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Photo gallery of Yellowstone and Tetons in winter


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The following photo gallery represents a sample range of subjects you can expect to shoot during this particular Travel Images photography tour. Our aim is to not only help our clients meet their photographic goals, but also to learn new techniques; to master pertinent camera settings; to help clients ‘see’ new subjects; to help in translating that vision into pixels; and to generally have a wonderful time. To this end John will share everything he has learnt in a practical and friendly manner.

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YELLOWSTONE NP, WYOMING

 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
The famed Yellowstone arch at dawn, built 1872, with the first light on Electric Peak. In situations such as this one should expose for the light on the mountain so as not to lose detail, and then tweak the foreground to show sufficient detail.
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Winter skies are some of the best, and one just needs some foreground interest.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

1 of 2: On Travel Images' winter trips to Yellowstone there are spots just north of Yellowstone where my groups have pointed their long lenses at Elk, Pronghorn Antelope and Mule Deer such as this these. It seems that some species aren't aware of their protection inside Yellowstone, but for us photographers we point cameras at them wherever we can find them!

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
An old boat shed on the fringes of Yellowstone National Park.
Our photo tours are serendipitous in regard to subjects, so if the light is right . . . .
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Soft snow on a Lodgepole Pine branch.
   

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
An 'edge of the fog' image from Mammoth Hot Springs on the north side of Yellowstone.

 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Moody mist at Canary Spring, part of the Mammoth Hot Springs terrace in Yellowstone.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Algae, hot water and various mineral deposits combine to form weird and wonderful textures and colors at Canary Spring.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Moody Palette Spring at Mammoth Hot springs.

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
1 of 3:
Into Yellowstone National Park for close-ups of Bison and more. It's tough going through the snow in the winter, so one often sees Bison using the roads to get about.

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
The 'holes' in the snow reveal how the Bison move their heads back and forth to clear the snow and find food.
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
This Bison herd had just crossed the road and were heading back into the snowy wilderness.
   
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The back-lighting and dark background are what give this shot its impact. If it had a light background it would be so-so. 'Us and our shadows' just waiting for spring to arrive. Sometimes it's the simplest of things that make the most successful shots.
   
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
A Pronghorn Antelope grazing in the Montana section of Yellowstone.
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Us and our shadows . . . simple, and you might agree, effective.  These trees are a remnant of the 1988 fire.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

Set of 3:  A Big Horn Sheep ram in Yellowstone above, and left, another Ram just outside the Park. They graze in three accessible spots, so all you need is a lens in say the 200mm range and longer.

The Big Horn below is 'pawing' the snow to get to the food hidden by the snow.

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

   

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
It looks like an ice close-up, but it's actually falling ice crystals catching the light. There wouldn't be an image without the dark background.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
A Bull Elk with a nice catch-light in the eye. One can't ask for more than that!

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

The simple, very simple.
Snow and shadow combine for a pleasant image.
 
A pair Coyote studies:

One howling at right, and the other on the prowl below. I often ponder how the re-introduction of Wolves to the park has impacted them since 1996. Are they prey themselves, or do they benefit from what is left of the wolf kills? Maybe none of the above, or? . . .

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
A lone Coyote on the look out for his next morsel near Mammoth in Yellowstone.
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
A rare Red Fox sighting in Yellowstone National Park.
   

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Not as spectacular as when the water is in full flow, but still a mighty scene nonetheless. Another Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone image, but this one, snow on branches, shot against the colorful backdrop of the Canyon walls.
   
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Finding 'art' in the snow with shadows and texture.
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
At some on every trip I do a session of 'deliberate blur'. There is good and bad blur, and the difference is often a very fine line. In this shot we have new growth coming through among trees that survived the great fires of 1988.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

Above
, a pair of Trumpeter Swans on the Yellowstone River,
and below, it's the reflection that makes a shot such as this.

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Snow and ice-laden Lodgepole Pines in the Yellowstone interior.
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Young Lodgepole pine trees scattered about on a hillside above Gibbon Falls.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

An Otter surfaces for some cool air. They're more 'visible' in the winter months than the rest of the year in both Parks.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Firehole Falls framed by snow-laden Lodgepole pine branches.  Having everything in focus makes it a bit busy, but that is alleviated somewhat by the use of a slow shutter speed to achieve a soft water effect.

