This week’s motion post is taking us to my favorite spot on the planet. Well maybe not the planet, but definitely in North America. The Tetons of Jackson, Wyoming. A little tilt-shift video created by Tristan Greszko - absolutely fabulous!
Photographer and writer Jay Goodrich has assembled a collection of his work from the past year. Images were captured on location throughout Washington, Colorado, California, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming.
My friend Jim Goldstein has a project on his blog every year where he asks people to submit their favorite images taken during the previous year. This year he inspired me to take it a little further. I finally created my first film, video, or what ever you would like to call it. I know there are plenty of mistakes, but I tried to go a little further and tell a little bit more of a story. Maybe I achieved success and maybe I didn’t. Either way I guess we all need to start somewhere. I hope you enjoy. One thing this project has taught me though is that I am pretty impressed with the capabilities of today’s software and computers. As a kid I never imagined that this would be possible from my office above the garage.
Last year Art Wolfe posted a time-lapse of the Arnica Wildfire in Yellowstone National Park which ended up burning close to 10,000 acres. The great part about this wildfire is that it crossed the road that parallels the shores of Yellowstone lake allowing easy access for photography and anyone willing to walk into the forest and have a look. Now I know many would wonder why you would want to photograph a freshly burned area, thinking that it would just be a charred mess. The reality is that this place is a photographer’s paradise, allowing composition upon composition of line, pattern, texture, and even new life. In less than a year’s time there is already new growth showing up– have a look at one of Art’s photos from this year.
Art Wolfe, Gavriel Jecan, Rich Reid and I recently taught a workshop in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. After that workshop, we decided to spend a day in Yellowstone photographing this forest. It didn’t take long to discover that there were hundreds of images that could be created here. The one that I am highlighting in this post, is a black and white conversion done in Adobe’s latest version of Lightroom. The highlights on the tree branches look like snow and give the image a depth that it did not possess in color. Like the title states, wildfires are definite necessity for photographers interested in going beyond the iconic images that everyone captures.
I am not one to toot my own horn. I try to stay as modest as possible. I know as a small business owner I need to be a better marketer and since I am the only full-time employee I need to toot the horn more. So today, I am tooting on a personal level. Today is my birthday and it is not just any birthday, I am now 40, a milestone only in numbers, not life.
The cool thing is that the photo I am highlighting in today’s post was taken in Yellowstone last year on my birthday with my now 5 year old daughter. After which we sat down to a huge breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and eggs. It’s funny how you remember some things in your life so vividly and others you couldn’t pull out of the memory banks with the best recovery software. I guess the ones you remember the most are the ones that are the most important. I wonder what memories I will be creating while you are reading this? You might have to wait until next year to find out.
And since I am tooting, I am also proud to tell you that a different composition of this scene made into the finals of this year’s Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. And, seven others made it through the semi-final round. Hopefully next year I will have even more to announce.
Our photo this month was taken by Jay last summer while he was working on a project in Yellowstone National Park. The reason we decided to post it for the photo of the month this month is because Jay is there right now shooting more images for the project. Hopefully he will be willing to “leak” some of the new images when he returns. Anyway, this image was taken of the Hayden River at sunrise as a low level fog bank was beginning to clear. You never can predict what nature will do, so it is best to stay until the last possible moment if you find a good location and keep you mind open to anything. Taken with a Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm II lens, Gitzo Tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead, Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer, and a 3 stop hard-edged graduated neutral density filter. And per last month you can order discounted prints of our monthly images directly from our print site.
This month’s photo was taken on a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. As the sun was still low in the sky one morning Jay managed to catch up with this pronghorn antelope. This time of year the antelope, like deer and elk, are getting ready to mate. In preparation for the season this animal was rubbing its antelers against every sage plant that it walked by. Jay used the diagonal lines of the rolling landscape to layer his depth of field and give the image a greater sense of place. This composition also allowed those lines to translate right into the angle of the antelope’s back. The image was taken with a Canon 5D, 600mm f/4 AF IS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter balanced on a thick-pile fleece jacket out of a rental car window. (The rental car can be the ultimate moving photo blind). The image was imported into Adobe Lightroom where basic color corrections were done, it was then exported to Adobe Photoshop CS3 where it was cleaned up and addtional corrections made before uploading to the web with Adobe Dreamweaver CS3.