Long Lens Black and White

There are many ways to capture a great black and white image when it comes to landscapes, but one of my favorites has always been to use a long lens. Trying to capture everything you see in the viewfinder can lead to extra elements that might not be worth having but using a long lens can isolate good elements that are stronger. The treelines on the mountainside were far more important to me than the mountain itself which is why I used the 600f4 to isolate the trees.

 

A Little Light Goes A Long Ways

There isn’t always a great deal of light showing, sometimes it’s just a spotlight. In the years I’ve lived in Bozeman I’ve noticed that there are plenty of times when we get cloud banks out to the west and you wouldn’t think there would be any light at sunset but then a hole opens up and just a sliver comes through and that’s enough to add some drama to the Bridger Mountains. This was one of those moments that I captured with the 200-400 VRII.

Looking Forward

Looking back certainly was dramatic but looking forward was even more so! I’ve driven the road up through the Horseshoe Hills towards Helena many times on my way to the Missouri River but I have never seen the skies as dramatic as this past weekend. When high winds are gusting, the storm clouds are moving about like crazy and can lead to some really amazing photo opps.

Looking Back

It’s always important to have a camera with you when you’re out and about. I always carry one when I go out fishing not just because I take pictures of fish but in case something comes up where I really need to stop and take a picture. Driving home the other day from the river the storm clouds were amazing! With the high gusts, the clouds were moving fast revealing pockets of light in between sessions of pure darkness. It was really cool! I pulled over, grabbed the Z50 and took a couple of clicks.

Remember to Reset Your Actions

 

Yep, it’s that time of the year again where you need to reset your blog actions and the copyright on your site if you have components that have the year 2019 attached to it. For me, it’s the plugin Digimarc which applies an invisible watermark in my photos. Every year that plugin has to be changed to have the current year in it. Actions are very easy to change and should be done regularly as the equipment and skills you acquire grow.

 

Some Evenings You Just Need a Camera

It still amazes me how some evenings in Bozeman the skies just erupt in color and after all the years I’ve lived here, those same skies can surprise me. I saw the little bit of light coming through to the east and figured it would be a dramatic night but you just never know by how much. With the Z50 and 16-50 f/3.5-f6.3, I walked up the lane towards the Bridgers and to my great surprise, the mountains were lit likely nothing else. This was just a simple click and then finished in Adobe Camera Raw.

Winter Wonderland

How much snow is needed for a wonderland? It kind of amazes me how so many people haven’t experienced snow or haven’t had a snowy Christmas. In my little world, it’s a perfectly normal thing that occurs every year without fail. Sure, each year it’s different and the amount of snow that falls changes but for the most part it’s there. I guess the point I’m getting at is that it is important to take advantage of the snow opportunities as they present themselves because you never know what the next year will hold.

His Last Victory

The world of aviation is filled with its hero’s but some certainly do stand out more than others. One of those men is Richard Bong, who flew P-38 Lightnings in the Pacific Theater. He was a natural-born flyer and took every chance he could get to be in the skies. He considered his gunnery inaccurate so he got as close as he could to his target in order to score as much damage as possible. With his tactics and skill, he became the highest-scoring American fighter pilot in WWII. By December 17th, 1944, he had racked up his 40th aerial victory. It would also be his last.

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