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One of the images that I have always wanted to capture in Yellowstone is bison in the snow, and more specifically, a bison's face covered in snow. While I have been to Yellowstone with snow on the ground, I have never experienced it like I did this morning.
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Winter conditions in Tetons and Yellowstone have continued to decline, which has resulted in the closure of several roads in Yellowstone. Because of this, we had to take an alternate route from Jackson Hole to Gardner, resulting in an 8 hour drive. Needless to say, it was a rough day. However, the company was good, and we made it.
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Wow! What a start today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the Fall Color & Wildlife Tour. We will be shooting in Grand Teton National Park through Thursday, at which time we will make our way into Yellowstone National Park.
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I spent last week in the Grand Canyon on a tour with Adam Schallau. If you haven't seen his work, you should check him out. The tour was for monsoon season in attempts to catch lightning, but unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate. No lightning, but we still got some great pics of the canyon, and got some great light to shoot. Below is a portfolio from the trip.
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Shooting in the heavy rain and cold for several days posed some problems for us all. First was the test on equipment. Most of the bodies and lenses were weather sealed, but we all know how that goes.
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This is why great photos are so special. Knowing the trouble that one has to go through to get that shot. The setbacks of weather, and nature, and wildlife.
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I'm back in Jackson Hole this Spring for baby animals and scenics. I was unable to help Aaron with the Spring Tour this year due to other commitments, but I was able to come up for a few days and help scout for new babies and other animals.
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Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. If the Hawaiian sunrise and cup of Kona coffee wasn't enough, the ride in a Hughes 500 with no doors over Volcanoes National Park was an amazing experience! I was able to sit co pilot with Luca from Paradise Helicopter tours out of Hilo. Luca gave a great tour over the Volcanoes National Park, and was very knowledgable about the facts and history of the island and the volcanoes. Kīlauea Volcano has been continuously erupting for 30 years, and even at 500 feet above the flowing lava and open vents, you can feel waves of hot air rolling off the subsurface flows, which can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees!
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I spent last week in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone co-leading a Fall Wildlife Tour with Aaron's photo tours. I had the opportunity to use a new iPhone 7+ for the trip, and test the new dual camera system to see how good the photos would be and how they could best be used. I was pleasantly surprised with the new system, and below you'll see some examples. And while phone cameras are getting much better, at the same time, I realized the limits that still exist with them.