Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

This next image was taken from Artist Point, one of the most recognizable Yellowstone icons.  I’ve been to Yellowstone twice before this trip, but only for a day each time.  Artist Point was one of our brief stops along the days’ travels.

Artist Point provides a perfect view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  However, I have never liked photographing here for several reasons:

  • The shooting location is relatively confined with very few unique points of view.
  • There are almost always an enormous number of tour buses and people here.  Crowded would be an understatement.
  • It is very difficult to photograph with sunlight, which happened to be plentiful the first two times I was here.  No matter what time of day and angle the sun, it casts very harsh shadows that are difficult to deal with photographically.
  • Needless to say, it’s been photographed to death.

We had perfect light on this day, as well as a bit of a moody sky, which I love.  It was terribly cold!  OK, we’re here in June but the temperature was around 35F-40F!  Geez.  And to top it all, Artist Point is on a tall ridge, and the wind was probably 25mph.  BUT, there’s always a silver lining, right?  There were no tourists!

Artist Point gives a beautiful vantage point of the canyon and falls, as you can see.  No wonder it is so popular.  God provided a wonderful canvas on this day, and my mind’s eye was envisioning this in monochrome from the time we arrived.  I hope I did it justice!

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Artist Point

Thanks to Brent, a friend and member of our group, you can visualize my numbness and almost feel the cold wind yourself.  🙂

Brrr, It's Cold!

This entry was written by Mark , posted on Sunday July 11 2010at 10:07 pm , filed under Landscapes, Yellowstone . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

3 Responses to “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone”

  • Carl Gandolfo says:

    Beautiful!! Looks even better in print!
    Yes, I remember how cold it was that morning…..I stayed in the car and ate my Pop Tarts!! 🙂

  • Cyndi Spurlin says:

    Beautiful image Mark!

    I think we were there that same morning. It was COLD and the wind was howling! You’re right about the tourist… there weren’t any that morning! They were all probably eating their pop tarts at home in front of the fireplace.

  • Brent Johnston says:

    It’s a good thing I took the picture of you with the camera on a tripod. My teeth were chattering and hands were shaking too much otherwise!

    The B&W almost has a charcoal feel to it. Tres nice!

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