Archives for February 2011

Yellowstone Below Zero Midway Geyser Basin

One of my favorite thermal areas in the park is the Midway Geyser Basin where the constant steam mixed with cold temps cover everything in it’s path in ice…

The photo opportunities abound and on our recent visit, the skies were clear providing a nice contrast of the ice covered trees against the blue background…

Even the frozen boardwalk and fence becomes covered in ice making beautiful, sculpted, graphic patterns. I simply waited a moment for the steam to clear allowing the sun to shine through and click…

By finding a good location, out of the heaviest area of steam, I could turn my camera several directions, zoom out for the grand landscape or zoom in for the intimate details and without much effort at all, I ended up with several compositions that tell the story of fire and ice.

Just down the boardwalk a bit is Turquoise Pool which is beautiful any time but, add blue skies reflecting into the pools, a dramatic sky and click…

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 14-24mm 2.8, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II, TC-17E II on Lexar digital media

Yellowstone Below Zero Oh Beautiful Day

Every day in Yellowstone is a magical one when the weather is severe, you work the elements to come up with images that convey the harshness of the environment and we have had several of those days this year. When the light is overcast, you go in search of mammals to work them without the contrast of a sunny midday. And when the sun comes out with beautiful clouds in the sky, you work the thermals. There is nothing so beautiful as watching Clepsydra Geyser as she continuously sprays burst after burst of water into the air, the sun catching the droplets and turing them to diamonds, the colors at her base playing peek a boo with my shutter as the breeze softly blows the steam away. Oh waht a beautiful day!…

Image created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II on Lexar digital media.

Yellowstone Below Zero

With a twelve hour day behind us (more on that later), it’s all I can do to get the images edited and a few selected to blog. So, I’ll let the images tell today’s story….

A few more faces from the day…

Images created with Nikon D3X, Af-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II, TC-17E II, D3S, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-20E III on Lexar digital media

Yellowstone Below Zero…A Ride In The Park

We packed our bags and headed to Old Faithful with several stops along the way to photograph the landscape. It’s been a couple of years since I stopped at Norris Geyser Basin. I like it best when the temps have dropped and there is a lot of snow. The steam from the thermals do the rest, creating ghost trees that are covered in hoarfrost and snow. Add a blue sky day and a bison and it’s simply magical…

Even the most common subjects are beautiful when blanketed in deep layers of snow…

Or, how about a turquoise blue pool, a ghost tree and some steam to complete the composition…

We ran into an occasional traffic jam. The big guy gets the right of way, we get the photo opp…

With beautiful weather holding out, a stop at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was in order. The cone had grown significantly in the last two weeks, and the ice along the side of the falls was spectacular. The air temps were cold causing steam to rise from the falls into the light…

While working the snow patterns on the rocks I found a smiling face…

Then Timothy took it up a notch by finding the Phantom of the Opera…

The day flew by far too quickly and soon we were on our way to Old Faithful but, wait! The low sun was casting shadows across the snowy landscape so, we had to make one more stop before leaving Hayden Valley at the Ice Cream Hills. Throw in a dramatic sky filled with clouds and it was a recipe for another great image. I felt B&W did the scene more justice than color…

We arrived at Old Faithful tired and happy with another successful day in Yellowstone under our belts. Stay tuned.

Images created with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm 2.8, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II, TC-17E II on Lexar digital media.