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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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.
A video compilation of fall landscapes and wildlife in and around Jackson Hole, WY and Grand Teton National Park.
I’ll be leaving on a road trip soon and before I left, I wanted to get all my fall video compiled together into one video. While I didn’t get to use all the clips I wanted to, I still thought that it came out nicely.
The song I used, by Epic Soul Factory, was perfect until it hit a bit of a change of mood. I didn’t have enough clips to account for the short, dark section, so I had to edit the song just a bit so it would fit what I was trying to do. For that, I apologize to the original artist.
Regardless, this should give you a little glimpse into the area in the fall season. Wildlife comes out more in preparation for the winter, as fall leaves rest below snow-capped peaks all across the valley.
A bull moose eats from Oxbow Bend as he’s reflected with fall colors in the water in Grand Teton National Park.
With the falls colors fading, wildlife is beginning to pop back out as animals prepare for the winter in their own respective way. A bull moose has been hanging around Oxbow Bend for much of the summer and came out into the water recently for some great reflections with the remaining fall colors. There were a few from this series, but I thought this shot captured the scene best.
Fall leaves decorate aspen trees and hawthorn bushes along Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park.
Yesterday, the Moose-Wilson Road opened up after a number of days of being closed early, due to grizzly bears being seen there for the first time since Grand Teton National Park’s inception. Many cried foul, but the park service stood its ground and kept it closed as long as grizzlies were present. With so many black bears seen every year on the road, why the sudden change in policy? Was it really worth closing off an entire road?
The park cites that "…when there is a conflict between conserving resources and values and providing for the enjoyment of them, conservation is to be predominant." My first reaction was to side with those that felt the park had gone too far, but once I got past the fact that I wasn’t getting photos of my favorite animal, I accepted the extra protection.
Last night I watched Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. As you’re probably aware, it’s built up quite the reputation for being one of the worst episodes, and stirred up quite a bit of controversy upon its release, something I, like many people my age, jumped on the bandwagon for. Is it really all that bad though? And are we only hurting our own creativity by bashing it?
This eventually all comes down to our own subjective opinions, but last night I watched it again for the first time in a while and I watched it unbiased. I accepted it as a new branch of George Lucas’ own vision of the story that captured an entire generation and to be honest, I actually enjoyed it!
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.