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Category : National Parks

31 Jul 2013

Getting away from the heat

I needed to get out of Dodge for a few days so I thought, why not go to the northeast where it won’t be super hot and humid like it is in Chicago.  Wrong choice, the northeast got hit with high heat and humidity  so from a temperature point of view not so good.  From a photographers point of view, Acadia National Park is always a good choice.  Normally I would go in the fall for the colors, but decided why not?

sunrise at cadillacEvery morning I got up at 4:15 as sunrise is at 5 this time of year, and every morning it was foggy with a 40mph wind.  Even on a tripod the camera vibrates so blocking the wind or steadying with your hands is essential.  A good way to check whether or not the camera is moving from the wind is to go to  Live View and check for movement, it’s really easy to see that way.  This is Cadillac Mtn. a minute before the fog rolled in and obliterated everything. More to come.

25 May 2013

it’s Grand

Grand Canyon south rimThis shot of the Grand Canyon south rim was taken a couple years ago.  I like to go back and look at my photo collection from time to time with fresh eyes.  This was sunset right after a quick rain storm. The light was changing every 30 seconds.

01 Feb 2013




Beautiful sunrise at Zabriski point.  Lots of shooting can be done way before the sun comes up at this location.  The rock textures are great.  Example will come tomorrow.

30 Jan 2013

It’s a Big Place




Death Valley is bigger than Yellowstone.  Fortunately you can drive faster here than you can in Yellowstone.  The salt basins are enormous.  Most of the sights you want to see are 30 minutes from each other.

25 Jan 2013

Badwater Basin Death Valley



Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level.  Some of the hottest temperatures every recorded on earth have been here.  These are salt formations on the flats.  Nikon D4 14-24mm

19 Jul 2012

Flaps Down

Following birds in flight is one of the trickiest things to do. Shutter speed, framing, focus point on the eye.  They do slow down a bit when coming in to land.   Camera technique and a gimbal head are a must for me at least.  I know a few people who can hand hold but a 500mm can be a bit much.

09 Jul 2012

There is still room for B&W

As pretty as this is in color I think the mood is better in black and white.  View from a small island in Katmai National Park Alaska.

26 Jun 2012

Work Out

Sometimes you have to do a little work to get a shot.  Walked around a lake wearing waders and boots in knee high water over rocks and slippery mud to get to this lake.   It was worth it.  Complete silence and a few wolverine tracks.


27 Jan 2011


It’s nothing like you have ever seen.  A winter wonderland with critters. More on my website in the Yellowstone gallery.Taken at Old Faithful D3s 500mm TC 1.7

07 Jan 2010

Arches & Canyonlands

These two National Parks are a great place to shoot in the fall.  There are very few visitors making it easy to get the shot without having to wait for folks to move out of the way.   I went the weekend of the time change so getting up at the crack of dawn isn’t so bad and you don’t have to wait until 8 pm to get your sunset.   I spent a few hours driving around the La Sal Moutains which are just east of Moab.  When I arrived they were in the middle of the first snowstorm of the year so the mountains had a beautiful fresh coating of snow.  I only spent 4 days in the area but could have easily spent a couple weeks.  Rent a 4 x 4 and take the backroads to get a totally different perspective of Canyonlands.
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