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Grizzly Bear #399 and one of her cubs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2018 by lilybug1960

Grizzly Bear #399 and one of her cubs.
The morning I was able to spend time photographing #399 and her two cubs will be one of those memories that will stand out forever for me. Seeing such a powerful bear, but yet so gentle as she wrestled with one of her cubs so close was incredible. I watched as she turned over and tossed boulders aside that were easily over a hundred pounds. Then watching her cubs try to imitate her actions was humorous. She has accomplished so much in her 20+ years and we have learned so much from her, and hopefully will continue to do so for the remainder of her life.
Wyoming passed the first Grizzly bear hunt in 44 years, but if you read the regulations closely there are hopefully some safe guards in there to help protect #399 as well as #793 and #610. I am not pleased there will be a hunt but the concessions made are better than none at all. The areas around Yellowstone and the Grand Teton Parks, plus the buffer zone to the east will give the girls a good chance of surviving. Hopefully when we do our workshop next spring, I will have the opportunity again to photograph this beautiful bear.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional
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“Doing it wrong and normal”

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2018 by lilybug1960

Doing it wrong and normal.
 
So this past week while I was in Wyoming a few good friends and I went out to shoot at Schwabacher’s Landing for sunrise. We were probably the 3rd car there and we decided we liked the reflections in the “curve” vs the traditional pond and set up there. We waited until the light lit the clouds in a way that only nature can produce. As we were there one of the other speakers came by and said hello then walked around with no tripod and did a few images holding their camera above their head. No biggie, it is their choice on how to compose. By the way, I won’t reveal the name of the photographer. The part that is humorous is that this photographer put an image of the 4 of us and an image of him (photographed by someone with him) side by side into his presentation and made the statement his was done “right” while we were wrong and normal. He then showed his image which he had manipulated to the point of ridiculously saturated (he made all the greens yellow and cooked the clouds) and minimal reflection since you had to be lower to get the best reflection. His overly saturated image is his choice and that is fine, but I’m not in the habit of calling out other photographers for their choice of image composition, especially in a presentation, but I do find it humorous that the incredible colors that nature produced weren’t enough to save his image and the idea of the need to over saturate in post was the choice needed. Again, his choice, but I will take “doing it wrong and normal” any day. I guess he missed the memo where I don’t go out and photograph for him, I photograph to capture the beauty of nature as it displays itself to the World. I would love it if he would put our images side by side for all to see, but that won’t happen.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/13th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, Sirui 2 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter set just enough to hold back a little of the exposure on the sky, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters

Schwabacher’s Sunrise

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2018 by lilybug1960

Schwabacher’s Sunrise.

I am headed home, back to Bear Woods, but I am looking back on all the images I captured this week here in the Tetons. The first morning I was here I visited my favorite spot, Schwabacher’s Landing. As I parked and got my gear, I noticed there was one other car in the parking lot. As I walked down the trail, I saw a lone photographer by the river set up and shooting away. I asked if it was okay to pass by and he said yes. He asked what was down the trail, and I replied “the iconic view of the Teton Range”. He said he had never been to the Tetons and was wondering where that view was located. I said if he would like, I would wait for him to pack up his gear and he could hike with me. He did and we set up at “the spot”. After about 20 minutes other photographers should up, but only about 10 vs the usual hundred. The light put on a great show for us and as he packed up he thanked me for showing him the location. I am just glad I could share this incredible view of the range with someone. No trip to the Tetons is complete without a visit to Schwabacher’s Landing.

A special thanks to Ken Hubbard Photography​, for hanging out this week with me and helping with the NANPA event. It is always great to see you my friend. Thank you to Tamron for sponsoring me to the event. It was great to see and go shoot with my friend Kerry Stevenson​ this week as well!

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/2 second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40x ballhead, Sirui 2 stop Graduated Neutral Density filter, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters

The famous #399 and her cubs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2018 by lilybug1960

The famous #399 and her cubs.
 
I really hoped to see Grizzly bear #399 while I was here in Wyoming and I finally did yesterday morning. I went up to the area where the most bear activity had been occurring and there was already a “bear jam” at 7 a.m. waiting. I parked and found a spot off away from the crowd and spotted her and the cubs off about a quarter mile away in the tree line. They were digging for grubs and eventually laid down for a 30 minute nap. When they woke they started working their way across the meadow and offered some great images, of which I will share a few later, and eventually were ready to cross the road. The Rangers had moved all the people near her away allowing her to cross safely. I had moved and positioned myself in an area that allowed me a great angle of view of the meadow on the west side of the road. When she crossed they stopped to feed on some flowers for a few minutes and I had the perfect angle. They probably would have stayed a little longer but some folks did ignore where the Rangers and Volunteers had said was safe, probably startling the cubs a little and they walked down a stream and eventually out of the meadow. I found it interesting a lot of folks cheered when they left like it had been the 8 o’clock show.
 
#399 is in her early 20’s, which is old for a bear and has become famous through photographer’s works. She is featured in books about the Bears of Pilgrim Creek, and sadly it is believed that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will delist Grizzly Bears and allow a hunt this year. There are hunters who will target #399 and a few others because of their fame and hunt her if she leaves the park boundary if a hunt is allowed. They are supposed to announce their decision Wednesday. I will never understand someone’s desire to take a “trophy” like #399 who is a symbol of how our park system has been successful to save a great animal like the Grizzly Bear.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Oxbow Bend with the Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Oxbow Bend with the Tamron 70-210mm f4 lens.
 
Another bonus post today. This one is another of the landscape images I did with the new Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens. The sharpness and clarity of this lens is fantastic. I have really been enjoying doing a lot of landscape work with the lens here in Wyoming!
 
Tamron 70-210mm f4 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/640th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Blondie and one of her cubs

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2018 by lilybug1960

Blondie and one of her cubs.
 
Yesterday morning was a really good photography day. Sunrise was spectacular and I went to see if there was any bear action and came upon a huge “bear jam”. I parked and walked up to the crowd, which was maybe 150 or so people, and settled in to see if I could get any decent images. Blondie, #793, started walking slowly in our direction and the Ranger moved us back or gave us the option of crossing the road, which is what I did. As Blondie and the kids started feeding, and the cubs even played a while, they moved closer and when the Rangers felt it was necessary moved people back more and more. I feel for the Rangers, of which there were no fewer than 5, because they have to be the bad guys who keep everyone safe. There was a Ranger with our group of about 25 or so, that was great answering questions while we photographed an watched. Finally the bears moved fairly close and the Ranger said it was time to move. As I picked up my tripod and camera I realized I had gotten some good images and felt I would lessen the crowd by one and call it a day. I felt compelled to walk over the Ranger and actually thank him for what he does and he responded “it isn’t easy always keeping people safe from themselves” and gave a little chuckle. Folks, give the Rangers a break, they want you to enjoy the parks and the animals, they are just trying to keep you alive to share your stories.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

TA Moulton Barn, a different perspective

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2018 by lilybug1960

TA Moulton Barn, a different perspective.
 
This is the TA Moulton Barn again on Mormon Row in the Grand Tetons. This is one of the compositions I always like to work with when I am there. I love the texture of the old Cottonwood tree contrasting with the barn behind it, and then the mountains behind the barn. They added the foot bridge recently so it adds a different element to the scene as well for me. They say this spot is the single most photographed place in America. I can see why.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f16, ISO 64, shutter speed of 1/6th of a second, Sirui Graduated Neutral Density 2 stop soft edge filter to hold back the light on the mountains and sky, Sirui SR 3204 tripod and K40X ballhead, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiFilters