Photo Ops of the Month

Where to go and what to shoot in the month of April.



TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival

When: April 13-22. Where: Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. What: Skiers, snowboarders, and jumpers in the world compete at this annual festival, giving you a chance to capture some amazing sports moments. Tip: A fast-moving jumper isolated against the sky is perfect for a photo sequence. Experiment in manual mode to keep exposures constant, grab a tripod and the highest-fps camera you've got, and resist the urge to pan with the subject. For info:; 604-938-3399.

Yellowstone Thermals

When: Early April. Where: Thermal areas in Yellowstone National Park. What: Although the weather can be tough this time of the year, early spring means newborn animals, low sunlight, and fewer visitors to Yellowstone. The cold weather also enhances the colors and effect of the thermals. Tip: Geysers really need a blue sky to give contrast. A polarizer will help intensify the colors. For info:; 307-344-7381.

Texas Wildflowers

When: Mid-April. Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX. What: Thousands of species of wildflowers will bloom in Texas (including the bluebonnet, the state flower), making a road trip to the Lone Star State a must. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a good place to start, with routes, maps, and fields of flowers set against Spanish Mission- style buildings. Tip: Call the Texas Department of Transportation's Wildflower Hotline (800-452- 9292) to learn what is in peak bloom. For info:; 512-292-4100.