I’m very excited for our upcoming 2015 Pacific Northwest Photography Workshops! This year I will be leading trips to some of my favorite locations at the Columbia River Gorge, Olympic National Park, and Washington’s Palouse. There’s only a few spots left on these so feel free to email me or visit my workshops page for details and to reserve your spot.
As we approach the new year, I thought I would share my top 10 favorites from 2014. I’ve been grateful to have visited some amazing landscapes and photographed some equally amazing wildlife encounters this year. Most importantly, I’m grateful to be able to share my travels and hope that my images can serve as a reminder of the incredible world we live in and why it’s so vitally important to protect for future generations.
Here’s another 7DmkII image shot yesterday of a Northern Flicker in the Pacific Northwest. I shot this in very low light handholding the 70-200mm 2.8L IS II with the 2X III teleconverter. I used the 10fps frame rate of the 7DmkII to fire a burst increasing my odds of getting a sharp image that wasn’t affected by the movement of my hands and the slow shutter speed. I pushed the ISO to 3200 and processed in Lightroom without adding any additional noise reduction beyond the default color noise reduction.
Canon 7D mkII 70-200mm 2.8L IS II, 2X III teleconverter f5.6 1/180 ISO3200
Here’s some images from my trip last week out to Washington’s beautiful Palouse region. I had some great light out there and some awesome finds along the way. I will also be adding the Palouse to my 2015 workshops and will have it listed in the coming weeks, so stay tuned…
May 7-11 I will be teaching my Olympic National Park photography workshop based out of Forks, Washington. There’s still some space available, so if you’re thinking rainforests, alpine wildflowers, and ocean sea stacks in spring, be sure to register before March 1 to receive your 10% discount for early registration. Visit my Workshops page for full details and to register.
All of my 2014 photography workshops are now listed in the workshops section on my site. I’ve got some great trips lined up this year including my summer Glacier National Park trip which will include the Powwow in Browning this next year and some great weekend workshops.
These are beginning to fill up fast, to reserve your spot, feel free to email me at email@example.com or fill out and send in the registration form on the workshops page. Look forward to seeing you there!
Last month I was hiking up Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park when I decided to stop and set up a landscape shot featuring the Olympic Mountains and some wildflowers dotting the hillside.
I had everything set up, my tripod adjusted, and was taking a few shots, when out of the corner of my eye a blacktail doe wandered into my frame. I had literally two seconds to adjust my camera settings in order to freeze the deer’s movement in-frame and include her in my shot.
Not an easy thing to do and most of the time when things like this happen we end up missing the shot while fumbling frantically to switch our settings. However luck and preparation were on my side this morning as I was using my Custom Shooting Mode, C1, on my Canon 5D mkIII for my landscape settings.
For those who aren’t familiar with using the Custom Shooting Modes on your camera, they allow us to preset or program custom settings into a designated mode that can be quickly accessed on the camera. Canon’s 5D mkIII has three custom shooting modes located for easy access, C1,C2,C3. Each mode is programmable and located on the mode dial. You can program any settings you like into each mode, so when you switch to that mode, your settings are ready to go and you’re not left navigating endlessly while you miss that once in a lifetime shot.
On my camera for example I have C1 set up for shooting landscapes. I have programmed all the usual settings we start out with when shooting static scenes.
C1: Aperture Priority, ISO 100, f11, mirror lockup, 2 second timer.
This makes it quick and simple when I want to shoot a landscape and especially when I need to switch back and forth between shooting situations.
So for my blacktail deer on Hurricane Ridge, I was shooting my landscape in C1 and when the deer entered the frame, I quickly switched my mode dial to AV mode which was already set for action at ISO 800 f5.6 with no mirror lockup or 2 second timer. I was able to fire off two frames and get one with the deer right in the middle.
Now by itself my landscape shot was not a very interesting one nor one that I really cared for. But with the deer in the foreground it made the shot more interesting and added a little something extra. This was the absolute perfect example of the convenience of the Custom Shooting Modes and also an example of how they can help us capture shots that we ordinarily may have missed.
Here’s a shot from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park from last week. Beautiful morning on the mountain with not a soul in sight. Couldn’t beat it!
This week I’ve had the pleasure to be in one of my favorite places to shoot, Olympic National Park in Washington State. Exploring the rainforest here is something else, a bit otherworldly at times. Here’s a shot looking out the cabin door early morning on Lake Crescent. Pretty rough.
Multnomah Falls. © Jason Savage
I know this is a Montana Photography blog-but hey, sometimes everyone needs a change of scenery. I was out photographing the Columbia River Gorge last week and just got back from the road. I really hope to make Oregon & Washington a regular pilgrimage every Spring. Just for the fact that while Spring is rockin’ away over there, Montana is still a few weeks behind.
Oregon Rainforest.© Jason Savage
The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular place to photograph, especially if you like to photograph waterfalls and lush green rainforest. Being so close to Montana it’s really a nice few day getaway and an easy drive.
After spending a little time there last week I headed up to Washington State to catch the tale end of the Tulip Festival. It had pretty much ended, but there were still a couple farms hosting some tulip fields. Quite spectacular & great photo-ops.
Skagit Valley Tulips. © Jason Savage
So if your looking for an April vacation not far from Montana, both these locations are great spots to photograph.
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Ponytail Falls. © Jason Savage
Now it looks like Spring has finally arrived here in Montana. I know most people are beyond ready, especially with the late season snowstorms we had been having. This weekend looks beautiful with temps making their way into the 80’s by the end of the weekend. Wildflowers should be appearing soon and this weekend should be a great one to be out doing some photography.