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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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Elk graze in Yellowstone National Park.
Grand Teton National Park has always been the subject of controversy. From its present-day inception to conserve a large, open valley in 1950, to the reintroduction of wolves and the expanding growth of grizzly bears, and even to present day where a growing population is seeking an end to the annual elk hunt within park boundaries.
The park came into formation back in 1950. Back then, wolves had been exterminated, and grizzly bears were closely following that route thanks to the mindset that predators weren’t welcome in nature. As a result, the elk population exploded causing a plethora of overpopulation side effects to the species, as well as aspen trees. Thus, the annual elk reduction hunt was initiated to keep the population at bay. Yet many are wondering if present day circumstances still require the hunt.
I personally am not a hunter, nor do … Continue reading
Sunrise illuminates a rain shower above a smoke-covered Jackson Hole, Wyoming from the Red Rock Fire.
Another local photographer invited me out to catch a sunrise yesterday out Sheep Creek Rd. Even though I’m freelancing, I’ve found myself on a weekday/weekend schedule, so the opportunity to shake things up a bit was definitely enticing. While it’s not that far of a distance away as the crow flies, the dirt road makes for a slow ride out there, making it approximately 45 minutes from Jackson to where we were headed. As a result I had to be ready to go by 5:30am so we could be there by 6:15am ready for early light before sunrise at 6:45am.
Last night however, put a lot of things into doubt and whether I would even be able to make it at all. I was up until about 11:30pm-midnight trying to finalize a website, and … Continue reading