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on Feb 18, 2011 in Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone Life

YA Wk2 D4-2

I’m brutal to my group! With 20+mph winds, snow blowing horizontally, I take them out to some amazing winter photography! The challenge as I see it is to transport you who is sitting warm inside to walking with those Bison outside. How do you do that?



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There is a couple of things. The first is the color temp, don’t warm it up. Let the “blue” of the mismatch of kelvin and AWB give the image a blue color cast. Why would you want blue? Blue is a color that often is associated with cold and in this situation, I want you to feel that cold.

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Next there is the wind, there is no setting in the camera or post that makes the wind hit you in the face. So then we can imply wind and let the mind fill in the blanks. In this case, the snow is blowing horizontally so by using a slow shutter speed, we can blur that blowing snow. How slow a shutter speed? That really depends on the wind and in this case, I was down to 1/45. But you can only see the wind blowing where in the photo?

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You can only see the white snow blowing in front of something dark, like the Bison itself. To finish this whole thing off, I think you have to capture a posture in the critter that we might interrupt and misery. I feel this bottom photo does that best with the head down gesture brings that out. Hoopefully the photos give you a slight chill.

Photos captured D3s, 200-400VR2 (handheld) on Lexar UDMA digital film