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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

 

Part 4, Grand Teton National Park

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Oxbow Bend, first light
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

There is a magic hour at Oxbow Bend.  All is quiet except for distant elk bugles – photographers set up cameras on tripods with only occasional soft conversations. It is cold, still, and the light changes with every passing moment.  We give the group a starting point for exposures and then photograph for about an hour.

First light on the peaks© 2013 Bob Harvey

First light on the peaks
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Morning light on "The Grand"© 2013 Bob Harvey

Morning light on “The Grand”
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Reflection at String Lake© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Reflection at String Lake
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

String Lake© 2013 Bob Harvey

String Lake
© 2013 Bob Harvey

String Lake© 2013 Diane Kelsay

String Lake
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise at Colter Bay© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunrise at Colter Bay
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Oxbow Bend, afternoon light© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Oxbow Bend, afternoon light
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Bob Harvey

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We had fun playing with light and the group learned a few new tricks.  Please join us next year as we journey back to Grand Teton and Yellowstone http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.yellowfall.htm

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

Part 3, Yellowstone is famous for Old Faithful, but to a photographer’s eye, there is so much more…

Old Faithful© 2013 Bob Harvey

Old Faithful
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Almost everyone visiting Old Faithfull for this eruption viewed it straight on, flat light.  Bob brought the group around to the side to capture exciting definition of highlights and shadows.  Also important is capturing the eruption early on before the detail is obstructed by more steam.  In addition to named features, the geyser basins are home to great artistic abstracts.  We like to encourage our groups to look at what is at their feet and move around pools for the best compositions.

Bacterial mats© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bacterial mats
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Midway Geyser Basin© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Doublet Pool© 2013 Bob Harvey

Doublet Pool
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Doublet Pool© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Doublet Pool
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

Bacterial Mat© 2013 Bob Harvey

Bacterial Mat
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Black Sand Basin© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Black Sand Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

A few of us waited to get a beam of sunshine on the pool to highlight the gorgeous colors against the stormy background.  It only lasted a few seconds before the sun hid behind another cloud.

Black Sand Basin© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Black Sand Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Midway Geyser Basin© 2013 Bob Harvey

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Next post – Grand Teton National Park and fall colors

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

Part 2, our adventure begins…

We have an eager group of photographers setting out to photograph what Yellowstone has in store for us.  Of course wildlife photography is on everyone’s mind.

Bear cub, lively and fun to watch.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bear cub, lively and fun to watch.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote with mouse, the second one he caught for us to photograph.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote with mouse, the second one he caught for us to photograph.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Osprey with a catch, and struggling to hold on to it.© 2013 Bob Harvey

Osprey with a catch, and struggling to hold on to it.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grizzly bear busy digging for things to eat - roots, grubs...© 2013 Bob Harvey

Grizzly bear busy digging for things to eat – roots, grubs…
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Bison swimming across the Yellowstone River. Swimming is not easy for them.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Bison swimming across the Yellowstone River. Swimming is not easy for them.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elk along the Madison River - "raking" a tree.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elk along the Madison River – “raking” a tree.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Not much of that tree is left when he is done "raking".© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Not much of that tree is left when he is done “raking”.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Coyote...what is on his mind?© 2013 Bob Harvey

Coyote…what is on his mind?
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The group was pleased with how many great wildlife experiences we had.  Like the time that Bob and I spent watching the moose, our wildlife encounters required patience, respect for the animals’ space, and enough knowledge to be prepared for the “moment”.  That mouse gets tossed around and swallowed fast and the bears don’t look up very often.  We recommend that everyone be ready with exposures that they like by shooting test shots, reviewing and adjusting so they can concentrate on the action when it happens.

Stay tuned for the next post in a few days.  And check out the next fall adventure at http://www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.yellowfall.htm

 

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