This article shares a selection of Wyoming landscape images that were captured handheld during a self-drive photography tour we did through South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado a few years ago. We were on a pretty tight schedule and covered 10,187 km (~6,330 miles) during our 26 day trip. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to spend in Wyoming.
The majority of the Wyoming landscape images featured in this article were taken proximate to Devil’s Tower and inside Yellowstone National Park.
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The Nikon 1 system is small and compact making it ideal for travel photography.
Although it was discontinued back in 2018, many owners keep their gear as a lightweight kit for travel.
We typically pack a pair of Nikon 1 J5 camera bodies, along with two Nikon 1 V3 cameras.
My wife uses one of the V3 bodies with a 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens. She likes having both an EVF and a tilting screen.
I use the other Nikon 1 bodies matched up with three 1 Nikkor zoom lenses.
The two J5’s are fitted with 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 zooms.
The vast majority of my landscape images are captured with the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 as it is an incredibly versatile lens.
The V3 that I use is fitted with the 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom, and is used primarily for birds/nature photography.
When we are on one of our photography tours my wife and I make multiple stops during each day. All of our images are taken on a ‘catch as catch can’ basis, and we just do the best we can with the available light.
I normally shoot in Manual mode, but when on this type of trip I change things up a bit and use Aperture Priority, often using an aperture of f/8 and ISO-160.
This allows me to concentrate on my compositions and not have to worry about achieving deep depth-of-field. I adjust shutter speed to deal with the wind by changing my ISO value.
Often we jump out of the car for a couple of minutes, capture our photographs, then move on to our next opportunity… so we have to work quickly.
We do quite a bit of research when planning a photography tour, but we always leave time in each day’s plan for some spontaneous deviations.
Wyoming is one of those destinations that could certainly use a lot more time than we afforded it during our 26 day self-drive adventure.
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Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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