Yellowstone Safari Day 2

The day started off overcast with the feel of snow in the air. We had an all day snowcoach ride from Mammoth to Old Faithful. Our first stop was to photograph some bison.

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With heavy overcast skies, I got into a B&W mode and photographed a handheld panorama of a creek along the way.

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As we neared Hayden Valley the clouds broke up and we had great light playing across the snow. I have always wanted to photograph this tree against the hillside and the light and snow were finally right for the image I envisioned.

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A trip to the west side of the park is not complete without a visit to Yellowstone Falls. We stopped at Lower Falls first and I shot the Canyon at two extremes. First with the Fisheye to include the entire Canyon…

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followed by a telephoto composition of a small section of the river.

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We stopped at the Upper Falls Viewpoint and were treated to two river otters frolicking along the river at the bottom of the Canyon. They were too far to photograph so we just enjoyed the show. For this image I was feeling a bit artsy fartsy and tried a new technique I have been working on with the image.

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After yesterday’s amazing photo opps, the pressure was on to find great subjects and I have to say we had another great day.

Images captured with Nikon D3 AF-S 600mm (Bison), AF-S 70-300mm (Yellowstone River, Upper Yellowstone Falls), AF-S 24-70mm (Pano, Lone Tree), AF 16mm Fisheye (Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone) on Lexar Digital Media