Nikon D850, 80 - 400 mm 4.5-5.6 + 35mm 1.4
DID YOU KNOW…
that Yellowstone is the FIRST national park to be founded? Neither did I until I bought a t-shirt that told me.
Yellowstone is, by far, my favorite national park that I’ve visited to date! As someone who craves change and stimulation, Yellowstone checks off all the boxes considering you never know which turn is going to have a bear around it! My anticipation is at an all-time high every time I visit.
Some tips from a fellow photographer:
BRING THE PROPER EQUIPMENT
Come with a zoom lens. If you’re planning on taking photos of wildlife (which, if you’re a photographer n Yellowstone, I imagine that’s exactly what you’ll be doing) bring a MINIMUM of a 200-400 zoom. I’ve been to the park without the proper equipment before and seen bears and even a wolf that I wasn’t able to capture very well because I didn’t have a great zoom.
Bring a storm case for your camera!! Don’t be caught in the rain without any protection for your equipment. And more importantly, don’t miss a great photo opportunity because you couldn’t take your camera out due to the weather!
In the park, there are several rules you need to follow - one being distance from specific animals. I have seen so many photographer with their heavy duty set up approaching wildlife (freaking BEARS!) and followed by them are tourists with their iPhones and iPads trying to get great photos, as well. Be a good example and set the appropriate distance between yourself and the animal… as photographers for closer, the crowds followed.
BE UP AT SUNRISE
Wake up and be outside for sunrise (even 30 minutes before)… and for one extra special morning, head to Yellowstone Lake! The sun rises behind the mountains over the lake and it makes for a gorgeous set-up.
A majority of the photos above we taken before 6 am.. AKA the best time to be exploring in Yellowstone. Beat the rush of people and wake-up with the wildlife. Sunrise is where it’s at in Yellowstone.
Shades of Yellowstone