Author: Chuq Von Rospach

Firehole Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Today’s photo is from Yellowstone National Park from my 2014 visit. That trip was really about the wildlife, but this image has become one of my favorite and most popular images from that trip. Firehole spring is an area along Firehole Lake drive. It’s really a small continuous geyser in the lower geyser area between Madison and Old Faithrul. It was also one of the areas I found was fairly quiet even on busy days, so when I wanted to take a break or have lunch and was in the area, I’d wander up that road and explore. This...

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I’m thinking of starting a photography podcast (please stop me)

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been mulling over this idea; I’m thinking of starting a podcast about photography. I would like all of you to stop me. Here’s my problem: I’m having trouble finding photography podcasts I want to listen to. What I don’t want: Podcasts aimed at beginners. I really don’t need to have aperture mode explained to me ever again. Podcasts that are interview shows of lots of photographers I’ve never heard of. When they interview a photographer I do know, they usually tweet it out and I listen to that. Podcasts that are groups of photographers getting together shooting the breeze without any real point to them recording it, other than sponsorship or because they think people care what they think. Podcasts that are groups of photographers where I consistently get about ten minutes into the show and then yell “if you’d done five minutes of basic research about the topic before starting you’d know that was wrong” Podcasts that have hosts that explain to me that the only lens I really need is that magical 50mm thing. Podcasts that mention the word “wedding”. Or, for that matter, SEO. or how to succeed in your photography business (by buying me ebook) Where what I want: I want podcasts that are about nature and wildlife photography, not street, studio or wedding. I want podcasts that...

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Pronghorn Antelopes

Today’s photo is a pair of Pronghorn Antelopes, taken in Grand Teton National Park during my 2014 trip. I was there in early june, just after the roads opened up, specifically to shoot wildlife. While exploring Grand Teton one day, I saw this pair of Antelopes foraging along the road ahead of me and which seemed to be headed my way, so I pulled over, shut down the engine and waited to see what happened. Over the next 30 minutes or so, they continued on the road towards me until I was in a good position to get images...

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It’s all about the eyes

I was having a chat with someone about photography the other day when I made the comment “It’s all about the eyes”, and while that’s common wisdom with people photography, it’s just as true with birds and wildlife. The eyes become an immediate and important focal point in an image — if you let them. Your viewers will connect with the image through the eyes, and they draw them into your image. When I’m shooting and evaluating images, I am always looking for interesting eyes that can act as a focal point. With many species, the eyes are black,...

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Mono Lake Tufa at Dawn

Today’s image is of one of the Mono Lake tufas taken at dawn in 2014 during a photo workshop I took with photographer Michael Frye. I cannot recommend his workshops highly enough, both for the locations he takes you to and his tutoring and mentoring during the workshop. This was his fall foliage workshop that’s based out of Lee Vining in the Sierras. One aspect of Michael’s work that really impresses me and which was part of the reason I workshopped with him is that while most landscape photographers have a strong bias towards very wide angle landscapes, he...

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