Saturday, January 13, 2007

Photographing Yellowstone in winter

I went to a week long photography seminar in Yellowstone. It was a lot of fun and a great way to improve your photography. You get new techniques and then practice them by shooting for 8 hours a day.

We had days that ranged from sunny and 25, to snowing and 0, to sunny again, but 35 below, and that is without wind chill. It was the coldest temperatures I have ever been in.

We stayed at the Mammoth Hot Springs hotel for part of the trip and the Snow Lodge at Old Faithful for the rest. The people were great. The animals were cooperative. The snow was soft and fluffy.

Click here for an album of my best Yellowstone pictures.
I include a quick mix of the types of things we ran across.

Trees near geysers get a mix of very cold temperatures and a steam bath. This is the result.

Some rivers freeze over, but others flow a bit longer because the water is coming from thermal features.

A big bull elk digging for food.

Mama bear, baby bear and papa bear. OK, not really bears. Brrr....
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