Yellowstone: using the Nikon 600mm f/4E FL super telephoto lens for… landscapes (?)

I know, this doesn’t make any sense. And I don’t know what I was thinking when we had visited Yellowstone’s ‘Old Faithful’ geyser earlier and went on to explore the geothermal springs in that same area, carrying my Nikon 600mm f/4E FL lens. For whatever reason I may have had hopes for some wildlife to pop up, but we had no such luck.

We had almost reached the end of our trail and were about to close for the day when we suddenly saw Old Faithful erupting again in the far distance. I felt a bit of a challenge coming up and asked myself if I could actually get anything close to a decent composition…

‘Old- super-tele -Faithful’
Nikon 600mm f/4E FL on Nikon D850, f/4, 1/3200 s., ISO 64, 0EV exp. comp., hand-held

You can’t really direct Old Faithful in any way nor can you expect the perfect eruption (unless you perhaps have a couple of decades to spend). I guess it was just luck to be at that spot at that time of that day, and with a lens I would normally not even have taken with me. Out of the few bursts I shot one interesting image had come out, much to my surprise.

What I like about this image is that it’s different from all the others you find of Yellowstone’s ‘Old Faithful’. Perhaps because very few would actually even consider bringing a super telephoto lens to a landscape scene. Next to (wild)Life, Nature photography can also be full of surprises!

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