Posts from the ‘Wildlife’ Category

Jumping in

Focal Length: 400, ISO 640, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/500

Sorry for not keeping up with my blog but I have a good reason …. just like the image shows,I’m jumping back into Alaska….. that’s right, I’m moving back to Alaska for good, and I have a lot that I’m doing to get ready for the move.. but for any one that has moved before there is a lot that goes into it, and it’s even bigger when your moving from Montana back to Alaska. But more than that I am getting excited more and more everyday, so that I can get back photographing bears…… As everyone knows, my forte is Bears…… So I have 9 days till I’m on the road again to Alaska…… I am also going to stop off in Banff, Canada for a photo-shoot. So by the time I get to Alaska…. it will be the first of June. I will try to keep up this blog as I move.

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The Dog Family

      

I went into Yellowstone Park this last weekend (the 16th/17th), with a great friend of mine, Rob Daugherty, http://www.robswildlife.com/ . We started out just wanting to get images of anything we could, because sometimes finding something in the Park is a little hard to do at times. But what we got was all about the “DOGS”. When I say the DOGS, I mean Coyotes, Fox and yes even Wolves.  We hardly seen anything else to Photograph in the park, but that in it’s self is not unusual.

The wolf that we seen was an outsider from the park wolves. It had a collar for sure, but the wolf guy, Rick, did not know who this wolf was, because he did not have that wolf’s collar frequency. This wolf as you can tell from this image is a female and was wondering all alone without a pack and really looked confuse at to where she was going.

The Coyotes that we encountered, were some of the most cooperative coyotes that I have encountered in a long time. It seemed that when they seen us, it was a cue for them to start acting like coyotes. We seen this coyote out in the field mousing in a way that was so comical. If only he had a cape, he would have been a little faster at getting he’s meal.

I think the Red Fox that we encountered were having a feeding frenzy in about the same way the Coyotes were having. They were also having this a posing ambition too, the same as the Coyotes. It was so much fun and exciting to be able to see the fox out in numbers as they were. It gave Rob and I a really great chance to be able to get different composition and different lighting situations.

All in all, going into the Park this last weekend was the best, especially because I could share it with my friend, Rob. It seems that every time Rob and I get together and do some serious photography, it always turns out to be so much fun and I think in my opinion, it turns out better photographs. I believe the reason why, is because we are having all this fun and not worried about getting the setting and the lighting right or not trying to out do each other and it shows in both our images that we produce. Thanks Rob!!! … for the Fun.

My Favorite Top 10 Eagle images

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/5,000

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/5,000

Focal Length: 180, ISO 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/4,000

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/3,200

I just thought that I would post for your enjoyment, 10 of my favorite Eagle images that I have taken in the past years. As all of you that know me and have been following my blog ….. I am moving back to Alaska come this May, so that I can continue getting some more exciting images of eagles and any other wildlife that crosses the path of my lens……

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/6,400

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/6,400

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

As I have said before in older posts ….Eagles …… for me as a photographer, are the hardest birds to photograph. In part because of the type of image that I’m looking for. I’m not looking for that, in-flight, fish grabbing, mundane image …. the one that every photographer gets. I’m NOT saying that Photographers that take those shot are not any good or even great images …. they are in their own right ….. I’m just looking for that different look that it seems no one else seems to be able to get …….

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 5, Exposure Time: 1/1,600

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 5, Exposure Time: 1/1,600

Focal Length: 400, ISO 400, F/Stop: 11, Exposure Time: 1/250

Photographing Eagles is fun in it’s self. But it also can very challenging, if you make it that way …. and that’s the way I choose to make it “challenging”. I want to take my photography where no one else can or will. I am not a Techno-type of photographer …. I am more of your hands-on type of photographer with 25 years of experience. I love photography, especially wildlife and nature photography. I want to share my view of Wildlife and Nature images and to be able to show everyone, that there is another dynamic to wildlife and the world we live in …. You just have to push that envelope  …. and you’ll get there ………

