Yellowstone in December Photo Gallery by Dave Shumway

December… the crowds have left, the snow is accumulating and the animals know that they have a long cold winter ahead of them.
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Winter is one of my favorite times of year to visit the park because the wolves, fox and coyotes do very well in winter. In addition, the snow makes them easier to spot and when you do spot them, their full winter coats look great in pictures.

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A gray member of the Lamar Canyon wolf pack walks up a hillside in the Lamar Valley as the rising sun illuminates the scene from behind. Captured with a Canon7D and 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 2/3 at ISO200, f/7.1, and 1/500th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod and Induro GBH2 head with a custom long lens support.

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An American bald eagle takes off from a frosted tree in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D and 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 2/3 at ISO200, f/7.1, and 1/800th of a second. The camera was resting on a beanbag.

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A coyote makes its way through the snow that fills the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D and 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 1 at ISO200, f/7.1, and 1/640th of a second. The camera was resting on a beanbag.

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Here's a Lamar Valley sunrise on a cold morning (-5º) in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5D III and 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 4/3 at ISO400, f/11, and 1/250 of a second. The camera was handheld.

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This is a photo of a winter landscape of a ridge above Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5D III and 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 5/3 at ISO400, f/11, and 1/200 of a second. The camera was handheld, a Singh-Ray polarizer was used.

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The sun sets over the Absaroka Mountain Range and the freezing Yellowstone River just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5D III and 400/2.8L IS II in manual mode at ISO400, f/11, and 1/40th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540 XLS with an ArcaSwiss ballhead, a Singh-Ray LB Polarizer was used along with a 2-stop soft Galen Rowell Graduated Neutral Density Filter.

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