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on Jan 25, 2010 in Wildlife Photography, Biological Tips, Yellowstone Life

Habitat is Everything!

Said our good-byes to a really great group of photographers, moved our base of operation and headed over to the Lamar Valley region of Yellowstone. Even if I never make a single click, I just like the total change the north end of the park provides. How many times have I cruised the road in the last 30yrs? Oh man, no clue but it never gets old. In fact, it offers up challenges and new opportunities each pass of the road which is probably why we love it so. And it’s one place I can easily indulge my passion for Bighorn Sheep.

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The herd that travels through the North Entrance in fall / winter is a great herd to work because they are so busy just being sheep. I also really love to photograph them in habitat not typical snow covered slopes or brown rocks (though I do plenty of that too). This day brought some great opps working with the rams in sage.

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Another thing I love to do is photograph sheep in low light. Shutter speeds are often down around 1/60 but the quality of light on the pelts speaks about each individual uniqueness. While photographing the sheep today, I recorded 32GB of video clips. I hope to get a little sheep photography tutorial created and posted in the future. That aspect of the D3s I find very appealing.

Photos captured by D3s, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film

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