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on Dec 31, 2012 in Field Reports

Share the Season – Whata Week!



The past few days has seen some GREAT images posted to the Share the Season photo contest (Grand prize Brand New Nikon D600). The international scope of the contest is just so cool! Here’s some highlights and their story. Enjoy!

(c) Joe Hudspeth

(c) Joe Hudspeth


My friend and I wanted to go out to Black Butte Ranch here in Central Oregon and ride the Christmas Wagon all the while photographing the spectacular wintry scenery and probably capturing that one shot that makes it all worthwhile. However, upon arriving in a blizzard and riding during that blizzard, we couldn’t keep the camera’s steady enough to get a good picture. We decided to park down the road and try to capture the next group coming through. Wading through about 18 inches of snow we arrived at the spot just in time. I wanted to convey a sense of motion along with the blowing snow so I set my D7000 to 1/80 second at F 4.5 and my 18-200mm Nikon to 31mm. The folks on board were singing Christmas Carols and waving to us as we shot away. Couldn’t have been any better!

(c) Stefan Hargus

(c) Stefan Hargus


And sometimes it’s own little cristmas ornaments. Nikon D7000, 105mm macro, 1/250s, f/3.2 ISO 100

(c) Stacy Niedzwiecki

(c) Stacy Niedzwiecki


The first day of Winter 2012 came in with a mighty roar (via “Winter Storm Draco”) at the St. Joseph Lighthouse in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The winds reached 60-70mph gusts on Lake Michigan, with waves 22ft in height. After spending time out here, my face was nicely exfoliated from the flying beach sand.

Canon EOS 7D, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 640, Canon 70-200 lens at 200mm, handheld (it was too crazy to even use a tripod – I had to squat down into a spot in the dune and brace myself against a small tree)

(c) Craig Bogden

(c) Craig Bogden


I finished shoveling fresh fluffy snow and just stood in the yard enjoying the calm. Decided to grab the camera and take a few shots. I was focusing in on the Black Capped Chickadee when the Downy Woodpecker just popped into the frame. Amazing. I had to post this here. They were sharing the fresh suet my wife had put out earlier. Canon S3 IS. 44mm, f3.5, 1/500, fill flash.

(c) Erin Dell

(c) Erin Dell


My Christmas present this year was a Canon 5D Mark ii. As I was playing with the new camera, I caught a cute picture of my son admiring the Christmas tree. Taken on Christmas Day, with a 200mm F/2.8, ISO 160 at 1/5 sec. in Minnesota.