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on Nov 14, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Darn People in My Photo! Not!

I’m sure I’m not the only photographer to mumble under their breath as someone enters their landscape photos. I learned long ago though that most folks don’t stay in the same spot for five minutes so simply waiting often takes care of the issue. And then again, there is that thing called Photoshop which is a very effective tool for removing unwanted folks from our photo. But can we turn this negative into a positive in our photography? Especially if you’re in the commercial end of landscape photography, having folks in your photo is a huge plus. We have made a lot of editorial sales of well-known locales because we did have people in the photo. In part because of so many photographers want those photos without folks. Showing our wild heritage being loved is a money maker (and shows those folks for getting in our photos)! But what about including them to give our photo scale, a sense of size? Shooting in Arches last week with the Z7...

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on Nov 9, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Arche’s Starie Nights

The heavenly bodies shimmered in the cold crisp skies over Arches Nat’l Park. So every night we’ve been out enjoying them and preserving the memories with our cameras. We kept it real simple so we could stay warm, have fun and be successful. The above photo was taken literally from the side of the road. We positioned ourselves so the oncoming car headlights did all the light painting, we just had to open the shutter and enjoy. The photo of Delicate Arch required a little more, had to make the forty-five minute walk up to it. Otherwise, I set up the D850 / 8-15Fish with ISO 3200, A WB, f5.6, 30secs and shot. The glow on the horizon is … the setting sun, light polution … I’ll let your imagination fill in the blank. We’ve had four great nights under the stars coming back with great memories, in our hearts and...

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on Nov 7, 2018 in Landscape Photography

The “Fishy” Arch

Mesa Arch is a gorgeous locale and when empty of folks, really good for the soul! Been coming to the “Arch” for one heck of a long time. Those who have never been to the “Arch”, the bottom photo gives a general idea of what the “Arch” looks like. It’s not really arch like in shape so long ago, I started shooting it with a fisheye lens. So this trip, I shot nearly entirely with the 8-15Fish(such a gorgeous Fish!). The big variance with the “Arch” over the year is the placement of the sun on the horizon, this time of year it’s nearly dead center. I personally like shooting the “Arch” long after the sun is up (and most of the folks have left) and then “pinch” the sun to get the flare. The top photo is my favorite shot from this year shooting at 14mm literally right at the edge of the rim. But it’s not my favorite “Arch” photo. That I took this morning but from...

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on Nov 6, 2018 in Landscape Photography

Light of the Silvery Moon

There we were on a leisurely drive to Turret Arch for sunrise when we came around the corner to … surprise! I had in my mind rocks and red, not the slightest hint of a moon in the slightest amount of light in the sky. We’re still scrubbing off the rubber I left on the road for hours! It was simply gorgeous! The photography was easier than the stopping actually. I hopped out and grabbed the Z7 / 180-400VR, threw it on a tripod, dialed in -2 and shot. Then I ran up the road (fast walk) and “set” the moon again and then ran up the road further to “set” the moon one last time (bottom photo) before it disappeared for the day in the rising sunlight. What a spectacular day to start at day, by the light of the silvery...

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on Oct 30, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

What Do the Ears Say?

It’s such a little thing (those them ears are huge!), the direction of the ears on ungulates. Moose, deer, elk and all hooved animals use their ears to tell them lots of things, the main being which way is trouble coming from. They are constantly pivoting them to take inventory of everything around them. Bull Moose use them along with this to listen for the moans of cows. Those big racks are like a disk and they turn their ears to listen to all the sounds that come in. It really is a remarkable adaptation they use with great accuracy. Since the Moose don’t smile or frown or have any real facial movement, it’s their ears that do all the talking. So what do you want your ungulate to say? Here are two quick clicks to illustrate my point. Shooting with the D5 / 180-400VR a split second apart, you can see how with the ears forward (the desired position of ears) the Moose is engaging the viewer. With...

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on Oct 25, 2018 in Wildlife Photography

A Woopin is Comin!

Oh ya, nothin good is coming with that look in a Moose’s eye! Bull Moose has quite a ritual they go through each late fall in the pursuit of mating. Battling and chasing other bulls, young and old is a big part of it. It takes a lot out of them so typically after their afternoon nap, the fun begins. In this case, these two who were really just “goofin” give you a great look at the battling process. You can see in the eye of the one on the left the invitation to shove. The cocked head and eye tell the opponent that it’s on! I was shooting with the brilliant D5 / 180-400VR which provides the speed and flexibility to capture the action. So, after hours of boredom looking at sleeping bulls, you have a thirty-minute burst of sheer spectacular wildlife biology action. What a great day just knowing a whoopin is...

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