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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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Botswana Photography Safari

In August we traveled to Botswana to explore the vastness of the Okavango Delta. After visiting the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides of Victoria Falls, we entered Botswana – gradually getting deeper and deeper into a largely uninhabited region of Africa.

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Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Elephants

Botswana is the land where we can see elephants close by as they come to visit the water, take mud and dust baths, and interact with each other.  It is fascinating to watch and photograph them as they go about their lives, sometimes oblivious to our presence.

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Elephants approaching the river.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Baby elephant is carefully guarded.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Sometimes rocks are mixed with the dust and mud!
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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From the deck of our lodge, we enjoy the dramatic colors of sunset, but the elephants come to drink into the night.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Cats

Leopards and lions frequent this area.  Most mornings there were leopard tracks spotted on the way to breakfast!

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Leopard in a tree, waiting for the sun to go down so she can start her evening activities.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Searching for a shady spot to sleep.
© 2013 Bob Harvey

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Lion washing his face.
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

 

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Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari

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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