Mission Mountains panorama.
This image was orchestrated near Polson, Montana in 1991. The area was scouted for a suitable location to set up tipis and a meat rack for a photo depicting an authentic Native American encampment. After finding this location suitable and getting the tipis set up, one buffalo (Buffalo Bill, an orphaned calf) and horses were brought in and a skin was stretched as it would have been to make buckskin at an encampment. Just before the sun set, a fire was set in one of the tipis and pine boughs put onto the fire to make it smoke. The people in the photo are members of the Flathead tribe and lived nearby. This location was actually just off of the state highway and nearly everyone who were driving by stopped to view this striking and historic scene. In fact the local newspaper photographer either happened to be driving by or was alerted to the scene and photographed it for the paper. It ran on the front page the next day. This panoramic photo sells in both 30" long and 48" long and has consistently sold in nearly every art show that it has been displayed in. (The 48" version is pictured.) At one such art show in the Chicago area, a woman approached the photograph (very nicely framed) hanging on the display wall and examined slowly and deliberately. After several minutes, she moved to the next artist's booth. Five minutes later she was back and carefully looked the stunning image over again. Again she moved on to other view other artists' exhibits. This time she did not return. On the second day of the show the woman came back to the tipi image. This time she related to me that last night she had dreamed about the stunning image and felt drawn back to the art show to purchase it for her home. Stories like this are always great for a photograher's ego and really motivates one to do their best and go the extra mile to capture a unique image. One thing that was left out of the previous text was that 2 of us spent about 5 hours preparing the site for the photo that you are looking at. Vegetative growth was removed from the middle of the pond, to the near side of the pond, so that a clear reflection could be seen for the sunset photo. The exact position for the panoramic camera was chosen and marked so that trees could be "planted" in the ground to block utility poles that would otherwise ruin the look of the photo. Two utility poles were camouflaged by inserting them into holes in the ground that lined up with the poles while sighted from the camera position. But, all of the work was worth it! The color in the photo you're looking at is off. The real photo is very vivid and has beautiful hues of color.
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