A dozen best photos of 2014
A candid shot by my friend Keith Crowley he grabbed of me as I was walking up to photograph a moose. Keith’s face lit up like a christmas tree when he this crusty old photographer walking his way all geared up with the colors of autumn behind.
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2014 was a big year, I finished and published my first book, “The Grand Teton Photography and Field Guide”, in February. Writing and the mechanics of publishing really put a kibosh on January and February photography, but all a part of the ebb and flow of a photographer’s job. It ain’t all photography!
April brought some nice grizzly encounters and in May I was hired to give a couple of power point presentations in Naples Italy which turned out to be a photographer’s feast.
June through October I was busy, busy, busy leading photography and wildlife tours, my busiest and most successful year yet. October and November were reserved for a cancer extraction that was a great success. December provided the sub-zero cold snap that failed to bless us in 2013. Sub-zero photography is like no other and I love it.
2015 is stacking up to possibly be as productive as 2014, life is good.
Stormy Sky, Atrani, Italy. This was a challenging photo because the clear sky on the right was terribly bright, the rest of the photo was dark as it was just before sunrise. I kept blowing out the right part of the photo. I was shooting with a 3-stop split field neutral density filter but it wasn’t enough to subdue the bright spot. As luck would have it I hadn’t thrown away a scratched 3-stop neutral density filter so I threw it on for a total of 6-stops. This put much more drama into the thunder clouds and tamed the wildly bright spot of the photo. This wasn’t the last time I doubled up my neutral density filters. Atrani is a village on the Amalfi Coast.
Glowing Grizzly Bear, Grand Teton National Park. This is a cub of famous grizzly sow 399. I love shooting critters when there is falling snow, a spotlight from a hole in the clouds is icing on the cake.
Church at Val di Funnes in Dolomite Mountains, South Tyrol, Italy. The jagged peaks of the Olde Range tower over the valley. The Dolomites are actually seven mountain ranges of the same region and given the opportunity I would love to spend months of years shooting them. Someday in the future I hope to lead photography tours here.
Running mustangs, McCullough Peaks, Cody Wyoming, the Absaroka Mountains tower in the background. There is something about running mustangs that screams “wild and free” that many of us identify with.
Mountain Goat, Hidden Lake, Bearhat Mountain, Glacier National Park. I get lots of goats at home but in Glacier National Park I also can add some fantastic landscape to my mountain goat shots.
Thunder Storm sunset, mammatus clouds, Palisades Reservoir, Snake River Range, Swan Valley, Idaho. One evening an epic storm rolled into Swan Valley where I live. I figured if I drove down the the west side of the storm I could get some great storm shots as after 6PM the low light provides awesome opportunity for rainbows and and trapped light under storm clouds. As I drove west/northwest al the traffic on highway 26 was pulled over off the road because of heavy hail and near zero visibility – I drove on. I shot the storm until sunset and braving the storm was well worth it. We rarely get storms the pretty, I’m glad I was home for this one.
Singing into the sunset, country recording artist, Jason Michael Carroll, in concert in Naples Italy. Is this one of my best photos of the year, I don’t know but it is one of my favorites because I never have the opportunity to get backstage at the venues of major recording artists. This was certainly out of my genre, but it is always fun to push our limits and comfort zones of what we do.
Thunderstorm, Sunrise, Grand Tetons, Oxbow Bend, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I am fortunate because I am able to get to this spot dozens of times per year., this though was an exceptional moment. I didn’t have a tour so I was right on my shutter button when this momentary beam of light shot through a short lived hole in the eastern clouds. Most of us who were set up to shoot that morning thought it might be a grey morning, but hope springs eternal. Did I ever mention how I love thunderstorms.
Standing Grizzly and two cubs. This is a grizzly sow known as Quad Mom, she roams around northwest Yellowstone. I was fortunate all three stood up to take a look around. I was on my way to Bozeman to pick up a group of tour guests, I which I could have found this family for the tour later, but Quad Mom failed me. That said, that June tour my guests saw 19 other bears during their 6 days with me.
Red Fox, falling snow, Grand Teton National Park. This fox and a few of it’s family members put on quite a show for awhile, the light overcast of February as perfect lighting of a foxes winter coat.
Mt. Sinopah, sunrise, red boat, Two Medicine Lake, reflection, Glacier National Park. My private summer tour to Glacier National Park produced many wonderful landscape and wildlife photos, I can’t wait to get back up there. I love it when people leave red boats around for photo fodder.
Grizzly Bear #760, (Jim Bear) Grand Teton National Park. This isn’t one of my best of 2014 but it is one of my favorites. Wyoming Game and Fish in cooperation with the United Sates Fish and Wildlife Service conspired to kill Jim Bear in October for no good reason at all, Jim Bear had become inconvenient for them because of his tolerance of people. It is more important to keep traffic moving than to accommodate endangered species. So long Jim Bear.
Oops, forgot my favorite, lets make this a bakers dozen
Tall ship leaving Almafi Coast at Atrani Italy. What are the chances of finding the largest, fastest 5 masted schooner in the world in such an ancient landscape. Serendipity smiled upon me big time when the Royal Clipper chose to be sailing the Amalfi Coast at the same time I was photographing it 🙂