The Wonder of Yellowstone National Park

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This signature photo was actually taken before we became official “digital nomads”.

Roadtrip with Nik - Yellowstone National Park

Looking back on it now, it’s easy to see that it was one of the moments that kept the desire to do more photography burning bright.

As photographers, you’re never guaranteed anything. It really does come down to preparation meeting opportunity. Every time we get up early for a sunrise photoshoot, or wait for the sun to set on a beautiful landscape, we hope that Mother Nature shows off all her glory.

But in reality, that’s just not the case. Thick clouds roll in and block the light or it’s pouring rain when you wake up at 5am. Nevertheless, we go out. Sometimes we get skunked, but we keep trying. You never know when the clouds will break and illuminate the sky in ways that will only happen once in your life.

On this day though, Mother Nature showed up big time. The colors were so vibrant and we watched in amazement as they shifted before our eyes—brilliant yellows, oranges and reds before fading into the horizon.

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.” – Galen Rowell (you bet Nik’s related!)

How We Shot It

This image was taken at Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most vibrant thermal pools in the park and our personal favorite. If you visit during the day, you’ll likely be dodging other visitors on the boardwalk, however, the evening is a much more serene experience. You may be sharing the area with only a few other fellow photographers.

We set up our tripod and switched our camera to timer mode – this is handy alternative to a remote shutter release when exact timing isn’t critical. In this case, it also freed up our hands to use our Singh-Ray Reverse Graduated ND Filter which allows us to capture a wider range of color in sunset situations like this.

Have you been to Yellowstone? What was your favorite memory from the trip?

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