The Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks compliment each other so very well. The rugged simplicity of the towering Teton mountain range versus bubbling, colorful, geothermal wonders of Yellowstone.
At any time of the year, these 2 parks are a photographers paradise. Beautiful steaming pools, geysers, mountains, lakes, reflections in the water and wildlife everywhere.
The unexpected late September snow storms in Yellowstone caught everyone by surprise. On most freezing mornings, the first tire tracks in the snow were made by my rental Subaru AWD. For many hours it truly felt like I had the entire park to myself, quite a surreal experience! In my opinion, the snow-covered landscape gave so much more depth to the pictures.
It is difficult for me to chose a favorite image from the trip. If I had to choose, I mean really had to choose, I think the shots of the Grand Prismatic Spring would be my favorite. Why? This spring is probably one of the most famous and photographed things in the USA but it is just the snow, color and steam combination that I love. Also, not many people are lucky (or perhaps brave) enough to see the spring in those conditions. Searching for Grand Prismatic Springs snow on Google Images yields only a few hits.
Someone recently posted the question of what gear did I take with me. Nikon D810 and D3x bodies. 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 zooms and a 300/2.8 prime. For the landscape shots, the 24-70mm was my most used lens. The wildlife was sometimes quite distant so the 1.4x TC stayed pretty much glued to the 300mm. In retrospect, I should have taken my 500mm for that little bit of extra reach. The decision to take my big Gitzo 5560SGT with the 3-way Manfrotto head was a good one as I don’t believe my little 1542T would have cut it in those conditions. Don’t forget to take a circular polarizer as it really helps to get the best out of a reflection.
Now I just need to plan my next trip, this time in Spring!