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.

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.

Intermittent Snowstorms

I’ve spent a lot of time in the winter, both indoors and outdoors, and I know that going out with the camera gear can be a little daunting. I mean you have to go out in the cold, leave the nice warm indoors, potentially get all your camera gear wet and who wants to do that? Well, there are some great opportunities in the snow but one of my favorite ones comes in between the storms. Snowstorms tend to have really dramatic clouds but then it’s also really dark so the drama can get lost. In between the storms can bring in new light which can make those storm clouds just pop not to mention the landscape.

Playing with the Z50

That’s right I have a mirrorless camera now and it is the Nikon Z50 with a 16-35mm lens. I will admit at first I really wasn’t sure about this little camera, it felt small, it had an electronic viewfinder, it sounds waaaaay different, so many things are just different. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it came to the ease of taking photos and the quality that resulted from the photos. I still have more testing to do but I’ll be sure to keep talking about the camera as weeks go on.

It Just Takes One Rock

I spend a lot of time on the river, mostly with a flyrod, looking at the water and trying to find that right spot. You see shots like these everywhere of really blurry water with an anchor somewhere to fix your eye on. That’s fine, every photographer should have one of those photos in their library. Just make it a good one. Look hard for that spot that has a good current, the right color, some character, a good anchor that is bright, vibrant and catches your eye. Really try and find that awesome blurry water shot. It takes time to find it but that’s why we become photographers, for the journey.

Image Captured with Nikon D5, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Black and White Icebergs

It’s not really Fall anymore but it’s not technically Winter yet either. They say it’s going to be another year of record cold temps just like the last couple have been. Considering that Spring was late and Fall was skipped, I’m thinking that might be a pretty accurate guess. The temps are still staying above freezing which is keeping moving bodies of water unfrozen but the snow and ice that form on top of the rocks in the creeks are creating some interesting icebergs. These chunks of snow are great for black and whites. Simple natural elements, the darks of the water and the lights of the snow make for some fun shooting opportunities.

Image Captured with Nikon D5, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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