A Few Frames from last week in Yellowstone National Park
Kathy and I just returned from our third winter trip to Yellowstone, this time under the care of Juan Pons and Andy Williams riding in a snow coach on the un-plowed roads of Yellowstone. Yellowstone can be challenging and seem slow in action compared to the African plains, but it will deliver for the lucky, patient, photographers who hang in there and keep plugging away. Despite the blinding snow fields in sunlight, the light levels when the animals are active can be quite low, requiring ISO's more typically used for star shots.
This years we got to see a dozen wolves through normal telescopic lenses, as well as numerous coyotes, elk, bison, trumpeter swans, otters, bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope and one red fox
Here are a few frames representative of what we captured - my gallery is here - https://pathfinder.smugmug.com/Travel/Yellowstone-National-Park-w-Muench-WS-Jan-2018/
Coyotes are usually pretty easy to find, and the limited snowfall in the park in January really made them accessible
Canon 1DX MkII Canon 100-400 f5.6 1/800th ISO 320
Trumpeter swans are always a pleasure to watch cavorting in the snow
Canon 7D Mk II Tamron 150-600 G2 ISO 400 f10 1/1000th at 483mm
This red fox really just wanted to get a nice nap in the sunshine in the middle of the day - shot with a 400 mm lens on a FF body, so were weren't really offending its space at all.
Canon 1DX Mk II Canon 100-400 f8 1/800th ISO 200
A wolf pac killed a baby bison before sunrise the last day of our workshop, and spent the morning disassembling it and then sleeping it off. We saw 11-12 wolves in the tree line and I captured 10 of them in this image, pretty far from the road, but closer than one usually gets to see a wolf kill in Yellowstone. The wolves can be very elusive, but these were pretty indifferent to the presence of bus loads of photographers over the course of the day
Canon 7D Mk II Tamron 150-600 G2 600mm f7.1 1/2000th ISO 400
Here is some of the dis-assembly of the late bison
Canon 7D Mk II ISO 400 Tamron 150-600 G2 600mm f8 1/2000th
Comments and criticisms are heartily encouraged. My gallery does include images from about a day preceding and a day following the workshop. Great set of Muench pros - we all had a great time
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