Wildlife Photography in the Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton area is beautiful and provides countless opportunities to take pictures of wildlife from fowls to buffalo. All these pictures were taken the same day in the Grand Teton National Park. The day that we were there it was rainy of and on throughout the day. This made using camera equipment a bit difficult as we had to work to try and keep it dry, but it also saturated all the colors in a very natural way as well as providing beautiful cloud formations.

I also discovered shade white balance on this trip. This allowed me to get the color of this shot straight out of camera.

squirrel with pine cones

Nikon D3400, f/6.3, 1/80

This little guy had no fear. He would chew on the stick in front of him for a minute and then look back up at us. We were within 5 feet of this little guy. At the time my card was full and I had forgot the rest in the vehicles. I was desperately deleting other images to capture this little squirrel and it was definitely worth it.

Duck with reflection in the water

Nikon D3400

Again using the shade white balance, I was able to get this rich marbled reflection in the water of the creek. This was also at Schwabacher Landing, WY. Normally under the reflection of the Grand Teton peaks when they aren’t hiding behind the clouds, this beautiful stretch of river bank sports a beaver dam and is teaming with birds and other small animals. We didn’t see any moose or anything that day but it wouldn’t have surprised me if we did.

Duck landing in the river

Nikon D3400

I am not sure what kind of duck this was, but he made a beautiful ripple in the reflection of this water. I lowered the saturation and upped the variance using adjustment layers to simplify this image into an almost black and white.

Pelicans feeding in the lake

Nikon D3400

Pelicans on the lake

Nikon D3400

Running toward the buffalos

Nikon D3400

Up above Mormon Row, we spotted some buffalo and probably got a little too excited to get closer for pictures. Featured is Shallyn Larsen, running with her braid flying out. This is one way that Caryn Esplin has taught me to humanize the landscape. Although I have other pictures of these buffalo on the horizon, this is one of the more compelling images for me.

For more awesome wildlife photography, check out Joshua Miller and Bryan Maltais‘s fantastic work.

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