About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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Monthly Archives: October 2010
Earlier this week we had a pretty intense storm rip through the valley, leaving the Jackson Hole Ski Resort with 41 inches of new snow in 48 hours. As the storm initially made its way into the valley, I headed out for a quick drive that morning to find some new winter-like shots and was fortunate enough to happen upon some bull moose grazing at the Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park. I was very under-dressed, and almost headed back to my car from the cold, however this particular bull moose began making his way over and had some very nice poses on his way. With more storms beginning to move in, I zoomed out to get the full picture of the Tetons almost completely blanketed in the incoming snow.
Last night, PhotoShelter released a slew of new updates to an already great service. Two of the main features I was quick to jump on were the Portfolio and PhotoWall. In implementing the two, I had to make a few minor modifications to my website, but I definitely like it better this way.
The PhotoWall you can see in action at all times on my new home page, since I’ve now moved my home page from being self-hosted onto the PhotoShelter servers. This way I can now combine a sleek and dynamic design that showcases newest images uploaded, and still retain the other features I was using on my previous home page, such as the most recently updated blog posts. The PhotoWall comes with a variety of customization options on the back-end, so you can be sure yours will look unique.
Nothing will make my day more than getting some good shots of an animal that not only have I never photographed before, but also never even seen before. Such was the case yesterday while returning from Jackson Peak and taking the scenic route around Goodwin Lake in the Gros Ventre Wilderness outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As I approached a small boulder field, I could hear pika calling from above and I was hoping to get a decent shot of one. Upon stepping a bit closer, however, I noticed something I had never seen before poking its head out from one boulder after another. This long-tailed weasel was not only searching for food, but also in the process of changing its coat from its summer brown into its winter white (the remaining brown being found on its back).
A solitary, fall cottonwood tree stands in Antelope Flats of Grand Teton National Park under stormy skies.
You hear it all the time. People making excuses not to go shooting because of a certain kind of light or weather condition. In the end, however, that’s all they are: excuses. At its simplest terminology, photography is the art of capturing light. The word itself is Greek and breaks down into "drawing with light." So when someone says "you can’t shoot in that kind of light," they’ve either never tried it because that’s what others have told them, or they’re just not very creative. If photography is the art of capturing light, then there is always good light because there is always light! It doesn’t matter if it’s overcast, middle of the day, middle of the night, etc. There’s always some kind of light, therefore there are always good shots to be found.
This is the third and final section of the Building the Best Website for Photography series. If you’re new to the series, you can catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2. The first part discussed various hosting options, and in the end, PhotoShelter was chosen as the service of choice for a variety of reasons, including another that will be discussed here. The second part dealt with SEO and how to get the most out of both PhotoShelter and a self-hosted WordPress blog. For this, the third and final part, I’m going to focus on how to get traffic back to your site to actually read what you’re posting, and then also how to get some of those visitors to buy your work.
So, you’ve just written a great write-up on an image that you’ve captured that you’re really proud of.
I’m taking a short break from the Building the Best Website for Photography series to post a photo that I’ve been wanting to share. This was actually taken several weeks ago, but I only recently converted it to black and white and saw the true value in the image. I drove up to the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park to get this shot at sunrise of the Teton Mountains. It almost looked like it wasn’t going to be anything until the sun began breaking through the clouds, creating a stripe of light that stretched out across the mountains.