Tag Archives: swans

Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

The Blues… Often we think of winter photography as being all “white” – but it is how we manage highlights and shadows, white against blue, that can make a scene come to life.   

Swan, Madison River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Swan, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Watching the swan’s behavior, anticipating the moment, and positioning for the blue background is all part of my thinking.  It’s not just about shutter speed and aperture.  Below, the same techniques apply.

Swan takoff, Madison River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Swan takoff, Madison River
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bald Eagle, fishing the Gibbon River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Bald Eagle, fishing the Gibbon River © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sometimes it is more than just part of a blue and white compostion. Here I moved around until I got the blue shadows on the hill placed behind the white head to make it stand out.

Rime ice against blue sky © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rime ice against blue sky
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sawmill Geyser © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sawmill Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

White steam and water spray against the blue sky.

Sawmill Geyser © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sawmill Geyser, Upper Geyser basin
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ice forms near a steam vent, blue and white gives texture, Norris Geyser Basin © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ice forms near a steam vent, blue and white gives texture, Norris Geyser Basin © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Comments Off on Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Filed under Uncategorized

Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

And the cold goes on…

What amazing images we were able to create with the steam rising from the Madison River and Firehole River, mixed with ice particles in the air creating sundogs with intense colors.  Add in swans on the Madison River, and ice flocked trees at Midway and Lower Geyser Basins, and it just doesn’t get any better.

yelw13_midway2032dk600

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

yelw13_sundog6225bh300

Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

yelw13_sundog1682dk300

Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

yelw13_swans6256bh600

Swans, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

yelw13_fountain1789dk300

Lower Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

yelw13_rimeice6441bh300

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Bob Harvey

yelw13_midway2028dk600

Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

yelw13_bison2061dk300

Bison, Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

yelw13_swan1718dk300

Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Comments Off on Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Filed under Uncategorized