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: January 2011
Last night kicked off the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) of 2011 here in Jackson, Wyoming. The race is the lower 48’s version of the Iditarod. It’s a lengthy and challenging race that stretches from Jackson, Wyoming out to Lander, Wyoming, then back west before heading south all the way down to Park City, Utah. It features a host of International competitors, including challengers as well as champions of the Iditarod. It’s certainly something I would like to catch more of in the coming years.
A time lapse video of a cloudy sunset above the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
I’m adding two time lapses to this post because both were shot back to back. I literally switched out a memory card after one, moved where I was aiming to hone in on the sunset and began shooting again. It was a chilly day out on Antelope Flats in Grand Teton National Park, but it was well worth it. It was one of those skies where you weren’t quite sure if it would turn into something great, or if it would just be blanketed in clouds. It turned out to be something not spectacular, but worth capturing. I was glad I made the drive north a bit past Moose, Wyoming to capture it.
Clouds pass above the Teton Mountains during a time lapse video in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
I’ve found myself becoming more and more intrigued with the process of creating videos, whether it’s a time lapse video such as this one, or a traditional video. While I still enjoy a still shot, something about the movement of images has really caught my attention lately and I even find myself looking for subjects that would make better videos than stills. This may, of course, be due to the fact that it’s the dead of winter here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and there’s not very much wildlife stirring around the common areas I go to, so we’ll just have to see what I wind up doing when there’s spring wildlife all over the valley. Regardless, it’s pretty exciting to find a new outlet for creativity!
The full wolf moon of January 2011 rises through clouds over Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
I did a few time lapse sequences the other day and despite blowing out the moon, this one still wound up being my favorite from the three. I had initially underexposed it to what I thought was a safe amount, but then shortly after starting, I remembered I was actually shooting a full moon. I have a few ideas on how to get a more successful balance on the exposure, but that will have to wait for another one.
The full wolf moon gets its name from ancient Native Americans that would hear wolves howling during the month of January. It’s an active time for wolves. Their predatory senses are more efficient in the winter when their prey begins struggling to last through the cold and January is also mating season for the wolves.
It’s not easy to find a unique angle on a site that hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of people visit every day. It makes it even more difficult when you haven’t really even looked into it much for some potentially new ideas.
Before leaving on my train trip last month, I knew I’d be visiting Chicago, Illinois for a short while both ways, but I never did look at a map to see what I would have immediate access to go visit. I learned that I was only stopping roughly a mile away from Millennium Park, home of the famous Bean. Both days I was there it was overcast, so I unfortunately didn’t get to get a nice blue sky reflecting in it, but that didn’t stop me from searching out what I could only hope was a unique angle on it.
As mentioned, the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana makes for some great abstract photography. Bold colors and in this case, even plant life, can create an abstract photo as unique as any other location. This will probably be the last abstract blog post from the trip, so if you want to see more, be sure to visit the full gallery!