Iconic Barns

When you travel to the Grand Tetons, as I did last September, the Mormon Row barns should be on your must see list.  There are several barns located in close proximity to one another and feature the Tetons in the background.  Whether you are looking for a sunrise or sunset shoot, any of these barns qualify for a great photo opportunity.  Arriving early in the morning or afternoon is essential to getting a great spot to capture these icons of the west.  Many photographers will be standing with you and an early arrival will allow you to move around and find just the right composition.  These barns have been around since the 1800s.  Unfortunately there is always a lot of activity in the area and the foot traffic has taken its toll.  As people get closer and closer to these barns the nice foreground of green grass is now just open areas where the grass has died off.  This does make it a challenge to shoot around the wear and tear of the area, but allows your creative juices to flow as you strive to find the best angle for a compositions that is stunning and of course yours to claim for your portfolio.  Enjoy!

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Festival

For many months across this great land of ours local communities celebrate their heritage with festivals, parades, and crafts shows.  My home here in Sylvania, Ohio is no different.  We have a proud history dating back to the eighteen thirties including serving as a stop along the underground railroad providing a safe haven for those who were  traveling north seeking freedom from slavery during a challenging time for our country.  Our fall festival is one of those events that seems to draw many people from Northwest Ohio and South Eastern Michigan.  These festivals are a great place for street photographers capturing the multitude of people and events gathered for the celebration.  The above photograph is an image I captured of my friend Michael who serves as the Town Crier for the Sylvania Community.  Michael has traveled the world participating in many events as Sylvania’s emissary of good will and friendship.  There are many such criers around the world and Michael has distinguished himself among his peers.  From store grand openings to local events, Michael is always ready to open the ceremonies with his cry of Oyez, Oyez, OOOOOOOyez!  I hope this image captures the essence of my friend and salutes his efforts to bring the heritage of our great community to the world.  Enjoy!

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Update!

I recently updated my web site with a new gallery.  I have been quite busy the past month photographing in and around my home base as well as a recent trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.  I have added a ‘Recent” gallery showing you some of my most recent images.  This gallery is currently a featured gallery on the home page of my site and can be found at www.newdawnphotography.com.  Just click on the site and you will be directed to my home page.  While you are there, please take a look around as I have added images to my landscape gallery and updated my social media icons on my blog.  These icons will take you to my social media pages including my Instagram account.  You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  Feel free to share with your friends and family.  Enjoy!

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Autumn Lenses

I often get questions from people about which lens they should use in certain circumstances. Its a bit frustrating from my viewpoint as I don’t really know what they are looking for in their photography.  But, lets not isolate ourselves to one or two specific lenses.  I often times carry three or four depending on what interests I am pursuing in my own photography.  The above image was captured with a long telephoto.  Most people go right for their wide angle lenses when shooting the fall colors, but that may not give you the best results.  I was looking at a vast hillside just covered with the many colors of fall when I captured this image.  Using a wide angle lens would have given me a great wall of color.  But I went for a long telephoto in hope of isolating smaller sections of the trees.  I searched around until I found a small area of a tree that made for a better composition and a more interesting photograph.  When shooting people, we often times grab that telephoto lens to get close.  Try shooting with your wide angle.  It gives you a greater depth of focus and allows you to get up close to your subject.  Sometimes its just fun to leave the house with only one lens that you have not used in a while and explore the possibilities with just than one lens.  The idea is to get out and shoot.  Enjoy the fall colors as they will only be with us for a short period of time.  See you in the field.

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Horse Ranch

After our morning shoot at Schwabacher’s Landing, we were heading back towards Jackson Hole when we came upon this Horse Ranch nestled in the foothills of the mountains.  A quick stop and a quick click and we have another memory of our time in the Grand Tetons.  Not every shot needs to be a masterpiece.  But when the light is right and the composition is a simple one, then take the shot.  As photographers we talk about making a photograph not necessarily taking a photograph.  But there are snapshots out there that add to the story you are trying tell about the location of your time in the field.  Story telling takes on many different faces in our travels and sometimes just a simple click can be all that is needed to add to your field experience.  Enjoy!

