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First trip to Tetons and Yellowstone, Sunrise Location

 
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Dec 05, 2017 18:30 |  #1

Hey everyone.

I was hoping that I could lean on the group for a bit of scouting knowledge. I Have two sunrises and hopefully two sunsets to spend in the Teton and yellowstone area.

I will be driving north from Denver in the next couple days (early December) and due to the research I have found here and elsewhere I am THINKING I should try to catch my first sunrise (will be driving through the night) somewhere near Schwabacher Landing. I then have the day to scout and likely shoot a bit during the day, likely hike or ski some trails and see what I can find. I would love to get into the Grand Prismatic spring area but I don't know if I can get there with any great light. I then would like to snag a sunset in the Teton area before driving up into Yellowstone and the Lamar Valley area.

I am wondering if I am going to want to do a sunrise somewhere near Grand Prismatic on day two? Would I want to be in the Lamar Valley looking for wildlife in the early morning or will evening light work? I am super able body and very well equipped for any weather.

For the veterans that know the area, How would you utilize your two sunrises and sunsets? After sunset on day two I need to make my way to Bozeman.

I feel like I am looking for a classic mix of mountain ranges, landscapes and wildlife.

Please feel free to share any images here for inspiration. I am ecstatic to see this area and truly wish I had more time!. Thank you in advance!
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John ­ from ­ PA
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Dec 06, 2017 13:07 |  #2

Go to the thread at http://photography-on-the.net ...showthread.php?p=18​370459 and specifically see my replies (#4 & #5). As far as sunset shots, I always like shooting from the back side of Dornan's but, my experience is limited to late Spring to late Fall, not the dead of winter. But Dornan's has a bar with a wonderful view so it might work.

By the way, sunrise is about 7:45 AM and sunset about 4:45 PM. A morning shoot from Schwabacher Landing means you need to get there about 6:45 to 7:00 AM. Use the 2nd parking lot and plan on about a 1/4 mile walk to the best vista point.

The Elk (about 5000) congregate just north of Jackson so that can be a nice shot. See https://www.jacksonhol​e.com/national-elk-refuge.html (external link) for the details and the daily snowfall (today = 4 inches).

Lots of luck, be prepared for weather extremes.




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Tom ­ Reichner
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Dec 06, 2017 14:12 |  #3

EOlsenPhoto wrote in post #18511507 (external link)
I am THINKING I should try to catch my first sunrise (will be driving through the night) somewhere near Schwabacher Landing. I then have the day to scout and likely shoot a bit during the day, likely hike or ski some trails and see what I can find. I would love to get into the Grand Prismatic spring area but I don't know if I can get there with any great light. I then would like to snag a sunset in the Teton area before driving up into Yellowstone and the Lamar Valley area.

I am wondering if I am going to want to do a sunrise somewhere near Grand Prismatic on day two? Would I want to be in the Lamar Valley looking for wildlife in the early morning or will evening light work?

For the veterans that know the area, How would you utilize your two sunrises and sunsets? After sunset on day two I need to make my way to Bozeman.

Please realize that almost all of Yellowstone's roads are closed to cars during this time of year. There is no way to get to Grand Prismatic by car. And there is no way to get directly from Grand Teton Park to Yellowstone Park by car. You would have to drive hundreds of miles around the west side of the parks and enter Yellowstone from the north entrance at Gardiner.

You really should consult a source that shows all of the winter closures on it:
https://www.nps.gov ...nyourvisit/conditio​ns.htm (external link)

Of course, you could always schedule a guided snowcoach tour, but those are horrifically expensive, and you don't get to spend the day doing things the way you want to do them, you have to go where they take you and stop where the coach stops.

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Dec 06, 2017 15:09 |  #4

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