Workshops and Tours

I have begun to lead trips with 256 Photography We have permits for the AZ strip including White Pockets and the Wave, Zion National Park, and several other areas We are working on getting our permits for all 5 national parks in Utah and the Grand Staircase and Bears Ear National monuments. We are working on several trips next year to some amazing locations in the Southern Utah area. 

Last night I we had the opening for the Artist wit a Camera exhibit it runs through the 14 of October. if you are in the area come buy and see my newest Limited Edition Print "Sunset at Kolob Canyons" this print is available in Metal and Canvas and only 50 will be printed before it is retired. 

I am off on another adventure in the morning to the Tetons to work on a new project. Check back in a few weeks for more info on the workshops.

I am off on another adventure in the morning to the Tetons to work on a new project. Check back in a few weeks for more info on the workshops.

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.