Moving Forward in "Today’s Economy"

The last light of day breaks through clouds and lights up The Sleeping Indian, aka, Sheep Mountain, above Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
The last light of January, 2012 breaks through clouds to light up The Sleeping Indian above Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

A full month has officially passed in 2012. How are you resolutions coming along? Are you lulling yourself back into your habitual patterns, or are you moving forward, full-steam ahead with exciting plans to change your life for the better? Many people don’t feel accomplishing your goals is possible because of "today’s economy."

"Today’s economy" is a phrase that I typically avoid because it paints a very bleak picture with little hope for anyone outside of the elite rich. If you look a little closer though, you see much more going on than just businesses all over the country collapsing.

While you certainly do see large businesses taking a significant hit, you also see something amazing happening with individuals: sole proprietors and smaller, locally-owned businesses are thriving!
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Longest Lenses Aren’t Necessarily the Best

An otter stands on ice on Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
An otter stands on ice on Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming.

I have a few good friends who occasionally allow me the opportunity to plug in to their longer lenses. During this time, it’s tempting to get as much as I can from one of those lenses, even if it might not necessarily be the best lens for the specific scene.

Prior to today, winter had seemed to be put on hold as temperatures were unusually warm, rising into the 20s and 30s, melting what little snow was already on the ground. Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge was certainly no exception. Normally completely frozen over, an area just outside of town was mostly thawed out, attracting many birds and smaller wildlife that normally move to more open water. Otters in particular have been spotted fairly regularly now, attracting a growing fondness from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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The 12 Best Photos from 2011

January Pilgrim Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming rests under glowing sunset clouds. (Mike Cavaroc)
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.
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Otters in Snow

Otters gather around a water hole near Flat Creek outside of Jackson, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
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.
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Teton Changes – Video of Fall in Grand Teton National Park


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.
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Storm Clouds Over Jackson Hole After Sunset

The Sleeping Indian (aka, Sheep Mountain) rests beneath storm clouds passing over Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (Mike Cavaroc)
The Sleeping Indian (aka, Sheep Mountain) rests beneath storm clouds passing over Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Most people interested in photography begin to learn that sunset is the best time of day to shoot. While most would like to get up for sunrise, many don’t. They also begin to learn why mid-day shooting is the hardest light to shoot in and thus, will work sunset into their day as the optimal time of day to shoot.

The light is certainly ideal then, but in reality, if there’s light, there’s something to shoot. One of the most underrated times to shoot, especially with cooperative weather in the area, is actually after sunset. When the last pastel hues have faded from the clouds, you’ll see the majority of people packing up their gear and heading in. Some of the most interesting shots however, can come when all that’s left is atmospheric light produced from the end of the day reflecting off clouds.
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