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.
This certainly has been an interesting year for me, stumbling through the end of 2016 before moving cross country, and now literally limping into 2018. It’s been a year full of travel with me visiting 25 states. RMNP, Sand Dunes, Arches, Tetons, Yellowstone, plus several other monuments and historical parks. These are my favorite photos from my travels in 2017. I couldn’t pick just 12 this year, and I still have so many new photos to edit from Yellowstone that would have been included here! Thanks everyone for all your support throughout the year, and I’m glad to have you following along for what’s to come in 2018!
Prints are available of all these photos. Just click them, and it'll take you to their gallery page or you can send me an email.
Sunrise at Portland Head Light in Maine. January.
Castle Hill Light in Newport, Rhode Island. January.
Sakonnet Lighthouse in Rhode Island with easily the most colorful and vivid sunset I've witnessed. January.
The Atlantic in Winter. Rhode Island. January.
Fox tracks in the snow. Hinsdale County, Colorado. March
Desert Bighorn Sheep ewe with her twin lambs trailing behind learning to climb. Grand Junction, Colorado. March
A couple walks toward Las Vegas, Nevada. March. I never have photos with people in them, but I couldn't help but take this one.
A juniper tree in Richville, Utah. Can you believe the hotel front desk woman said there was nothing worth photographing there? March
Arches National Park in the twilight with the La Sal Mountains in the background. March.
Endless dirt road and storm chasing in Buffalo County, Nebraska. July
Crazy storm skies in Overton, Nebraska. July
Cornfields and storms. Nebraska. July
Thirty minutes later at Lake San Cristobal. August.
Another fantastic sunset over Lake San Cristobal. August.
A black bear up a tree in Lake City, Colorado. August.
A lone Cottonwood tree on the Colorado plains. August.
The stars of Gunnison County. September.
Layers of Autumn on Slumgullion Pass. September
Lake City in autumn for the air. September.
Black Wolf in Yellowstone. Montana, October (my favorite)
Feel free to share and let me know what your favorite one was!
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