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Yellowstone Winter 2018

Post 1 – The Wildlife – great wildlife opportunities this year.  Wolves for all of our 3 tours.  A coyote’s prize – a goose?  Wow, that was a special moment! And of course the bald eagles were always nearby waiting for the leftovers.

Wolf
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Wolves
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Wolf on the bison kill
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Wolves resting after the feast
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Wolves
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bald eagle hovering over the kill
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Coyote on the prowl
© 2018 Bob Harvey

And the feathers went flying
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bison with early morning frost
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Fox sneaking behind us while everyone was watching for wolves
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Otter, Yellowstone River
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Elk crossing the Madison River
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Bald eagle
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Time to hide the food!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Coming soon – Post 2, scenery.

 

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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

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Yellowstone 2014 – The adventure has kicked off with a great start, sunshine and great wildlife sightings on day 1!

Bobcat walking along the Madison River © 2014 Bob Harvey

Bobcat walking along the Madison River
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Coyote © 2014 Bob Harvey

Coyote
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Bison digging through the snow to find grasses to eat. © 2014 Bob Harvey

Bison digging through the snow for grasses to eat.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Stay tuned for images over the next 3 weeks.

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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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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Fall Photography Safari

Our early arrival

Bob and I arrived a few days early to scout photographic opportunities for our group.  Even with all of our electronic devices with solar/moon calculations, there is nothing like being there – watching and timing the first light on the mountains. We had this down to the minute when we brought the group back a few days later.

Early light at Oxbow Bend© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Early light at Oxbow Bend
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise, Oxbow Bend© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunrise, Oxbow Bend
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Of course we also took time to do what we love, time on the water.

Kayaking Jackson Lake, Tetons reflected in unusually calm water.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Kayaking Jackson Lake, Tetons reflected in unusually calm water.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After a glorious day of paddling, we set out to find where the wildlife was hiding at day’s end. We scouted our favorite secret moose location and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a moose back in the woods.  We quietly and slowly walked in his direction, stopping often so he could get used to our presence without alarm.  There was a stream between us which offered a feeling of security for all of us.  It took about an hour to get to our final position where he came out of the trees into the open area next to the water.

Moose looking at potential munchies.© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Moose looking at potential munchies.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After enjoying his evening meal, and still feeling calm with us nearby, he settled down and let us photograph from several angles.

Moose by the stream© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Moose by the stream
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

Patience paid off.  Not only did we get some nice photos, but we enjoyed so much just watching him go about his life. It was a special evening. Sometimes photographers forget to just observe, but learning about the wildlife you are photographing also pays off in better photography. Unfortunately, he did not appear when we took the group back.  I’ll bet he was watching us though.  The group did get great sunrises, bears, and coyotes catching mice, so do stay tuned for the next entries of our Fall Photography Safari.

 

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

How we have enjoyed beginning and ending our days traveling through an amazing wildlife corridor.  Each day we looked for the illusive bobcat and yesterday we were treated to a half hour session of photography.  In the last 2 days, we found a pair of eagles, elk enjoying a meal in the river, swans in gorgeous light, coyotes and more.

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Bobcat sleuthing along the riverbank of the Madison River.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Time for dinner.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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This is the perfect place to catch an unsuspecting duck or swan.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Eagle courtship
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Eagle courtship
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Elk, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

Another cold day – but mixed with steam at one of the hot spots on the planet, Norris Geyser Basin, compostitions were endless.

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Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari – Sunrise

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Our first stop, our first morning, our first group this January produced an amazing sunrise opportunity along the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.

We’re still watching an approaching storm.  The forecasts are very promising!

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

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We arrived in West Yellowstone, Montana yesterday to prepare for our four sessions of the Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari.

We have been watching the weather for weeks – and indeed the snowpack is great and the temperatures are perfect (at least for photography).  And, it has started snowing this afternoon – with more in the forecast on and off this week!

Many in our group are (as we write) being loaded into the shuttle in Bozeman.  Others are driving and on their way here.  Tonight we gather for pizza and orientation.

Tomorrow we head into Yellowstone to kick off the 2013 season!

Stay tuned – we’ll post a few images as the weeks go on!

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