Buried inside the 2016 Superintendent’s Compendium for Grand Tetons National Park & John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. Memorial Parkway is a small supply that disallows using strobes or other lighting. §2.2(e) of this 2016 Superintendent’s Compendium countries:-LRB-****)
“Seeing of aquatic with any kind of artificial lighting is at the park and also the parkway. This prohibition adheres to Wyoming State Law (W.S. 23-3-06).)
The Superintendent has determined that forbidding the use of these apparatus is vital for the protection of wildlife”
WY Statute § 23-3(306 subsequently reads:-LRB-****)
“No individual shall take any wildlife with the help of by employing any artificial lighting or lighting apparatus…”
Neither statute refers specifically for photography, however multiple photography excursion operators have verified authorities, as it regards photography (both commercial and private), is rising without any explanation. The principle was specifically known both in public meetings and in the application procedure to get a CUA (Commercial Use Authorization), also might disallow the production of light painting photographs — a mainstay of later dark photograph tourism.
Chris Steppig, Vice President of Business and Education in Clarkson Creative, has been handling many workshops for its Summit Photography Workshops over the park for many years Disclosure: I serve as faculty to its Nature Workshop]. “The Park Service was speaking about this for some time, but today they have begun authorities. We are CUA license holders, but nevertheless subject to those principles”
In Utah, noteworthy nightscape photographer Royce Blair pointed into more specific prohibitions for Hovenweep National Monument & Natural Bridges National Monument. The still photography directions on Form 10-114 especially disallow mild painting in part 16.
“16. Light painting painting activities aren’t authorized under this authorization. Light painting mild drawing, is a photographic technique where exposures are produced by shifting a hand-held lighting source whilst taking a very long exposure photo, either to light a topic or to glow a stage of light right in the camera, or even simply by moving the camera through exposure.”
Concessions Management Specialist Michael Hill clarified to Blair via email:-LRB-****)
“Handling the parks are complicated, and have ever changing issues to handle. If you’ve followed the information you’d comprehend the volatile use of the region has changed a good deal in and from the parks . Tech also has influenced how we handle the parks…constituting light painting in Arches National Park. We’ve decided that as not a desirable action in the park once, we’ve got people (not musicians) whine of it, and a number of those visitors only leave the park since they don’t understand what’s happening.”
Social networking has had an impact on popularizing specific regions of the National Parks system. Several episodes of rule-breaking recorded on camera has definitely contributed to the present climate.
However Hill makes a legitimate point stating, “Regarding night photography education, you do not need Arches to educate night photography. Educating night photography can be achieved in several regions beyond their National Parks here.” This addresses the problem, but clearly not that of a person trying to make a photograph.
Particular rules concerning night photography and using artificial lighting appear to be dealt with by each park superintendent, however, a tendency is surely emerging. A surge in traffic together with misbehavior captured in movie and photographs will cause more restrictions.
In the meantime, enjoy this Ryan McGinley picture of Brad Pitt since it may not be permitted any more.