Yellowstone National Park is well known for its winter wildlife photography and for good reason. On our January trip to Yellowstone, we photographed Moose, Big Horn Sheep rams and ewes, Snowy Bison, Elk bulls and cows, an Ermine, Coyotes, Pronghorn Antelope, Mule Deer, and White-tailed deer.
But Yellowstone is often overlooked for landscape photography. This is somewhat due to its picturesque sister park to the south, Grand Teton National Park.
But winter adds a certain charm to Yellowstone that provides for excellent landscape photography. Below are some ideas for winter landscape photography that could give you some good photo opportunities when the wildlife photography is slow.
Yellowstone Winter Landscape Photography Ideas
Minimalist / Negative Space Snowy Scenes
With all the snow, Yellowstone is a great place to add negative space to your photographs. Check around the geyser basins.
Snowy and Icy Waterfalls
There are plenty of waterfalls in Yellowstone. However, with only the northern road open, accessing them may be a challenge. Try Undine or Wraith Falls. Gibbons falls is also accessible by snow coach.
Geyser Basins and Hot Springs in steam and snow
Geysers, Hot Springs, Fumerols, and Mud Pots make for great subjects with the steam mixing with the snow. Mammoth Hot Springs can be reached by car in the winter. For the other Geysers Basins, you’ll need to take a snow coach or snow mobile tour – which can be an interesting and fun experience.
Sunrise / Sunset on the Snowy Mountains
Sunrises and sunsets can give color to an otherwise drab scene. They also cast the color on to the snow on the mountains.
The Moon Setting Over the Mountains
While in Yellowstone, keep track of the phases of the moon and look back behind you while you’re traveling. You might just get a treat like this one.
Animals in their environment
Instead of just zooming in on wildlife, try zooming out and capturing them in their environment.
Winter Scenes with Puffy Snow
White puffy snow with the dark colors of the trees and river are great contrast for a black and white photo.
Written by Martin Belan