How I Got That Shot - Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu (, a professional photographer since 1992, is best known for her nature, landscape and night photography. Jennifer was named by Canon USA to the elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light. Canon states, "The Explorers Of Light program is a group of 62 of the world's best photographers, united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They also share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others." Jennifer enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and passion for nature photography in lectures and workshops for Canon. Canon publishes her spectacular sky photographs in their professional camera brochures and advertisements.

Jennifer Wu: I shot this image in Glacier National Park at Swiftcurrent Lake with my friend Jim Martin. We walked around the lake looking for a good spot and returned in the next day for sunrise. Clouds to the east rose above the horizon, blocking the sun. There seemed to be no prospect for magic light so I busied myself visualizing some compositions, thinking I would like to return someday when light hit the mountain. Then, a momentary break in the clouds let the sunrise light through for a few seconds. Luckily, I was already set up with a composition. I took three quick shots before the light vanished for good.


Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon 16-35mm at 25 mm
Settings: ISO 100, f/18, 2 seconds

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