X Mas Trip 2015 Day 4

Shot with the A6000 and Sony 70-400G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G

Day 4 started very VERY early. We wanted to be up before sunrise to maximize our chances to see the big horn sheep so being in place before sunrise was key. I started trying to snap photos from the time we first saw the sheep appear at the summit of the mountain they were on. It was dark, and they were too far away for even my new 400mm lens to reach. I switched from the A99 to the A6000 and for added reach and even tried a Kenko 1.4 tele converter, but was never happy with the results.

Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G

These are pretty heavily cropped and edited to even make them this good. Not what I was looking for. to top things off my tripod wasn’t quite up to the task of holding the weight of the new lens at these distances and had also lost a screw during the trip. I guess I have something new to look into.

Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G

After several attempts, we decided to start moving around a bit and drove from turn out to turn out snapping here and there. It took a while but the sheep slowly worked their way down the hill.

Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G

And I was finally able to get a good look at these guys and gals.

Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G

We stayed for a while and continued to move around a bit more grabbing a few more photos, but at a point it starts to feel awkward. Don’t believe me, take your camera with you the next time you’re at a restaurant and start taking photos of people trying to eat. You will see what I mean.

Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and Sony 70-400 G

We finally decided to leave the animals alone and worked our way towards the other side of the mountains to go do some landscape photos of the Tetons themselves.

 

Borrowed from our 2013 trip
Borrowed from our 2013 trip

And we would have gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for the darn clouds!  The Tetons were completely masked by the clouds and falling snow.  We drove through the park a couple of times hoping it would clear but it never did.

Shot with the Sony A6000 and 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A6000 and 70-400 G

We did see some buffalo off in the distance, but they were pretty content to lay in the snow waiting for the storm to pass.

 

Shot with the Sony A99 and 70-400 G
Shot with the Sony A99 and 70-400 G

Frustrated with the previous animal shots we stopped on the opposite side of the road to snap of couple of the much more cooperative horses at a ranch on the property.   They were friendly and roadside so I was able to switch back to the A99.

Shot with the Sony A99 and Zeiss 24-70
Shot with the Sony A99 and Zeiss 24-70

At this point we headed back to town to grab lunch and hit up a hardware store looking for my M4 x30mm screw that was missing from my tripod.  The Antler arch photo was a quick through the windshield snap.  I was still cold from chasing animals, and Jackson never has parking around this area, so I got lazy and it shows.

Shot with the A6000 and 70-400 G
Shot with the A6000 and 70-400 G

The hardware store was a bust, lunch was best described as accomplished, and the weather didn’t show any signs of changing so we headed out.   I spotted a pair of Coyotes out for a mid day stroll off in the distance.

Shot with the A6000 and 70-400 G
Shot with the A6000 and 70-400 G

And eventually spotted one a bit closer on the roadway.

Shot with the Sony A99 and Zeiss 24-70
Shot with the Sony A99 and Zeiss 24-70

During my animal attempts we tend to turn around in random spots.

Shot with the Sony A99 and Zeiss 24-70
Shot with the Sony A99 and Zeiss 24-70

We ended up on an un-plowed section of trail which had my hopeful to see more wild life but all we found were tracks.  We eventually ran out of tire tracks to follow.  Not knowing the road and not being able to tell where it started and stopped we head back to the highway.    Helpful tip of the day: your mono pod can make a great way to “feel” for the ditch when turning around on a narrow road with too much snow to see what is going on.

Shot with the A6000, Minolta 50mm and combined in lightroom
Shot with the A6000, Minolta 50mm and combined in lightroom

The Cameras stayed put while we continued down the highway and over the continental divide.  I do have some crappy video footage from the cell phone (safely in its mount on the windshield) but basically it was snowy and you couldn’t see a thing!  Once on the other side of the mountains the snow disappeared and we started seeing deer by the dozens.

Shot with the A6000 and Sony 70-400G
Shot with the A6000 and Sony 70-400G

I even spotted one more big horn sheep on the side of the road!  Yep, getting up early and waiting out in blowing snow in shorts to get my photos and here he is hanging out roadside a few miles away!

 

 

Shot with the A6000, and Minolta 50mm
Shot with the A6000, and Minolta 50mm

Some random roadside scenery.

Long Exposure with the A99 and Rokinon 14mm
Long Exposure with the A99 and Rokinon 14mm

We ended our photographic day in the Semi-Ghost town of Shoshoni Wy with a few shots of the more abandoned side of town.

 

Full set of photos from Day 4:

 

 

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