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on Jan 17, 2008 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

-31 and Gorgeous Light!

It might have been -31 degrees at the Canyon of the Yellowstone this AM, but that didn’t stop the DLWS crew from an amazing morning of photography. We still can’t get over the fact that we had three days of gorgeous light in one of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. This is the canyon side of the Yellowstone as the sun slowly paints down the side. The “hoodoos” that line the canyon side are just fascinating with no snow, they are just stunning when whipped up in snow. The play of light on this formation kept us quite entertained for a good long time. These leftover summer grasses have managed to hang on and on this very cold day (it had warmed up to -3 when I took this photo). The hoar frost gathered on their stems and made for a very cool, graphic B&W photo. But nothing, nothing we witnessed all week compared to our time at Norris Basin! It has always been a favorite of...

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on Jan 15, 2008 in Wildlife Photography, Landscape Photography

We could be in trouble

You can’t tell from this photograph, but when we left the lodge at 0’dark thirty it was in a driving, cold, nasty snow storm. All the drive out to Old Faithful the snow storm continued. We exited the coaches and it was still snowing. We headed inside for a killer Joe McNally lighting class and when he was all done, well you can see for yourself above. We had another glorious day of light so we spent nearly all of it in the Upper Geyser Basin. Here’s just one of the many geysers and an overview of the upper basin. During our two mile walk, we came across this ole boy. I was able to use Sharon’s xmas present, a 70-300VR for the first time and man, what a marvelous lens. This old bull is plowing the snow to find grass to munch.   We than headed over to Midway Geyser Basin for a spectacular light display.   I’m not sure who likes us so much to provide unbelievable...

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on Jan 14, 2008 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

We live for days like this!

There are those days when no matter what you know, you can’t scare up an image to save your life. Today was anything but one of those. The entire DLWS gang had a monstrous day of shooting in Yellowstone with the photogods presenting to us all that is Yellowstone. We had the hoar frost light up just at the right moment when we stopped to photograph the rising steam of Paint Pots. We had blue sky come out behind and the wind stop when we photographed Old Faithful which performed the highest display in months. And we ended the day with incredible light and subjects, so many you had to make a choice sacrificing ten other great subjects. I choose to finish the day with this Bison Bull which had just one side a frozen puzzle from sleeping on a thermal area. 64GB of images later, all I can say about the day is it was simply, magical! Photos captured by D3, 200-400VR/24-70AFS/200-400VR on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Jan 12, 2008 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

Color Amongst the White

The DLWS staff headed into Yellowstone prior to sunrise and not until 4PM did we see any sun. That didn’t stop us from having great fun like kids in fresh snow shooting the wonders all around us. One of our first stops was Firehole Falls which in winter is a beautiful place. This photo was finished using Nik Color Efex 3.0 Bleach which, since there was no real color worked great. We than headed to Biscuit Basin and walked the snow covered boardwalk. Here, the richness of color set again the white snow was quite dramatic.   All it took was a slow pace and lots of looking below one’s feet to find the small gems of color amongst the white. Photos captured by D3, 24-70AFS/14-24AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film    ...

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on Jan 11, 2008 in Wildlife Photography, Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

All Dressed in White

The classic Yellowstone photo is the bison in snow and on our first venture out this afternoon, we were easily able to take the token Bison photo. Of course, I hope to greatly improve on this. The snow on the face of this bull is from plowing the snow away off the ground to find the few dried grasses leftover from summer. It wasn’t cold enough for frost to form and stick on their coats. Hopefully it will get colder than our 15 degrees today. Light had fallen below the horizon as we were leaving the mud pots when I found another addition to my snow sculpture collection. I like this better than most, but still looking for the shot.   There is probably more photogenic though than the frozen steam caught in mid air by the pines surrounding the thermals. The very slight, slight glow in the far off horizon gives the scene an unearthly feel making you wonder if it’s real or not. The boardwalks which in...

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