The unexpected surprise of living in central Nebraska along the Platte River was the influx of Bald eagles for the winter. I had about 200 sightings during January and February. Below are some photos I took of them. Most seen around Gibbon at the Rowe Sanctuary and in Lexington at Johnson Lake and the viewing station.
My photos from my late autumn trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming/Montana. I stayed in Big Sky, Montana and Cooke City, Montana for the duration of the trip. All of these photos are available to order as prints, just click the photo and it will take you to the gallery page where you can order.
Eagle in the SnowFirehole River, Yellowstone. Artist's Point - Landscape Artist's Point Watching the SunsetLamar Valley Snowline Twilight in Lamar Valley Pledge to the Wind Hunt Yellowstone Falls Yellowstone River Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Gibbon River Sunset Grazing at Sunset The Crossing Napping Enjoying the Snow Watching the Sunrise On the Lookout A Better View Dashing through the Snow Curious Watching The Alter Ego Breakfast Grand Prismatic Spring Grand Prismatic Spring Lone Dead Tree Grand Prismatic Spring Old Faithful in the Snow Mt Republic Cooke City Storm Devil's Half Acre Pilot Peak Cooke City Sunrise Mt Republic at Sunrise Big Sky Blues Soldier's ChapelBig Sky, Montana Night in Big Sky
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One of the most common questions I get is “what camera do you use for your landscape/wildlife photography?” The answer to that question is below along with a summary of why I use what I do.
Feel free to ask any questions you have as well.
What I use for Landscape Photography:
Nikon D750 (full frame, great ISO, and 24mp is enough for me right now)
Nikon 16-35mm f/4 (best lens you can get for landscapes with Nikon)
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (for astrophotography)
Nikon 24-120mm f/4 (great all around lens)
Lee Filter Holder (it holds filters!)
Lee Little Stopper (for slowing down the exposure times for smooth water)
Lee Graduated Soft Neutral Density filter 0.9 (for toning down the sky at sunrise/set)
Cable Release (needed for maximum sharpness)
Really Right Stuff L-bracket (makes it easy to take vertical shots on a tripod)
Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket (memory card holder)
What I use for Wildlife Photography Kit:
Nikon D500 (10fps, and the crop sensor are the reasons I choose this for my wildlife camera)
Tamron 1.4 tele-converter (because wildlife is shy and that's not something to encroach on without rudeness)
Dji Phantom 4 Pro Drone (newest addition that will add a new perspective for some of my photos.)
Tripod and Ballhead:
Feisol Travel Tripod CT-3441T (the best lightweight tripod if you are freakishly tall like myself. Camera comes up to just under my eyes at 6'7)
Really Right Stuff Bh-30 (lightweight and build quality is second to none)
Gura Gear Bataflae 26L (great bag if you have a two camera setup, though discontinued now)
Think Tank Retrospective 30 (my favorite shoulder bag for times when I don't need my full complement of gear)
Some behind the scenes shots of my camera in the wild! (pictured with the Acratech GV2)
Along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone.
Sunrise at Lake San Cristobal
Sunset at the Colorado National Monument
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Last year at Christmas I had the chance to take two brief trips to Maine and Rhode Island. I spent my three days in Maine going to every lighthouse I could along the coast. From Wells to Rockport. Then I spent a few more days in Newport, Rhode Island. Here are my favorite photos from this trip.
Christmas Day sunset in Wells, Maine
The incredible sunrise the day after Christmas on Cape Elizabeth at Portland Head Light and Ram Island Ledge Light.
That night a storm moved in and made for a beautiful blue hour at the lighthouses.
A winter surfer braves the cold for a sunrise surf in Old Orchard Beach, Maine
A minimalist scene on Old Orchard Beach
Storm at Nubble Light
Ogunquit covered in snow.
Nubble Light decorated for Christmas.
A lonely photographer at sunset in York, Maine
Rockport Harbor at dawn
Under the pier at Old Orchard Beach
Sunset at Marshall Point Lighthouse
Rhode Island trip begins!
A very long exposure of the Newport Bridge.
Sailors Take Warning. A storm moving in towards Newport
That's all from my brief excursions in these two beautiful states! All photos can be purchased as prints here
In September I won free rental on a Dji Mavic Pro drone. I picked it up in Denver at the Dji store and instantly headed to Lake City, Colorado, my preferred playground. It took about ten minutes for me to remember what the salesman had told me in the brief tutorial before I left the store and figure out how to get it in the air, but from there on it was a lot of fun to use. All of the photos below were taken with it. I didn’t really test out the video features because although I’m a photographer and supposed to be up on technology, I’m a true Luddite when it comes to filming.
All photos are available as prints. Just click the photo to take you to the gallery page.
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The Slumgullion Earthflow where Mesa Seco came crashing down 700 years ago.
Sunrise in Lake City, with the cottonwoods and aspens in nearly full color.
The living and the dead. The forests of Slumgullion Pass.
The Silver thread scenic byway, Colorado 149.
Cottonwoods in full color around town.
An incredible sunrise above Lake San Cristobal.
Autumn sunrise in town with the fog forming over the river.
Wetlands at the south end of Lake San Cristobal.
The Lake Fork of the Gunnison River winding into Lake San Cristobal.
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