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Windy in Yellowstone

Here’s a short video of some scenes of yesterday in Yellowstone. The wind started around noon and didn’t let up, as you can see in many of the scenes.

For most of these shots I used the Tamron 28-75 lens, which is now my most common lens when doing video. It seems to be a very convenient focal length video (more so than when with still shots). The lens can be a bit heavy if walking around with it around your neck, but with video I’ve found that you absolutely have to use a tripod, so at that point a little extra weight doesn’t matter.

I was using my Canon T1i, but I recommend getting the newer T2i.

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“Face” Peering Out Of Orange Spring Mound (Video)

When driving by Orange Spring Mound a couple of days ago I noticed what looks like a face peering out of it. Do you see it in the video?

It was a little bit spooky to drive by this unexpected feature in a surreal setting at dusk, with the wolves howling in the distance. Orange Spring Mound [link to Park Service description] is located in the northwest part of the park and, now with road open near Gibbon Falls, is easy to get to from West Yellowstone compared to last summer when there were construction detours.

I did the video with my Canon T1i Digital Rebel [Amazon link] and the Canon 10-22 wide angle lens [Amazon link]. I rolled down my window, set the camera on the edge, and slowly rolled the car forwards and backwards until I got the shot. You can still see some camera shake it, but I’m finding a key to getting the best video is to stabilize as much as possible.

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Photosynth: Hot Pool

Here’s an experiment I did using Microsoft’s Photosynth technology. It’s like a panoramic photo and, for this little hot pool in Yellowstone National Park, you can spin around and zoom in.

You need Microsoft’s Silverlight plugin to get this to work, and I find the navigation a little difficult to use, but it’s an interesting way to explore a photo.

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Yellowstone National Park Opening Weekend 2010 (Video)

Some quick video taken yesterday of various scenes during opening weekend at Yellowstone National Park.

Spring is here and while there is still some snow in the mountains, the area is turning green, the rivers are full and flowing, and the animals are active. I saw two bears yesterday, and of course bison and elk.

I finished the evening by pulling over in the delicious darkness near Mount Haynes, under the stars and listening to an owl hooting in the night. Here’s a short audio file of how it sounded: Owl and Goose

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A Drive in the Snow – Big Sky to West Yellowstone

The route from West Yellowstone almost all the way up to Bozeman is one of my favorite drives in the United States. It takes you through the western part of Yellowstone National Park and you pass numerous mountains and rivers.

Yesterday, as part of my futile quest for Big Horn Sheep to photograph, I drove as far as Big Sky when I could no longer see the mountains. A big snow storm was on the way, and the cars coming from the north were covered with snow.

The video has shots of the falling snow that I took on the way back. I was hoping for one big snowfall in West Yellowstone, but it fizzled out as I got close to home. But still, some very nice driving.

If you do this drive while visiting the area, obey the speed limits, especially the one for 55 mph while in the park. There are many curves on the road, and places to pull over, and I regularly see park rangers set up there with radar units. But more importantly, there are a lot of sheep and elk on this road and you need to give yourself time to slow down, especially at night.

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March Fishing in West Yellowstone

It’s still March, but there’s been enough melt that those of you who want to fish, but don’t like hovering over an ice hole, can find some good spots around West Yellowstone.

Hebgen Lake, around the Horse Butte area, has open water and last week I caught a very nice brown trout casting with an earth worm while standing on the shore.

And, of course, the Madison River downstream of the Hebgen Lake Dam is open and I’ve been seeing many more fishermen there in the last week as the weather has improved.

Above is a video from yesterday in which I walked up the mountain across the highway from the Madison River at the bend just downstream of the dam. I noticed a couple of people fishing way down below and focused in on them, taking new shots as I made my way back to the highway.

This is a beautiful location and worth a drive when visiting West Yellowstone, even if you don’t fish. Just find a place to pull over and start walking. Here’s a Google Map showing where I shot the video, and the route to get there starting from my store location:

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