Yellowstone Spring Workshop updates and quick tips – Day 3

June 8, 2010

Photo Tips

Bison, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone NP - ©2010 Juan A. Pons

Rain continues to come down on us during this Yellowstone Spring workshop, but we work to make the best of it. In the morning we got to see a number of bison, who did not seem to mind the rain one bit, while we worked to get some great shots they continued eating grasses and going about their business like we were not even there. As you can see in the image above they are currently shedding their winter coats for a much more lightweight and comfortable summer coat.

View from Artist Point, Yellowstone NP - ©2010 Juan A. Pons

Later in the day we got to the famous Artist Point, with this incredible view of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone and the Yellowstone River as it courses it way thru the Gand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

White-crowned Sparrow, Yellowstone NP - ©2010 Juan A. Pons

Although this White-crowned Sparrow is a fairly common bird and certainly not one of the large and spectacular species that Yellowstone is known for, I very much like how it is framed and how the out of focus background makes it pop out in this image.

Quick Tip: Make the best of a less than ideal situation. Look to make interesting images even out of some of the most common subjects.



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Juan is a wildlife photographer who currently lives in Maine. Juan lives and breathes photography and travels around the country making images, teaching and leading photo workshops. Juan’s favorite destination is Yellowstone in winter.

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4 Responses to “Yellowstone Spring Workshop updates and quick tips – Day 3”

  1. Rick Sammon Says:

    Great pix!

    What lenses are you using?



    • Juan Pons Says:


      I am using a bunch of different lenses..

      Bison: Canon 500mm f/4 L IS
      View from Artist Point: Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS
      White-crowned sparrow: Canon 300mm f/4 L IS



  2. Craig Mullenbach Says:

    Thanks for the posts in Yellowstone. I just got back from there and am super curious about what you will shoot and how. It rained a lot when I was there so keep an eye out for rainbows.


  3. Carl Says:

    Juan, Yellowstone is simply amazing when it rains! It’s not so much that you’re “making the best of a situation” as “you are in a great situation”. OK, OK.. I knew what you meant :)

    It’s a beautiful place no matter what the weather is doing. Wish I were there. Great tips and photos. Thanks for sharing.


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