Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yay for Snow!

Elk Herd in Snow - D800e, 70-200 f/4 @ 200mm, f/4, 1/400s, ISO 200
One of the really nice things about being in a place like Grand Teton National Park during a snow storm is that it gives you the opportunity to make images like this.  It was supposed to start snowing last night, but it didn't start until this morning and we spotted this herd of Elk on the way back to Jackson.  This is my favorite image of the day so far, I love photographing wildlife while bringing in their environment.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rain and Snow

Fence, Trees and Cloud - D800e, 70-200 f/4 @ 200mm, f/14, 15s, ISO 100
Just our luck, a storm has started coming through the Teton area.  It started yesterday evening and its been rainy on and off all day today and its supposed to start snowing later tonight (I already see snow in all the surrounding mountains).  Still we left at 5:30 for a morning shoot and tried to make the best of it.  For a brief time after sunrise the rain let up and though we were at the Mormon Row area photographing the iconic barn it was opposite to the barn that there was interesting cloud pattern, a fence and trees.  It took a few minutes for me to find a composition that I liked and I really wanted to incorporate all of these elements making an image with layers.

One of the nice things about the rain is that the park has less people and the wildlife is a little less shy in coming up to the road.  I'm looking forward to the snow especially if we can find some wildlife.  Should be an interesting next couple of days.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Moran Sunrise

Moran Sunrise - D800e, Zeiss 15, f/10, 91s, ISO 100
I arrived in Jackson Hole last night too late to be able to do any scouting for a place to shoot in the morning.  So I decided that I would just take a leisurely drive in the morning, checking out a few spots I was already aware of and make my way up to Yellowstone.  As I pulled up at the iconic Oxbow Bend location, the color was just about to pop.  I was somewhat dismayed to see dozens of photographers all lined up to take photos of the same thing and this further damped my already low enthusiasm to make an image this morning.  In the last moment I decided to grab just on body and lens and hoped to make an image that few (if any) of the other photographers were making (I heard a lot of constant shutter clacking so I'm not sure anyone else was doing a long exposure).  I didn't have much time to find the ideal spot or refine the composition (hence the bush at the right) but this is what I got.  After a few minutes, I packed up and continued my drive to Yellowstone.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Heading back to the Tetons

I am super excited that I get to head back to the Grand Tetons next week for a dedicated week of photography.  I've already checked the weather and it looks like we'll have a nice mix of days with some sunny and some rainy (rainy is actually good as you can sometimes get drama).  The last time I was at the Tetons it was in the summer of 2011 and I'm curious to see what the iconic locations look like in the fall.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ocean Iceberg and Clouds

Ocean Iceberg and Clouds - 5D3, 400mm, f/4, 1/2500s,  ISO 100
Better than funky clouds is funky clouds over an iceberg.

Friday, September 06, 2013


Tangled - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 90 HR, ~f/22, ISO 35
A tangled web of tree branches with moss and lichen.  The chaos and disarray in this image is probably the thing I like the most about it.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Dramatic Clouds over Superstitions

Dramatic Clouds over Superstitions - 5D3, 24 TS-E II, f/10, ISO 100
Last night we had one of the most dramatic sunsets I've ever seen in the bay area.  I figured it would happen because of all the interesting clouds I saw forming through the day and because I knew there was no way I could get out to make any photographs.  So to make myself feel a little better I dug out a dramatic clouds image from my trip to Arizona last Christmas.