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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Grand Tetons National Park: Reflection

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Iconic Oxbow Bend. 7 shot HDR panoramic. Nikon D90, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 @ 70mm ISO 200 f/18

Now that the trip is over, all I can do is reflect on the experience. I had a great time but there are some things that I would do differently.

We only spent two nights in GTNP and split the trip between GTNP and Yellowstone. Next trip will be either a GTNP trip or a Yellowstone trip. GTNP is much smaller and can be seen in a shorter amount of time. BUT, from a photographers perspective, you need more time. The first problem is that many of the famous scenic areas are morning shoots. Oxbow Bend, Schwabacher's Landing, Snake River and Mormon Barns to name a few.

I also found out that there is a lifetime of photographic opportunities at Jenny Lake. Unfortunately we didn't dedicate any time to photography.

So in short, here is a list of advice...

1.) Most of the iconic scenic shots are morning shoots.
2.) Moose are best seen in GTNP but elk, bison, wolves and coyote are all easier seen in YNP.
3.) When driving at night, SLOW DOWN. This is a story for another day, but trust the, "Wildlife on Roads" signs.
4.) Photograph Jenny Lake area.
5.) Separate the trips, one for Grand Tetons and one for Yellowstone.

I hope this helps anyone who might be planing a trip to GTNP. Remember to enjoy it! It's one of the most beautiful places you'll ever go! Let me know your experiences via email or comments!