Brooks, Streams & Rivers Assignment Winner Joe Rossi

'Lower Falls' by Joe Rossi

“Lower Falls” by Joe Rossi

Congratulations to Joe Rossi for winning the Brooks, Streams & Rivers Assignment!

“I was at Yellowstone National park in June 2014 to photograph a Half-Marathon. It’s become tradition that one of the nights before a race we get out and do a bit of night photography. This time in bear-country! This particular trip found us driving through the West gate and into the park at about midnight. We had failed to scout the location prior to showing up, and we spent the better part of an hour shooting from a viewpoint from which you couldn’t see the falls. You could hear the falls and you could make out parts of the river in the distance, but it wasn’t until you had a good exposure that you knew you hadn’t captured the actual falls. We relocated, and shortly I was able to frame the shot that I had in mind. It was windy, and I was really pleased with the way that the moon helped to illuminate the clouds as they moved through the sky. Luckily, we avoided any bears and around 4 AM decided that we had had enough and made for the hotel,” explains Rossi.

Equipment: Nikon D600, AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens, Manfrotto Tripod.