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on Mar 10, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Love Scale When It Works

I was there, I know the size, depth and majesty that was the sweeping landscape before my lens. You weren’t there so you don’t know. Now I try my best to tell that story by including a foreground, middle ground and background and while that helps, it really doesn’t convey some of the time the expanse of space the lens is encompassing. That’s why when it works, I love including a reference in the photo to give you a sense of scale to the landscape. Shooting with other photographers, I had the opportunity to create a couple of examples. Shooting with the D5 / 70-200f4AFS I made the top photo which has the feel of a portrait but by shooting at f/4, the range out of focus in the background says just how far away they really are. Changing that up by having the person so small in the frame accomplishes the same thing. Now you might be saying, “We don’t see scale in Moose’s landscapes very often.” You’d...

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on Mar 10, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Desert Pink is So Sweet

For the third morning in a row, the Winnemucca Desert produced a gorgeous sunrise. Had the gang from Shooting the West out again at 04:45 and we were rewarded with a totally different yet totally grand morning. We went to the exact same location as two mornings ago arriving to nearly no clouds. By the time the sun rose clouds and started to float back enough to be kissed by that make pink light of a desert sunrise. The dust in the air in the desert creates the softest and sweetest pink sunrise. Many think of this color as a New Mexico sunrise but they have them in Nevada just as grand with possibly bigger sweeps of landscape to combine them with. The key to making the capture is first setting the White Balance to either cloudy or manually to 9000k to capture all the subtleties of that pink. I shot with the D5 / 24-70VR for think with early light then switched to 70-200f4AFS once the light got...

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on Mar 8, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Simply Gorgeous Sunrise!

Sharon & I are at the Shooting the West this week … what a great event! Well me being me, I had all the folks up and gathered at 04:45 for a sunrise shoot this morning. Man, were we all rewarded! We went out to the Winnemucca Dunes, parked, walked a couple of hundred yards to the top of a mound and then didn’t move for two hours as the most gorgeous 360 sunrise landscape photography extravaganza worked its magic! I shot mostly with the 70-200f4 AFS & 14-24AF on the D5 never taking more than a couple of steps to take a new scene. It was the most amazing sunrise I’ve shot in...

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on Mar 7, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

Love Their Tenaciousness!

We had a real fast moving, nasty storm come through on Sunday. I was stressing under a deadline to get a project completed by 17:00. It was a perfect day to shoot with the weather but I simply couldn’t afford the time to get the gear out since I was hitting the road the next day at 08:00 and everything was already packed. Finally, Sharon had enough and told me to go get in some shooting time. I quickly grabbed the D500 / 300PF and attached the TC-14eIII and got in ten minutes of shooting. The birds were going nuts in the nasty weather taking advantage of the free food. None so much as the Mountain Chickadees. We have a bumper crop this winter at the house, at least thirty are constantly darting about. Now I love Chickadees, especially one that comes to my hand for seed. With the clock ticking, I focused on the one perch with the most character hoping I would get the one click I...

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on Mar 6, 2017 in Landscape Photography

Of This Earth?

Mammoth Hot Springs just fascinates me! Though a mere shadow of what it was the first time I visited it, it still draws me in. It’s colors, texture, smells and stark beauty, it’s hard to believe it was made by the earth. I tend to want to shoot it tight but always take wide with me in the turmoil shooting with the D500 / 24-70VR but turning to High Speed Crop. This unique hot springs have over ten of thousands of years created hundreds of terraces upon terraces creating a home for all the multi colored algae. This along with the steam produce a challenging subject. It’s hard I think to say is of this...

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on Mar 2, 2017 in Wildlife Photography

“Catching Air”

Both the Pronghorn and Mule Deer are “catching air,” all four hooves are off the ground. But which one can you actually see that air? While the D500 is firing as fast as it can, the 300PF shot wide open for minimum DoF, to actually see that air takes more. What more? The one thing I talk about so much, background! While critters are on the move, it’s not like you can move to improve the background. It’s really all about luck as much as seeing it. But seeing that background before putting yourself through the pain of trying to capture it helps avoid getting frustrated. Good handholding, panning, fast FPS and clean background are what you need for catching...

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