Seldom seen skies

It’s funny half of what makes the image look good has to do with the sky and yet seemingly always the sky in the park is gray. I get so used to it that i don’t really bother working with landscapes too much in the area just critters. I was thinking about that as i was driving through the park that day. Why is it when we go to old haunts that we only photograph the same things as we have in the past? Is it because it’s familiar and we know it works? The images are there from the last shoot so therefore the images can obviously be obtained the next time we go, right. The rut of breaking free into unexplored territory can be so hard sometimes but isn’t that how we grow and discover new techniques?

I looked back through some of my images and realized that i had very few images in winter of the North Entrance with blue sky in sunset. Maybe it’s because there just haven’t been that many great sunsets in the countless trips I’ve been down there or maybe it’s the change in times i don’t know; i mean it has been in the twenties this past week and it’s February, so hey who knows, but something just felt good about this one. Maybe that’s just the power of these old haunts at work as they change, seeing your own discoveries unfold before you.

Images captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

The other perspective


As i have done with past posts, i show some of the images i took at one location in the opposite approach of color and go with black and whites. I’m still looking for those elements that make a good black and white not entirely sure if i recognize them yet.


The road was a challenge mostly because i wanted to incorporate it and couldn’t as much because of the landscape. Only one shot i have that i actually like with the road in it, this one is alright but still not right. I guess I’ll have to keep putzing with it.

Images captured with D3, 17-55, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

North Entrance Scenery


As i said in my last post the sky was the only thing that was cooperating that evening. Which to be hoenst isn’t a bad thing cuz i don’t have any images of the north entrance from a scenic stand point, until now. The windy road and river cut through the canyon creating a wonderful foreground. I always fix on the critters in that section, which is probably why i hadn’t taken advantage of the scenery before. That i can’t remember a better light show before that evening. Maybe this weekend will be better for critters.

Images captured with D3, 17-55, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Heading down north


Well i’m back down in a familiar place. Saturday, my usual day for exploring, i was in Yellowstone. I haven’t spent nearly the same amount of time there this year compared to last fall which is partly why i went. The habits of the critters in the north entrance interest me. With the Blacktail Plataeu Wolf pack and #6 elk dying last year, everything now has changed. Montana being Montana the weather isn’t helping either. It is not cold enough to force the sheep down for very long, so good timing is essential. Mine is still off. The elk are very quite, not nearly as many or as active. They almost seem lethargic. The last real odity i noticed was the large herd of Pronghorn inside the arches. Of course all these species and none cooperating, so i turned to the one element that has been cooperative lately; the sky.

Image captured with D3, 17-55, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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