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Moose Hunt

I am back to the great State of Ohio after my recent trip out west to visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.  In addition to a few sunrise and sunset pictures, we found many wildlife photo opportunities. Over 13 Moose sightings in our travels throughout the parks.  When driving and looking for wildlife, you only need to see a few cars and trucks gathered along the side of the road to indicate wildlife activities.  Usually the rangers arrive shortly thereafter to manage traffic and protect the onlookers as well as the wildlife itself.  We were driving towards the main gate and found many cars along the side of the road.  We joined the fray and were told that a Bull Moose had been lurking in the area.  We waited only a few moments and he came out from the trees near the water in front of us.  I had my long lens on my camera and soon realized I had too much reach.  A wider angle would have been more appropriate.  I moved back away from the animal to get a better shot and he moved right along with me.  He crossed the road right in front of our vehicle.  He stomped around a bit on the other side then crossed back over to our side and moved down under a bridge behind our car.  I moved quickly across the bridge thinking that he would move that way.  When he did I was able to get this close up portrait shot before he moved back into the trees and away from the crowds.  A wider lens would have been great for a better environmental photograph.  However, the long lens helped in capturing this great portrait of a Bull Moose with full antlers.  Enjoy!

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Last Man Standing

I have been working in the Grand Tetons for the past few days, additional posts to come.  Each of the first three nights of watching and waiting for a great sunset, we were left with an empty SD card and nothing to show for our efforts.  Last night, all that changed.  We were standing at the Blacktail Ponds Overlook because the previous  night we were entertained by a few Moose and a red fox.  There were no wildlife sightings and many of the people who shared the space with us packed up their gear and left.  One could say we were intrepid photographers waiting for the last gasp of sunlight to leave us stranded.

We were the last ones watching as we entered twilight.  All of a sudden, there was a pinkish glow around the tops of the Tetons.  As the sun continued to set the colors became more vibrant.  We grabbed our cameras and went to work.  Shortly after the sunlight went out totally and the color was gone.  We stood at the overlook and knew we had seen a magical moment.  Being the “last man standing” while the light of the setting sun danced across the September Skies was a great experience and the above image is one of many captured in the last light of day. Enjoy!

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Tetons Day 2

Our evening sunset shoot was a bust last night.  In addition, our morning sunrise shoot was problematic but I should find a few images to post later.  The fun really got started when we took a trip down Moose Wilson rd. on our way back to Jackson Hole.  You know when things get crazy when all the cars on this two lane road start piling up, pulling over, and trying to park along side the road.  We came upon the congestion but could not see what the people were looking at.  We later found out it was a black bear up in a tree.  There was limited space for us to park and the Rangers were on our tail so we continued down to the Granite Circle Overlook where we found many Aspens in fall color with the mountains in the background.  As we got our of our SUV a man came up to us and said that a Moose Cow and her child were across the road deep into the trees.  So with long lenses in our hands we ventured off the path into the trees in search of wildlife.  The above image shows the Cow laying among the grass resting near her younger counterpart.  We slowly approached her and moved around to capture this image. I guess it was just a Moose kinda day so far.  Enjoy!

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Scwabacher Landing

This morning at 0 dark 30 found us traveling to Scwabacher Landing in the Grand Teton Mountain Range.  Our goal was a sunrise shoot with the Tetons in the Background.  Our arrival surprised us as we were not alone.  Many other photographers were scrambling to find the best location for the shoot.  We watched as others selected their positions and we went for ours closer to the water’s edge.  Our thought was to use the water in front as our foreground, the reflection of the mountains and the foliage as our middle ground and the  Mountains for our Background.  Having these three components working together makes for a great composition.  We only had to wait for the sun to arrive about an hour later for the magic to appear and help us make a great photograph.

Our previous night we traveled to the Mormon Row Barns for a sunset shoot.  The clouds were non existent.  If you don’t have any clouds, you seldom get good color.  Although we captured a few images, nothing special was going on so we packed it in for a late dinner and then off bed for a 5:30 am wake up call.  Enjoy!

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Grand Tetons

This week will mark my second excursion to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  Staying in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we will have access to many different photo opportunities.  Beginning with the Tetons and its many landscape views, searching for many wildlife that populate the area, followed with a brief trip up to Yellowstone National Park.  The above image is of Oxbow Bend.  A great area for both a morning or evening shoot.  This image was captured during my first trip and we were here during the month of June.  This year, we hope to capture some of the fall colors that have started to show themselves here in the mountains of Wyoming.  Having been here in the past, we are searching for new venues, new approaches to some of the iconic areas, and some of the wildlife that is  more prevalent during the later months as the cold weather up in the mountains tends to move the wildlife here down to more warmer areas.

I will have access to my website this week so watch for my updates in Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Enjoy!

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