Redwoods and Oregon Coast.

This years new trip was the Oregon Coast and the California redwoods with my best Friend Timmothy McGowen. We planed on spending a week traveling along the coast but had to cut the trip short due to a family illness. I was able to spend 3 days shooting before I had to return home. The first day of shooting was in the Redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods state park. The Main road through the park is called the Avenue of the Giants and the name is an accurate description of this area. The next morning we got up and drove into the Redwoods National and state park to photograph in the Stout Grove where I captured one of my favorite images of the trip.

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After the morning of shooting in Stout Grove I headed of to Brookings Oregon For a meet up with my Friends from the Photog Adventures podcast Aaron and Brendon. I have been shooting with Aaron and Brendon before and always have a lot of fun hanging out with them. The shoot for the night was planed for Secret Beach but it is not much of a secret. After a short drive from Brookings we arrived at the parking area and hiked a short way down the hill to a spot overlooking the beach. It was a nice sunset but without clouds it wasn’t going to be the epic shot I had hoped for.

The next day we traveled along the coast to Bandon to shoot the sea stacks the next evening. Once again the clouds let us down but it was still fun

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I had to depart the next morning for home But I am making plans on returning in the spring to finish my trip up the coast.

Yellowstone

After the Smoke drove us out of the Tetons this year I moved camp to West Yellowstone for the remainder of the trip. We traveled out looking fo Wildlife and like the Tetons we did not find much to photograph. I made the decision to try a spot on the east side of the park that I had had luck in the past finding Bears. After driving 2+ hours from camp we found a Grizzly Bear people call Snow.We photographed her for a few hours before it was time to return to camp. The next morning I decided to return to see Snow again. Snow was much closer to the road and in a better area to photograph her. After 3 hours of watching her it was time to leave and head back to camp.

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On the way back to camp it started to snow but not enough to stick to the ground. We arrived to the madison river area of the park just before sunset so we looked around for Elk and was hoping for a sunset. The Elk stayed in the trees for the most part but we did see one nice bull but could not get a good shot of him.

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One last thing on the list of shots I wanted was to hike to the new overlook of Grand Prismatic spring. The park service put this new spot in to look over the spring and it is not a tough hike but it was well worth the time. I captured several shots using a long lens to show the color of the spring.

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This years trip although not my best was still a lot of fun. I hope to get back to Yellowstone in the spring to see the bears after the come out of the dens.

Tetons

This years trip to the Tetons and Yellowstone did not go as planed but it ended up being a great trip. I arrived at my boondocking location in the Tetons just before sunset. After setting up camp we had just enough time to hurry across the street to the Cunningham cabin for what would be the best sunset of the trip. I have shot this location before but always at sunrise. The choice was a good decision as I think this might be my favorite shot of this location.

Canon 5DSR Canon 24-70 F2.8

Canon 5DSR Canon 24-70 F2.8

I converted this to B/W and I think it was the correct choice. Here is the color version.

I like both images and find it tough sometimes to chose between them.

This year the wildlife was a no show in the Tetons and I think the unseasonably warm weather had a part in that. The sky was cloudless most mornings and it made for some less than spectacular sunrises.

Canon 5Dmk4 Canon 70-200 F2.8

Canon 5Dmk4 Canon 70-200 F2.8

Oxbow bend at sunrise this is a 8 shot pano from one of our mornings.

On the third day we woke up to a smoke filled valley and made the decision to move camp to West Yellowstone for the remainder of the trip.

Alaska part two

After our adventure the day before we woke up early to catch out boat out to the lodge. We had about a 5 hour ride of sight seeing before we arrived at the lodge. Along the way we spotted some Puffins that had not gone out to sea for winter.

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I found that my Canon 7Dmkii paired with My Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6 ISii was the perfect setup for shooting from a moving boat. The wave action made it tough to keep the subject in frame at time but the light weight made for easy hand holding for sharp crisp shots. After our 5 hour boat ride we arrive at the Kenai Fjords Glacier lodge located ne the Pedersen Glacier. The lodge staff meet us at the beach and after a short hike we arrived at one of the most beautiful locations one could want to spend time at. the lodge was located next the the Glaciers lagoon. The View was just amazing.

