Why you should check your camera settings before you visit Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park
I highly recommend checking your camera settings (and making sure you have your camera battery!) before you visit any sites on your vacation in Montana.
There have been multiple times that we have left our rechargeable battery sitting on its charger, or we have left the SD Card sitting in our computer and taken the camera, only to not be able to save any pictures on our camera. I love to take photos, and nothing upsets me more than missing amazing photo opportunities simply because I left my card or forgot to grab my battery!
There are possibilities to consider besides those, however.
We visited Yellowstone National Park this past summer with our 8-week old baby. We stayed at Big Sky, and got up early to drive to Yellowstone and get to the Old Faithful Geyser before the crowds and the heat. It was so nice early in the morning, the air was cool, and we got a parking spot right up front. And we had amazing timing. We got out of the vehicle, and were walking up to the Old Faithful geyser, and it went off. Perfect, we thought! I was holding our baby, and Matt (my husband) stood behind us and took picture after picture after picture, the entire time that the geyser was going off (a couple of minutes). Since we had been to Old Faithful many times, and we wanted to keep moving throughout the park, we didn’t stick around. We went to get in our car, and I went to look through the photos, and this is what I found:
We had had the camera on the wrong setting. Bummer. I gave my husband a look only a wife can give, extremely disappointed, and bummed out. How could he possibly not check the settings, or notice that the pictures weren’t turning out?! How is this possible, I asked him. Yes, I made him feel bad. (I am not actually that hard on him.)
Matt ran down to the Old Faithful Visitor Center to find out the next time that it was going to go off. It was at least an hour later. With a small infant, this felt like an eternity. What were we going to do with her for that long? She would need to eat, and this would knock us off schedule for getting through the rest of the park. But we went down and took some pictures, and visited the gift shops and Visitor Center to pass some time.
It still hadn’t been an hour. We decided that we were just out of luck, and that we should hit the road. So we loaded everyone back up in the truck (we had our small dogs Doug and Frank with us, too), and got our baby back in her car seat.
We were, like I said, parked right up front. So wouldn’t you know, Old Faithful starts going off. My baby had just fallen asleep in her car seat. There was no way I was going to take her back out of the car seat to take pictures. So, we frantically pull out the car seat, and Matt jumps in front of the Old Faithful Geyser, and I snap away…..
And this is what I took:
Oops. Yes, I did the same thing he had done. I am still not sure how this happened, but we kept changing the setting on the camera…somehow.
Thankfully, I happened to look down at the camera after I took the photo, and realized what I had done. We had a good laugh. And I quickly changed the setting so we could get some photos of our beautiful baby in front of Old Faithful:
Moral of the story: Check everything you can about your camera before you visit a site that has a time limit on the photo opportunities like Old Faithful does. Make sure you bring your battery, your SD card, and that your settings are exactly how you want them…
Even though I am sad that we didn’t get a great photo of me and our baby while Old Faithful was going off, I like to have funny stories to remember our trips by. So, all is not lost. Life is how you look at it. We hope you have a fabulous time on your trip to Yellowstone National Park, and the entire state of Montana, and that you get beautiful photos to take home to share with friends and family.
But we would love to hear any funny stories you have about your trip to Montana.
Warmest Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog