Michael Clark (@michaelclarkphoto) — Internationally published, award-winning adventure photographer. @NatGeoTravel contributor. Live Passionately. Push it to the edge. Prints available.
@richiegrahamphoto exploring a ridge above Tower Junction in Yellowstone National Park last week. Skiing around in Yellowstone was one of the coolest parts of our experience out there. My latest Newsletter—the Winter 2019 Newsletter— is now available for download and includes an extended gallery of images (including this one) from Yellowstone. Check my bio for the download link. #yellowstonenationalpark#yellowstone#wyoming#lamarvalley
Dead trees not far from Old Faithful in the heart of Yellowstone National Park on a cold, windy winter day in Wyoming. These are just next to the Crested Pool and the Castle Geyser. I am sure they have been photographed literally ten million times but the surreal look of the trees in a winter landscape and with water vapor blowing in and around them make for an otherworldly scene like something out of the Empire Strikes Back. I got way more excited about these trees in this wild landscape than I did about the geysers or thermal features somehow—though of course they are connected as is everything in this landscape. #yellowstonenationalpark#yellowstone#wyoming#deadtrees
A few more Bison images from @yellowstonenps from my adventures with @richiegrahamphoto this past week. In this first image, which I posted on @natgeotravel the Bison herd is crossing the Firehole river near Biscuit Basin. Yes, it was cold and indeed the river was barely above freezing but the Bison can deal with -20 F (-29 C) without really even feeling it too much—they are tough! I am still going through the 4,500 images I captured over the last week and I am not sure which of these is the better shot just yet. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. #yellowstonenationalpark#yellowstone#bison#winter#nikonz6
A Bison in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. It was dumping snow yesterday when @richiegrahamphoto and I skied into the basin and saw a herd of Bison. I skied closer and closer to the herd (but was still quite far from them) before they started moving away from me. I am not a wildlife photographer but it sure was fun to be out in full-on conditions with such a majestic creature. #bison#yellowstonenationalpark@yellowstonenps#winterinyellowstone#nikonz6
Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. With the smell of sulfur firmly in our nostrils we hung out at the springs capturing images for a few hours in -8 F (-22) temperatures. In winter (at least at this moment) a good portion of the hot springs are covered by snow. #mammothhotsprings#yellowstonenationalpark#yellowstone#wyoming
Looking over the Blacktail Deer Plateau towards the west on a wintery day here in @yellowstonenps with my good friend @richiegrahamphoto — this morning the temps were a balmy -14 F (-23 C) in Gardiner, Montana and even colder in the park. I don’t even want to think what the windchill temps were. More to come from winter wonderland in the next week or more. #yellowstonenationalpark#yellowstone@nikonusa#nikonz6#blacktaildeerplateau
@superflychris going over the wing while paragliding at the Point of the Mountain near Draper, Utah. On this morning the wind was howling, not exactly ideal paragliding conditions, but Chris went up anyway and put on a show against a very stormy backdrop. Fun times shooting for @redbull several years ago. #paragliding#chrissantacroce#pointofthemountain#utah
The lengths we go to for the image. I don’t think many people outside the industry—and even many photo editors and art directors—see or understand just how hard you have to work physically to come back with kick ass images as an adventure photographer. Whether it is jumaring up a 1,000-foot desert tower, sleeping in airports, or dragging insane amounts of gear around the world there is a lot more that goes into the images than may be apparent in the final image. And this is just still photography. If you are doing video multiply this by ten. So, thinking about a recent assignment and those coming up, here are a few behind the scenes images from assignments over the last decade. My thanks to @inciteimages@brianbielmann@mrvphotography and @henao_photography for the behind the scenes images!
In the last month we got a new pup, a husky to be exact, and she is always dying to get outside and play in the snow. I am not sure I have ever seen an animal so excited to play in the snow. In fact we named her “Yuki,” which means snow in Japanese since we picked her up from the animal shelter on a day when it was a full-on blizzard. @katherineelainemast is walking with Yuki here — on a leash since Yuki still barely knows her name and seems to want to run wild. Fun times in the snow on one of my favorite trails up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains above Santa Fe. Oh, and those shadows might seem familiar to those that follow me... #newmexico#sangredecristomountains#santafe#husky#nikonZ6@nikonusa
In the throne room of the mountain gods. Image #1:@juan_aguada@richiegrahamphoto and Stefan Blawath traversing a section of the Patagonia Ice Field called the Cordon Marconi near El Chalten, Argentina. Image #2: Juan Aguada walking below the west face of Cerro Torre. Image #3: Wild patterns in the snow, which mimic the sharp, jagged peaks of the Torre group, at the Cerro Torre camp on the Patagonia Ice Cap near El Chalten, Argentina. #argentina#chile#patagonia#patagoniaicecap#patagoniaicefield#cerrotorre