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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.
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.
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.
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.
The first time we went to the Soldier Hollow Classic years ago we had no idea what to expect. Sure, we had seen Babe. But this was the real deal. The intelligence of the border collies is mind boggling.
If you haven’t seen a sheep dog event, it goes like this. A border collie starts at the bottom of the hill, running up to greet five sheep. The sheep dog then leads the five sheep through a series of gates – in sequential order – before ultimately splitting the group into two (three and two), bringing them back together and into a pen. Whew, can’t imagine doing that myself.
In this photograph, the border collie has his sheep on the run, heading for the next gate near the bottom of the course, all in near perfect unison.
It’s a fun event to photograph. This image was made with a Nikon D300 using a 70-300mm lens. It’s part of an exciting sequence with the sheep dog hot in pursuit of a record time.
Spring mornings are a magical time in Moab. And Arches National Park offers myriad opportunities for amazing photographs.
I have had great success photographing the monuments along Courthouse Wash just along the main road inside Arches. On this particular morning, good news was there were clouds in the sky to breakup the ozone blue. Bad news was the early cloud layer blocked the light from the sun.
I decided to work the east side of the monument, hiking across the desert in pre-dawn to find an amazing line of sand dunes that dropped down onto a slickrock basin. The wind ripples in the sand formed an amazing pattern.
This photograph was the result of patience – about an hour’s worth after sunrise. While the puffy clouds had dissipated, the sand ripples helped make the photograph.
The image was made with a Nikon D300 with a super wide Nikkor 10-24mm lens.
The restored Tate Barn is an iconic landmark in Midway, not far from our Park City home. It’s an often photographed landmark, but one that has eluded me through the years.
On an early fall day, after the first snow in the mountains, I had an early photo shoot at Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic cross country venue. The early light was cast beautifully on the barn with snow-covered Mt. Timpanogos in the background – an idyllic scene and a great HDR opportunity.
Fall of 2011 was simply amazing – color everywhere and extending for over six weeks. The one thing that was missing in our own Wasatch Mountains, though, were reds. So it was a quick car stopper when we ventured up the Mirror Lake Highway towards the High Uintahs and found this amazing patch of red, green and yellow.
This is a longer telephoto look at a grove of trees not far from Soapstone Basin. It was photographed with a Nikon D700 fitted with a Nikkor 70-300 lens on a Manfrotto tripod. single shot, no HDR.
Of all the many dozens of selects I chose from this past fall, this one has always stood out in my mind for the vividness and diversity of the color.
It was, literally, an Autumn Rainbow!