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on Feb 18, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

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SWF Movie And just as quickly as the storm comes in…. SWF Movie What I’m doing to make the contrast pop is 1st, shooting in Vivid and then underexposing -.05. And that’s it. Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Feb 18, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

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SWF Movie And just as quickly as the storm comes in…. SWF Movie The storm blows out but the crusties remain. And how you ask am I getting the contrast I am in camera? You’ll have to read the next blog…. Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Feb 18, 2011 in Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone Life

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I’m brutal to my group! With 20+mph winds, snow blowing horizontally, I take them out to some amazing winter photography! The challenge as I see it is to transport you who is sitting warm inside to walking with those Bison outside. How do you do that? SWF Movie There is a couple of things. The first is the color temp, don’t warm it up. Let the “blue” of the mismatch of kelvin and AWB give the image a blue color cast. Why would you want blue? Blue is a color that often is associated with cold and in this situation, I want you to feel that cold. SWF Movie Next there is the wind, there is no setting in the camera or post that makes the wind hit you in the face. So then we can imply wind and let the mind fill in the blanks. In this case, the snow is blowing horizontally so by using a slow shutter speed, we can blur that blowing snow. How slow...

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on Feb 18, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

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SWF Movie The magic that is Yellowstone in winter returned and if all its glory! The 6-8″ of fresh snow greeted us as we were the first into the park (which we always are) and some drifts too big for us to go directly through. With the wind chill, we were down to around -14. This combo made for a killer day of finding and photographing crusties. What are crusties? SWF Movie Crusites are my own nickname for Bison caked with ice and snow. Some see this and are amazed that a fur barer could have snow caked on them. But between body fat and the fur, very little heat escapes so the snow can stick. The one key ingredient to make this work though is some moisture and that’s where the steam from the thermals comes into play. In Yellowstone in the winter when the conditions are right, it’s easy to find crusties. This duo were literally right on the road. We simply crept up on them with...

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on Feb 17, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

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SWF Movie We had heard about the fishing Coyotes but had yet to see them actually in action. We left the Bison in the blizzard, sun was history when we came across this loan animal out in the Madison River. Does he look miserable or what? SWF Movie We never saw him catch a fish but it wasn’t because of a lack of trying or camouflage. Look all that snow that’s pilled up on him from the storm, yikes! Winter is back in the park and instantly the photo opps are jumping out. I can’t wait for tomorrow! Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 (HSC) on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Feb 17, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

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SWF Movie The sun had officially set, the storm announced with the Winter Warning had set in and we were out in it shooting. Yeah, that’s Yellowstone winter shooting. We’ve got a great group this week who didn’t hesitate for a heartbeat when I asked if there were up to standing in the blowing snow to photograph these Bison getting piled on. I just love this photo, I love the gesture you can read into the attitude of the two bulls standing in the blizzard. What a moment! Photo captured by D3x, 200-400VR2...

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