Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Eagle Spirit watches over his charges
as they continue to return from the brink of extinction
caused by humans and the use of DDT.
Unfortunately, other toxic pesticides continue to be manufactured in the United States and shipped into other countries, particularly developing nations, where they are applied to crops. These poisons eventually find their way into the food chain of our wild brothers and sisters, where they continue to take their toll.
It doesn’t end there. These crops are then consumed by unsuspecting individuals, many of them living in the U.S., thus continuing the circle of poison.
This is the fifth release in my Mystic World series.
Only one remains. Any guesses regarding what species will be featured next?
Saturday, August 21, 2010
August 21, 2010 – This past Sunday, Lori and were in Rocky Mountain National Park, photographing pika at Rock Cut along Trail Ridge Road. We were on the hillside, sitting on the rocks a few feet below the retaining wall. People came and went. Some would call down to us and ask ‘what are you photographing;’ while others, those with cameras, took their pictures and departed.
Lori commented to me, “Do you think any of them know we’ve been sitting here four hours?”
This got me to thinking . . . most wildlife photographers simply don’t spend enough time getting to know their subject; and, more importantly, not allowing their subject the opportunity to become acquainted with them.
Case in point: We had been sitting among the rocks several hours with very little activity among the pika. A couple of times, we would witness one in the distance as it scurried about, collecting grasses and leaves to store in its winter larder, but that was about it, save for the occasional call from an individual checking on the whereabouts of its neighbor.
Suddenly, as if the Great Pika Protector had sounded the all-clear signal, there were pika everywhere. One actually came up to Lori, climbed atop her shoe, sniffed a couple of times and then scurried about between the both of us as we stood there, mouths agape and stunned. We had been accepted. We had become “one” with our subject.
It was then that we were able to get the photographs we so desired.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Location: Eagle Butte, SD
Monday, July 12, 2010
BREAKIN’ THE RULES
I wrote an article that appeared in the Summer 2007 issue
of Nature Photographer magazine
about breaking rules of photography.
The following post contains excerpts from that article
and relates to my image, "Coyote World?
How many times have you heard someone comment, or for that matter done so yourself, about avoiding “butt shots?”
Sure, we’ve all done it. In fact, it’s been touted for so long and by so many, that butt shots are at the top of the list of things to avoid when photographing wildlife, especially those instances when the subject is looking away from the camera and there is no eye contact.
Following a visit to Yellowstone several years ago, I finally came to the conclusion that it’s time that we reevaluate this thinking.
The catalyst came one evening as I sat in my hotel room reviewing images of a coyote made earlier that the day in the Lamar Valley. It was one of those scenarios that you dream about . . . beautiful lighting, sculpted snow, and subject adorned in winter’s finest.
One of the images depicted a coyote looking away from the camera, but I liked it. Michael Wilhelm, a friend who had been shooting with me that day, liked it too.
This was not the first time that I had ever made an image with the subject looking away from the camera. Why then, were images such as this so compelling?
Following weeks of deliberation, I began to realize that I was not just taking pictures of subjects with their backs to the camera.
The coyote image was more than a landscape featuring a coyote, albeit one featuring the back of my subject’s head. It depicted the world as observed by coyote at a particular moment in time and allowed the viewer to glimpse this world from coyote’s perspective.
Would the image have had the same impact had I not included the coyote in the image? . . . in particular, with it’s head turned away from the camera? I think not.
Consider if you will — when you view a landscape from over your subject’s shoulder, you are actually seeing the world as seen by the subject. If you fail to include the subject in the image, there is no point of reference.
If the subject happens to be a predator as was the case with the coyote, this can often impart an element of drama to an image and give rise to any number of thought-provoking questions. Did the coyote’s acute hearing pick up the sound of a rodent foraging beneath the snow’s surface? Was coyote making last minute adjustments before pouncing on its next meal? or, was coyote simply reveling in the beauty of the landscape spread out before both of us?
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Picture, if you will, a sorcerer waving his magic wand. Somewhere in the mist before him an object begins taking shape - a snow-encrusted bison, its likeness appearing beside a small pond whose waters reflect the muted colors of sunrise momentarily trapped on a nearby mountain. At that instant, you press the shutter, capturing the magic of the moment.
The event described above took place during one of my winter wildlife photography workshops in Yellowstone National Park. My group and I were aboard our chartered snow coach, exploring the park's frozen interior. Looking out the window, we spotted it. The image that every wildlife photographer visiting Yellowstone in the winter dreams about . . . a snow encrusted bison, enshrouded in morning mist, and lying next to a thermal pool of heated water.
“Stop,” I yelled to the driver. In less, than a minute, we were exiting the vehicle in anticipation of capturing the image of which we dreamed. Then it happened. The bison got up, gingerly shook off his covering of ice and snow, and calmly walked away, leaving us sad and dejected that we had missed the photo opportunity of a lifetime.
However, there was still hope. Lying some 20-feet away from the pool of steaming water was another bison. He, too, was encrusted in snow and ice. I began pleading with him, not out loud, but quietly in my spirit, “Please, please, get up.” I don’t know if he heard me, but after a moment, or two, he stood.
Then I began pleading again, “Whatever you do, please don’t shake.” Continuing, I added, “I beg you, please let the snow and ice stay on you.” Did he hear me? Who knows, but he never shook off his icy covering.
Unfortunately, he was still some distance from the pool of water. However, feeling a little more confident by now, I figured, what’s there to loose? So, I continued my conversation, “Go to the pond so we can make your picture.” You guessed it. Ambling slowly toward the pond, where upon his arrival, he stood and waited for me to take his picture. However, by this time the rising steam was so thick, I could neither see the pond nor the bison.
Dejected, I simply cried out to whom ever might hear my plea, “Please, clear up so I can make the picture.” Suddenly, the fog began to lift. At that very moment the sun peaked its head from over the mountain behind me, illuminating the hillside just past bison, and in turn reflected its morning colors in the pond next to bison.
I clicked the shutter.
Who says that magic doesn’t happen.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
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Monday, April 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
However, the big surprise was a Coati Mundi that came out of the trees. This was my first time seeing one in the wild, and he did not dissapoint me. Playing in the trees and checking me out up close, I was able to get many great photos before he disappeared back into the tree.
"I hear tell that from April through September, you might even be lucky enough to photograph black bear at the blinds."