Archives for September 2011

Yellowstone Fall Splendor

I love fall in Yellowstone. The grasses and trees have begun to turn warm shades of yellow, orange and red which is a beautiful setting for wildlife. The elk are in their prime and look great in the grasses. I left West Yellowstone in time to get to a location that I had selected the night before for first light and sure enough, the same bull was there with his harem. I moved into a place where the light would be good when they rose. They were laying down when I arrived but the cows got up and began grazing and as they got farther from the bull he began bugling and rose to follow them stopping at the river for a drink before crossing…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

Once he reached the other side he began bugling again and followed the cows into the forest disappearing from sight…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

It was a great start to the morning and I packed up and headed on. My plan was to drive the upper loop to see what I could find. As I was crossing the center road I passed a forest area where the underbrush was all turning and backlit making it glow. A lot of people don’t care for backlit subjects but, fall color is one that I prefer backlit to front or sidelight to capture that glow…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II

I continued along the loop turning north towards Dunraven Pass and Tower Falls. It was getting later in the day and the light was poor and the wildlife most likely hunkered down in the shade somewhere. I kept going stopping along the way to enjoy the view. Once I made it to Mammoth I headed to a spot where I had heard there were Pica to try my luck. The photo gods were smiling as they not only produced a Pica for me but it was a very tolerant little guy who let me get within frame filling distance while he posed on the lichen covered rocks…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and TC-14E II

I was able to make both loops in the two days I have been in the park and feel like I have a good plan for the upcoming week. I know where the bears and wolves are being spotted now we just need to be there at the right time for all the elements to come together…good subject, good setting and good light. That can be a real challenge. I’m looking forward facing the challenge with my group this week and coming away with some wonderful images for our efforts. Stay tuned.

Nikon Announces…

The new 1 System…

Key points are:

* The new Nikon 1 system is a revolutionary system, built from the ground up – Engineered specifically to strike the balance of performance, intuitive simplicity and portable design to enable users to capture and share their world like never before. This system is a platform for the future and targeted towards the expressive user who is connected to their world socially. The new 1 Mount is fully electronic, allowing for amazing speed and response
* High Speed AF CMOS Sensor – New 10.1 megapixel CX-format High Speed AF CMOS sensor engineered for this new system to deliver amazing image quality. Overall, it is one of the major components attributing to the optimally balanced package which was engineered to deliver the ultimate balance of portable form factor and image quality
* New EXPEED 3 image processing engine – Dual core image processor helps drive amazing performance and speed
* The Nikon 1 system has the worlds fastest AF – the cameras use a new advanced hybrid autofocus system that enables fast AF with 73 focus points. The advanced hybrid autofocus system combines phase detection AF, which enables faster focusing and superior subject tracking performance with moving subjects, while contrast-detect AF performs well in low-light conditions
* Fast continuous shot – Users can also shoot at 10 fps, while frame after frame the full adaptive AF system will yield sharp photos. It also has the worlds fastest full resolution continuous shooting speed at 60 fps (AF locked)
* Motion Snapshot – By selecting the Motion Snapshot icon from the command dial at the back of the camera, consumers can capture fleeting moments with staggering depth and emotion like never before.
* Works in conjunction with bundled Short Movie Creator Software and my Picturetown
* Smart Photo Selector – When a “can’t miss” photo opportunity arises, users can switch to the Smart Photo Selector mode which uses the camera’s pre-cache to start shooting and storing images. All of these images are analyzed within the camera, and the best photo is selected based on a number of factors including exposure, composition, focus and advanced facial recognition

For more information visit Nikon USA
And to order your today call Euguene at Competitive Camera (800) 688-0211 and tell him I sent you. He’ll take good care of you.

Fall + Yellowstone = Rut!

It’s the time of year in Yellowstone when the bull elk are at their prime. They are strutting their stuff, rounding up a harem of cow elk and pausing to pose for a photo now and then. (OK, they don’t really pose for a photograph but they sure do strike some nice poses)…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and 1.4X

The girls are ready to gather but, not quite ready to make babies yet so, the bull gets pretty worked up thrashing in the grass to release some pent up energy and providing some great action…

Nikon D3S with AF-S 500mm f4 VR and 1.4X

I’m in Yellowstone scouting for this weeks Excellent Adventure. Stay tuned.

How Perfect Is This

OnOne just announced their new suite of software…Perfect Photo Suite 6…and it rocks! I was fortunate enough to get a preview of the new software recently and had to bite my tongue to keep from spilling the beans too soon. Now it’s been announced and will ship soon! The suite includes:

Seven Award-Winning Products in the Perfect Photo Suite
1 NEW Perfect Effects 3 – the next generation of PhotoTools with over 300 effects
2 NEW Perfect Portrait 1 – simply powerful portrait retouching
3 NEW Perfect Mask 5 – the next generation of Mask Pro
4 NEW Perfect Layers 2 – combine photos for endless creative options
5 Perfect Resize 7 Pro – the new version of Genuine Fractals for image enlargement
6 PhotoFrame 4.6 Pro – creative borders, edges & album layouts
7 FocalPoint 2 – for instant bokeh and realistic blur

To learn more and to pre-order your copy go here. Order early and save!!!