Yellowstone by Night
|Geyser eruption and Milky Way|
When I photograph, I am usually hoping for clouds, rain, snow and epic light. What I got in Yellowstone was a week of clear sky. Totally. Clear. Sky. That was ok as in addition to wanting to photograph some of the geysers with a big sunset, I also wanted to photograph them at night with the Milky Way. Being a landscape photograph means you are always at the mercy of the weather. Luckily there would be quite a bit of moonless sky during my trip so I could go nocturnal and chase the stars.
|Grand Prismatic Spring and Milky Way|
I find that in the dark I can have most locations to myself. Even places that will be packed in the daytime are empty at night. This works great for me as a nightscape photographer as I am looking for dark and quiet where there are not people waving lights around.
Over a few different nights I visited a couple of different geysers and hot springs. Each time being mindful of bears and staying on the right areas.
|Red Aurora over Excelsior Geyser|
One of the locations I stopped was Grand Prismatic Spring. There out on the boardwalk I had a view of Grand Prismatic Spring and the core of the Milky Way to the south and a view of the Excelsior geyser, a bit of Orion arm of the Milky Way and an aurora to the north! A magic night with amazing sights all around. I had two cameras going as I tried to capture the views. One does normally expect to see the aurora but this is the second time I have seen it in Yellowstone. It was just in the north on the horizon but it is still a great sight to see and photograph, especially at the geyser. The hiss of the geysers, the bright stars, the core of the Milky Way, an aurora and even the occasional falling star made this a great night to be out there. I think I spent about 3 hours out there before the cold air began to seep into me and I called it a night.
Over the 4 days I was in the park, I caught no epic sunrise, but standing out there in the dark watching a geyser erupt in the dark was a different kind of experience. I only hope the images can capture that.