Going Into Hiding

Going into Hiding

I shot this several weeks ago after a morning out photographing.  I had seen this buck around, but had been unable to get in a good position to get a shot of him.  As I was leaving the park I saw a doe standing in a grove of trees.  As I was taking some pictures of her I saw something move out of the corner of my eye.  I got this shot just before he disappeared into the woods.  I have not seen this buck since.

Wildlife photography often involves as much skill as luck and time.  I have spent countless hours in the woods and walked away with nothing.  Then there are times when you least expect it that you get the opportunity to get some great shots.  A good lesson is to always be prepared and be persistent.

“Rhea Spring”: Shooting in the Morning

Rhea Spring

One of my favorite times of day to photograph is early in the morning, especially when I visit a National Park.  Many people prefer sunset because of the convenience, but at sunrise there are often fewer people.  As the sun comes up the land begins to come alive.

This was a morning a couple of weeks ago at Shiloh National Military Park near Rhea Spring.  The sun was coming up and the water was running well from all of the recent rain.  I don’t always shoot toward the sun, but use the light that is cast over the landscape to photograph scenes.  The fog was rising from the water due to the warming of the landscape and the light highlighted it showing a mist.  The ISO was lowered and shutter speed slowed in order to create the effect with the water and capture to light right for the breaking sun.

Don’t be afraid to try shooting from different positions to get different perspectives.  As the sun rose I spent about an hour capturing the scene before the fog was gone.  I moved around along the creek bed standing, sitting, getting closer and further from the bridge.  The idea was to not only frame the scene the way I wanted, but to work with the natural light of the rising sun.

Western Beauty

Western Beauty 16x20

A trail runs down into the hoodoos as as the sun rises over Bryce Canyon National Park.  This was taken sitting about halfway down in the canyon looking over the rock formations and trees.

Summer Buck

Summer BuckA buck stands in the meadow showing off his new antlers that still have the fur on them.

The Great Wildebeest Migration

A short video about the experience of watching the wildebeest cross the Mara River as part of the annual wildebeest migration on the Serengeti in Africa.

Motherly Love

Motherly Love

I found this as I was going through my old photos from my trip to Africa.  An African elephant mother was nursing her baby as her herd was grazing in Samburu National Reserve.

Grand Canyon Sunrise Time-lapse

This is a time-lapse video of sunrise at the Grand Canyon that I set up while I was on one of my photography trips this summer.  My first attempt at using my GoPro for something like this.