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on Jul 22, 2015 in Landscape Photography

You Running out of Gas?

Ever since I posted Creativity in the Lost & Found, I’ve had more emails stating, help! One person said, “I feel like I’m running out of gas!” That made me think of this photo, a two image pano I took a little while back and something else to give a try when the clicks just aren’t coming. Give something in the computer a try you’ve not tried before. This pano is an idea. With it so easy to assemble in ACR, take a pano of your room and assemble it. You have no idea where that might lead. You might need to try some extra lighting. You might need to use a different lens. You might need to learn something you simply don’t know and that might shake the cob webs loose. You might shoot a pano and need to reshoot it. For example I shot this scene the first time with a Df / 24-70, three image pano but after assembling, went back with the 80-400 to get...

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on Jul 14, 2015 in Landscape Photography

When The Rain Breaks

The paint is still sitting in the garage, sandpaper in its wrapper as I wait for the rains to go by. Lord knows we need the rain, it’s knocked down our fire danger and that’s a blessing. But nine days later, no painting. But that doesn’t mean I’m not watching the skies for other opportunities. I have the Df / 24-120VR on the counter because each night as the sun sets, it’s a little bit different. Most nights it’s been just gray until it’s dark. But a couple of nights, there has been some color but just not in the right place at the right time. But the camera sits there just in case. Then last night, while the color was brief before the clouds closed back in again, there was the addition of a rainbow. Na, none of these are great photos when it comes to the sharing category, but they are when put under the memories category. I think at times, photographers confuse these two categories and...

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on Jul 13, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

They Look Great in White!

I have a thing for weasels. I large part because the family of weasels takes in critters like Sea and River Otters. Those are the easiest of the family to see and photograph. When you get to the Least or Long-tailed Weasel, you’re talking almost pure luck to see them let alone get glass on them. Quite often when you see them, it’s out of the corner of your eye and you shake your head because you thought you saw somethin but when you look closely, nothing is there. That’s what makes them so damn cool! Last November on a private K&M Adventure to the Bald Eagles of Haines, one day we were standing there on the edge of the river watching eagles when … out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash of white. It could only be one thing, a Ermine or better know as, Long-tailed Weasel. Their coats turn white in the winter and they are more gorgeous and cute than a photo...

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on Jul 9, 2015 in Landscape Photography

A Different Kind of Scale

How big is that cloud? Often when we photograph clouds, it’s with a wide angle with just a sliver of landscape. At least, that’s one of my favorite ways on incorporating them. While this works really well and brings a whole other level of drama to a photo, the actual size of those clouds gets lost. Not that’s important, but there are times when how high the clouds soar is the story, not just that they are pretty. When the opportunity affords itself, I love to show the size of the heavens. Shooting with the 80-400VR3 on the D4s, I waited for the sliver of light I saw racing for the ridge line to go click. The down pour was centered by design, the light, it was a prayer. And by standing, waiting imagining, the click came to be. And you can now tell visually how big that could...

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on Jul 9, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Scale With An iPad

There we were, partially up Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier Nat’l Park. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s behind the visitor center at Logan Pass. It’s a gorgeous walk up to some spectacular scenery that always has a critter or two. On this trip, the snow hadn’t melted yet so the trail was for the adventurous and I wasn’t felling, adventurous. When going after landscape images, I tend to either go wide or long so when I walked partially up the trail, I had the 18-35AFS in my pocket and 80-400VR3 on the D4s. The clouds were racing across the heavens and as such, constantly changing the landscape with light and shadow. It’s one of the most beautiful ways to see our wild heritage in person, letting our imaginations run with the light over the land. So I’m watching this living painting in front of me and saw the light bring out the unique topography up slope. As I scanned it with my imagination, I saw two climbers up...

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on Jul 3, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

New to the Bath

Na, not a great shot but it breaks the jinx. This Williamson’s Sapsucker kid first made its appearance at one of our bird baths back on Father’s Day. A riparian, high altitude species, I’ve seen them plenty of times over the decades but never got any glass on them. When this juvi first appeared, I had to get the Sibley’s out and figure out which juvi sapsucker it was. When I figured out it was a Williamson’s, I got very excited. Then the travel kicked in and I wasn’t home to get a click of it. Sharon kept an eye on it and figured out the time of day it appeared the most frequently. Tonight, I had the D4s with 800f5.6 AFS on the Gitzo 5561SGT w/ Zenelli Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head set up and pointed where it comes. You’re seeing the wood perch wired on to the bird bath just for our woodpecker friends. If it all works out like normal, the juvi will become an adult and...

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