West Thumb Cafeteria, Yellowstone National Park, 1964.
I worked at the West Thumb cafeteria in Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 1964. The West Thumb location on Yellowstone Lake was moved to Grants Village at the south end of the lake due to increased thermal activity in the thumb area. Cabins, campgrounds and stores had to be torn down.
I recently printed this negative for sentimental and historical reasons. Not only did it bring back fond memories of my first summer in Yellowstone, it was the first roll of infrared film I ever shot. I have recently been re-discovering infrared in 35mm, 120 and 4x5 sheet film. I'm having fun getting back to my first 35mm camera. It's a basic Nikon F, no light meter and came with a 50mm f/2 lens. I have since acquired other prime lenses of various focal lengths. I still use them all on my IR converted Nikon D200 as well as my Sony digital camera. I find these prime lenses to be very sharp indeed.
All of the images in this series were made with the Nikon 35mm or a medium format Minolta Autocord.