Bear Country

Another day of wintery mix here in Northwest Ohio.  Working on updates to software as well as new additions to my website.  Looking back over some of my images from the past.  With new software bringing new and exciting ways to post process your RAW images, it gives me a chance to revisit some of my photographic trips to fun places and relive the events shared with many others.  The above image is from an adventure i took with about ten of my friends to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge where you can get up close and personal with many Coastal Brown Bears (Grizzlies), Pacific Puffins, and many birds found along the Alaskan coast of the Cook Inlet.  The lodge is located inside Lake Clark National Park.  Many people in the past flew into the lodge to fish for salmon along the creek than comes in from the inlet and provides fun for many fishermen and Gulls looking for a great catch.  Many years ago, one of those who came to fish was also a wildlife photographer.  He suggested to David, the owner, that many photographers would love to come to his lodge just to photograph the many bears that inhabit the area.  David decided to branch out and from about May to September he invites photographers from around the world to spend some time at the lodge and enjoy the great photo opportunities present there.  You can check out their website at www.silversalmoncreek.com.  I have made several trips there over the years and am looking for a return trip in the future.  Enjoy!

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Winter Mix

According to the local Meteorologists, we are experiencing a winter mix here in northwest Ohio.  What that means to those of you in our southern states is that the weather is constantly changing from snow to sleet to ice and rain.  Not necessarily in that order.  So, office time while waiting for the NFL playoffs this afternoon.  Thinking back on the many times we ventured out in the cold snowy depths of our planet, I retreated to my files and found a few images that certainly have stood out as highlights of my arctic experience.  The above image is of a Snowy Owl we found in the farmlands around Montreal, Quebec a while back.  Now there have been reports and sightings of snowy owls right here in northwest Ohio.  Recently there was one located out by Lake Erie near the Quilter Lodge.  We are hoping for a repeat visit as snowy owls are territorial.  They often return to the same location year after year.  A few years ago we had a sighting near the Toledo Express airport as well.  So birding photographers can find many special photo opportunities here in the mid west, even in the snow,  and not too far from home.  I keep my camera with me in my travels hoping to find that one moment where I can find images similar to this one.  Hopefully, the winter mix won’t scare them away. Enjoy!

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White Ibis

Here is an image from my last trip to south Florida.  Shark Valley, along alligator alley, is a great place for bird photography.  I captured this White Ibis along the trail through the valley.  He spent a good time resting in the trees and gave me a great opportunity to capture some fantastic images.  I’m taking advantage of some down time to work on my web site and sharpen my skills with the latest software that I use in post processing my images.  As the software companies constantly upgrade their products it is becoming a challenge to learn the new dashboards and other integrated parts of the programs.  Thankfully, there are many video tutorials to speed up the process as well as a large community of users throughout the internet always willing to answer questions and give feedback on what you are trying to accomplish.  Back to the grind, Enjoy!

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Tri Colored Heron

On a cold and windy December day in Northwest Ohio gives me a great opportunity to do some computer work.  Update a few programs.  Use some of the new software to revisit old images and see how the new technology can impact my work.  Think about a change in my workflow, And, update my Blog.  This image was captured last year on a visit to Shark Valley along Alligator Alley in South Florida.  I use a long lens for this image as the birds were a bit of a distance from where I could walk in the park.  I am trying a few new algorithms from some of my software vendors.  As the digital photography world changes, its important to be aware of new aspects of digital workflow to bring your images to the internet and onto the big (or small) screen.  Keeping your web site up to date is also a must and good for days like today where the outside is dark, dreary and a little soggy.  Enjoy!

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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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