Why I Live in Montana

When I tell people i live in Montana and i usally get a wide range of responses. The most common of those responses is something like, “that’s so cool!” Others are more like, “doesn’t that make photography a little difficult?” Both statements are true. Of course somedays the shooting is just a no brainer. Take last Friday for instance.

Friday afternoon we had high wind warnings and high winds they were indeed. The clouds were those great whispy clouds that you can do so much with. I was driving along I-90 and saw them. Immediately I went storm chasing. I only had a little over an hour to find a good spot, so I went west and found a decent spot, the problem was that spot was on top of a hill. Photography is always about sacrifice, so i ran up that hill with two lenses and a camera body, you can see my truck there at the bottom, got to the top and in every direction was a gorgeous Montana sunset that I’ve come to love. The high ground made it easier to avoid the some of the houses and power lines that were around. The sunset lasted a good 50 minutes before slowly fading away.

I was doing a 360 trying to capture everything I could. You can see the east of the Bridger’s in the background, there’s still snow on that side. It was a rare sunset, one that i haven’t seen in sometime. Despite being tired when I got to the top of the hill, the shoot was more than worth it.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, 24-70 AF-S F/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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