Just finished up another fantastic workshop in Washington’s Palouse. Thanks to everyone for making this year such a great trip! As always the Palouse is amazing and the diversity year to year in crops always delivers a new experience exploring the landscapes. This year was looking great around the region, wonderful hues of greens and yellows with the occasional red barn thrown in. I’m really looking forward to getting back and if my schedule allows may head over for harvest this year. I now have the 2019 Palouse workshop listed with limited space available.
I had the opportunity to spend yesterday with a friend photographing Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge on a spectacular Montana morning. As we wandered through the refuge we saw a lot of the usual suspects: ringed-necked pheasants, trumpeter swans, mallards and even a brief glimpse of a great horned owl. But the backdrop of the Bitterroot Mountains was what stole the show with their snow-capped peaks towering over the refuge.Further south the far off Como Peaks with cattails in the foreground looked like a painting in the early morning light.
As one of a handful of important wildlife refuges in Montana, Lee Metcalf encompasses 2800 acres of critical habit for nesting and migratory birds and other wildlife in the Bitterroot Valley. Over 240 different species of birds have been recorded on the refuge which is made up of wetland, grassland, and forest habitat.
Its rich abundance of wildlife and habitat is a reminder of what’s at stake as our wild lands continue to shrink, but also what’s possible with our country’s conservation efforts and management of National Wildlife Refuges.
For more info on our National Wildlife Refuges and Lee Metcalf visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Lee_Metcalf/about.html
I shot this image over the weekend, just as the last light of the day was fading on this old red barn near Bozeman, Montana. I’ve been using the newer 24-70 2.8L II for the better part of a year now and I’ll have to say that I’m very impressed with this lens. I’ve used the older version for years, matter of fact I’ve had a couple of them, and it was a great lens in itself. The newer one however, improves a lot in the edges and corners. When shooting at 24mm, in my opinion, it’s one of the sharpest wide angles I’ve used, right up there with Canon’s 24mm 3.5 tilt shift.
I love using the 24-70 2.8L II for walk around, general stuff. This was perfect for this barn, allowing me to go wide enough, but also getting in tight if I needed to when experimenting with different compositions. Unless I’m doing ultra wide landscapes, I really prefer to have this on my camera for those unexpected moments, where having some flexibility in your focal length range as well as some of the sharpest optics in a Canon zoom makes a big difference.
Canon 5D markIII 24-70mm 2.8L II f16 1/180 ISO400 (handheld)