Aurora in Iceland

•October 14, 2014 • 8 Comments

The aurora borealis has always been a phenomenon of interest, but never an exciting photographic pursuit for me. It is visible mostly in the fall and the winter months in the higher latitudes of planet Earth (Arctic and Antarctic) and is also know as the Northern Lights in the northern latitudes.

When the solar wind carries a stream of highly charged electrons from the sun that collide with the oxygen and nitrogen atoms in the upper atmosphere of earth, the emissions are the colors of the aurora. The aurora can be seen in green, red, yellow, pink and blue colors, but is mostly visible in green.

My attitude towards the aurora changed in a recent visit to Iceland, a place where auroras are a frequent nighttime light show. I became hooked on aurora hunting.

While my photography pal Bob Karcz and I traveled the roads of Iceland in search of the next photo opportunity, we were constantly mindful of the perfect location of an aurora sighting for that night. To capture the aurora on camera required clear skies (a rare event in Iceland), dark skies (no lights from nearby towns), mountains in the foreground (makes for a good composition), water for a reflection, (if possible) and, of course, a solar wind collision event. No small task. Then, there are the 10 or so camera settings that must be just right to capture the image on camera.

After a multitude of failed attempts, including hiking to overlooks in the dark, freezing our butts off while standing in the snow waiting for clouds to clear, ducking under an above ground pipeline to get a clear view, and retreating to the car during heavy rain and winds only to see our tripods get blown over (fortunately our cameras were with us in the car), we finally saw an aurora that is forever seared in my mind’s eye:

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And one reflected in the waters in Dalvik, Iceland:

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Wildlife Video Clips on National Geographic

•August 16, 2014 • 5 Comments

I am pleased to announce that National Geographic has selected 50 of my wildlife video clips for presentation and sale on their National Geographic Creative website.

My video clips can be viewed here:

National Geographic Creative

or click on the image:

Rainbow's End

Rainbow’s End

 

 

Mountain Bluebirds

•August 6, 2014 • 4 Comments

Breakfast Bug

 

A dedicated birder and wonderful person by the name of Bonnie Baker is responsible for the placement of nearly 100 bluebird birdhouses around Lake Dillon in Summit County, Colorado.  My quest to photography bluebirds started late in the season and  I was very fortunate to stumble on the last 2 occupied birdhouses for the season. I took advantage of this discovery and hiked to the locations with my heavy camera gear for 8 mornings over a three week period. I spent 2-3 hours each morning watching, waiting and photographing these beautiful creatures. I learned their routine, rhythm, approximate time it would take them to return with a meal for the chicks and which was the superior hunter of the pair (it was the female).

 

Butterfly Catcher

 

In Summit County we are fortunate to have the mountain bluebird. The male mountain bluebird is all blue from tip to tail. Other species of bluebirds are much less so. On my last visit to the site, the last birdhouse to be occupied was empty. The chicks had fledged. But they were not far away. Instead of just 2 bluebirds flying about, now I counted about 5-6 of them. A wonderful sight.

Click the link below to view my gallery of mountain bluebirds, all taken at the Dillon Nature Preserve on Lake Dillon, Dillon, Colorado.

Mountain Bluebirds

Hope that you enjoy.

Thank you Bonnie Baker

Rich

Introduction to Wildlife Photography

•August 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I recently conducted a workshop on Introduction to Wildlife Photography as a fund raiser for the Continental Divide Land Trust in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Click to download the .pdf presentation:

Wildlife Photography Basics Rev 1

 

 

Summer 2014 Newsletter

•July 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Summer 2014 Photography Newsletter

 

Snowy Glow

Snowy Glow

 

 

Mother’s Milk for Breakfast

•July 8, 2014 • 3 Comments

One of many amazing wildlife events that we experienced on a recent trip to Glacier National Park was watching and photographing a mother moose feeding her days-old calves. The calves could barely reach the breakfast table.

Mothers Milk Breakfast Video

 

Moose Milk for Breakfast

Moose Milk for Breakfast

 

We returned every morning for 3 days to watch the moose family. One morning while stretching to reach mother moose for breakfast a calf fell into the stream. The poor thing struggled to climb onto the steep bank but fell back a few times. My friend Bob was ready to jump in to lift the 25 pound calf out of the swift current. Fortunately, nature came to the rescue and the calf climbed out to safety.

Climbing Out

Climbing Out

 

I was relived that I did not have to jump in and save Bob!

Watch the video:

Moose Calf Climbs to Safety Video

 

Denver to Glacier Photo Collection

 

 

 

Denver to Glacier National Park

•June 26, 2014 • 3 Comments

Four National Parks in 11 days. A photographic road trip with my friend and fellow photographer Bob Karcz driving from Denver to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Glacier and Waterton Lakes (Alberta, Canada) National Parks.

Photographic opportunities included wild horses, black bear cubs, a wolf on an elk carcass, grebes, nursing moose calves, cinnamon black bear cub, coyote pups and majestic mountain vistas.

Swiftcurrent Creek at Sunrise, Glacier National Park, Montana

 

Hungry Wolf

Hungry Wolf, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 

Denver to Glacier (and Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Waterton Lakes) National Park Image Collection

 

 

Website: www.RichardSeeleyPhotography.com

Stock Photo Site: www.RichardSeeleyStock.Photoshelter.com

 

 

 
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