep walking on the trail for 1/4 mile and you'll get to another classic view...the one in this photo. There's also a 3rd "classic view." It's actually before the final parking lot, so if you leave the parking lot headed back to the highway, it's about 1/3rd mile from the parking lot, on the RHS. Just get out of your car and follow the trail.

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/13 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Uploaded on 6/4/2011 6:08:27 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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