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I’ve been photographing these two longhorns for several years on the ranch land between Heber City and Midway, Utah. Somehow I feel like I know them. Not sure it’s mutual.
Usually they are a Nikkor 70-300mm subject. Not today! This was up close and personal, right on the fenceline – perfect opportunity for the Nikkor 10-24mm.
They were particularly cooperative over the course of a 20 minute shoot. Here we have them scratching horns as I frame up the image on the Nikon D300 with Nikkor 10-24mm set at the 24mm mark, ISO320, F9 at 1/320.
Like the colors of autumn, wildflowers in July are a ritual in the mountains. And there’s no better place than Albion Basin in Alta, Utah at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Photographing Albion Basin is a bit daunting, to say the least, simply knowing where to begin. With over 120 species (count em, you’ll see) it’s a spectacular array of color dominated by the bright yellow small mountain sunflowers.
While the wildflowers are a colorful treat to the eyes, they present interesting challenges to the photographer. In the early morning hours, sun paints the mountains while wildflowers languish in the shade. And when the sun breaks through, the reflective light off the bright yellows and whites can easily wash out detail.
This image was made just after sunrise on the mountain tops – over an hour before sunlight would wash across the flowers. It was made with a Manfrotto tripod mounted Nikon D300, f16.0 at 1/13th of a second at ISO 200.
The Orange Jeep has been one of my favorite outdoor action subjects for the last decade, especially when Zach’s behind the wheel. The boy has a nose for mud!
This particular trail is one of our favorites, just a half hour from Park City, Utah up Snake Creek Canyon near Midway. This spur winds its way through the aspens up to a viewpoint looking down Snake Creek Canyon on one side and over into the Cottonwoods and American Fork Canyons on the other.
Nothing too scientific about the shot. I was hunkered down into a low hole to get the best angle and also have a fighting chance of keeping the mud hit off the Nikkor 10-24mm lens. The image was photographed with a Nikon D300 at ISO200, 1/500 at f6.3, fully wide open at 10mm.
Have you invested in a new camera and would now like to learn how to make amazing photographs? Outdoor photographer Tom Kelly is offering a series of beginner’s workshops in Park City this summer and fall, designed to provide you with an introduction on how to use your camera and field experience with basic points of composition to capture memorable photographs.
Is this workshop for me?
Tom Kelly Photo Workshops are designed for beginning photographers who have a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera with one or more lenses. If you are confused on how to use your camera or just want guidance on composition, the workshops are for you.
What will I learn?
Workshops will provide an introduction on how to use your camera (it’s not that complicated) and basics to help you understand light and composition.
How long are workshops?
Introductory workshops are about three hours. We’ll gather over coffee and talk about your camera, answering all those pesky questions about how to set it. We’ll then head into the field where we’ll learn about light and composition then turn you loose for a photo assignment at our location.
SIGN UP TODAY!
Tom Kelly Photo Workshops Schedule
Saturday, June 29 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) – Park City, McPolin Farm and nearby trails (meet at PC Roasters at Kimball’s Junction before 9:00 a.m.)
Saturday, July 20 (Afternoon) – Salt Lake City, location TBD
Saturday, August 24 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) – Park City, Rob’s Trail (meet at PC Roasters at Kimball’s Junction before 9:00 a.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 28 (Afternoon) – Park City, location TBD
Workshop Fees and Requirements
- $30 per person
- Each workshop attendee should have a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera with at least one lens.
- Tripod, filters and other accessories are not required but will be discussed.
It’s barn season! Yes, a rite of spring when it’s up and out by 5:30 a.m. to get the first glint of light on a rural scene around Park City.
For all of my travels in 25 years around the Wasatch Back, I’m still finding new subject matter. I’ve passed this beautiful scene dozens of times driving from Peoa to Oakley along the Provo River. But this particular Saturday morning, it was aglow as the morning sun broke through the dawn cloud cover to bathe it in golden light.
This particular image was with my favorite Nikkor 10-24mm DX lens on my D300 body.
While there’s nothing super spectacular about the scene, the quality of light frames every aspect. All it really needed were a few more puffy clouds and it would have been a real winner.
I love photographing weddings – especially when I’m not the wedding photographer. I do some of my best work in those scenarios. Why? Well, there’s no pressure, sure. But more than that, you don’t have to be doing the checklist shots – wedding party with family 1, wedding party with family 2, etc. You can actually have fun.
