Fujifilm X100F @ Yellowstone National Park, Part 2 – Monochrome Photographs

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Dying Tree At Grand Canyon Rim – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

Part 1 – Color Photographs

I learned plenty from this one-day trip to Yellowstone National Park. One thing is that a heck-of-a-lot of people visit this place from all over the world. The park was down right crowded from the west entrance all the way to Old Faithful. Even the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was packed with people.

Since summer break was well over and it was a Thursday, I figured we’d have the park almost to ourselves. I was way off! I talked briefly with some people while waiting for Old Faithful to erupt who have visited the park numerous times, and this was actually considered a small crowd for Yellowstone based on their experiences. I’d hate to come in the peak summer season!

You really get a sense that you’re on top of an active volcano while in Yellowstone. All of the geothermal activity is a big clue, but you can also tell that you are inside the caldera by observing the rim, which you can spot throughout the park. The place feels a bit unsettling, like it could blow at any moment. Hopefully the big eruption is many millennium away.

Old Faithful was alright, but the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was breathtaking! It was our favorite sight in the National Park. A definite must-see! The Dragon’s Mouth was my favorite geothermal spot. I would have liked to see more of the geysers and such, but the weather didn’t cooperate.

This was my first real travel adventure with the Fujifilm X100F, and it didn’t disappoint. It fit nicely into my jacket pocket, so it was always with me yet never in the way. The dark-grey sky made high-ISO a necessity, and the camera had no issues with that. When I wanted to zoom (but didn’t want to walk out in the rain), I used the Digital Teleconverter. I used the fill-flash several times. Despite no weather sealing, the camera got plenty wet several different times and it handled that like a champ, no worse for the wear.

The photographs in this post are all out-of-camera JPEGS using Acros Film Simulation. I love the Acros settings, and I feel like I get film-like results with it. It saves me tons of time not having to post-process my files. My workflow has been greatly simplified and quickened by the Fujifilm X100F, yet I’m not compromising on results. Enjoy!

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Hebgen Lake – West Yellowstone, MT – Fujifilm X100F

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Mountain Obscured – West Yellowstone, MT – Fujifilm X100F

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Meadow & Mt Haynes – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Firehole Falls – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Lodgepole Pines – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Faithful Steam – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Old Faithful Erupting – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Old Faithful Geyser From Old Faithful Lodge – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Faithful Crowd – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Bear & Fish – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Family At Kepler Cascades – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Kepler Cascades Monochrome – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Yellowstone Lake – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Pines On The Lakeshore – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Steamy – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Hot & Muddy – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Rising Steam – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Mud Puddle – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Mud Volcano – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Dragon’s Mouth – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Photographing Lower Falls With A Phone – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Lower Yellowstone Falls Monochrome – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Grand View of Grand Canyon – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Roadside Raven – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Thin Crust – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Beryl Steam – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

Fujifilm X100F @ Yellowstone National Park, Part 1 – Color Photographs

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Lower Yellowstone Falls – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

I had an opportunity recently to visit Yellowstone National Park for the first time. Well, I went once when I was a young child, but I don’t really remember anything from that trip. My wife and kids had never been at all, so it was a new experience for us all.

The drive from our house (in the Salt Lake City, Utah, metro area) to our campsite near West Yellowstone, Montana, is a four-and-a-half hour trek according to Google Maps. It managed to take us nearly seven hours to get there with all of the stops we made (food, gas, restrooms and a crying baby).

Although we stayed two nights, we only had one day in the National Park. People advised me that two days is kind of a minimum for a Yellowstone visit. While that is certainly good advice, one day is all that I could dedicate, so one day is all we had.

This trip had been planned for a few months. We purposely chose to visit in September because several people noted that the crowds are smaller, the weather typically decent and the wildlife plentiful at this time of year. I don’t know if any of that proved to be true.

We arrived in Yellowstone National Park in the morning. We were greeted by a line of cars also trying to get in. We discovered that, even though this was technically the off-season and not a weekend, it can still get quite crowded inside the park.

The original plan was to stay on the west side of Yellowstone and really take our time exploring the geothermal sites. However, it was a rainy and cold-ish day, so we had to scrap our plans. Thankfully we downloaded an app called GyPSy Guide to Yellowstone National Park, which cost a few bucks but was completely worth it. It really helped us figure out where to go and what to see, and made the car ride more entertaining and educational.

We ended up driving all the way around the South Loop. It rained pretty heavy at times, and sprinkled the whole day. Due to the elements, we couldn’t spend very much time outdoors and didn’t go very far down any trail. We would have seen a lot more if the weather was better. Heck, we didn’t see hardly any wildlife at all.

This wasn’t a photography trip. This was a family getaway. The only camera gear that I brought with me was a Fujifilm X100F. The conditions weren’t great. If I had more time I would have at least carried a tripod with me. I was mostly shooting at high-ISOs. Because I didn’t venture very far down any path, I relied on the Digital Teleconverter a lot instead of zooming with my feet.

If this had been primarily a photography trip, I would have been somewhat displeased with the images captured (there are a few good ones). Since photography wasn’t the main objective–simply the icing on the cake–I’m happy with what I came away with.

These photographs are all out-of-camera JPEGs. I used Classic Chrome for most, and Velvia for a few. Check out Part 2, which features black-and-white images, plus some more details of the trip. Enjoy!

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Frostor – Ashton, ID – Fujifilm X100F

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Chicken Shrimp – Ashton, ID – Fujifilm X100F

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Give Me Some Tots – Ashton, ID – Fujifilm X100F

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Hebgen Lakeshore – West Yellowstone, MT – Fujifilm X100F

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Jonathan At Madison River – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Grand Prismatic Spring – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Excelsior Geyser Crater – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Excelsior Blue – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Bubbling Blue – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Along The Midway Geyser Basin Walkway – Yellowston NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Disappearing Walkway – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Jon Waiting For Old Faithful – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Goofy Siblings – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Crowds Watching Old Faithful – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Kepler Cascades – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Isa Lake Lily Pads – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Large Lily Pads – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Hot Water & Mud – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Dead Trees Near The Hot Spring – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Green Blades – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Getting Off The Holiday Bus – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Tourists At Lower Yellowstone Falls – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Umbrella At Grand Canyon – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F

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Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone – Yellowstone NP, WY – Fujifilm X100F