About this photo: Retreating from the Storm / by Andres Leon

Though it never rained this day, the incoming dark clouds gave us a pause before deciding to start our hike to  Apikuni FallsThis short hike was our inauguration to our six day long experience in Glacier National Park. 

My friend Christina fell back a few yards as the rest of us hiked upwards to the waterfalls, and as I looked back to see her, my hands hastened towards my camera so I could capture this image. For the briefest of moments she appeared alone in the vastness of the landscape and as the mountain reduced us all to tiny figures on the ground. 

"The chief proof of man's real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness."
 - Arthur Conan Doyle

Photo Details:

  • Canon 5D S
  • Canon 24-105mm L lens
  • Exposure: 1/80sec at f/11
  • Focal Length: 40mm
  • ISO: 100

I used Lightroom to perform some basic adjustments such as brightness and shadow recovery, color correction, and dehazing. I then used Photoshop and Nik's tools to bring more detail to the clouds and the mountains as well as reduce some noise.