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.

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The Hidden Draw (Creating Depth of Field)

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Early March on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park was cold and brought the unexpected surprise of snow.  Most of us think of the Grand Canyon as a high desert and are surprised to see pictures of the canyon in snow.  Although the cold and snow was not something I was thrilled about I took full advantage of the opportunity.  Here the canyon stretches for miles disappearing into the fog.

In order to capture the vastness of the Grand Canyon I took a seat on a rock in order to get lower to the ground and stabilize myself.  By placing myself lower and getting the trees and bushes in the picture it gives the viewer a new perspective.  I don’t usually use people so I use pieces of nature to give a perception of size.  The snow also allows the viewer to feel the coolness of the moment.  Shooting from different angles in the same places can create uniquely different photos.  So give it a try.

Take a Hike

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Take a Hike: Grand Canyon National Park VIDEO

Here is something new that I have started.  After having several people ask me to start documenting some of my stories and sharing my adventures I started a YouTube series called Take a Hike.  This is the newest episode based around my trip to the Grand Canyon.  Take a look at my other episodes.

Discovering Yourself and the Outdoors

Encountering Yellowstone’s Wildlife

Yellowstone’s Changing Weather

Photographing Sunrise

Bird at Sunset

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Sunset and sunrise are a great time to get out and photograph.  In Kansas the wide open spaces allow a photographer to see for miles.  Even when I am not planning on spending much time in the field I do try to get out to find the a good spot in the mornings and evenings when I am home.  The flat land and vast spaces can create some amazing colors.

In this shot I was set up trying to capture the vibrant colors of the sunset with the land and fences silhouetted in the scene.  As I was shooting this bird landed on a fencepost within my eyesight.  I got it focused in my camera and started shooting as the sun went down.  The bird silhouetted in the orange clear sky made for a striking image in what I thought would be an uneventful night.

Changing of the Weather: Warming by the Geyser

Warming by the Geyser

As the weather starts to change and winter starts to make an appearance I am reminded of a special moment I experienced at Yellowstone National Park.  I was checking out the thermal features in Black Sand Basin between periods of snow.  I was struggling to capture the color of the thermal pools because of the steam rising up from them as the heat mixed with the cold.  I had decided to put my camera down in order to just enjoy some of the special places nature has to offer.

I was just beginning to get really serious about wildlife photography and really learning my craft, not to say that I am still not learning my craft.  As a broadcaster I look at the world as though I am looking through a camera lens and I was learning to adjust from moving pictures to stills.  I was trying to figure out how I could capture the beauty of the fog on a gray day, then a small bluebird flew in adding a bit of color to the scene.

I watched as the bird landed on a dead tree stump that was sitting above a small geyser.  The bird seemed to be trying to warm itself as the snow started to fall again.  It sat on the stump just behind the mist created by the mixing of the cold and warm air.  The bird sat there for several minutes as I took several shot hoping the fog would clear enough to see the bird.  At some point the mist cleared in front of the bird framing it perfectly revealing a bright blue figure in the midst of all the gray.  It serves as a reminder that beauty can be anywhere, so as a photographer I always have to be prepared.

Poised

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One of my favorite places to photograph is Pinson Mounds Archeological State Park near Jackson, Tennessee. The park offers many miles of biking and hiking trails. There are also several varieties of wildlife. The most common animal I come across are whitetail deer. Often I am unable to get very close to the deer, especially in the fall during hunting season. However, sometimes I get lucky. Persistence and luck are often the biggest assets to being a photographer.

I came across this young whitetail deer buck one morning as I was heading out for a short hike before class. I never made it to the trail, but I was lucky to get to spend some intimate time with this deer. He was standing in one of the meadows and was not bothered by my presence when I came up. He spent about an hour grazing as I sat on the ground snapping pictures a few yards away. This is what makes wildlife photography so special to me.