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Glacier National Park Storm Cell

Glacier National Park Storm Cell

Glacier National Park Storm Cell, August 29, 2016 Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana 

Photographs of a Glacier National Park storm cell. There’s not much to say, that the pictures don’t already describe, other than to add, it was cool to watch this storm develop and move across the front of Glacier National Park.  I just wanted to share these photographs of the storm cell in Glacier National Park, Montana – It’s a simple post with not much more that a few pretty pictures and some description of the equipment and a short explanation of my camera settings.  These images of the storm cell over Glacier National Park, were taken from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The first photos is of the storm cell developing and letting go of it’s moisture. The following images are the cell developing, beginning to collapse and then moving though the area dropping heavy rain and creating high winds. I’d say the winds locally were 50 miles per hour as the storm moved though. I eventually had to quit shooting because the wind and rain became unbearable.  What’s interesting about these photographs of the Glacier National Park storm cell, is how uncommon and rare it is to see this kind of cell develop, almost out of know where, over the mountains, and this late in the season.  We see them more often on the prairie.

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A storm cell begins to unload it’s moisture over glacier national park. ©tonybynum.com

All of the Glacier National Park storm cell photographs were taken with a Nikon D810, Nikon 17-35 f2.8 lens (Because I left my 14-24 in another Pelican case back home), mounted atop a Really Right Stuff tripod / ball head combination with a bag of rocks hanging from the center support. The shooting data indicates that I was all over the place with my settings and for good reason, because I was. I created these images at various ISO’s from 31 (yes iso 31, the D810 goes that low) to 400 with shutter speeds ranging from a fraction of a second to up to 10 seconds and apertures from 3.2 to f22. What you cant really see in these Glacier National Park storm cell photographs is the lighting. There was lighting in the clouds, which is why there are lighter spots in the clouds.  But what I did not capture were any of the lighting bolts. . .  Unfortunately, my lighting trigger failed to pick up on the strikes (on the bright side, I got home and fiddled with it and got it working again, so now I’m ready for the next storm – which means the lightning storms are over for the year. . .  Ha, Ha, Ha.

Happy Shooting!  Tony Bynum

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The storm sell over Glacier National Park develops, becomes more intense. ©tonybynum.com

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The Glacier National Park storm cell starting to collapse and fragment . . .  ©tonybynum.com

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The Glacier National Park storm cell opening up in the middle and starts coming apart ©tonybynum.com

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Glacier National Park Storm cell begins to move off and behind it is clear sky. ©tonybynum


The Crown of the Continent – “The Crown” roundtable video

The Crown of the Continent - "The Crown" roundtable video

People from around the “The Crown of the Continent,” gather once a year to share their stories of conservation, life, and the challenges facing the geographic region. The Crown of the Continent, called by the Blackfeet, “the backbone of the world,” is locationd in Northwest Montana, and Southwest Alberta, Canada. People come from all parts […]


Winter on the Edge – Glacier National Park – East Glacier Park, Montana

Winter on the Edge - Glacier National Park - East Glacier Park, Montana

Winter on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, in the small town of East Glacier Park, Montana, is known mainly to the few people that make this place their home, and a few travelers. Life in East Glacier Park is nothing like life in the more well known and often cited West Glacier (the […]


Chief Mountain Leased for Oil Development

Chief Mountain Leased for Oil Development

UPDATE: Chief Mountain Leased for Oil Drilling  It’s official, according to Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) records, the sacred Chief Mountain on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, has been leased for oil and gas drilling.  Back in May of 2013 the BIA approved leases to all of the Blackfeet controlled lands on the reservation, around Chief […]


Nature Photographs – 10 musts for consistently good Nature Photographs

Nature Photographs - 10 musts for consistently good Nature Photographs

If you want to consistently capture great nature photographs, the following rules apply. . . 1. Great Nature Photographs come from getting up early and/or staying late – not even Photoshop can make this rule go away; 2. you must use good technique and quality lenses; 3. great Nature Photographs mean you can’t be afraid […]


Anschutze Leaves Blackfeet Country – but who’s going to clean up the mess?

Anschutze Leaves Blackfeet Country - but who's going to clean up the mess?

In the wake of what some are calling great news, there’s a new legacy on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation – post fracking, but what should be expected? As Anschutz Oil announced it’s leaving the Blackfeet Reservation after drilling 14 exploratory wells, (related story from the Denver Post) there are many questions unanswered, and an uncertain future […]


It’s not the photograph I went looking for, it’s better!

It's not the photograph I went looking for, it's better!

I always try to have a plan for my photography adventures. Part of my plan is to always have a backup plan because when you’re dealing with mother nature, you never know what she’s going to hand you from one day to the next. Sunday morning my plan was to search for some unique landscape photos that […]


Montana Prairie – it’s not all just flat, dry, BLM land

Montana Quarterly Magazine features an essay by award winning author Scott Mcmillion about an important prairie conservation project conducted in the wild prairie lands of Montana . . . One of the most rewarding and fun projects I’ve ever had the privilege to work on . . .  Stacy Dolderer and I had a great time exploring […]


Fall Photography – my last photograph

Fall Photography - my last photograph

Fall is always a crazy time of year for outdoor photographers who focus on nature, wildlife and commercial outdoor photography. The subjects change from one day to the next and sometimes from one hour to the next.  The perfect scenario is when the light, weather, and subject(s) all come together in the same image. That’s more of […]


Time Lapse Photography Video – Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Time Lapse Photography Video - Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Adding time lapse “video” into my outdoor photography routine brings a new dimension of creativity, one I enjoy very much. In this short time lapse video, I captured about 2000 frames of the clouds, sun and lake during one early morning adventure at Two Medicine Lake, in Glacier National Park. The time lapse took just over an […]


Big Skies and Badlands – Photographing Eastern Montana Lightning

Big Skies and Badlands - Photographing Eastern Montana Lightning

Every year I make time for a trip or two to the badlands of Eastern Montana. The badlands are located where you find them – meaning you just have to tour around until you see them. Why, because I’m not even sure what badlands are these days. I mean, it seems that at least in […]


Lands with Wilderness Characteristics – Montana Short Grass Prairie – roads, ways, routes? Who cares . . .

