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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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on Feb 28, 2017 in Landscape Photography

The Color of Light?

It’s a simple question … know the answer for your photography? It’s a serious question that I don’t think I can help you answer in a blog post. It’s a question you must explore and answer for your own photography. And there lies the...

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on Feb 28, 2017 in Landscape Photography

‘What Kind of Light is This?”

When I asked the question of the group, Eric instantly said, “B&W!” Now how do you get to that point in your photography? That’s really a damn good question! Eric has shot with me for years and gone through my MLP so he’s really, really good at seeing light. Now what is B&H light? Here’s two examples from the scene we were seeing when I asked the question. The qualities I was seeing in the light that I shot B&W are: mood, texture, detail, story and romance. One is on the “darkish” side of life and the other is on the “bright” side so that’s not part of the formula I see when making the call. Rather, I some it all up in the “romance” of the light that first, makes me stop and then what to share it with you. One hint when you’ve struck it right is in the finishing, it was a simple two click, ACR & then Luminar. Does this come quickly to one, seeing...

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