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.

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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.

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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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