Lands with Wilderness Characteristics - Montana Short Grass Prairie - roads, ways, routes? Who cares . . .

Greetings! It’s been while since my last post, I’m sorry for the delay, we’ve been out trekking though the last of Montana’s native, short grass prairie lands south and west of Glasgow, Montana. We covered 1500 miles over the course of that week exploring the vast network of roads, ways, trails, and routs. Along the trail, we met […]


How I learned Photography – Part 2 – Photographic Inspiration

How I learned Photography - Part 2 - Photographic Inspiration

Where my inspiration comes from. This is part two of a two part question. I answered the first part in a previous blog post, how did you learn photography. In this post I’ll answer the question, “where do you get your inspiration.”  The answer might surprise you. I don’t get my inspiration from Ansel Adams or the […]


Tristan Scott of the Missoulian and Tony Bynum Talk Oil Drilling – Blackfeet Reservation, adjacent to Glacier National Park

Tristan Scott of the Missoulian and Tony Bynum Talk Oil Drilling - Blackfeet Reservation, adjacent to Glacier National Park

Tristan Scott of the Missoulain and I sat down, over the phone for a one-on-one talk about my conservation photography project, “oil development on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.” It turns out he’s been covering the oil development for the news paper for quite some time. Tristan was interested in my project to document the oil […]


National Parks Traveler mentions Oil Drilling in the Crown of the Continent, on the Blackfeet Reservation, adjacent to Glacier National Park

National Parks Traveler mentions Oil Drilling in the Crown of the Continent, on the Blackfeet Reservation, adjacent to Glacier National Park

The National Parks Traveler Web site did a nice job comparing the oil drilling on the Blackfeet Reservation, and the Rocky Mountain Front of Montana, the area now being referred too in some circles as, “the Crown of the Continent,” with areas in the country adjacent to other national parks where oil drilling has been proposed. Kurt uses […]


Snow Geese Migration – Rocky Mountain Front

The snow geese migration along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana is in full swing. The birds usually come though from the middle of March though early April on their way to their nesting grounds located on a small island in the north Bearing Sea. The migration is a nature and wildlife photographers must do activity. […]


Spring Waterfowl Photography – Northern Pintail Ducks

Spring Waterfowl Photography - Northern Pintail Ducks

As a commercial outdoor, wildlife, and nature photographer I’m constantly drawn to unique wildlife photography opportunities, particularly when there is real action. One can hardly ignore jet fighters flying in formation. Sometimes we stop the car just to watch the display. People even pay money to go to air shows just to watch them fly. What […]


Blackfeet Indian Reservation Oil Drilling

Blackfeet Indian Reservation Oil Drilling

“Philip Anschutz is drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation outside of Glacier National Park. Tony Bynum is documenting it.”   Glacier National Park Travel Guide recently interviewed Tony about the oil drilling along the Rocky Mountain Front & Blackfeet Indian Reservation here. They posed these six questions to him: What is your experiencing photographing Glacier […]


Hungry Horse News – “Photographer’s eyes..”

Hungry Horse News - "Photographer’s eyes.."

Chris Peterson of Hungry Horse News interviewed Tony and another local businessman, Darrell Norman about the expanding oil infrastructure on the Blackfeet Indian reservation, the Rocky Mountain Front, and adjoining Glacier National Park.  His article speaks to the impact on local people as they anticipate inevitable changes. Photographer’s eyes on reservation oil rigs CHRIS PETERSON […]


The Rockies Today Headline!

The Rockies Today Headline!

The Missoula Independent “Indy Blog” wrote a nice article about the Rocky Mountain Front Blackfeet Oil Drilling Documentation Project.   Its been exciting to see the word about this important project spread.  With thoughtful articles such as this we hope to build awareness and help people pay attention.  We at Tony Bynum Photography appreciate the […]


Prairie Mary

An amazing blogger, “Prairie Mary“, recently met and found much common ground in their conversation.  Prairie Mary writes an amazing 1000 words per day about a huge array of topics.  In this particular post she covers Tony Bynum Photography, Glacier Impressions Gallery, Tony’s interest in the oil development on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, his community […]


Blackfeet Oil Documentation Project News

Blackfeet Oil Documentation Project News

On January 26th, The Great Falls Tribune interviewed Tony with the focus on the Rocky Mountain Front/Blackfeet Oil documentation project.  It is a “print only” report which means the story can be purchased for online viewers.  GF Tribune write, Karl Puckett wrote: Tony Bynum of East Glacier has photographed grizzly bears, elk and Glacier National Park. […]


Elk Hunter Magazine – Photography Editor Feature

Elk Hunter Magazine - Photography Editor Feature

The photography editor at Elk Hunter Magazine is Tony Bynum.  Tony Bynum is among the best outdoor photographers in the business today. His images are used in outdoor publications, books, and commercial advertising around the world. He’s an avid outdoor sportsman, family man, and a board member for the Professional Outdoor Media Association. Read the […]


Welcome To My New Home on the Web

Welcome to my new “home” on the web! This is the first post to my new blog and I’m excited about what’s ahead for us! It’s a fantastic winter day in Montana and I’m looking forward to sharing real, authentic photography adventures, knowledge, experiences, and thoughts with all of you. For a long time I’ve […]