After a long drive up to Yellowstone from the Tetons, it was time to take things a little easier. We took our time setting up camp, set up our tarp over the tent in a precarious way (but it worked), and had a quick and easy dinner.
Joey and I started to wander around the surrounding area looking for bison. Joey’s biggest goal was to photograph bison on the trip, which, he did succeed in, and his work is fabulous. My goal was different, and that was to capture the surreal landscape of the supervolcano.
This particular rock formation captured my eye. I loved the textures and the few trees poking out. I already had the telextander on my camera to be ready for any bison we encountered. This was an odd situation that the telextender didn’t seem to be a problem. I shot this hand-held at ISO 400 and f/8, but yet, it’s sharper than every other photo I’ve mad with the telextender. Maybe I was focusing wrong previously, I don’t know.
Now, as I’ve said in many of the past posts, why didn’t this one make the cut?
It’s yet another familiar reason. Timing. The hard mid-day light was a lot to deal with in this image. While I do have nice textures accentuated by the hard light, it forced me into using black and white, which wasn’t my goal — however, it’s not a bad thing to be in black and white. In fact, black and white fits this image better than color.
I would be much more fond of this image if I had shot it with more diffused light and a more dramatic sky. The fair-weather clouds bore me, and don’t add to the composition. The image is very right-heavy, and doesn’t really draw in the viewer’s eyes the way I had hoped it would.
Regardless, i do still enjoy this image, but it’s not one to write home about.