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One of the highlights of the trip was the time we spent in the lagoon photographing the Sea Otters. The calm water made it easy to find the Otters and photograph them.

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Afte 3 days in this wonderful lodge it was time to leave and return to home. The boat ride back was bittersweet as we headed back to Seward for the long trek home. After departing the boat we traveled the road back to Anchorage to catch our early morning flight home. Alaska is a land too much diversity and I will be planing more trips in the future to this amazing place. but for now it was back home for a week then off to the Tetons and Yellowstone.

Alaska Part one

In August I traveled to Alaska for a trip with my Wife to photograph Sea Otters and Puffins. Alaska is a place of great beauty so it is easy to find subjects to photograph. We traveled from Anchorage to Seward and along the way we spotted several beautiful waterfalls along the road.

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At our lunch stop I hiked out into the woods looking for some Macro shot and was happy to find some interesting mushrooms to photograph.

We arrived in Seward to grey overcast sky and hoped that the next days trip on a charted boat would bring us better weather. We woke up the next morning to blue skies and wind. The boat ride was a bit rough but we did get lucky and spotted a Humpback Whale.

And a few Stellar Sea Lions

The ride back to Seward was rough as the wind increased throughout the day. We hoped that it would die down for the next days Boat ride out to the lodge we had booked in the Kenai Fjords NP. After a Long day on the water we where hungry and a great dinner of seafood was just what we needed. With dinner finished it was time to get some sleep as we had an early boat to catch for our ride out to the lodge.

Until next week!!

Time

This year has been flying by the last few months. I have been traveling back to California to deal with my mother in laws estate. I was able to get out a few times between trips down to california. I went over to Moab a few weeks ago to decompress for a few days. the night I arrived we had some good clouds and I was able to capture a fun shot at Dead Horse Point State Park. I don't shoot at that location often at sunset but I was happy with what we got that evening.

This is a 7 shot pano I captured not long after we arrived. The light was changing quickly and made for some dramatic light during the sunset.

This is a 7 shot pano I captured not long after we arrived. The light was changing quickly and made for some dramatic light during the sunset.

This is a single image just as the sun dropped below the horizon. I used a 3 stop graduated neutral density filter to make this exposure.  I am working on a new YouTube channel and I hope to launch in the next few months. I filmed how I captured this shot and the processing that was involved in the Pano image . Stay tuned for more info.

This is a single image just as the sun dropped below the horizon. I used a 3 stop graduated neutral density filter to make this exposure.

I am working on a new YouTube channel and I hope to launch in the next few months. I filmed how I captured this shot and the processing that was involved in the Pano image . Stay tuned for more info.

Back To Work Part 2

My second week back to work Started with driving back to the eastern side of the state. On my way to Moab I made a stop in the San Rafael Swell to photograph some Pictographs. The Head Of Sinbad panel is just of the I70 but requires about 9 miles of driving on some dirt roads and the last part is 4WD only as the sand was soft and deep. I will have to explore this area more when it cools down next winter but I did get some shots of the 2 Pictographs

After shooting the Panels I was off to Moab for sunset in Canyonlands. I was treated to a nice sunset at the Green River Overlook. 

After shooting the Panels I was off to Moab for sunset in Canyonlands. I was treated to a nice sunset at the Green River Overlook. 

After a Beautiful sunset I was off to the Bears Ears National Monument to shoot at House on Fire Ruins. I woke up at 4 am to hike into the canyon to try a shot I have been planing for some time. I was able to get to the Ruins before the blue hour started.  

After a Beautiful sunset I was off to the Bears Ears National Monument to shoot at House on Fire Ruins. I woke up at 4 am to hike into the canyon to try a shot I have been planing for some time. I was able to get to the Ruins before the blue hour started.  

This is the shot I came away with. I had to try a few things to get this but it worked out just fine. I am working on a Video on how this was shot. On my way home I stopped to see a Pictograph panel but the light was not the best so I will need to return and try again. I am getting read for my next trip at the end of the month to the Grand Staircase for some more Milky Way shots. I will be shooting more video this next time. I did a short time lapse on this last trip and here is the link for it.

