August in Yellowstone

August in the Park can be full of many things: flowers on both Beartooth & Dunraven Passes, maturing fox/coyote/wolf pups in the meadows, or simply the promise that the crowds will soon subside and snow will come again.

I take advantage of the passes as they are cooler, less crowded and at the peak of summers bounty.

A Red-tailed Hawk soars on the strong winds atop the Beartooth Pass. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 3 at ISO400, f/4.0, and 1/640th of a second. The camera was handheld.

A red fox kit looks out from a boulder along the Beartooth Pass. Captured with a Canon 7D with 500/4.0L IS + 1.4TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 2/3 at ISO400, f/6.3, and 1/200th of a second. The camera was resting on a beanbag.

A summer thunderstorm rolls into the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5DII with 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of – 2/3 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/1600th of a second. The camera was resting on a beanbag.

A mountain stream races down the Wyoming side of the Beartooth Pass between boulders and flowers as waves of summer thunderstorms race overhead. Captured with a Canon 5DII with 17-40/4.0L in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of – 2/3 at ISO50, f/22, and 1/2 of a second (HDRM to handle the sky). The camera was mounted on an Induro CT214 tripod with an Acratech GP ball head and RRS L plate.

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