Month: July 2017

Manon, a cat.

Yesterday was a tough day for us, because we had to put Manon to sleep. She was 18 years old, and she was a cat. Most specifically, she was a Calico, and if you talk to cat people, if cats in general are considered attitudinal, calicos are attitudinal cats. She clearly had a strong set of opinions on life and the universe was expected to adapt to them. It usually did. This was not a surprise to us. We had some dental work done with her at the start of the year and the vet found a growth on her jaw, which biopsy showed was cancer. After discussion of options with her and an oncologist, we set her up into palliative care, and it was suggested that typically we might get another 1-3 months with her. Here we are in mid-July, and it’s been in the last week or so that it became clear it was time because we could no longer keep her life quality at a level we felt was acceptable for her. That doesn’t make saying goodbye easier, and the place is incredibly quiet and empty right now but it was the right thing to do for her. 18 years is an incredible lifespan for a cat; it is even moreso since she was adopted out of a shelter. Still, time takes its toll; she had...

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25 photos that define me

The other day I was having a conversations with some photographers and I suggested one way to track your progress and get some insight into your photography would be to sit down and select 25 images that you think define your photography. I thought it was an interesting enough concept that I decided to try it. What I found, going through the images, was that it was more about defining who I am than what I shoot. I found the process fascinating and it changed how I view some of my imagery. My initial select was 70 images. It...

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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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