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on Feb 9, 2011 in Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone Life

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Yeah baby, the weather turned our way with the morning low at -22! It was a SPECTACULAR day with great photography in God’s country of some rather basic subjects providing big time fun. I could have this day the rest of my life and be quite happy. With only five stops over 10hours, I have 2156 images to go through tonight. Wow!

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Out first stop was with this massive gathering of Trumpeter Swans. I’ve not seen so many on the Madison for years so it was great to see and even better to spend time with them. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve not gone through all my images from the day yet. I quickly looked over what I shot and picked those images that tell the story of our day rather then the best photos I took today. These show the moment the sun came over the ridge and first kissed the swans.

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The top image is looking west down the Madison. This family group of two adults and a Signet swam up just as the sun picked over. With their gorgeous white plumes and the shadowy background, they pop so it was a no-brainier click to make. The middle image is looking directly across from where we stood facing south. I liked the sidelight and how it pops the white subject from the white background. I don’t like the flare in the lower edge of the frame but included this in the post to show what flare looks like. This was caused from a single stray of light strikes the front element of the frame.

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The bottom photo was taken looking east into the rising run. With the cold temps there was a ton of steam and I just love shooting into steam. This bottom and the very top image are my favorite because the direction of the light makes the story come to life. All I did to make the three different images was to swing the lens, I never moved the tripod with the images all made within minutes of each other. It was a glorious start to the day!

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film