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on Jul 1, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Little House on The …

I’ve gone past this house on the ridge for decades and not once, have I stopped to photograph it. Oh, I’ve looked at it but it’s never caught my attention, until this time. The storm was passing pretty quickly and as it did so, the light would paint the landscape and that’s what caught my attention. Shooting with the D4s / 80-400VR3, I walked up to the fence line and waited. The first thing I know many of you will say is, “That bright pole on the right bugs me.” OK, I like it and in fact, that was central to the way I set up the frame, obviously since that’s what you see. The subject though, the house, you can’t help but see EVEN with that pole. So, that pole isn’t that big a deal, just a matter of taste. But if you cover up that pole with your hand, the photo looses it’s sense of depth and place. Now if the rest of the telephone poles had...

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on Jul 1, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

Finger … faster!

This Cliff Swallow colony has nested in the same place forever! Every year I swear I’m going to spend more time at it than the year before and get the image. Sadly, some years I don’t make it down at all, other years which this is looking to be like, only once. It kills me to have such a marvelous opportunity and not take advantage of it. You see, what makes this colony of Cliff Swallows special is, they are nesting below eye level and just feet away! Yep, don’t have to shoot up at them but down. How cool is that! So there I am shooting away with...

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on Jun 26, 2015 in Landscape Photography

Glory On High!

Left the house at 01:30 for the airport. Finally arrived to catch a different flight at 12:40. Then flight out of DEN was delayed cause of storms. So at 20:40 we lifted off and in avoiding the storm to the north and our destination, we went east then northwest and it took us into an amazing show. These are four clicks taken with the D750 / 14-24AFS out the window as we zoomed about. It was spectacular, simply glory on...

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on Jun 23, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

Long Lens Depth

They live at the top of the world. The animals the color of winter, Mountain Goats have long been a favorite species of mine. Their home is nothing short of spectacular! How do you say that in a photograph? This recent photo is a quick example (not the best though) to illustrate my point. How do you say in the same frame, “They live at the top of the world?” Well, you gotta include that in the frame and the easiest way is with a long lens. Not for image size cause as you can see, that’s not what I’ve done. But because of the narrow angle of view and ability to pull in the background. Shooting with the D4s/ 80-400VR3 at 250mm and getting below the Billy, the background pops and in doing so, makes it pop while telling its story. It’s a simple recipe that works so powerfully, long lens...

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on Jun 22, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

Bad Light for Color?

Many all black bird species have a gorgeous iridescence to them, when, and this is the important part, when they have a direct light source on blaring on them. The iridescence works on the very basic light principle, angle of incidence equals angle of reflection. This means in simple terms, the sun must be higher in the sky than we would normally like to see those colors in the black. It also means that if we use flash, in a hot shoe or in a flash bracket, this does not get the flash far enough away from the camera to get a big blaze of that color. You can simply think of it as requiring bad light to get those colors. How do you make than a decent looking photograph if you have hot, constrastly light in order to get that iridescence in the black? There are a couple of things you can do and I share these photos of a Brewer’s Blackbird to illustrate them. I’m shooting across...

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on Jun 18, 2015 in Wildlife Photography

Their Level

There is nothin more common in the Northern Latitudes then the Columbian Ground Squirrel! And when it comes to the basic challenge of making the uncommon of the common, you can easily find hours of fun in chasing the Columbian with your lens. In early spring as the snow is still melting away, they are coming our of hibernation and they have two things on their mind, food and sex. That means photographers who are patient meld into the background. This gives you the opportunity to shoot them at their level making the uncommon out of the common. With food and sex on their minds, getting close physically is rather simple. All it really takes is a little time and observation. They will telegraph where they like to sit and spy on each other and that’s where you need to get. Shooting with the D4s & 80-400VR3, the top image was taken while I was down on one knee. Shooting at 400mm, the CGS went about lookin about, groomin...

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