Yellowstone & Craters of the Moon

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

There’s no doubt about it. We’re working like crazy this year, shooting all over the country – every destination as unique as the previous. With a pace like this, it can be hard to take a breath and reflect on the scenery around you as the car rolls on down the highway.

On our most recent trip out west, we were fortunate enough to have a spent a day traveling through and making photos in Yellowstone National Park. This travel day also took us on an incredible detour to Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. When we’re shooting in places this naturally beautiful it’s hard not to be inspired to make great photos – at the bare minimum, it’s all we can do to show the landscape justice. As always, we made sure to shoot a few behind the scenes to share…

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

I should mention here that this particular journey took us through the middle and southern end of Yellowstone, as opposed to the northern tier of the park which we visited last year. The difference in distance may be minimal, but the terrain and natural features are vastly disparate. It’s wild.

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

Our day started in the heart of Yellowstone, photographing a handful of the unique geothermal features the park has to offer. If I had any doubt that the earth is alive, these landscapes confirmed it. And yes, we did get a few sweet ‘Old Faithful’ photos.

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

As we traveled west through the park and towards our next destination, the scenery grew sparse. Wide open spaces and solemn vistas dominated the landscape.

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

Leaving Yellowstone we decided to make the drive to Craters of the Moon. Although it would add almost five hours of travel time to our already long day, we pressed onward hoping the landscape would be worth the drive.

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

chris crisman yellowstone landscape shooting

Arriving just as the sun was setting and night began was the perfect time for us to capture images of the magic hour as twilight descended on the lava fields at Craters of the Moon. This day of landscape shooting was definitely inspirational; when you’re lucky enough to be in truly beautiful surrounds, you need to make the most of the opportunity.

Questions? Comments? Let us know below or @crismanphoto on twitter! Big thank you to David Ohl for all of the photos for this blog post.

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