Morning light on Junction Butte in Yellowstone National Park, December 21, 2012. It was -3 degrees F, but warmed up some during the calm day, the weather nicer than forecast, but the world didn't end either.
One of the small, usually dry, lake beds east of Junction Butte. Tracks of elk and bison all about.
Granite outcrops above the Lamar River draped in fresh, powdery snow with a Douglas Fir. A mountain to the east called The Thunderer is in the distance toward Cooke City.
More granite outcrops. The very bright snow is not blown in the DP1 Merrill files--shot at 100 iso with +1/3 exposure compensation and auto-focus. Just point and shoot..
A group of buffalo appeared on the hillside on the north side of the Lamar River.
The same little group of buffalo came down the banks of the Lamar.
This was a test shot in fresh snow shot a couple of weeks ago near home in Whitehall, Montana to see if the DP1 Merrill could handle the bright contrast. There's an ash layer exposed in the hillside with the Bull Mountains beyond.
Here's a 100 percent enlargement from the original 85MB files. The image is still sharp--and the gray-white ash layer is clearly visible in the lower center.