Yellowstone Ultimate Landscape Photography
I live in eastern Washington state, then when my hubby informed me he desired to visit Yellowstone National Park I had been pretty excited. It had been a lengthy drive (a bit over seven hours), particularly with our 6-year-old daughter constantly asking “are we there yet” and customarily getting pretty antsy, but ultimately it was worthwhile. Yellowstone is as beautiful and interesting while you would expect.
Of course, I needed for taking some photos from the park, thus i brought my Canon Sx510 camera with me (together with Canon Powershot SX510 HS charger, which I can use in the vehicle if I found it necessary to). We have dabbled in photography previously, but I’m not really close to becoming an expert. However, I needed a few weeks to put together before we started our journey, therefore i got out the camera and just started messing around along with it a bit. I looked up tips online to help make us a better photographer. Luckily, I am a pretty fast learner.
After learning each of the fancy terms like exposure, ISO, shutter speed, etc., I started to take some simple photos at home, or out in the backyard since the sun set. I would personally then travel around town, taking pictures of my church and such things as that. After several weeks and about 200 different photos, I felt like I had learned a decent amount and was prepared to try taking a little good photos in Yellowstone.
We stayed inside a nice hotel from the vicinity of Yellowstone, which quaint lodgings fit the “mood” of the area perfectly. If you’re not through the upper Midwest you may be thinking all the different areas are exactly the same, but that’s not true in any way. Anyway, that night I ventured out to the park while hubby stayed using our daughter. I wanted to test taking some photos of your night sky, that is something I hadn’t tried before, and Yellowstone is famous for its stargazing opportunities.
Using my iPhone I went along to the Yellowstone National Park webpage, where they really inform you which spots are best for stargazing. I visited Upper Geyser Basin, since I thought it would be neat to discover Old Faithful erupt at night. It certainly was! But, more importantly for my night time photography excursion, it absolutely was indeed a fantastic destination to view the stars above. I needed purchased a tripod back home, and presently began to set it up. I mounted the camera, and tried to get the perfect angle. Unfortunately, my camera doesn’t have a bulb setting, and so i wasn’t able to find the kind of long exposure I found myself hoping for, but the pictures still captured the beauty of the night sky.
Overnight, most of us visited Old Faithful together. I surely could get some good quality pictures in the geyser before, during, and after it erupted (luckily, we were standing far back enough that this water didn’t hop on my camera). For this, I used a telephoto lens, something diffrent I gathered from Internet advice. Furthermore, i tried my advisable to dexopky44 the rule of thirds for the geyser.
I was able to will also get some great photos of a number of the wildlife, like moose (not meese?) and even a gray wolf (that were reintroduced for the park in 1995 and they are pretty rare). Needless to say, it’s difficult to apply the rule of thirds to animals who keep moving around! There are many beautiful flowers in the park – I especially love the Indian Paintbrush.
Regarding nighttime photography, I did this every single night for several hours for that remaining three nights we had been there. One night, I even took hubby and my daughter with me, and they loved it. It’s very peaceful out there through the night, just gazing up with the stars and attempting to get some great pictures. I might definitely recommend Yellowstone to anyone, and are continuing with my new hobby of photography!