My Autumn Trip to Yellowstone in Photos

March 09, 2018  •  3 Comments

My Photography Gear

January 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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 150-600mm G2 (a godsend for the wildlife photographer not willing to choose a lens over a car! Also use this for landscapes too)

Tamron 1.4 tele-converter (because wildlife is shy and that's not something to encroach on without rudeness)



Dji Mavic Pro 2  (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)


Most Essential:


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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Winter Landscape Photography in Maine and Rhode Island

January 25, 2018  •  1 Comment

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.

All photos taken with a Nikon d600, Nikon 16-35 f/4, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, and a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 The Rocky Shores of WellsThe Rocky Shores of Wells

The Rocky ShoresThe Rocky Shores The Rocky ShoresThe Rocky ShoresWells, Maine

Out with the TideOut with the TideWells, Maine

Wells MaineWells MaineA Christmas Sunset on a lonely beach in Wells, Maine.

Christmas Day sunset in Wells, Maine

Portland Head Light SunrisePortland Head Light SunriseSunrise at the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth, Maine the morning after Christmas. Ram Island Light SunriseRam Island Light SunriseThe Graves Lighthouse's twin light, Ram Island Light out in Casco Bay.

The incredible sunrise the day after Christmas on Cape Elizabeth at Portland Head Light and Ram Island Ledge Light. Portland Head Light at TwilightPortland Head Light at Twilight Ram Island LightRam Island Light

That night a storm moved in and made for a beautiful blue hour at the lighthouses. Going FishingGoing Fishing

Going fishing

Into the SurfInto the SurfA winter surfer braves the waves at the break of day in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

A winter surfer braves the cold for a sunrise surf in Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Simplicity of the SeaSimplicity of the SeaA lone seashell on Old Orchard Beach, Maine

A minimalist scene on Old Orchard Beach

Nubble Light StormNubble Light Storm

Storm at Nubble Light Ogunquit SnowOgunquit Snow

Ogunquit covered in snow. Nubble Light ChristmasNubble Light Christmas

Nubble Light decorated for Christmas. Photographer and the SeaPhotographer and the Sea

A lonely photographer at sunset in York, Maine

Breaking StormBreaking Storm

Breaking Storm

Rockport HarborRockport Harbor

Rockport Harbor at dawn Under the PierUnder the Pier

Under the pier at Old Orchard Beach BlueBlue

Blue Nothing

Sunset at Marshall Point Lighthouse


Rhode Island trip begins!

Sunset Light at SakonnetSunset Light at Sakonnet Sakonnet Light SunsetSakonnet Light Sunset

Sakonnet SunsetSakonnet Sunset

The best sunset I've seen in Sakonnet Beach and Lighthouse Newport BridgeNewport Bridge

A very long exposure of the Newport Bridge.

Newport HarborNewport Harbor

Daybreak in Newport Harbor. Castle Hill LightCastle Hill LightNewport's own Castle Hill Lighthouse. Castle Hill LighthouseCastle Hill Lighthouse

Castle Hill Light in Newport under two very different conditions. Sailors take WarningSailors take Warning

Sailors Take Warning. A storm moving in towards Newport

January SkyJanuary Sky

Blue Morning


That's all from my brief excursions in these two beautiful states! All photos can be purchased as prints here

Lake City, Colorado From Above

January 01, 2018  •  4 Comments

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.
The genius marketing from Dji worked wonders on me because I just received my new Dji Phantom 4 Pro in the mail!


All photos are available as prints. Just click the photo to take you to the gallery page.

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Slumgullion EarthflowSlumgullion Earthflow

The Slumgullion Earthflow where Mesa Seco came crashing down 700 years ago.

Sunrise Above Lake CitySunrise Above Lake City

Sunrise in Lake City, with the cottonwoods and aspens in nearly full color.

Above SlumgullionAbove Slumgullion

The living and the dead. The forests of Slumgullion Pass.

All road lead to Lake CityAll road lead to Lake City

All roads lead to Lake City!

 A several image panorama of Lake San Cristobal and Crystal Peak.  Co 149 SwitchbackCo 149 Switchback


The Silver thread scenic byway, Colorado 149.

