During fall, Yellowstone’s wildlife population is in its prime, and in abundance. For this image we arrived at Madison Junction well before sunrise, hoping to photograph a bull elk in the frosty meadow, and we certainly were rewarded on this outing.
Great images require three basic ingredients. Subject, lighting and background.
Our location on this morning provided all the necessary ingredients. The spectacular golden light on the mist from the river only lasts a few minutes, and the elk cooperated and walked right into the steaming river glowing from the first light of the day.
The image was captured with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II mounted on the new world class Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. I really enjoy the flexibility of this combination yielding an effective 160-640mm zoom lens in an incredibly light-weight, mobile package.
Chasing fall colors is an American pastime, but look well beyond the obvious postcard scenes. During workshops, I encourage photo enthusiasts to dissect the scene:
Look for the scene within the scene, it truly is more important how you see things, than how you photograph them.
This fall color panoramic was captured at Red Jack Lake with first light on the trees and storm clouds. I pre-visualized this image after scouting the location a day earlier. The scene is made of 5 vertical images stitched together using Adobe® Photoshop® software. I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera body with new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens mounted on a sturdy tripod: Manual exposure, manual focus, no filters, and cloudy white balance, and about 15% overlap with each image.
Photographing wildlife and nature is my passion, and it is especially rewarding when the wildlife can be incorporated into a beautiful landscape, lending a sense of place to the image. Join me and the Canon team for two back to back EOS Destination Workshops in Yellowstone next September for photographing stunning geysers, waterfalls, canyons, and of course wildlife.