Welcome to Teton Textures

Welcome to Teton Textures

Teton Textures is the sister site to Best of the Tetons. Go there for tips on where to find wildlife and prime landscape locations in the Jackson Hole area.  Almost every image on this site will be given a variety of artistic techniques—often layered with textures, lighting effects, and even multiple images. Images will run … Continue reading

Fall’s Companions

Fall’s Companions

Fall’s Companions: During the rut, many of the big bulls split up and find their own harem of cows. Later is the season, bulls reassemble and are often seen gently sparring. Under the Hood: About all I knew going into this project is I wanted to add a couple of nice sized sparring moose. The … Continue reading

North Country Trapper

North Country Trapper

North Country Trapper: The Mountain Man era spanned from 1825 to 1839, centered mostly in the northern Rockies. Turn back the clock 180 years and you would likely find trappers working the side channels of the Snake River and its tributaries. The Jackson Hole region is rich in the history of the Mountain Man period. … Continue reading

Sanibel Dreaming

Sanibel Dreaming

Sanibel Dreaming: Last April, my wife and I spent most of a week on Sanibel Island—near Ft. Myers on the Gulf side of Florida. I came home with a large folder of images taken at all times of the day. Of course, sunsets and sunrises are the most spectacular. (Click the image above to view … Continue reading

Gears: & Lightroom Collections

Gears: & Lightroom Collections

Gears: Looking for a simple way of gathering images for a multi-layered Photoshop composition? Lightroom can probably do the job using either Collections or Smart Collections. This post might give you a few ideas on how to make your life easier! My Lightroom catalog currently has 823 images stored in a folder I call “Gears_Chains_Latches”. … Continue reading

Morning At Schwabacher

Morning At Schwabacher

Morning at Schwabacher: This is a self portrait, taken at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park. I used a remote trigger with the camera set up on a sturdy tripod. (Click the image above to see it quite a bit larger!) Base Image: I did two versions of this composite, trying a variety of … Continue reading

Dancing Foxes

Dancing Foxes

Dancing Foxes: I captured the original image for this project in January of last year. The male came in to greet the female and did a little courtship dance before continuing off to look for food. Unfortunately, this all happened in the middle of a road and with a distracting snow bank behind them. For … Continue reading

Cutter Races

Cutter Races

Cutter Races: Photoshop has numerous blur filters. This one, the Zoom Blur, is mixed in with the Radial Blur settings. The filter does not have a preview—only a grid style graphic. After one failed attempt, I went ahead and created a Smart Filter for the effect so I could double click on it and readjust … Continue reading

Flight of the Eagle

Flight of the Eagle

Flight of the Eagle: This image required “extracting” the eagle from the sky in Photoshop. I did most of that step using the Quick Selection tool on the sky, then inverting the selection to end up with the eagle selected. Control-J copies the selection to a new Layer, and from there it was just a … Continue reading

Late Winter Sunrise

Late Winter Sunrise

Late Winter Sunrise: In some years, Antelope Flats Road opens before the snow on the valley floor melts off. The Tetons are usually still blanketed with snow, offering a view not seen my most summer visitors. This image started with a typical, sharp photo—then tweaked to give it a hint of an artist’s touch. This … Continue reading

Wooded Cross Fox

Wooded Cross Fox

Wooded Cross Fox: This composite image consisted of the original fox capture, a layer of aspen tree trunk, some sludge taken on the side of a dark vehicle, and an inverted concrete wall. The nice gold color was achieved by using a Nik Filter:  Reflector Efex. Most of the layers were straight forward, adjusting the … Continue reading

Mountain Goat Sentinel

Mountain Goat Sentinel

Mountain Goat Sentinel: I copied the original layer to a new layer and added a white layer underneath it. On the upper layer, I added a light Watercolor effect in Akvis, then added a black layer mask. I used a randomized watercolor brush to bring back the image.This one is shown at 100% opacity, but … Continue reading

Harry Harpoon

Harry Harpoon

Harry Harpoon and Banjo: I took the base photo for this composition at the Fort Henry Rendezvous last summer. Harry travels around the region working as a musician…really nice and talented guy! The image was taken during the middle of a bright day—even though it looks like it was taken at night next to a … Continue reading

Shoshone Elder

Shoshone Elder

Shoshone Elder: (click the image to see it much larger!) Taken with a Nikon D300 and Nikon 24-70mm lens The image on the left appeared full page in Cowboys and Indians Magazine several years ago. Recently, I started with that image and took it to a whole new place and look. I extracted the figure … Continue reading

The Grand

The Grand

The Grand— Mid Day: Taken with a Nikon d810 and Tamron 150-600mm lens. The image on the left is a rather bland, mid-day shot. On most days, I delete or cull them, mainly because I have so many superior ones. Occasionally, I try to salvage one just to see if there were any overlooked possibilities—make … Continue reading

Ririe Thrasher

Ririe Thrasher

Ririe Thrasher 2014: I found this thrasher in Ririe, ID. I did some initial Lightroom adjustments before taking the image to Photoshop, followed by two Topaz Texture filters. Lastly, I added a Glamour Glow filter in NIK Color Efex Pro. That softened some of the image, but I used a layer mask to bring back … Continue reading

Truck Handle

Truck Handle

Truck Handle: This handle and shadow were part of an old International in Evanston, WY. After some initial processing in Lightroom, the file was exported to Photoshop where I added three texture layers in Adobe Paper Texture Pro, followed by a Multiply adjustment layer to darken the corners. Adobe Paper Texture Pro is FREE, but … Continue reading