Yellowstone: snowy scenes part II

I has already been more than 2 months since I returned from Yellowstone and I still need to post some more images and stories… so time to speed things up!

When I went out on the first morning trying to catch my luck, I bumped into this bison herd at the end of Hayden valley. It had been snowing during the night and I was confronted on my very first day and hour of shooting by a large number of black furry animals against a pure white background.


So this is where experience should kick in, and I guess it did to some extent, but I still forgot to set my exposure compensation to the right value: not to overexpose but still expose as much as possible to the right (‘ETTR’) to get those black furs back. I must have missed this by at least one stop, but fortunately the dynamic range of the D850 forgave me for that and I was able to recover (spending too much time) in ACR.

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D850, f/4, 1/500 s., ISO 1400, +0.7EV exp. comp., hand-held

After increasing exposure compensation with another 2/3 stop my images came out a bit better. However it was a good lesson learned; one I remember from my snowy owl experience: you’re looking at overexposing up to around 2 full stops in the snow! Now I just need to remember that for next time…

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D850, f/4, 1/640 s., ISO 2500, +1.3EV exp. comp., hand-held

I’ll be posting my next set of Yellowstone images very soon, so stay tuned! And as always, just drop me a note on for any queries or for any (general) comments, send a mail to

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