 

A rare sighting of a Bobcat shot during a snowcoach trip into the Yellowstone interior.
 

VIA MONTANA AND IDAHO

 

We can pretty much guarantee you Wolf and Bear shots before we leave West Yellowstone as we spend some time at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery center. The reason these Grizzly Bears don't hibernate is because they are fed by the center.  There are of course fences in the background to contend with, but with careful framing and a good camera angle, one can avoid the distractions. If the 'intrusion' is minimal one can finish the shot off in PhotoShop and suchlike.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
In the winter we take the long way round from Gardiner to Jackson as the interior of Yellowstone is closed to road traffic. This in turn leads to additional photo ops in the region of Hebgen and Quake lakes, plus various winter scenes in Idaho.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
A long lens composition of Hebgen Lake, Montana, not too far from West Yellowstone when moving from Yellowstone to the Tetons.

 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

There is a spot on the Madison River, see below, that we frequently see Bald Eagles flying by. So, while shooting the 'Christmas card' landscape one also should be ready with a longer lens on a second camera body. The alternative is to quickly get from landscape mode and mood, and into action mode. There are custom function settings for this, but as I hadn't got them set I did it all manually as fast as I could.

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

 

Then in Idaho, this shot from near Driggs, has only the foreground in Idaho, as the remainder of the shot is in Wyoming.

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

 

GRAND TETON NP, WYOMING

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
The following morning is the first Teton sunrise. This is Mount Moran and Moon as seen from Oxbow Bend.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Then the wide view a short time later.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Another of our dawn locations is the Snake river Lookout. Some broken cloud could have given this shot more drama, but one takes what one is given!

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
This is a large chunk of the range as seen from the middle of the Jackson Hole valley.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

A lone Bull Elk forages near the Gros Ventre River in the Tetons, while the two Bull Elk below 'joust' to get in shape for the rut on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson.

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Below, a Coyote oversees a fresh carcass in the Tetons as six other Coyotes, not in view, move in.
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
You can find shots like these quite easily in Alaska, but in Wyoming during the winter it's rare.
I opted for space at left for the bald eagle 'to look into' and focused on the eye.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

We can't go without the winter perspective of Alan Ladd's 'Shane' cabin now can we?! The mountain is Moran.

The magnificent Grand Teton peak in cloud, but looking majestic as it juts from the valley floor.

 
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Grand Teton peak shortly after dawn with all the elements cooperating for a pleasing image, i.e. sunlight, and cold air that induces the fog.
 
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Frosted trees in the Tetons provide a monochromatic moment to be savored.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons

When Grand Teton National Park was open in the 1920's there were a number of ranches that were allowed to remain. This is the entrance to one, and the gate makes a nice frame for Mount Moran at right.
   
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
This a Bull Moose, and above the eye you can just make out the base remnant of its antlers which are dropped every winter, usually in January.
   
Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons Part of the Yellowstone and Tetons photography tour includes a sled ride to photograph Elk on the National Elk Refuge just outside Jackson. This image was spotted close to where we boarded the sled one year.
 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
The frost on the young Aspen tree in the foreground stands out because I placed it
against a dark background. The rest is down to cold morning atmospherics and being there!
Shot in Grand Teton National Park.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
OK, so it's overcast and snowing heavily. Are you going to stay in the van or get out and shoot?!
This shot has a nice 'Christmas card' feel to it, and is the reality of changing light and weather.

 

Winter photo tours of Yellowstone and Tetons
Oxbow Bend at sunset to close the day and the gallery.

 

  Yellowstone + Tetons winter by Julie Kitzenberger
  Yellowstone + Tetons winter by Reimar Gaertner
  Tetons winter by Alan Ainsworth
  Yellowstone winter by Alan Ainsworth
  Yellowstone + Tetons winter by Mike Caplan
  Yellowstone + Tetons winter by Bill Wisecup
  Yellowstone + Tetons winter by Bob Spalding
  Yellowstone + Tetons winter by Alan Ainsworth
  Yellowstone + Tetons winter by Usha Peddamatham


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