Madison River Valley. Canon 5dmkII, 16-35 2.8LmkII. ISO100 f11 1/45 Singh-Ray ND Graduated 2 stop
This image was taken up near Madision Buffalo Jump State Park near Bozeman, Montana. For thousands of years the native people have used the cliffs in this area to drive the buffalo off of during their hunts. Most recently is was the Shoshone, but many different tribes have used the area over it’s long history. This area is located in the Madison River Valley with the Madison River ending it’s journey at the Headwaters of the Missouri River where it meets the Jefferson and the Gallatin.
Gates of the Mountains, Montana. Canon 5dmkII, 70-200 f4L IS. ISO 200 f4.5 1/2000
This image was taken earlier in the week just up the road from my home in Helena at the Gates of the Mountains located on the Missouri River. This boater was braving a very cold morning on the same historic stretch of river that Lewis and Clark journaled a couple hundred years prior.
Rainy Lake.Canon 5dmkII, 100-400mm. F8.0 1/20 ISO100
Here are a few shots from the Seeley-Swan Valley workshop in Montana last week. We had a ton of rain, matter of fact it really didn’t let up much the whole weekend, but we still managed to find some great stuff and the valley was at it’s peak for fall colors. The Larch trees this time of year are spectacular and line the whole valley. We’ve had such a late fall this year that it’s been a great season for photography.
Beaver Creek. Canon 5dmkII, 100-400mm. f13 2sec ISO100
One thing I was reminded of this last week and it’s certainly something I’m reminded of over and over, is that heading out into some of the worst weather can lead to some great, and sometimes amazing images. Usually when it’s dumping rain or when a blizzard is raging the tendency is to hang up the camera and wait for a better day. But those bad weather days I find lend themselves to usually more interesting or unusual images when you can be patient. Patient being the key as inclement weather and changing conditions sometimes take a while to give you those right moments where a bit of light might be peaking through the clouds or a rainbow may develop for a few short moments. Those are some of the little surprises we were grateful to have this weekend and we ended up walking away with some beautiful fall images despite the conditions.
So next time the wind is howling or it’s dumping buckets try heading out and seeing what you can find, you might be surprised.Thanks to everyone for making it such a great workshop this year!
Salmon Lake. Canon 5dmkII, 16-35mm2.8mkII. f11 1/20 ISO100
Horses.Canon 5dmkII, 100-400mm. f6.7 1/500 ISO1600
Aspens. Canon 5d mkII, 200mm f2.8II. ISO 100 f 11 1.5sec
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, been super busy as is the usual this time of year. Our fall window in Montana is a small one and have been trying to take advantage of capturing as much of it as possible lately. This was a shot taken a few days ago up in the Seeley-Swan valley. It was below freezing that morning with a bit of a bite in the air. I think I’ve gotten a little soft with all the 80 degree weather we had trough September as I was freezing my rear off! Fall is definitely here with winter coming very quickly around the corner. Snow was in the upper elevations of the mountains and the fall colors were going strong. Should have some more stuff to share here soon.
Hurricane Ridge. Canon 5dmkII, 16-35mm 2.8L II. ISO 100 f16 1/4
Out on the coast this week in Olympic National Park. These are a couple shots from yesterday along Hurricane Ridge and down lower in the Elwha Valley. Not a bad time of year to be out here with warm weather and lot’s of sunshine, not to mention the as always stellar rainforest!
Madison Falls. Canon 5dmkII, 16-35mm 2.8LII. ISO200 f11 3″