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on Nov 17, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

Simple Photographic Pleasures

One of the great things about wildlife photography is the simple pleasures a simple click can bring! We’ve had 36hrs of rain here at 8200′, over 4 inches so the critters have been hunkered down. The sun came out this morning as did the birds in great numbers. Often with storms this time of year, migrants that normally fly on by stop to wait out the storm. It’s one reason the 800mm is left set up, ready to shoot at the first shout of “BIRD!” Then when conditions are right, they greet the day in the sun refueling on our property. This morning a secretive favorite of mine appeared. Sharon first called him out and for the next twenty minutes, we watch the Varied Thrush rummage through the underbrush looking for morsels (not been on the property that we know about since ’08). Then it hopped up and T’d up long enough for me to make a couple of quick portraits. And now my day is made. Simple photographic...

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on Nov 14, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

The Fur is Comin

The coats of mammals are essential to regulating their core temperature. It’s really a marvel of adaptation when you look at the color, length, molts, patterns and distribution each mammal has which is what in large part makes each unique. There is one thing we can generalize, mammals coats become their most luxurious in winter. This is a biological fact we can use to grab our viewer’s heartstrings! We start by being more intimate in our photos in telling that story. Top photo was shot with a 600mm and the bottom with a 200-400VR2 at 400mm. Using these longer lenses permitted manipulating the background so the subject, story, pops in the photo. Along with that is the light. The softer light like in the top photo makes the fur appear, thicker because there are no hard shadows to define it. And by emphasizing the thicker fur we play into folks stereotypes. Most associate thick fur with winter so by playing into that, it makes our storytelling easier. It’s fall...

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on Nov 8, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Before You Go Click

“What lens should I use?” “What exposure comp should I use?” “Where should I put the horizon line?” Where should I put the sun?” These and many more are all essential questions you MUST ask yourself before you take your photo because you can’t “fix” them in post no matter what file format you use. What’s the guide you should be using in answering these and more questions about your photograph? It’s the light, the light is what makes or breaks your photograph and moves the eye through the frame! While the answer might be just one word, light, it’s a helluva a word that has all the complications and power challenging our photography. Here’s an example that might aid you in the future. There are a lot of elements going on in this photo. The first thing you might notice is the sun, the subject, is dead center. Oh no … I broke that rule so many say you can’t do! Guess what, centered is our strongest composition,...

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on Nov 8, 2017 in Landscape Photography

The Worst Wx can …

I have many sayings, this one is one of my originals. The Worst weather can make for the best photography! I’ll admit I’m really odd but shooting in bad weather is something I actually seek. There are lots of reasons for this, the main one is I love the mood, drama and romance mother nature creates without our having to do anything other than witness it. And in that process, connect with the light, the romance so we bring that into our photographs. This is where it gets difficult for some because there is first the fear for their camera gear and second, the discomfort for themselves. I have a really simple rule of thumb I use when making this all work. If I can tolerate the rain, so can my gear. So it all starts with ourselves. My go-to jacket in this scenario is the Carhartt Shoreline Jacket because it is bulletproof and has giant pockets. After that, it’s up to gear and shooting. It’s really quite simple...

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on Nov 2, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Back on The Coast

The pulse of the sea, it’s so romantic it constantly draws me back! How to bring its sea spray, coolness, sounds, and smells to my photograph? That is always the challenge I feel. I think I got closer this morning. I started with the D850 / 70-200f4 / WR-R10 on a tripod. I then turned to an old friend, Multiple Exposure. I shot about fifteen images to get one with the “life” I wanted in the waves. Then I ran the image through ACR, Luminar 2018 and Tonality (using my own Presets) and boom, I got an image I really love. I can smell it...

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on Oct 27, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Love Warm & Cool

The photo was all T’d up, all I had to do was get down the slippery boardwalk to make the click. The warm colors of the thermal set against the cold blue sky just suck me in. Not the most powerful of photos, I still love it because in one click the warmth that comes from being in Yellowstone inside your heart hits the reality of the cold air freezing your finger tips. Perfect...

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