This is the shot I came away with. I had to try a few things to get this but it worked out just fine. I am working on a Video on how this was shot. On my way home I stopped to see a Pictograph panel but the light was not the best so I will need to return and try again. I am getting read for my next trip at the end of the month to the Grand Staircase for some more Milky Way shots. I will be shooting more video this next time. I did a short time lapse on this last trip and here is the link for it.

Back To Work part one

After a 3 month break I am back to my photography. I was taking care of a terminal ill Family member. I traveled to one of my favorite areas in Utah for the last 2 weekends the new Bears Ears NM in the south east part of the state. The first trip was met with some cloudy skies and snow and rain but on Saturday night we did get some clear skies for some Milky way photography at Natural Bridges NM. But the first day I went into see the mule canyon ruins known as House On Fire.

This pano is one of my favorite from the trip. 

This pano is one of my favorite from the trip. 

This is a popular spot for many photographers to visit in this area. The short 1.1 mile hike into the ruins is easy and most people have no problem making the hike in. I also attempted to hike into fallen roof ruin but bad weather caused me to return as I was not dressed for snow.

This is a popular spot for many photographers to visit in this area. The short 1.1 mile hike into the ruins is easy and most people have no problem making the hike in. I also attempted to hike into fallen roof ruin but bad weather caused me to return as I was not dressed for snow.

The clear night on Saturday allowed us to get some Milky Way shot after the moon set around 1 am. We sat in the cold 30 degrees night for 6 hours to get these shots. Natural Bridges is one of the darkest night skies in the National Park system and well worth visiting for some star gazing in the summer. Next time I will talk about the second week back at work.

The clear night on Saturday allowed us to get some Milky Way shot after the moon set around 1 am. We sat in the cold 30 degrees night for 6 hours to get these shots. Natural Bridges is one of the darkest night skies in the National Park system and well worth visiting for some star gazing in the summer. Next time I will talk about the second week back at work.

Owls

It must be springtime as the Burrowing Owls are Back in town. The last week I have been out looking for the returning Burrowing owls here in Cedar City. I have found one and her are a few shots of him.

They do like standing on one foot.

They do like standing on one foot.

They have some of the most beautiful eyes

They have some of the most beautiful eyes

I don't think He liked me looking at him.

I don't think He liked me looking at him.

These little Owls are challenging to photograph but are worth the work. All these shots are taken with the Canon 5d mkiv with the 500mm F4 L is ii and a 1.4 teleconverter for a focal length of 700mm. I used a shutter speed of 1/800 - 1/1250 sec F5.6 -F11 ISO between 125-400.I continue to be impressed with the new 5d mkiv  for wildlife and landscape photography. The detail I am getting is great and the low light performance is amazing.  Another thing I have been busy setting up permits in the Grand Staircase to conduct a few night workshops As soon as I get the permits I will be announcing the info here first.

These little Owls are challenging to photograph but are worth the work. All these shots are taken with the Canon 5d mkiv with the 500mm F4 L is ii and a 1.4 teleconverter for a focal length of 700mm. I used a shutter speed of 1/800 - 1/1250 sec F5.6 -F11 ISO between 125-400.I continue to be impressed with the new 5d mkiv  for wildlife and landscape photography. The detail I am getting is great and the low light performance is amazing.

Another thing I have been busy setting up permits in the Grand Staircase to conduct a few night workshops As soon as I get the permits I will be announcing the info here first.

Yellowstone part4

Afte a week of Photography I traveled down to the Grand Tetons. What is normally a 3 hour drive in the winter becomes 6 hours of driving on some snowy roads. We arrived in Jackson and went out to see if we could find a spot to shoot the sunset from. As we pulled into the Snake River overlook we spotted a red fox in the parking lot.  

We photographed this little fellow till he moved back down the hill into the forest.

We photographed this little fellow till he moved back down the hill into the forest.

The sunset was great that evening

The sunset was great that evening

Moon setting the next morning over the Tetons

Moon setting the next morning over the Tetons

One of the sunrises

One of the sunrises

Sunrise at the Snake River overlook

Sunrise at the Snake River overlook

Our last morning we had the best of our sunrises. then we found our Fox again latter that day

Our last morning we had the best of our sunrises. then we found our Fox again latter that day

It was a great finish to the trip with over an hour with this Fox. This years trip was a lot of fun and I am already looking forward to next years trip. 

