CB&W Nature: GTNP & YNP

What great timing for this theme! My husband and I just got back from a road trip to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone NP. In the U.S. we are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of a forward thinking decision to conserve these natural spaces for all to respect and enjoy. Every time I visit one of our National Parks I am awed by what I see.

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American bison in Yellowstone NP
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American Bison in Yellowstone NP
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Evening in the Grand Tetons, Jackson Lake
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The Grand Tetons from Schwabacher Landing
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Moose in GTNP
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The Grand Tetons reflected in Jenny Lake
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Fall “color” in GTNP
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Yellowstone wasteland

Go! Plan a visit. Just please remember these are natural spaces with all the inherent dangers. Read the signs. Respect the wildlife. Follow the rules. Above all, don’t be a statistic.


Thanks to Cee for another wonderful installment of her black and white photo challenge. If you would like to participate, click here.

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Slow Water – Photography 101

I’ve always wanted to take the slow photos of running water. I bought a tripod. I slowed the shot down. I also got a darkening filter, which made all the difference. (I never knew they existed.) Here are 3 photos taken at the same time with different settings. Although the assignment was about motion, I noticed the color in the slow shots is a lot deeper and more balanced. I’m sure the darkening filter had a lot to do with it.

If you are interested in settings, click on a photo and they will show up on the slideshow.

I used to have a Pentax MX – totally manual. I used to understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed. Since getting my DSLR, I’ve been pretty lazy in letting the camera do all the work. I’m just now relearning these things, and it’s a steep learning curve.