•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:
And one reflected in the waters in Dalvik, Iceland:
•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:
•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
•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
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.
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
•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, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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