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on Feb 15, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

YA Wk2 D1-2

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Then….the sun creeped over the ridge line and lit up the hoar frost on the pines across the river. OMG, it was gorgeous! I instantly grabbed the 200-400, zoomed to 400mm and made the clicks. Now the highlight bouncing off the water bothered me at first but it’s not driving me as nuts now. This movie requires Flash Player 9 It was amazing to me how within heartbeats the color and mood of the light changed as the sun rose over the ridge. Why in the world did I even question the wisdom of doing back to back weeks in Yellowstone? All it takes is an open eye, mind and heart and the images come right up and smack you in the face! I can’t wait for tomorrow to come and see what the old girl will offer up to our...

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on Feb 15, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

YA Wk2 D1-3

This movie requires Flash Player 9 For those of you who saw the video, I didn’t want you to think we don’t do the same think in the field. Work it doggie, work it…. This movie requires Flash Player 9 That’s it, give me more cheek, more cheek…. This movie requires Flash Player 9 Perfect, tilt the head and give me the cheek….. This movie requires Flash Player 9 Alright, I don’t think this is your best side but we’ll do it for a change. Great…it’s a wrap! Photos captured D3x, 200-400VR (handheld 1/20) on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on Feb 15, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

YA Wk2 D1-1

This movie requires Flash Player 9 Let’s put the cards on the table. I wasn’t sure doing this back to back Yellowstone Adv would work for Moose. Especially after just having a killer week with some amazing photography. Looking at the weather forecast for the day and seeing the warm temps, I was sweating this out. Would there be “new” subjects or “improved” subjects enough to keep my enthusiasm for shooting up high enough not only for myself, but this great group of shooters I have with us this week. I should have known the old lady would put on a show and that all I had to do was show up! This movie requires Flash Player 9 My Hayne at sunrise was simply, gorgeous! There was nothing to do by click, what you’re see above is right out of the camera. AWB, -1/2, Vivid f/8 and click. FWIW, we were at this exact same location last Monday and we never even photographed Mt Hayne. Though it was 7...

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on Feb 14, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

And Those I Like the Best?

At this point, I’ve gone through all my images from our first week in Yellowstone (which was great BTW) and picked out those I personally like the best and finished them in post. Of those 100+ images, narrowed it down to 15 the images that bring back the week and put a smile on my face. “Favorite” images I think should be those that put a smile in your heart. That doesn’t mean they are the greatest photographs, but simply those that bring back the memories of that moment. That’s what you have here. How were they finished” You have everything thing from straight out of the camera (yeah, that is permitted) to images finished with just ACR or with that with Nik Glamour Glow, Tonal Contrast or Silver Efex or a combination there off added to the mix. I never spent more then two minutes with finishing any given image. Enjoy and if I’m lucky, an image or two will put a smile in your...

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on Feb 14, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

It’s all in the Steam!

Had a few folks email asking what I meant when I said “steam” makes the shot and I crank a whole bunch to get the shot. Here’s a simple series of just five images taken with the D3x at 1.8FPS over a span of perhaps 10sec. You’ll see that the images changes slightly with each click. The last image is my favorite. Why? It’s the ratio of lights and darks, information and lack there of that makes it a favorite. There is no recipe for that which is why I shoot the burst (if you call shooting at 1.8FPS shooting a burst). The small nuisances of steam here and steam not there happen too fast at least for my eye to see it, squeeze the shutter off and capture it. I see the general pattern forming which is what starts the firing sequence and I see it ending which stops the firing. But I can’t see “the” image fast enough to make the photo with one click. It’s all...

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on Feb 12, 2011 in Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone Life

5min & Snow Make Magic Happen!

I do love watching and photographing Bison. Next to Grizzly Bear, they are probably my largest file. Spring when the calves are born and winter are my favorite times with them. In my mind though, the winter works only when it looks like winter which I think takes more then the white stuff on the ground. It takes some knowledge and some luck. This movie requires Flash Player 9 Living in the Sierra where we can watch snow storms rolls gives one some insight about coming storms. So there we are cruising through lower geyser basin when we come up to a good lookin herd close to the road and more importantly, frontlit. Even more importantly is the storm I see behind the herd, real dark clouds coming our way. Since the herd was “bare” that depending storm is the only reason we stopped. This movie requires Flash Player 9 And it stormed! Big, beautiful flakes fell and at times obliterated the herd. We didn’t run for cover but...

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