It was a great finish to the trip with over an hour with this Fox. This years trip was a lot of fun and I am already looking forward to next years trip. 

Winter in Yellowstone Part 3

This winter we had several opportunities to see some different animals. We where driving down the road and something caught my eye as it flashed by. I suddenly realized it was a Short Tail Weasel racing across the hillside.

These little Weasels are very quick and are a challenge to photograph. The Canon 1 dx mark 2 did a great job of keeping this little fellow in focus.

These little Weasels are very quick and are a challenge to photograph. The Canon 1 dx mark 2 did a great job of keeping this little fellow in focus.

Some of the other small animals we had the chance to see included a squirrel that was racing around in some trees.

Some of the other small animals we had the chance to see included a squirrel that was racing around in some trees.

We also had several Coyote sightings but never had any chances to see them hunting Voles this year.

We also had several Coyote sightings but never had any chances to see them hunting Voles this year.

Hopefully next year will be better for the Coyotes. Next week more from Yellowstone.

Hopefully next year will be better for the Coyotes. Next week more from Yellowstone.

Winter in Yellowstone Part 2

On this years trip to Yellowstone we had 12 people that showed up for the Fun. Most I had been out shooting with before but a few are new to our group. Most only stayed for the time in Yellowstone but Dale Mellor went down to the Tetons with me. This winter has seen a tremendous amount of snow in the Park. It made it tough to get around to get better angles. another issue was that the hunting and pouncing we had seen last year was not happening. I tried to snowshoe out to see the Moose at Pebble Creek but I was unable to get on top of the snow. with the snowshoes on the snow was still up to my hips. eventually the Moose came closer to the road. 

For some reason I will never know this Moose preferred to run everywhere he went.

For some reason I will never know this Moose preferred to run everywhere he went.

We waited for him to come out of the woods. I think he was waiting for use to get cold and leave. The temp that morning was -27 degrees not the temp you want to stand out in for very long. after waiting for over 1 1/2 hours he came out.

We waited for him to come out of the woods. I think he was waiting for use to get cold and leave. The temp that morning was -27 degrees not the temp you want to stand out in for very long. after waiting for over 1 1/2 hours he came out.

He was just amazing to watch run such a large animal just floating through the snow.

He was just amazing to watch run such a large animal just floating through the snow.

Winter in Yellowstone Part 1

My annual trip to Yellowstone is over but  now but the work really starts. In my 10 days of shooting  I captured over 7500 images this year. We had some extremes this year in weather from low 30 degrees days to a 4 day stretch when the temp never got over 0 degrees. Photographing Bison is one of the main subjects in the winter in the park. Cold is not an issue for they beautiful beasts. They are always nearby and make for some dramatic shots. A few of my favorite shots this year follow

Bison at sunset in Yellowstone near Tower Junction. As we where driving back at the end of the day we came upon this sunset. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out in time to get a few shots off before the sky went away.

Bison at sunset in Yellowstone near Tower Junction. As we where driving back at the end of the day we came upon this sunset. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out in time to get a few shots off before the sky went away.

Bison in the storm near Mammoth Hot Springs. We got up to lots of fresh snow that covered the roads overnight. We had to wait for the plows to clear the road and ended up finding this Bison along the road . 

Bison in the storm near Mammoth Hot Springs. We got up to lots of fresh snow that covered the roads overnight. We had to wait for the plows to clear the road and ended up finding this Bison along the road . 

These poor Bison trying to hide from the storm. The 30 plus MPH wind made for some miserable shooting conditions. We hiked out closer to the Bison to get a better angle. the deep snow made for a tough hike. The wind was blowing and this spot was very exposed but the Bison did not appear to mind the conditions.

These poor Bison trying to hide from the storm. The 30 plus MPH wind made for some miserable shooting conditions. We hiked out closer to the Bison to get a better angle. the deep snow made for a tough hike. The wind was blowing and this spot was very exposed but the Bison did not appear to mind the conditions.

Bison watching me after he had been scratching on this tree. 

Bison watching me after he had been scratching on this tree. 

Bison in the fog along the river. I have wanted to get a shot like this for some time and I was lucky that everything came together this day.

Bison in the fog along the river. I have wanted to get a shot like this for some time and I was lucky that everything came together this day.