Monthly Archives: December 2011


The 12 Best Photos from 2011


Pilgrim Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming rests under glowing sunset clouds.

I found myself rather unproductive in early 2011 in terms of stills. With the recent purchase of a 7D and getting it up to working order, as well as discovering time-lapse photography, my still photography became a bit stagnant. As a result, most of my work was in the form of a time-lapse and before finding a good balance of time-lapse, video and still, I even wondered if I would move entirely into video. Eventually the balance did work itself out and once I had my 7D back and functioning properly the following spring, it was full-steam ahead in every direction!

I discovered this image during that time after forgetting about it. I was looking back through a day in January where I hadn’t shot very much at all, but saw potential in a nice sunset above Pilgrim Mountain. – Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

A bull moose walks through Kelly Warm Springs runoff on a frigid Christmas morning of 2011 near Kelly, Wyoming.

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays for the 2011 season!

I treated myself to a quick trip up to Kelly, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park for the morning where I found two young bull moose in the Kelly Warm Springs runoff, one of them pictured here. With the frigid temperatures and the steam rising from the warm water, it made for some incredibly moody shots! In addition to that, I was also given my first wolf sighting of the season! This moose was certainly the better shots, but nevertheless, seeing a couple of wolves this morning definitely got me a bit more excited for some winter wildlife. – Continue reading

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Otters in Snow

Otters gather around a water hole near Flat Creek outside of Jackson, Wyoming.

After getting life and work caught back up to normal speed after my road trip, I’ve finally been able to get out a bit more and shoot. Yesterday turned out to be a great day for it, as I joined a friend in shooting some otters right here in town. They had all but vanished by the time I had gotten there, but they eventually made their way back into close proximity, and while they were cautious of us here and there, they didn’t seem to be bothered by our presence since we didn’t pose any kind of threat. We were able to watch them find a secluded spot hidden in the grass from predators as they cleaned themselves and each other up before settling down for a nap, which we took as our cue to get out of the frigid weather and thaw out. – Continue reading

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Court of the Patriarchs in Zion Canyon

The Virgin River flows past the Court of the Patriarchs in Zion Canyon of Zion National Park, Utah.

Zion Canyon in Zion National Park can be a tricky place for sunrise or sunset. Locations for capturing direct light on any of the surrounding peaks or canyon walls is pretty minimal, so as a result, I began scouting out some potential shots, and eventually settled on the Court of the Patriarchs with the Virgin River as the foreground. While it wasn’t a spectacular sunset, there were a few clouds in the sky that made it worth it and provided a good amount of interest to round out the whole scene.

Zion National Park was the first national park I ever visited back in 2004, so it holds a good amount of sentimentality for me, and seeing the towering sandstone peaks is always a welcome sight. – Continue reading

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If There’s Good Light, Capture It

A fiery sunrise lights up the clouds above Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky District near Moab, Utah.

Several months ago, I was visiting with another photographer passing through town, and we got on the discussion about breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. We both agreed that no matter what the foreground or landscape below looked like, it would come out looking great simply because of the light and clouds, provided they offered enough interest. While I certainly agreed with it, it was never my intent to be forced to try it. As a photographer, I always want to be around some magnificent landmark with such dramatic skies.

On my recent road trip, my first morning into Canyonlands National Park, however, gave me no other choice. I miscalculated the distance from my campground to the park, and as a result, saw the beginning signatures of a brilliant sunrise forming while I was still driving to the entrance. – Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse Time-Lapse, December 2011

The lunar eclipse of December, 2011 sets behind the South Teton of Grand Teton National Park.

This morning marked the last total lunar eclipse until 2014. I headed up to Kelly, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park with another photographer to shoot a time-lapse with the eclipse already well underway. Prior to this eclipse, weather and lack of opportunities has thus far limited my experiences with eclipses, so my timing was a bit off. However I was able to come away with this time-lapse which made me happy. – Continue reading

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