Post 2 –
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.
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.
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.
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.
White steam and water spray against the blue sky.
What a special moment when a critter as gorgeous as this one just steps into the scene and allows you to photograph it.
Kicking up the powder.
What a graceful landing and beautiful light to capture it.
Rime ice is the beautiful result of supersaturated air encountering a very cold surface and immediately crystalizing.
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.
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.
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.
Color and Design
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.
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.