Bears

Yellowstone Wildlife Photography

On our recent trip to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Rochelle and I learned some hard lessons in mastering the art of wildlife photography, and while neither of us claims to be anything close to a master at it now, we did pick up some valuable, hard-earned knowledge.  And I’d like to pass on some of our experiences to you, in the hopes that you can avoid some of our trials and most of our errors.

Before we get into the whole “photographiness” of the story, I have to remind you, as I reminded myself over and over again, it really doesn’t matter all that much if you get a perfect photograph of a bear, a moose or an elk.  What is much more important is taking the time to see and experience these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

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A Bison Calf having Breakfast.

We visited the two parks in late June, and there were animal babies all over the place.  Watching the interaction between the mothers and the babies was a priceless experience and when I think of the time I spent looking at them through my viewfinder, I remember how personal each of those experiences was, not only for them, but for me too.  So, my advice is to be patient, enjoy the experience, and if you happen to get a couple of good photographs, just consider them to be icing on the big cake you already have sitting in front of you. Continue reading