Here’s another taste of our trip out to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. This was taken en route to Schwabacher’s Landing, although we didn’t end up having enough time to venture all the way to the landing itself…so I had to make do with this landscape (which did the trick). I went with a black & white processing as the late afternoon colors were pretty harsh, but the black and white seemed to get the essence of the scene without over distracting colors. Have a great weekend!
The Path to the Lake
I love a good sun flare. I’m pretty sure all of the photography purists out there cringe at all the imperfections and how it ruins a shot – but there’s something about an image like this that just makes you squint a bit, and I think in a good way. The morning sunlight was so rich and saturating.
This shot came out exactly how I had hoped…..after waking up to shoot the sunrise over Yellowstone Lake, I was walking back towards the lodge for breakfast when I decided to turn one last time back towards the lake. I wanted to catch the scene after I realized how great the grass looked in front of me – and when I turned around, it was blindingly bright but the little path I took to get to the water and the lonely tree made for an interesting shot.
Sunrise at Yellowstone Lake
A couple of my favorite images from the Saturday morning sunrise in Yellowstone National Park at Yellowstone Lake. These images were taken with my 10-stop neutral density filter, with exposure times of more than one minute. Going for an interesting and different look here….I like the softer and sunrise appropriate feel.
Lower Falls | Yellowstone National Park
Today’s shot features the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River (I’ll feature a wider-angle shot of the canyon sometime soon). This spot was incredible – we were up at an overlook perched just over a corner of a bend in the river. Standing there and taking in the view was like watching the earth develop over a few thousand years.
When we first arrived we actually saw a bear climbing down the right side of the valley – which was just insane. I can’t believe there is a creature on the planet that just saunters around terrain like that….it made it about halfway down the canyon before climbing back up towards the top of the cliff wall. The Lower Falls is the tallest (at 308 feet it’s almost twice as high as Niagara) with the largest volume waterfall in the Rocky Mountains. It was quite peaceful and mindblowing standing and taking it all in (along with 20 other photographers armed with ridiculously nice equipment). For a photographer, Yellowstone was really like being a kid in a candy store.
Tetons & Snake River | An Ode to Ansel Adams
On the first day of our trip through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park – we had a few spots we wanted to be sure to check off of the list. One of the spots happened to be the Snake River Overlook in Moose, Wyoming – where Ansel Adams took one of my favorite of his images. Of course – the trees were much shorter 68 years ago back in 1942 when Adams took the original, but the stunning beauty of the place hasn’t diminished a bit.
It was pretty humbling taking this vista in, with its historic presence in Adams’ repertoire, and the fact that it is just one of those places that you have to see to believe. It was awesome being there with my Dad and brothers to experience it on top of it all. We got there late in the day, and it turned out to be our last stop in the Tetons…so we decided to wait out sunset. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much going on in the sky for clouds…but we were lucky to have the setting sun retreat just below the skyline this time of year, which made for some awesome light rays creeping over the ridge. I hope you enjoy this shot as much as I enjoyed being able to take it.