Sunrise at the Yellowstone by Aleksey Khmyz

My wife and I had the opportunity to visit Yellowstone Park last fall. It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend visiting if you have the chance.

Sunrise at the Yellowstone by Aleksey Khmyz

Primarily, I am a wedding and portrait photographer based out of the Buffalo, NY area, but it’s always nice to take a couple images of wildlife and amazing natural scenes for my personal collection of images.

First of all, I have to worn you that this park is HUGE!!, so if you’re planning to visit you’ll need at least 4-5 days. Driving between points of interest can take 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Wake up early, so you avoid the massive amount of tourists (like yourself), and you’ll be able to see more nature unfold in front of you. Make the most use of the time you have.

Sunrise at the Yellowstone by Aleksey Khmyz

Images were taken during the golden hour from 5.30 to 6:30am

Equipment used:

  • Tripod
  • Shutter release remote control
  • Canon 5D mark II
  • Canon EF 24-70 f2.8.

Technical Tips:

  • Tripod: is essential to prevent camera shake at the long shutter speed.
  • White Balance: Auto; I shot in RAW format, so if I needed to do adjustments I could do so in postproduction, but the camera did a good job.
  • Manual mode: gives you full control of exposure.
  • ISO: 50-100; try to keep as low as possible, to minimize noise.
  • Aperture: f5.6-f22; f11 – will be a good starting point,
  • Shutter Speed: 8 – 1/15 sec, you can easily go for 30 sec or even more, to get the smoothness of water, and moving sky.
  • Focal Length: 24 mm as wide as I could go.
  • Focus: Manual, Pre-focus at 1/3 of frame and then turn of auto focus, that way you don’t need to worry that the camera will focus on the wrong plane or go crazy in a low light scenario.
  • Mirror Lockup: Enable; decreases camera shake when the camera releases the shutter, improving sharpness of image.

Sunrise at the Yellowstone by Aleksey Khmyz

The last image of the two of us I exposed the camera for the sky; focused on my wife; turned off auto focus; went to her; using radio shutter release remote control, released the shutter; and we got a beautiful silhouette, which is now hanging on a wall in my studio.

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