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Chris' Yellowstone trip report (or what I did over summer)

 
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Jul 21, 2017 13:16 |  #1

We just got back on Monday night. We had a great time. I know everyone says you have to be there before dawn but we never made it into the park before 10AM. We saw plenty of wildlife though. My strategy was to cover a lot of ground and take short breaks and hikes occasionally. We drove an average of 177 miles each day.

I wound up taking the 16-35 IS, 24-70 2.8 II and the Sigma 150-600 C. I bought a Peak Design Slide strap the day before we left and I left my Black Rapid at home. I carried everything on the plane in the MindShift Backlight 26L and never had any problems on Delta. I packed my tripod into one of our suitcases.

I carried the backpack on a few hikes and it worked out well but I wish there was a better way to carry the camera and the backpack at the same time. The Slide wasn't comfortable under or over the backpack straps.

I left the 150-600 on the camera almost exclusively. While we were driving I kept the camera on my or my wife's lap. We shot a lot of pictures from the car or stopping at the nearest pull out and jumping out of the car. The few times we hiked I kept the 150-600 on the camera until I wanted to take a landscape shot and then put it back on as soon as I was done. Overall that worked out pretty well. There was one time at Jenny Lake overlook where I only had the 16-35 on hand and we ran into a bear with cubs but she stayed around long enough for me to run to the car and swap lenses. We all used it handheld, even my 95 pound daughter.

I used the 24-70 with a CPL as my primary landscape/family lens. That worked out well for the most part. There were only a couple occasions where I left the 16-35 in the car and wished that I had brought it along. On the other hand almost every time I brought the 16-35 I wished I had the 24-70 too.

I only used the tripod a couple times, but I was happy I had it when I needed it.

In hindsight I wish I had brought a small waist pack to carry one of the landscape lenses. Then I could have carried the camera with the 150-600 on the strap over my shoulder and the smaller lens around my waist.

I haven't looked at the stats in LR yet, but my SWAG is that the FL distribution will along these lines.
50% 600mm
25% 150-599mm
20% 24-70mm
5% 16-24mm

We were there for 9 days and we shot 2200 pictures.

I'm going to add posts as I sort and PP all of my pictures. I'll try to just add the best ones to this thread.

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Jul 21, 2017 13:20 |  #2

We arrived in Gardiner on Saturday about 4PM. We immediately headed to Blacktail Plateau Drive. The last time we were in Yellowstone there were a lot of animals there. This time around it was dead. There were tons of wildflowers though.

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We stopped at the last turnout and spotted this black bear about 300-400 yards away.

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We decided to head to Lamar Valley. We spotted this bison just after Tower Junction. He meandered right towards us and started scratching on a rock.

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Jul 21, 2017 13:45 as a reply to ChrisAttebery's post |  #3

This black bear had just climbed out of the river when we got to Picnic Bridge. There was a huge crowd on gathered on the bridge.

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Jul 21, 2017 14:24 |  #4

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Jul 21, 2017 16:17 |  #5

I learned a couple things on this trip (the hard way of course).

First off, make sure you bring some way of checking and cleaning your sensor. I took a bunch of pictures that need a lot of clean up because sometime around day 4 my sensor got a chunk of dirt on it. I spotted the problem that night and attempted to clean the sensor with a microfiber cloth because that was all I had with me. It removed the dirt but left a bunch of smaller dust particles. I ordered this sensor cleaning kit yesterday:

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Curt from The Dust Patrol spoke at one of our club's meetings a couple months ago. I almost bought a kit from him then, but decided against it. In hind site that was a mistake.

So, I've been suffering through LightRoom's Spot Removal this week. Having to remove 20+ spots from every other picture or so has been painful to say the least. I gave up on a few because it was just too painful. Thankfully Adobe released a patch today that's supposed to speed up that process. I'll find out tonight.


Second, If you're going to to use AV mode with a long lens you need to make sure you have the minimum shutter speed set fairly high. Most of my pictures were fine, but a few had shutter speeds that were too slow to clearly stop the action in the scene while having plenty of ISO headroom. Next time I'll set my preset to have a minimum shutter speed of 1/640 even when the len's IS is on.


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Jul 23, 2017 12:17 |  #6

When we finally made it into Lamar Valley it didn't disappoint. The views are truly spectacular.

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This red dog was stopped near the road. He was giving me the eye as I took his picture.

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Jul 23, 2017 12:31 |  #7

We turned around and started heading back to the hotel. This pronghorn was stopped right at the edge of the road and posed for us when we stopped about 15 feet away.

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We don't get sunsets like this by us.

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We saw this coyote just West of Roosevelt. He stopped in front of us and marked the road as his territory.

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That concludes day one.

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Jul 24, 2017 22:29 |  #8

On Sunday we decided to drive down to the Fishing Bridge area. We weren't on the road long when we ran into this guy. He was so close I was afraid he would be inside my minimum focus distance.

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We loved all of the decorations he had in his hair. Gotta look good for the ladies, right?

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We stopped at Mount Washburn for lunch and then headed to Hayden Valley.

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Jul 24, 2017 22:36 |  #9

We stopped in Hayden Valley to take some landscape pictures with the amazing clouds.

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I was engrossed when this bull bison started meandering our way. Christine told me it was time to move so I took a couple pictures of him and then backed up 20 feet or so and took a couple more.

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We stopped at the overlook where the wolf watchers hang out. We didn't see any wolves on our trip but we did see these bald eagles on the far bank of the river.

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Jul 26, 2017 15:53 |  #10

From Hayden Valley we drove down to the Mud Volcano area. I really liked the clouds building up over the pools.

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From there we drove out towards the East entrance. We found this waterfall just past Eleanor lake.

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On the way back we stopped at the Lower Falls area and made the hike down to the brink of the falls. This is one place I wish I had my 16-35 with me. I asked my son to run back to the car but he wasn't biting.

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Jul 28, 2017 12:58 |  #12

After dinner at the Roosevelt Lodge we headed back to the hotel. We were about 1/4 mile West of the exit of Blacktail Plateau Drive when we saw a crowd. This beautiful black bear and her cub were in the ravine about 100' from the road.

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Jul 31, 2017 22:12 |  #14

On Monday (7/10/17) we drove from Gardiner MT through Lamar Valley all the way to Beartooth Pass.

We stopped for a while to watch this bison cross the Lamar River.

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We also saw this bear butt near Trout Lake.

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We drove through Cooke City and stopped at Beartooth Lake.

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Jul 31, 2017 22:17 |  #15

We stopped at Beartooth Pass for a while and hiked to the summit.

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There were quite a few marmots in the rocks near the summit.

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