Posts from the ‘Yellowstone’ Category

The Dog Family


I went into Yellowstone Park this last weekend (the 16th/17th), with a great friend of mine, Rob Daugherty, . We started out just wanting to get images of anything we could, because sometimes finding something in the Park is a little hard to do at times. But what we got was all about the “DOGS”. When I say the DOGS, I mean Coyotes, Fox and yes even Wolves.  We hardly seen anything else to Photograph in the park, but that in it’s self is not unusual.

The wolf that we seen was an outsider from the park wolves. It had a collar for sure, but the wolf guy, Rick, did not know who this wolf was, because he did not have that wolf’s collar frequency. This wolf as you can tell from this image is a female and was wondering all alone without a pack and really looked confuse at to where she was going.

The Coyotes that we encountered, were some of the most cooperative coyotes that I have encountered in a long time. It seemed that when they seen us, it was a cue for them to start acting like coyotes. We seen this coyote out in the field mousing in a way that was so comical. If only he had a cape, he would have been a little faster at getting he’s meal.

I think the Red Fox that we encountered were having a feeding frenzy in about the same way the Coyotes were having. They were also having this a posing ambition too, the same as the Coyotes. It was so much fun and exciting to be able to see the fox out in numbers as they were. It gave Rob and I a really great chance to be able to get different composition and different lighting situations.

All in all, going into the Park this last weekend was the best, especially because I could share it with my friend, Rob. It seems that every time Rob and I get together and do some serious photography, it always turns out to be so much fun and I think in my opinion, it turns out better photographs. I believe the reason why, is because we are having all this fun and not worried about getting the setting and the lighting right or not trying to out do each other and it shows in both our images that we produce. Thanks Rob!!! … for the Fun.


Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

There is a set of Coyotes that reside in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. I have photographed these two, many times in all seasons, in Lamar Valley. I have even photographed them as a family with pups. I believe the photographers that spend some time in Yellowstone and have been in the Lamar Valley enough…….. know this same set of coyotes that I am talking about ……….

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,250

This winter  … as I keep going into the park every day or every other day …… I kept seeing less and less of them as time went on. To the point of not seeing them for 3 weeks and even when I did see them it was so far away that I really couldn’t tell if it was them at all ……….

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/640

After a while, when I was not seeing them at all ….. I stopped looking for them and started to look for others  a long the Lamar valley road …. not even thinking that in the back of my head I knew they would show up sooner or later. But it really gave me a chance to look for other coyotes and fox …… Fox is the only animal that I really don’t have any  good shots of, so I decided that I was really going to keep an eye out for them and try to get some printable shots…..……..

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/640

I looked and looked for both coyotes and fox and seen many of both ….. but none of the shots that I was getting day after day amounted to any printable …….. As I decided to head home and turned the truck around, got down the road a bit ……there they were …. My favorite coyote family …… The female saw me and went behind a big bolder, but the male stood his ground only 20 yards away ……..and as he sat there on his warm dirt pile, I took full advantage of this shoot ….. It did not matter if I moved around him to be able to get different backgrounds …… this guy never moved …. like he was trying to pose  ….. and I think he was …. what do you think …………

Silhouettes on the Madison

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 4, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Being back here in Montana and being in Alaska for the past 13 years, I really wanted to get that Elk silhouette image on the Madison River in yellowstone that, as a kid, I used to see all the time in National Geographic Magazines …… and as my father use to show me when he would take me to the park and say ….. “did you bring your browny, so you can get that picture of your elk”. And then I would get that film developed …. and I would look for that one silhouette picture that was not there ….. As a kid I was disappointed … not knowing photography as good as I do now ….. silhouettes, back then, for me was the hardest pictures to take.

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Now days silhouettes are not that hard for me,when you learn how to do them properly. What makes a good silhouette in my opinion is not so much in how you make that image …. but the most important ingredient in that image, I think for that perfect silhouette is the ‘MOOD” in the photograph…… Course this is all in the beholder of the photograph too…..So in these two images …. you be the judge …….. Thanks


Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 6.3, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 6.3, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

I know this is another set of Coyote images……. But lets face it … in my part of the country, sometimes this is the only images you’ll get for some days to come…… and these are my days ……….Anyway …. these images I thought are kinda cool images and it shows how the coyote feels about the snow………. Enjoy

“Hard To Get”

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 8, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 6.3, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

Went into Yellowstone park today and it seems that I’m having a little of bad luck here lately ……. The only images that I got to day is these two images of this Coyote …. he was just so elusive with me, that I just couldn’t get the right angle, light or anything else …… So I hope these will do …… I thought these two had the “cute factor”