Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

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Grand Tetons, Wyoming, 2009

I am in Wyoming today, and for the next ten days.

Back in 2009, my husband and I took a ten day, 3,000+ mile road trip through Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. It was an incredible adventure, one that I highly recommend you take if you haven’t had the opportunity. We always said that the next time we went back, we’d take our son and daughter (now grown). We ALSO said that next time we’d just fly in and spend all of our time around Jackson and Cody, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Three thousand miles in ten days in a car was fun, but not something I want to repeat any time soon.

So. Here we are.

There are many reasons for me to be excited about this trip. For one, this will be the first vacation that the entire family has taken since before our son went into the Marines, back in 2001. Also, the past year has been exceptionally busy and stressful, so this is an extremely well-deserved vacation. We get to visit family from my husband’s side that we rarely get to see. Plus there’s the prime directive of pretty much any vacation we take – GOOD FOOD.

Grand Tetons, Wyoming, 2009

Mostly, though, I’m looking forward to the photographic opportunities. I took nearly a thousand photos back in 2009 and was happy with many of them. However, my photography has grown in the last three years and what I deemed “good” back then has become somewhat less so, knowing what I know now. I get the chance to really consider what I want to capture, what I want to do differently, and what opportunities I want to take advantage of now that I am familiar with the area.

I get to test out a new Think Tank camera case and a new Lowepro camera bag, which I’ll review when I get back. I also get to use somewhat better gear than I had back in 2009. Then I was shooting with a Canon Rebel XTi, the kit lens, and a couple of lenses that I rented from Pro Photo Rental – the 10-22 wide angle and the 70-300 telephoto.

For this trip I’m taking my Canon EOS 7D and the following lenses:

- Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens

- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

- Canon EF 2.0X III Telephoto Extender

Those, along with my flash and monopod, should cover me, whether I’m photographing mountains or bison, geysers or wildflowers. One quick tip for you, when traveling with a bunch of gear. List every item of gear that you are packing and taking with you, and make two copies of that list. Put one in the camera case so that when you’re ready to go back home you can use it as a checklist to make sure you haven’t left anything behind in the hotel room or what have you. Leave the other copy at home for in case your gear is stolen or lost. You’ll then be able to itemize exactly what went missing to your insurance company.

Beehive Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, 2009

For those of you who have been to the Grand Tetons/Yellowstone area before, what should I absolutely NOT miss? Let me know in the comments or head on over to our Facebook page.

All photos copyright Tiffany Joyce.

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  • Papainhouston

    Jenny Lake, backed up by the Tetons, is a photo-op NOT to be missed.

  • Maria

    really nice!