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Yellowstone Coyote. Canon 7d 500mm f4IS, 1.4Xtc. ISO 1600 f6.7 1/1500
Thought I would sneak a quick post in here before the first day of the new year is officially over. First lesson of the year: “Don’t bite off more than you can chew!”
This little guy was snacking on a recent elk carcass inside the park that the Canyon wolf pack have been visiting. No wolves today, but lots of other scavengers.
Winter around here and most of the state is still pretty bare and not much in the forecast. I spoke with a friend the other day in the southern part of the state and he had 60 degrees fahrenheit on his thermometer! Hard to believe at the end of December. Although not quite that extreme today , the park was pleasant and temps in the 30’s. Still not too much snow though, cross our fingers for January…
Happy New Year to everyone!
Glacier National Park, Montana. Canon 5d mkII, 24-70 2.8L
Thought I would post a link to some new photography workshops I will be teaching in Montana this year hosted by Wild West Photos out of Bozeman, Montana. Wild West will be starting out with some new workshops in Glacier & Grand Teton National Parks, Summer-Fall 2011. In addition they are also reserving spots for January 2012, Yellowstone National Park.
I will be teaching a summer and fall workshop up in Glacier National Park starting this July and next September. I will also be teaching the winter Yellowstone workshop for 2012, which is just an amazing place to be in the winter if you haven’t been. Both parks offer up some of the best photography in the country with amazing and unique landscapes as well as some of the best wildlife. Grizzlies, Wolves, Elk, Bighorn Sheep… Workshop sizes are being kept small, so they may fill up quickly. Feel free to drop me a line with any questions.
Check out the link to Wild West Photos Workshops here: http://www.wildwestphotos.com/national_park_photography_workshops.php
Coyote, Yellowstone N.P. © Jason Savage
Here are a few shots from this weekend down in Yellowstone National Park. I headed down there last Saturday to see what was happening in the park and what the conditions were looking like. Also I wanted to test out a Canon 7d that I recently picked up for use as a backup body and for occasional wildlife use.
There was actually quite a bit of snow going from Gardiner up to Cooke City at the northern boundary of the park and a ton of wildlife out. Conditions this last week in Montana have been sketchy at best and I have been cursing the weatherman more than once. Montana was sitting right on the edge of an arctic front from Canada and it didn’t know if it was coming or going, or I should say the weatherman didn’t know if it was coming or going. It certainly made things hard to predict, but we ended getting a ton of warm weather and high winds, which has wiped out a good portion of the snow we had and really made a mess of things.
But, you sometimes have to roll with the punches and make the best of it. Saturday I managed to get a little bit of shooting in and really got to test out the Canon 7d and surprisingly, it’s a really awesome camera.
I normally use Canon 5dII’s and 1 series bodies, for most of my photography. I use the 1d series for backup and wildlife photography, but really prefer the smaller bodies, especially when trying to travel light, so I normally use the 5dII for a majority of my work. The 7d looked like it might have the potential for a great wildlife body, especially in the much smaller size than the 1 series. It has a great auto focus system and shoots 8 frames per second with close to 18 million pixels on a 1.6 crop sensor. I was a little concerned about the noise issues people have reported, especially with so many pixels on a small sensor, but when doing comparisons, it’s really not bad at all and certainly great image quality for a crop sensor. Not to mention it has some really great focusing customizations not seen on any other Canon camera. I give it an A so far in my book, especially if you’re looking for a great wildlife body and on a budget or if looking for something a little more lighter than a 1 series. It’s also sealed up pretty well, Canon says equivalent to the Canon 1dn(film body), which was one of my favorite 35mm cameras I’ve owned, and that one was sealed pretty good, so the 7d should be able to take some abuse.
With the great wildlife and the always fun of testing out new equipment, it was a nice time in the Park. Soon we will have more snow and more great opportunities for photography in Yellowstone, matter of fact, it’s snowing right now:)
Bison, Yellowston N.P. © Jason Savage
300mmf4+1.4tc, f6.7, 1/1000 ISO 800
Mountain Grouse, Yellowstone N.P. © Jason Savage
300mmf4+1.4tc, f5.6, 1/500 ISO 4000
Bighorn Sheep, Yellowstone N.P. © Jason Savage
300mmf4+1.4tc,f5.6, 1/8 ISO 6400
25K. ©Jason Savage
I was visiting the town of West Yellowstone yesterday amongst the hundreds of others who were competing in the annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Race. Racers come from all over to compete and some as far from Alaska were there.
The atmosphere is definitely festive as skiiers from all age groups compete in different length races. The 2k race which features ages 6-9 was fun to watch as the kids were detemined and full of energy to get underway. Lots of fun to watch.
Helena’s own Randy Beckner finished 16 out of 130 in the Men’s 50K freestyle(Way to go Randy!). Bozeman’s Leif Zimmerman took first with a time of 2:13:02.3. To see the rest of the results in all races you can visit at the Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Race Results page.
If you are interested in this race it’s open to all levels, pros and beginners alike. It’s one way to sign off on the end of winter in one of Montana’s longstanding traditions.
Little Bison Racer 2K. © Jason Savage
Classic Skiing. © Jason Savage
25K Classic. © Jason Savage
Snuck down to Yellowstone over the weekend, and man was it packed. There still were a ton of people milling about down there and if it hadn’t been for the rain and snow pelting me in the face, I would have swore it was the middle of summer.
The park looks awesome though and I don’t think I have seen it so green in some areas and just lush all over. The weather has been kinder to us in parts of Montana this summer and it shows.
The weather was pretty spotty with some disturbances moving through that did bring some undesirable weather for photography, but sometimes you have to make the best of it.
Lowers Falls/©Jason Savage
With all the weather the wildlife was moving around a lot and photo ops were superb. Mammoth hot springs area was teaming with elk and big bulls in the rut. This was quite a show as frantic rangers tried to block off the areas where the elk were congregating. Only problem was the elk decided to move frequently and without notice. Combine that with massive amounts of tourists and the Park Rangers had their work cut out for them.
If you want to see irratic behaviour of the bull elk during this time of year check out the park’s website where there is tourist videos of a few cars being rammed. Crazy stuff. Check it out here.
That’s all for now. I will have some trips coming up in a couple weeks and in the meantime, hope to get back to blog more frequently.