The Kenai River

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/200

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,250

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/200

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/250

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/200

The Kenai is Alaska’s most famous river and is best known for its runs of giant King Salmon or(Chinook).The world record King was taken here in 1985 and weighed over 97 pounds. Many consider Silvers to be the best of the salmon species to target with a fly.Joining the Upper Kenai at river mile seven is the world-renowned Russian River. This is the most famous salmon fishing location in the world. To get to the Kenai/Russian River Confluence can be through the Russian River Campground or by taking the Russian River Ferry across the Kenai. When the sockeye are running strong in mid summer, expect to see hundreds of anglers trying to land these tasty salmon at the Kenai/Russian confluence or combat fishing as Alaskans call it. Along with Kenai’s fish, the Kenai River is home to other wildlife, including moose, bears, and different species of birds. In the spring,Beluga Whales have been seen as far as six miles upstream from the mouth of the river to feed on schools of spawning Hooligan fish. I think what I’m really trying to say is that along with being able to fish the most famous river in the world, so do the bears ….. As you can see from these 5 images, it is quite possible that you will be fishing along side these bears …. if you decide to go and fish this famous river …. The Kenai.

DENALI WOLVES

Focal Length: 360, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/400

When I go to Denali N. P., which is like a lot, all year around ….. I really look for the wolves. I think in all the years that I have been going there, I can count on one hand how many times I have seen them in the park and only half of that, have I seen them up close …. close enough for good images.Most of the wolves that you do see have collars and that doesn’t make for very good images on most occasions.

Focal Length: 360, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/2,000

As I got about half way between the park entrance and Teklanika rest stop, which was the end of the road for that time of the year …… I seen this wolf down in a ravine from my truck and he was sorta a long ways aways. But he was traveling down that ravine towards the road that I was on, only to get to him, I had to follow this windy road around the mountain side … I timed it just right for as I got there, he was coming through the brush and up on this snow bank as I started taking my photos of him. As he left and I started going back through the images that I took …… To my surprise, in his mouth was some meat that he was carrying, that I didn’t even see through my view finder as I was snapping away ….. this was great

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,000

This image of this wolf was taken through the front window of the bus that I was on as I went to Denali and took the shuttle bus to Wonder lake. The whole pack was laying around on the road for about 20 minutes as we stopped and waited to see if they would get up and move and as they did, this one wolf walked toward the bus as the others got off the road. The only way to get this shot was to take it through the front window of the bus and at first I didn’t think it would come out, but it did even if it’s a little soft on focus because of the front windshield.

 

Around The Corner …. “SPRING”

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/250

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/160

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/640

Well !!!!! ………… It’s not long now and spring will be here …. and for me that means “Alaska”, here I come. I love spring. It means new life and better times ahead and that’s what it means to animals too. These baby gull chick’s think so too,I believe ……. I also know that they are hungry ……. I love photographing babies of all kinds and for me, spring gives me that ability to really get into my passion of photography strong and hard. Sometimes it can really get scary to photograph babies …… especially with their mothers around. I think though  …. if you just keep your distance and be as quiet as you can, you can get those cute images that your striving for ….. and everyone benefits from that ……….

COYOTES IN LAMAR VALLEY

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

There is a set of Coyotes that reside in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. I have photographed these two, many times in all seasons, in Lamar Valley. I have even photographed them as a family with pups. I believe the photographers that spend some time in Yellowstone and have been in the Lamar Valley enough…….. know this same set of coyotes that I am talking about ……….

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/1,250

This winter  … as I keep going into the park every day or every other day …… I kept seeing less and less of them as time went on. To the point of not seeing them for 3 weeks and even when I did see them it was so far away that I really couldn’t tell if it was them at all ……….

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/640

After a while, when I was not seeing them at all ….. I stopped looking for them and started to look for others  a long the Lamar valley road …. not even thinking that in the back of my head I knew they would show up sooner or later. But it really gave me a chance to look for other coyotes and fox …… Fox is the only animal that I really don’t have any  good shots of, so I decided that I was really going to keep an eye out for them and try to get some printable shots…..……..

Focal Length: 800, F/Stop: 5.6, Exposure Time: 1/640

I looked and looked for both coyotes and fox and seen many of both ….. but none of the shots that I was getting day after day amounted to any printable …….. As I decided to head home and turned the truck around, got down the road a bit ……there they were …. My favorite coyote family …… The female saw me and went behind a big bolder, but the male stood his ground only 20 yards away ……..and as he sat there on his warm dirt pile, I took full advantage of this shoot ….. It did not matter if I moved around him to be able to get different backgrounds …… this guy never moved …. like he was trying to pose  ….. and I think he was …. what do you think …………