Continuing with my theme of photos taken on that ridiculously long trip of mine, here is a shot I’d like to share with you all. Moose Falls is a fantastic waterfall located in the interior of Yellowstone National Park. I was lucky to have been visiting with family, for this part of the trip. My cousin, Luke, and I took a commercial snowmobile tour on the park’s snowpacked roads. We stopped at a few waterfalls, geothermal pools, and geysers along the way, and this was by far the most photogenic subject. Due to a few 40 degree days, the waterfalls were flowing quite a bit. In the ten [boooo] minutes I spent photographing here, I probably had to wipe my lens dry two dozen times due to spray from the falls and a light snowfall. Anyhow… Here it is.
Yet another one from my lengthy trip. I’m almost done catching up with the processing! Here’s one I shot from the Colorado National Monument, near Grand Junction, CO. I got up there just as a snowstorm was moving out, and was treated to this wonderful view at sunset.
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This image was taken upstream of Faux Falls, easily my favorite place inside the Moab Valley. It had snowed a few inches, so I figured it’d make for some interesting photographs. This image is a double processed and blended RAW file. I’ve been feeling like my processing hasn’t been very good lately, so I’m trying to step that up a bit.
Yet another from Moab, Utah in Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is quite the iconic image, but I’m happy because I feel like I got something a little different. I think this is the third or fourth time I processed this, but I’m happy with it now. Gotta love it when light peeks through dark storm clouds!
From Canyonlands National Park this past December. I was lucky to find the Island in the Sky district like this; seeming as if it truly was an island in the sky! Bret and I had a heck of a time shooting for a few hours while these conditions stuck around.
On a different note… Spring is finally beginning to hit my home area and I can’t be more excited. I’m heading out this week for a few days of backpacking on the Appalachian Trail without the camera gear, and hope to hit it hard when I get back!
I’ve been back home now for a few days, and I have a couple thousand more images to go through now! I’m going to be doing it in a loosely chronological order. For that reason, I’m still working through this past December!
Here are two more from the amazing Death Valley.
This one was from Zabriskie Point, and was taken about twenty minutes before sunrise. I just loved the thousands of compositional options with using a longer lens here.
This second one is from Zabriskie as well, but on my last day in the park. I thought the clouds were interesting that afternoon, so I shot from a few overlooks. I’m not very proficient with black and white, and I have no problem admitting it. If you have any feedback regarding this one I’d love it.
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Sorry for the lack of updates. A lot has happened since my last post on here, including but not limited to: Burrowing Owls, Barred Owls, awesome Roseate Spoonbills, and unfortunately, the death of a D300! I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I’m feeling rather lazy and in a hurry.
Anyway, here’s the camera story. I was out photographing on the north beach lagoon in Fort DeSoto State Park. The shutter mechanism on my D300 went nuts and somehow broke while I was using it, which was horrible within itself. Obviously I wasn’t happy with that, and I began to walk back to the car to grab my backup body. While I was walking back, I tripped and fell, sending my D300 to its watery demise. I guess it happens to everybody at some point… Right?
Here are two images I took while going after a pair of Barred Owls in Everglades National Park. I have Paul Marcellini to thank for telling me about the location. As luck would have it, he and Rick Gomez showed up and we had a good ol’ time trudging through the swamp.
Oh yeah, and Happy Easter if you celebrate it.
Florida is awesome so far. Here’s an image of a female Snail Kite from Lake Kissimmee. This bird is endangered in Florida and I’ve been told biologists have concluded that there are under 900 of them left. Anyhow, I had a blast photographing them, and I hope to get back again before I leave in search of a nice looking male.
Anyhow, this fine lady had just finished consuming an Apple Snail, and just took off from her perch to go find another one.
I took this photo of a Florida Scrub Jay at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Florida. This endangered species is remarkably easy to see photograph at this location. They’re so bold and curious that they landed on my head and camera dozens of times!
Also, here’s a quick shot of a Scrub Jay on my head! Forgive me for the stupid look on my face. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about that! 🙂
Like I said last week, I’m now with my family in Florida staying at my Grandparents’ place. I gotta say, it’s great having family in great birding/hiking/shooting locations. It’s definitely tough to properly balance time spend with family and time spent with the camera, though. Florida is just incredible for birds, as so many of you may already know. I’ve only photographed one bird so far, but that’ll surely change today!
I found this Great Blue Heron near the beach around Fort Lauderdale as it was harassing a few fishermen. I was able to approach it from within just ten feet and take this up close portrait with a 70-200mm lens!
Here’s another shot I’ve just recently processed. I took it back in November at Bosque del Apache. I’m getting some real progress done with processing the photos from my giant trip… It’s exciting!
Speaking of exciting, it’s spring break next week, and that means I’ll be visiting my grandparents in Florida like my family does most years. I can’t wait to get down there!