Yellowstone Below Zero It’s A Wrap!

Our final day in the park was working the north end along the Lamar Valley. We found one of the largest bison I have ever seen in the park with a head that seemed to be as large as a Volkswagon. He was near the road, foraging for food and when he raised his head his face was covered in snow. A 1.7X attached to my 600mm gave me the composition I was looking for. A B&W conversion using NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 Infrared B&W gave me the effect I visualized when I clicked the shutter…

The light was favorable for working a section of the river where snow pillows stack up on the rocks creating sensuous curves of shadow and light…

Wanting to create a romantic feel, I converted one of the images to B&W infrared #2 using NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0 giving it a soft glowy look…

It’s interesting to study the ice and see where the snow melts near the water’s edge and then refreezes into interesting ice patterns…

We headed back towards Mammoth filled with the satisfaction of a great adventure under our belts when the skies began to turn pink. I pulled over to enjoy the sunset and boy did we ever get a great send off as it continued to build into a spectacular show…

What more could we ask for after such a great week! As Yellowstone recedes in my rear view mirror, I am already planning my next visit this year for the fall rut and next year where I have a special adventure in the planning. Stay tuned.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF-S 600mm f4 VR, TC-17E II, D3X, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II, AF-S 24-70mm 2.8, AF 16mm 2.8 Fisheye on Lexar digital media.