Lower Falls

Lower Falls
Lower Falls

This is where it happened in August of 2007, the Lower Falls located at Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. My family and I had gone to Yellowstone National Park that summer. Although I had a distant past as a photographer, I had been using the family’s point and shoot camera for almost twenty years.

However, this trip to the Lower Falls would change my life.  While walking back up the mountain I began talking to a photographer. While the trail back to the parking lot is less than an half a mile from the falls, it’s so steep that you would swear that it was several miles long. As we walked, I questioned him about his equipment and some of the changes that had occurred in digital photography. I was very encouraged to learn that photography had become more affordable in recent years. Do you remember the prices the first digital cameras? By the time we reach the top I was hooked. I purposed right then that I was going to save up and get back into photography.

What’s your story? Where were you when you finally decided to make the serious plunge?




I ran across these pictures as I started going through my photography archive recently.  I began cleaning some out and reprocessing others that were taken before I had some of the tools and knowledge that I have now.


Bubbling Mud
Bubbling Mud


Remember these photographs were taken with our point and shoot before I got back into the hobby. However, I wanted to include them in my archive because of the impact of trip. I was asked if I had plans to put some of my archived pictures on this blog.  I hadn’t really thought about it. My plans were to make myself a smart collection in Light Room,  so that I could locate my favorites more easily.




However, after a little prodding I’ve decide that I’ll post a few on here from time to time. Of course these are several shots that were taken on the above trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone.











18 thoughts on “Lower Falls

  1. Wonderful series Phillip! I shot film for several years until the development costs began to get out of hand. I only got into digital over the last few years when the prices began to drop.

    1. Thanks Curt! I imagine that you weren’t alone. I recently saw a old Kodak DC40 laying around at one of my customer’s locations. I googled it and discovered that it was one of the first “affordable” digital cameras on the market during the nineties. For around $700-800 you were able to get a 0.38 megapixel sensor that produced a 756 x 504 pixel high resolution image. It was fast too. It was able to take flash pictures every 8 seconds, and without the flash images could be taken every 5 seconds. Wow, talk about blazing speed! Just imagine using that on the sidelines.
      It’s really cool to think how far technology has come. Just think what will happen in the next ten or twenty years.

  2. These are taken with a point and shoot? Goes to prove it’s the photographer, not the camera that takes great photos!
    Great set of images Phillip!

    1. That’s very kind of you Marc. It’s hard to take a bad picture in a place that is so beautiful as the Tetons and Yellowstone area. It’s was fun playing around with some of these images.

  3. Phillip, I remember my trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone last year. I couldn’t imagine not having a camera. Glad you got back into photography, thanks for sharing your inspirational story and images.

    1. Thanks Denise! I know what you mean. However, I choose to look back and see it as a starting place. Of course I would love to return and have a opportunity to photograph it again.

  4. Awesome series of shots, Phillip. Absolutely wonderful! I really like the two Tetons shots. Pretty work, man.

    I started in photography when I was a teenager and have always stayed in the game so to speak. Once the digital age came upon us I purchased a Sony point & shoot which recorded on disk. But something happened late last year that made me want to upgrade to something more serious.

    I’m planning to retire in a few years and knew I’d need something to keep me busy. No rocking chairs and newspapers for me. LOL
    So I decided to make a run at building a business where I could create some art.

    The journey continues.

    1. Thanks Jimi! Your plans sounds very similar to mine. I want to learn as much as I can about photography during the next few years. So that I’ll have a creative outlet as a source of some addition income when I retire.

  5. What a great series here man, I love the second to last one, outstanding!

    I’ve been into photography my whole life, starting with a Pentax that was my dad’s when I was a kid. Got my first DSLR about 5 years ago, discovered HDR and it’s been a great ride since then!

    1. Thanks Dave, that’s one of my favorites too. It’s interesting how so many of us have some roots in film. I’m glad for the experience, but I enjoy digital a lot more than I ever did film.

  6. Great writeup and worthy images. I bought a Minolta in high school and took it to school in Madrid. It was months later before I could see the images (this was film), but I was blown away by what a real lens could do. I was hooked!

    1. Thanks Kris. I remember those film days too. I can still hear my photography teacher telling us that the cheapest thing we had was film. He encouraged us to shoot a lot of rolls and then print them on contact sheets. Wow, how photography has changed.

  7. Great shots Phillip. I love the Tetons ones as well.
    I’ve always been in love with photography. My parents bought me my first SLR when I was a teenager and loved to shoot and print my own pictures. Then life happens…work, kids, etc and photography took a back seat. I purchased my first DSLR about 5 years ago to photograph the kids and vacations but then the bug bit me about a year ago and it was full steam ahead.

  8. Awesome writeup!! Inspires me to start looking back into the old shots once again! I thikn it was a little over 2 years ago, after I had made it to Naples. I was traveling around, using my little P&S Canon, when I decided it was time to upgrade. The “bulkyness” of the DSLR’s were what put me off initially. But once I bought my D90, I was hooked. I haven’t looked back ever since!!

    1. Thanks a lot Adam! Great story. If you are like me you probably take everything but the kitchen sink when you go out shooting now. So it’s kind of funny to think about the bulkyness putting you off.

  9. Awesome photos! I enjoy your mountain scenes here.

    I began photography in H.S. and college back in the film days – Canon AE 1. The digital age got me excited with a number of point and shoot cameras. Those point and shoots frustrated me in a sense that I could not capture images as my film SLR. A planned trip to Paris, France was my turning point. We previously took a trip to Italy and I was disatisfied with the results.

    1. Thank you Rob! I can understand your frustration there’s a place for those point and shoot cameras, but they certainly aren’t the same as a DSLR.

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