Yellowstone in October Photo Gallery by Dave Shumway

October...Fall colors, elk rut, cool mornings, steam on the water, less visitors and (often) magical light.
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I love to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national Parks in the month of October, so I am sharing some of my favorite images from one of my October trips.

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The sun breaks the horizon, illuminating changing willows and aspens that cling to the rocky slopes of Beartooth Pass along a creek bed. Captured with a Canon 5DII 17-40/4.0L in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO200, f/11, and 1/100th of a second. The camera was handheld while balancing between two large boulders.

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The sun rises, illuminating the mountains surrounding an alpine lake along Beartooth Pass north of the park. Captured with a Canon 5DII 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of - 1 at ISO100, f/11, and three 1 stop bracketed shots around 1/30th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod with Arca-Swiss Z1sp ball head, a cable release was used in LiveView (mirror lockup) mode. The three images were processed in Adobe Lightroom 3 then merged in Photomatix before being finished in Photoshop CS5.

The waning light of fall means beautiful sunsets in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

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The sun sets behind the mountains as seen from the west summit of Beartooth Pass. Captured with a Canon 5DII 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of - 1 at ISO200, f/16, and 1/5th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod with Arca-Swiss Z1sp ball head a cable release was used in LiveView (mirror lockup) mode.

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A break in the clouds gives way to the sun's rays that set a series of alpine lakes aglow, as seen from atop Beartooth Pass. Captured with a Canon 5DII 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of - 2/3 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/2000th of a second. The camera was handheld.

Yellowstone is so full of wildlife including the majestic trumpeter swan; bison are the quintessential Yellowstone creature circling the geysers and greens of the park.

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A trumpeter swan takes off from the Yellowstone River in late October. Captured with a Canon7D and 500/4.0L IS + 1.4 TC III in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 1/3 at ISO800, f/5.6, and 1/2500th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod and Induro GBH2 head with a custom long lens support (the tripod was not fully set up).

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A bison cow and calf walk through a field of grass along the shores of the Firehole River as steam rises from thermal features behind. Captured with a Canon 5D II and 70-200/2.8L IS II in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of + 2/3 at ISO400, f/7.1, and 1/400th of a second. The camera was handheld.

Close-up photographs of a great grey owl on the flight for food.

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A great grey owl searches for prey near Rainy Lake in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 7D 500/4.0L IS in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO400, f/4.0, and 1/80th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod with Arca-Swiss Z1sp ball head and Wimberly Sidekick.

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A great grey owl returns to its perch after an unsuccessful hunt near Rainy Lake in Yellowstone National Park. Captured with a Canon 5DII 500/4.0L IS in shutter priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO1600, f/4.0, and 1/320th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod with Arca-Swiss Z1sp ball head and Wimberly Sidekick.

Yellowstone's Beartooth Pass is a great spot to look for wildlife, like this trio of mountain goats.

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A trio of mountain goats drink from puddles atop Beartooth Pass. Captured with a Canon 7D 500/4.0L IS in aperture priority mode with an exposure bias of 0 at ISO200, f/7.1, and 1/500th of a second. The camera was resting on a beanbag.

Nearby Grand Teton National Park features the stunning vistas of Oxbow Bend, Mount Moran, and Signal Mountain.

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Dawn's first light, as fog rises from Oxbow Bend in Grad Teton National Park. Captured with a Canon 5DII 70-200/2.8L IS II in manual mode at ISO100, f/2.8, and 1/4th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod with Arca-Swiss Z1sp ball head, a cable release was used in LiveView (mirror lockup) mode.

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Canadian geese, clouds and turning aspen all unite along the shores of Oxbow Bend with Mount Moran reflecting as the sun rises on Grand Teton National Park. Captured with a Canon 5DII 70-200/2.8L IS II in manual mode at ISO100, f/11, and 1/160th of a second. The camera was mounted on a Gitzo 3540XLS tripod with Arca-Swiss Z1sp ball head, a cable release was used in LiveView (mirror lockup) mode.

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