  A river runs through itA river runs through it

The blown dam at the Henson Townsite. Lake City AutumnLake City Autumn

Cottonwoods in full color around town.

Follow the RiverFollow the River

Follow the river to Lake City. Valley of GoldValley of GoldLake City, Colorado in the San Juan Mountains

Valley of Gold. Sunrise High Above Lake San CristobalSunrise High Above Lake San Cristobal

An incredible sunrise above Lake San Cristobal.

Alpine GulchAlpine Gulch

The Alpine Gulch. Foggy Morning in Lake CityFoggy Morning in Lake City

Autumn sunrise in town with the fog forming over the river.

The ScytheThe Scythe Cristobal WetlandsCristobal Wetlands

Wetlands at the south end of Lake San Cristobal.

Lake Fork RiverLake Fork RiverThe Lake Fork of the Gunnison winds its way to the lake.

The Lake Fork of the Gunnison River winding into Lake San Cristobal.

Lake Fork RiverLake Fork River

Favorite Photos of 2017

December 31, 2017  •  1 Comment

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.

Portland Head Light SunrisePortland Head Light SunriseSunrise at the iconic Portland Head Lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth, Maine the morning after Christmas.

Sunrise at Portland Head Light in Maine. January.  

Castle Hill Light in Newport, Rhode Island. January.

Sakonnet Light SunsetSakonnet Light Sunset

Sakonnet Lighthouse in Rhode Island with easily the most colorful and vivid sunset I've witnessed. January.

January SkyJanuary Sky

The Atlantic in Winter. Rhode Island. January.

The Solitary TravelerThe Solitary TravelerFox tracks in the snow.

Fox tracks in the snow. Hinsdale County, Colorado. March 

Baby StepsBaby StepsAn ewe with twin lambs wander the Colorado National Monument at sunset.
I got really lucky in being able to observe the herd of Desert Bighorn sheep in the Colorado National Monument last week. On my first day I spotted the herd way up on the cliffs silhouetted against the clouds at sunset. This ewe trailed behind the rest because the little ones had some slight trouble getting to the top allowing me to get this shot before they disappeared.

Desert Bighorn Sheep ewe with her twin lambs trailing behind learning to climb. Grand Junction, Colorado. March 

Walks in the WastelandWalks in the Wasteland

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.

Juniper at TwilightJuniper at Twilight

A juniper tree in Richville, Utah. Can you believe the hotel front desk woman said there was nothing worth photographing there? March 

Twilight in ArchesTwilight in Arches

Arches National Park in the twilight with the La Sal Mountains in the background. March. 

Evindently EndlessEvindently Endless

Endless dirt road and storm chasing in Buffalo County, Nebraska. July 

The Dead EndThe Dead EndOverton, Nebraska

Crazy storm skies in Overton, Nebraska. July 

Pleasanton StormPleasanton StormStorm and a growing crop of corn.

Cornfields and storms. Nebraska. July 

Behold a Pale HorseBehold a Pale Horse

A white horse watching me from a hillside near Broken Bow, Nebraska. September  The Blue HourThe Blue HourLake San Cirstobal

The blue hour at Lake San Cristobal. August. Summer Sunrise at Lake San CristobalSummer Sunrise at Lake San Cristobal

Thirty minutes later at Lake San Cristobal. August.

Pink Skies over San CristobalPink Skies over San Cristobal

Another fantastic sunset over Lake San Cristobal. August.

Lake City Black BearLake City Black Bear

A black bear up a tree in Lake City, Colorado. August.

Oh Cottonwood TreeOh Cottonwood TreeWhere you placed there for me?

A lone Cottonwood tree on the Colorado plains. August.

San Juan Sky 2San Juan Sky 2

The stars of Gunnison County. September.

Layers of AutumnLayers of AutumnSlumgullion Pass

Layers of Autumn on Slumgullion Pass. September

Follow the RiverFollow the River

The Lake Fork river following through the Lake Fork valley. October. Valley of GoldValley of GoldLake City, Colorado in the San Juan Mountains

Lake City in autumn for the air. September. 


Black Wolf in Yellowstone. Montana, October (my favorite)


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