Yellowstone Memories — No. 1

For them not interested in reading, you can explore the photos in THIS SmugMug Gallery.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-top of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

Yellowstone June 2015

For them who are wondering, these posts appear for two reasons; one, I’m trying out software and, two, I’m busy with stuff and I have little time for the blog right now.

Doing these every other day or so keeps the blog active and doesn’t require large stretches of time. In fact, I prepare these piecemeal and post them when I think I have enough.

Except for the first photo — which is from 2015 — these photos are from our 2013 visit to Yellowstone NP.

Yellowstone still ranks as our favorite national park of the ones we’ve visited. Not that we hate the others, but Yellowstone ranks at the top of parks we’d revisit in a heartbeat.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the shore of Yellowstone Lake, along the road on Eastern entrance to the park.

This next gallery contains what some might call more iconic photos from the park.

Side note: most of the photos in the previous gallery — and next — would look harsh with my “regular” processing. This is, in part, because of the lighting, but also because of the scenes themselves. Also, there’s always the concern about what type of screen one uses to view these offerings. My screen is a wide gamut screen and most aren’t. I must also remember that most people don’t calibrate their screens. All I can say is that these look “natural” on my screen. Hopefully, they look the same on yours. 

Almost automatically, when I process photos, I always do a quick B&G&W conversion to see if they’re suited for a classical film look. These appeared (to me) as good candidates for the Ilford Pan Plus 50 processing.

The link gives you the technical details and developing times . . . but, I just clicked on a DxO Film Pack menu. Note, I’m not a spokesperson nor do I receive any renumeration from DxO. On the contrary; I give them money.

Here are the B&G&W offerings of the above photos:

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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12 Responses to Yellowstone Memories — No. 1

  1. AnnMarie says:

    First, beautiful shots. Second, I didn’t realize how helpful those B&W photos are until now that I need value studies for my art! How generous of you to provide me with these conversions for my use. Thanks much!!!


    • disperser says:

      Again, you should make your own to see how different filters change how it looks. Most of those have either a blue, orange, or yellow filter applied to some degree or other so they aren’t a straight conversion.

      But, if these help, glad it’s so.


  2. Yellowstone is a fav national park, stunning place to visit…and your photos capture it so wonderfully! :-)


  3. Good pictures. I went to Yellowstone in 1995. I read that it is busier now?


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Andrew.

      As far as being busier, it’s hard to tell because we try to go at the end or beginning of the seasons when it’s less crowded to begin with.

      That said, the last two times we went, 2013 and 2015, there were more people there than we were used to. I believe that in part, it’s because there are more retirees as the baby boomers get to retirement age.

      In the early 2000s, there definitively were fewer families about (we usually went after school started) but in the later years, we saw more kids around. I think it’s because these days parents pull kids out of school for a week without hesitation since the kids probably won’t get to use their education when they grow up even if they actually learn something.

      Meaning, my level of annoyance is only minimally assuaged by going during the off-season given I still get to interact with both young punks and slow older persons.

      I also believe people sharing photos contribute to other people wanting to visit. I think people — and let me be clear about this: I mean people other than me — should quit sharing photos of all these nice places and sights.

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  4. seekraz says:

    I have not been there and didn’t even know there was a lake, sad to say…

    I like the B&W conversion of the first image best…very nice.


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