Snow King Fourth of July Fireworks in Jackson Hole

Fourth of July fireworks of 2011 explode over the Snow King Ski Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

With my 5D still out, I wasn’t able to get the fireworks shots I was expecting since I was without a full-frame camera. I made the best of it though and headed over to the Snow King Ski Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to watch their annual Fourth of July fireworks show with my 7D.

Realizing early on that I wouldn’t be able to capture the full show, I made the best of the position I was in and looked for opportunities where fireworks both high and low were illuminating the mountain to give a sense of the landscape. I was shooting on bulb mode so that I could choose how long of an exposure to do depending on how many explosions were going on at the time. – Continue reading

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The 2011 IPSSSDR

The 2011 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race gets underway in Jackson, Wyoming.

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. – Continue reading

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The Chicago Bean

People wander around the Chicago Bean in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, Illinois.

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. – Continue reading

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Christmas Night Shot of the French Quarter

The French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana is decorated with red and green lights for the Christmas season.

I just returned last night from extended trip down to New Orleans, Louisiana to see some family and friends for the holiday season. Having grown up in New Orleans, I found it odd that I had no photos on my website from that area, so I went back for a bit longer than usual to get some shots from the region. Most of my shots came from the French Quarter, which in addition to shots like these, made for some great abstracts that I’m excited to show.

I’ll have plenty more to show in the coming days, but I just wanted to get something up for today.

Also, since today is the first playoff game of the season for the NFL, and since I’m also a lifelong Saints fan, I wanted to post another quick little shot I got while wandering around the French Quarter. – Continue reading

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2010 Capitol Christmas Tree Cutting

Wyoming Landscape Contractor employees supervise the Capitol Christmas Tree being lowered onto a truck for transport across the United States to Washington DC.

Nearly two weeks ago (I know, I’ve been meaning to get this blog post up), I was asked by the JH Weekly newspaper to cover the cutting of the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree before it makes its voyage across the country to Washington DC. The task was handled by the Wyoming Landscape Contractors, pictured in this photo. This shot was also used on the cover of the JH Weekly newspaper here in Jackson, Wyoming.

The tree was selected out of the Bridger-Teton National Forest just on the other side of the Grand Teton National Park boundary near Pacific Creek. It’s the first time a tree from Wyoming was selected and is currently en route to Washington DC, which can be tracked on TrackTheTree.com. – Continue reading

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Hiker in the Alaska Basin Under Moonlight

A near full moon lights up the Alaska Basin as a camper admires the view nearby her tent.

Having another person along with me for the hike into the Alaska Basin was a little unusual. I typically do much of my hiking alone so having someone else nearby at all times got me a little inspired to try some new things. I’ve got several shots with her as the subject, including this one just before we called it a day. She was very cooperative with me as I experimented on a shooting a subject I don’t normally have the opportunity to do.

With the moon casting a halo in the clouds above, she participated quite well as she stayed still during this entire exposure. As beautiful as the Alaska Basin is during the day, there’s something very magical and peaceful about it at night. – Continue reading

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