This photograph made my night!
It was our dear friend Ashley’s wedding. I already had a half dozen really memorable images in the camera. It was getting late. And, frankly, bouquet and garter shots just aren’t generally that exciting. But the highlight came when the garter went to the nimble grab of this 10-year-old boy.
Doesn’t he look proud? And isn’t the bride embarrassed?
It’s all in good fun.
This particular image was recorded with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 24-120 at 32mm, 1/60th at f6.3 and ISO640. And, thank you, SB900 and all the computerization that made this image possible.
Enjoy some creative photography at a fun wedding.
There’s something magical about being in the desert at sunrise. The unobstructed view to the east gives you a tell tale glow in the minutes before the sun peeks over the horizon. Soon blades of light sweep their way over the tops of the redrock.
One of my favorite places has become Courthouse Towers in Arches National Park. While other photographers crowd into position at North Window, I’m alone on a slickrock shelf looking at ripples in the desert sand as the towers capture the morning light.
I’ve come to know every rock and grain of sand. But it’s never the same. Each time the light and sky work together to create a new image.
Soon, it’s all over. The golden glow of first light gives way to daylight. The the desert comes alive for another day.
Since seeing the Italian Dolomites on my first trip to Europe in 1979, I have always been captivated by the craggy, rocky peaks of the massifs west of Cortina d’Ampezzo. They are quintessential mountaineering peaks and form landmarks for skiers exploring the 500+ lifts of the Dolomiti Superski.
I had an opportunity to ski the fabled Sella Ronda, a lift-served route encircling the huge Sella Group. Our route took us from Arabba in the morning to Corvara and on to Selva before traversing the snowfields en route to Passo Pordoi and back home. Along much of the route we used the three peaks of the Sassolungo, or Langkofel, as our guide.
After an amazing day skiing some 25-30 lifts, I decided to take one quick detour with the Audi A6 to run the twisty, turny mountain road up to Passo Sello for one final look at the Dolomites. The sky was overcast so photography was unlikely. But as I neared the 2,239 meter pass, the sky began to break. All around me was this stunning landscape suddenly being painted with golden hour light – reflecting off the rocks and the snow. The wind began to howl and it became a very foreboding environment, but the imagery all around me was just too spectacular to leave.
It was virtually impossible to go with a tripod. I threw on my North Face GoreTex gear and stabilized the Nikon D300 as much as I could. This particular image came as the sun was setting over Sassolungo using my Nikkor 10-24 set at 13mm, f10, 1/400th at ISO 200.
This was one of my many favorites out of that truly memorable 30 minutes of photography on Passo Sella.
I love wandering around Arches National Park. As many times as I’ve been there, I continue to find new places and photographic angles. This past May I was out one morning for sunrise and decided to hike back behind the Courthouse Towers. What a completely different world!
It’s a short hike but a challenge to stay on rock and not damage the soil. Once back there, the entire desert opened onto a slickrock bowl with this wonderful bank of pristine desert sand stretching up to the base of the towers. It was completely aglow in the morning light, with wavy, rippling patterns formed by the wind.
This image is one of my favorites of the year, captured on a tripod with my Nikon D300 and Nikkor 10-24mm lens at about 12mm. Exposure at ISO 200 was 1/50th at f25.
This image is one of my favorites for 2012. You can checkout more on my Flickr Photostream.
California’s redwood forests are a magnificent ecosystem. Walking through the broad avenues in a redwood forest is a spiritual experience. Your imagination runs wild when you think about the explosive crash when a 300-foot giant falls to earth. And you marvel at the new growth as a veritable forest grows out of the remnants of a redwood.
This fallen redwood likely fell just a few months before we stumbled upon it in a forest along Avenue of the Giants near Scotia, California. It’s stump formed a stairway up to the massive trunk and a platform for my tripod. Using an exposure of a full second, I captured the near perfect lines of wood stretching out into the forest using a Nikon D300 with a 10mm lens.
The brilliant, fresh redwood lied in stark contrast to the brilliant green growth in the forest around it. Small sprouts, though, were already popping out as a new ecosystem developed in the fallen giant.
This image is one of my favorites for 2012. You can checkout more on my Flickr Photostream.