Heading out to the Buttes

November 30, 2008

Hey everybody,

I don’t have a whole lot to say this time. I’ve been photographing around Page, AZ and Kanab, UT for the past few days. I got together with/met photographers John Mumaw and George Stocking yesterday to photograph Eggshell Arch (AKA Thanksgiving Arch.) Much to our dismay, we got kicked out… I’m just going to leave it at that. So, we left that area and headed back towards Page, choosing to camp up at Stud Horse Point. We photographed at sunrise, and then I left in a hurry to go photograph some slot canyons.

In the afternoon I ventured out to Nipple Bench and Alstrom Point on the north coast of Lake Powell this afternoon. Here are some shots from the outing. The first one is from the badlands on Nipple Bench, and the next three are from Alstrom Point.

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I’ll be heading off tomorrow for Coyote Buttes North, Coyote Buttes South, and the White Pocket. I’ll be back to internet land on the 4th or 5th.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008

Hey everybody,

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m writing this from snowy Bryce Canyon, Utah. My girlfriend, Jaci, has been out here hanging out and dealing with my photography all week long. We stuffed ourselves at a Thanksgiving buffet, and plan to spend the rest of the day feeling miserably full and watching some football. So far, four inches of snow have fallen up here, and it looks like it’s supposed to continue through the night. It’s forecasted to clear up right around sunrise tomorrow, so I’m hoping things will work out for me photographically. It’s pretty tough shooting at such a grand place as this with little to no visibility.

Here are some shots from a few nights ago at a place called Paria, in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I loved the purple hues in the badlands, and I hope to go back and catch another sunset out there. The sky was filled with dark clouds, with only a sliver of clear sky on the western horizon. I was hoping for magnificent colors in the sky, but was treated to these equally rewarding conditions.

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Blastoff! + Grand Canyon

November 21, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’m writing this from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I drove out here from Bosque yesterday. It was sad leaving such a ridiculously awesome place, but my Dad, Stepmom, and three siblings are out here visiting right now. It has been a blast so far. I’m going to be having a busy week. We all leave here tomorrow, and then my girlfriend is coming in to Page, Arizona to visit for Thanksgiving.

This place is truly spectacular, but man am I having a hard time photographing it well. The weather and light have been decent, but I just haven’t been able to kick it into gear yet. I have had some success shooting birds out here, but that’s obviously not going to be my main focus out here. Hopefully things are going to work out a bit better for me tomorrow!

Here’s a photograph from my last morning at Bosque. The “blast off” was insane with around 40,000 Snow Geese taking flight at the same time. The day before, there was a sizable brush fire in the valley, so I can only assume some of the smoke left in the air helped with the sky in this shot.

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And here is a photograph of a favorite bird, a Steller’s Jay. It’s quite common out west, especially around picnic areas and campgrounds, but I’ll never tire of this beautiful bird.

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And finally, here’s a group shot.

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Bosque del Apache NWR

November 19, 2008

Hey everybody,

I’ve now left Texas, and have shot at Bosque del Apache for the last few days. I apologize for not updating in a week, and I can promise that the next will be full of updates, as I head out to Arizona! Anyway, Bosque del Apache is nuts. There are over 37,000 Snow Geese and 4,700 Sandhill Cranes here right now, according to the Park Service. The light has been good, and the shooting conditions have been nothing short of awesome. After a morning shoot tomorrow, I’ll be heading off for the Grand Canyon.

I’ve really been concentrating on flight photography out here, because the conditions have been pretty good for it. I haven’t even begun to work on image I’ve made here, but here are two I’ve managed to process. The first one is a Sandhill Crane flying, and the second is a Snow Goose “putting on the brakes.”

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Finally, if you haven’t yet, you should take a look at Ethan Meleg’s work, and Chris Dodds’ work. They have both been extremely kind in their willingness to show me around this place, and they are both excellent photographers themselves. Ethan is currently in the middle of an 18 month photo journey… And I thought I was nuts for wanting to do three. Anyhow, if you’re not familiar with their photography, please drop by their websites and take a look.


Crested Caracara

November 13, 2008

Hey everybody,

Here is a photograph of a Crested Caracara, who is eyeing up a hunk of deer meat that I strategically placed on the ground. I set up this perch hoping to photograph the Caracara and Harris’ Hawks with a clean background, and it worked!

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A Green Jay

November 11, 2008

Short and sweet–

Here’s a shot of a Green Jay.

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More Texas birds

November 10, 2008

Hey everbody,

I’m now done with my first day of shooting at the Cozad’s Ranch near Edinburg, Texas. I’ve had great luck today with Roadrunner, Pyrrhuloxia, Green Jays, Great Kiskadee, and Least Grebes. Tomorrow I’m hoping to photograph some Harris’ Hawk and Crested Caracara.

Here’s an image of a Least Grebe that I made this evening. There is a pair on the pond by the Cozad’s home. They were very cooperative and relatively easy to photograph.

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