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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

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Fox © 2015 Bob Harvey

Fox
© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Trumpeter swans © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Trumpeter swans
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mammoth Terraces © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Mammoth Terraces
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Lower Geyser Basin © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Lower Geyser Basin
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bald eagle © 2015 Bob Harvey

Bald eagle
© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

© 2015 Bob Harvey

Grotto geyser © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Grotto geyser
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bacteria mats © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bacteria mats
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Sunrise on the Madison River © 2015 Bob Harvey

Sunrise on the Madison River
© 2015 Bob Harvey

 

 

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Post 1 – There is a quietness during our first week in Yellowstone.  We find ourselves alone on many of the trails as we find new ice formations, colors and shapes emerging from fog, and somehow the scenery just feels a little different.

Norris Geyser Basin © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Norris Geyser Basin
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Steam and water from a thermal feature coat a tree with icicles. © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Steam and water from a thermal feature coat a tree with icicles.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Madison River © 2015 Bob Harvey

Madison River
© 2015 Bob Harvey

White Dome Geyser © 2015 Bob Harvey

White Dome Geyser
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Bald Eagle © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bald Eagle
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wolf tracks © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Wolf tracks
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Fox © 2015 Bob Harvey

Fox
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Bison giving us "the look". © 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bison giving us “the look”.
© 2015 Diane Kelsay

Bobcat running up and down trees trying to dodge an elk. © 2015 Bob Harvey

Bobcat running up and down trees trying to dodge an elk.
© 2015 Bob Harvey

Clepsydra Geyser © 2015 Bob Harvey

Clepsydra Geyser
© 2015 Bob Harvey

 

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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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Red Fox © 2014 Bob Harvey

Red Fox
© 2014 Bob Harvey

What a special moment when a critter as gorgeous as this one just steps into the scene and allows you to photograph it.

Bison © 2014 Bob Harvey

Bison
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Kicking up the powder.

Swan © 2014 Bob Harvey

Swan
© 2014 Bob Harvey

What a graceful landing and beautiful light to capture it.

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Rime ice © 2014 Bob Harvey

Rime ice and icicles.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Rime ice is the beautiful result of supersaturated air encountering a very cold surface and immediately crystalizing.

Rime ice melted and refroze on each needle. © 2014 Bob Harvey

Rime ice melted and refrozen on each needle.
© 2014 Bob Harvey

The rime ice can add a lot of beauty to a landscape.

© 2014 Bob Harvey

Clear and cold conditions are what is needed for rime ice to form, much to the nature photographer’s delight.  Each warm day that follows melts the ice away and the next cold spell makes new designs to play with.

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Bison,

Difficult to photograph, but a few techniques help.  Getting some detail in a dark animal is easier with soft light.  Shooting from our Snowyacht gets us closer to the action.

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Bison fighting
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

As we approach the bison jam, I had my camera set with a high ISO and fast shutter speed.  I took a test shot out the window to make sure my exposure was good before the action began.

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Bison walking by the vehicle, long lens – notice the reflection of the vehicle in the eye.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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One of our participants taking advantage of the safety of our Snowyacht to capture his image.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Coyote…

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Coyote mousing
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

Light…

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Rime ice
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Rime ice, Beryl Spring
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Firehole River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Tangle Creek
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Color and Design

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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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.

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sundog, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swans, Madison River
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

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Lower Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Bison, Midway Geyser Basin
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Swan, Madison River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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This morning we awoke to -31 degrees fahrenheit.  By the time we entered the park it was a balmy -28.  Sounds bad, but bundled up, we stayed pretty warm and captured images that only happen under these conditions.  The trees were covered with rime frost and new layers of ice and frost on the ground created beautiful designs.  Frosty fog added another dimension.

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Firehole River
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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Tangle Creek
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Tangle Creek
© Bob Harvey

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