jim

Sep 262012
 

Today I met a very nice couple (newlyweds) from the Spokane area.  We only talked for maybe twenty minutes.  Two people who have helped others most their lives.  One a retired Pastor and the other works at the VA Hospital.  Delightful people!  One of the joys of my trip to Yellowstone.

Today though I saw quit a bit of wildlife it felt like a Scenic Day shooting day.  A real test for my NOT-so-good abilities at scenic beauties offered here in Yellowstone.  Water was my draw.  Starting with Gibbon Falls.

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Then on to Hayden Valley.  Mid-day.  Not the best time to shoot.  Had lunch in the shade along the river.  Watched the “folks” going crazy around the Buffalo.  Those foreigners are amazing.  Real stupid.  Yes some were getting almost close enough to pet the buffalo!  Simply amazing.

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After lunch I hiked back a mile or so from the road in Hayden Valley.  Peace and quiet.  My next stop was the falls near Nez Pierce.  A popular place to shoot.

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At the falls the reflections in the water were incredible.  I ran into a wonderful friend and famous photographer Laurie Excel.  She had a photo excursion group with her.  It was fun to catch up quickly with her.

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Of course I need to add to my elk collection.  Especially when the light was PERFECT!!!!

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Just before the sun went behind the mountain I rushed back up the Madison and had took get this Black and White.   Beautiful!!!  All the elements where is place for just a minute or two!

 Posted by at 11:03 PM
Sep 252012
 

YELLOWSTONE!!!!!!!

YEEEEEHA!

Worked until noon today then made my way to heaven on earth.  I love Yellowstone.  It’s not just the wildlife photography.  It’s the peace and quiet.  The constant meeting of new friends that experience God’s wonders with me.  And a slower heart rate, no teeth grinding, little or no phone calls, green apples, lunchables, low temps, and The Ten Tenors softly serenading.  Checked in the Hotel.  Then made my way into the Park at about 4:30pm.  A couple of hours to enjoy.  The Madison is a good place to start my adventure with the Elk during their Rut!   With rain making it’s daily mark I found my first Bull and his group of cows.  The usual bugling and herding taking place.  Fun, Fun, Fun to watch and capture.

The bull rarely eats.  And is constantly moving/herding his cows.  When bringing a cow back to the group the bull throws his head back and charges the elk that is wondering too from his control.

I stayed until the rain was really coming down and the light was diminished.   Heading back down the Madison A Bald Eagle caught my attention.  When perched along the Madison the Eagles are usually fishing.

To my surprise the Eagle flew across the Madison and landed full talons out on a small animal.  I could not tell what animal it was.  If you look close at the eagles talons you can see the little critter.

 Posted by at 9:24 PM
Sep 232012
 

The bees are busy on one of our flowering bushes.

The number of bees is dwindling.   There used to be lots more.  Today I watched as they little workers carried pollen to and from our bush.  A couple of them was so loaded down it appeared they were having a hard time flying.  What do I know.  This…that I needed a photographic record of theses crazy litter bugs.

 Posted by at 3:42 PM
Sep 192012
 

At Photoshop World Expo I bought a metal photo wall hanging.  The photos are a mosaic of 12″ square pieces of metal pics.  Each a portion of the full photo.  Now I find myself going back through my photo’s looking for the perfect photo.  i have about 8 terabytes of photographs.  As I have purused some photo’s I realize I have more favorites then I expected.  That’s not to say they are perfect photo’s.  Just ones I like.  This is going to be tough.

This photograph taken last year on the Oregon Coast.  The actual photograph has less contrast.  When posting to the blog all my photographs increase in Contrast.

 Posted by at 9:05 PM
Sep 192012
 

What is the chance of getting a pic of a Mountain Lion in the wild?

Slim to none.

So we seek out places like AnimalArk in Reno.  It’s an animal sanctuary for injured or parentless animals.  A small facility.  And not very photographer friendly.  That’s not what they are there for.  They rescue animals.  My only decent shot was a Mountain Lion that was hit by a car and just happened to have an animal biologist collect the injured animal and took him in to the animal hospital.  Now a few years later the Lion is healthy and fun to watch in it’s large and natural enclosure.   In post I turned down the highlights a bit.  Then turned up the blacks a little to add a little contrast.  I was shooting through glass late in the day with glare on the glass.  I also cropped the pic about 10%

 Posted by at 8:57 PM
Sep 182012
 

Downtime.

Time to think about nothing.

I found myself about 15 miles from the job site.  Lake Tahoe.  Just a short drive over the mountain from work.  This trip I carried a ton of baggage.  All in my head.  It’s been crazy stressful.  For a while I have been living moment to moment.  Looking in all directions for something to look forward to.  In actuality there is lots to look forward to. Stress is blinders to a positive look at life.  At Tahoe I found a Lifeguard chair.  What a wonderful hour or so.  I just sat and watched the water, trees, and my natural surroundings.  Everything slowed down.  From my heart rate to my stress.  Wonderful!

I could not decide if I liked the color post or black and white.

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 Posted by at 11:08 PM
Sep 162012
 

Life is Crazy.

These past few weeks have been beyond insane.  And without my photo time I may be going NUTS!  Too much to tell.  Too much poor me.  But!!!  I did get about an hour last week to run out to the Island and catch a few pixels of a pair of Great Horned Owls.  Fun!

 Posted by at 9:44 PM
Sep 022012
 

Last night we had the opportunity to go and see Sugarland in Concert.  If you anything about me you know I love music.  Especially from Jennifer Nettles vocal cords.  She is awesome!!!!!!  The rule of the concert was no professional cameras!  What?????  SO I took my point and shoot and my D4.  Hey I am technically not a professional so my camera can’t be either!   At one point I found myself arguing with the USANA staff that my D4 was a point and shoot.  They backed off for a bit.  Really?  What am I going to do with Sugarland pic’s besides hanging them everywhere I reside…….

It rained a lot last night but the show went on!

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 Posted by at 10:12 PM
Sep 012012
 

I finally got my D4 and 600mm back from Nikon!

Wasn’t cheap to get the work done.  Last night I had my first few minutes in weeks to get out and shoot.  A big storm was heading across the Great Salt Lake.  Grabbed the photo bag with all three cameras and most lenses, the 600 and tripods and headed out!  From FBBR I drove out to antelope island and found 5 big bucks.  Took a lot of photo’s.  To my dismay when I got home I couldn’t download the images from the XQD card in my D4.  I have tried everything!  Man this is frustrating.  The bucks looked great through the lens and on the viewer on the D4.  When at FBBR I shot the clouds and landscape with the D800.  Incredibly  sharp images!  I love it….

Stay tuned  to see if I can pull the images from the card!  They may be OK!

 Posted by at 4:37 PM
Aug 242012
 

I drive a lot.  I fly a lot.

New areas that I cover in the car is like eye candy.  As a photographer my eyes are on the road about 10% of the time.  The balance of time is enjoying new views.  A few things always tugs on me and cause me to brake and check out.  One is old churches and the other is cemeteries.  As always big game and critters are show stoppers.  Work can even wait if I catch a view of a critter.  Driving from Spokane, Washington to Lewiston, Idaho a cemetery drew me in.  Often cemeteries are situated high on hilltops. Easy to see and find.  At this cemetery was a crucifix at the top.  It was a headstone for a prominent local religious leader.  Never seen anything like this before.

Shot with a Nikon D800, 20-200 f/2.8 lens.  I processed in post through NIK Silver Efex pro2.

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 Posted by at 12:37 PM
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