If you’ve ever gazed upon a map of Yellowstone National Park you were likely struck by the massive size of the area it encompasses. A wee little park it is not. If you’ve ever visited Yellowstone intent on photographing landscapes – not wildlife – at some point you probably found yourself feeling a bit frustrated. I certainly have. In the neighboring Tetons, subject matter beckons to you at every bend in the road or trail. Yellowstone is more subtle. There are a few obvious locations, namely dramatic waterfalls, but much of Yellowstone requires a little more work and a little more thought to create compelling landscape images.
Bozeman based photographer Dean Sauskojus has spent the last twenty years exploring Yellowstone with his camera. In that time Dean has developed an intimate relationship with the Yellowstone landscape, learning the nuances of each season and compiling an unparalleled knowledge of America’s first national park. Lucky for us, he’s decided to share this treasure trove of information with other photographers in his spectacular new e-book, “The Ultimate Photo Guide to Yellowstone National Park“.
Between the virtual covers you’ll find a whopping 43 locations throughout Yellowstone. You’ll no doubt recognize some of the icons like Lower Falls from Lookout Point. What really makes “The Ultimate Photo Guide to Yellowstone National Park” so special are the lesser known or even unknown locations Dean shares that are every bit as breathtaking as the iconic hot spots. No other guide I’ve ever used covers such a diversity of locations.
Speaking of locations, Dean makes it easy to find sites that pique your photographic interest. The table of contents divides the locations into three main categories: Thermal Features, Creeks, Lakes and Rivers, and Mountain Passes, Valleys and Waterfalls. Below each category you’ll find a list of locations to photograph. If you’d rather search for locations based upon the best time of day to photograph them you can do that, too. Dean has included a handy page that displays the locations by sunrise, sunset and even quite a few that can be photographed all day long. Still not satisfied? There’s an interactive park map to help you discover locations based solely upon location within the park.
No matter how you choose to find a spot to photograph, just touch a location name and you’re taken directly to its page where you’ll find everything you need to know to make incredible photographs there. Literally, everything. Even GPS coordinates. Dean knows these areas so well he not only shares important information like how to get there, access difficulty and what gear you’ll need – he even recommends specific months that are most interesting for photography! That kind of information only comes from years of experience getting to know and photographing the area.
Many of the photo guidebooks I’ve used contain useful location information but less than stellar photography. Not so with Dean’s e-book. Every location is accompanied by one of Dean’s gorgeous photographs to inspire your own photographic ambitions.
I use an app called GoodReader on an iPad 2 as my default e-book reader. Dean’s e-book downloaded without any hitches and works flawlessly within GoodReader. Have no fear if you’re using a device other than an iPad, i.e. a laptop or even an Android, Nook or Kindle Fire – “The Ultimate Photo Guide to Yellowstone National Park” is available on nearly every platform. Dean has included a helpful appendix with instructions that detail precisely how to download and view the e-book on each device.
“The Ultimate Photo Guide to Yellowstone National Park” is easy to use, filled with valuable information and a bargain at only $14.95. Whether you’re a serious photographer with expensive equipment or a tourist with a point and shoot, you’ll find Dean’s e-book to be a much referenced companion on your next trip to Yellowstone National Park.