Regardless of the time of year, Yellowstone makes for great images. Every time I’m in the park, I find new places, new opportunities, and new vision, and during a summer storm, I did the best thing a photographer can do: turned my back on that which everyone else was staring. Instead, as the tiny trickle of hot water left the hot pool for the cold waters of Yellowstone lake, it created a new barrage of colors; blue, green, brown, orange melded together in a textural composition of rock, cloud and water.
Many, many photographers love electrical storms: drama, fear, contrast and movement are all possible in spades when storms arise. This thunderstorm passed south of Hastings College this last June, and I rushed to use the lines and lights of the college’s Gray Center, as well as the leaves of a nearby tree (I know, tree in a thunderstorm? Smart.) to create layers and depth.
I don’t often work in black and white, although I own the requisite red filters for proper landscape work (thank you, Ansel, for beginning that trend years ago). But during a torrential rainstorm in central Colorado, I ventured out hoping for a gift of light.
I got it.