The Plain of Focus

When it comes to wildlife, the background and foreground are very important elements that not only tell the story of where that critter lives but can also be very distracting. A good wildlife image plays on your emotions and gets you enjoying that subject. Distracting elements can easily bring a viewer out of that moment. […]

February 21st, 2017 | Comments Off on The Plain of Focus

When You See it but Just Can’t Quite Reach

So this happened to me while I was out shooting this past weekend. I saw two Bald Eagle’s on this great perch overlooking the Yellowstone River. It was a cold day and they seemed to be enjoying the sun. In the perfect world if I could’ve gotten close enough it would’ve been a great shot. […]

February 14th, 2017 | Comments Off on When You See it but Just Can’t Quite Reach

It Only Takes One

When it comes to working with critters there is always the chase for that rare or allusive subject and during that chase it is easy to overlook whats right in front of you. The thrill of seeing what else might be down the road is what keeps the spirit alive. Well sometimes it’s better to […]

February 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on It Only Takes One

Small Improvements

There are a lot of superstitions that come with photography. Some seem to hold more sway then others but one of them in the wildlife realm is, when you first photograph a species no matter how bad the photo you keep it. It’s the break the jinx shot. The belief is it makes it more […]

January 24th, 2017 | Comments Off on Small Improvements

Working Rocky Mountain Elk

You know you’re not disturbing the the subject if it falls asleep. This may seem a little counter intuitive but if you’re working with wildlife and your subject falls asleep then that means that it feels safe. Critters are constantly on the alert for predators and a person gives off that same feeling of distrust […]

January 23rd, 2017 | Comments Off on Working Rocky Mountain Elk

One of the Best Winter Creatures

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep aren’t just one of the best winter creatures to photograph they are also one of my favorite. While they are technically still sheep their behavior is so fascinating that they draw attention. Everything from how they butt heads, climb steep cliffs and drink only once a day makes them interesting. In […]

January 20th, 2017 | Comments Off on One of the Best Winter Creatures

Grizzlies in Snow

Grizzlies have always been a species of interest to me and while I have spent many a year in Montana, I have only had a few encounters photographing them but each time has been memorable. Grizzlies come out in the Spring from hibernation, fatten up over summer and then go back to sleep in the […]

January 6th, 2017 | Comments Off on Grizzlies in Snow

Planning your Purchases

It’s been one heck of a shopping weekend with deals coming at you left and right. There isn’t much out there that you can’t get a deal on right now. While we are coming to the end of Cyber Monday there is still plenty out there to purchase. While it can be nice to get […]

November 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Planning your Purchases

Gesture Tells the Story

Birds are really fun creatures to work with because no two are ever the same. They don’t look nor behave the exact same as another. At times they can be very frustrating to work with and others an absolute delight. But in order to capture the correct biology of each species, gesture is a very […]

November 10th, 2016 | Comments Off on Gesture Tells the Story

The Plain of Focus

One of the first lessons that we went over in Texas while working with shorebirds is the plain of focus. Over half of the images you see out there of shorebirds are taken while using a tripod. By using a tripod you are above the bird and thus looking down on the subject. The result […]

November 9th, 2016 | Comments Off on The Plain of Focus