Well officially it is spring but when I wrote this post it was actually snowing so it’s hard to believe that it truly is spring. That typically is how it goes in the mountains. The weather doesn’t usually cooperate with the calendar which tends to make things interesting. A lot of the area is still covered in snow so right now is a great time to work on the intermediate season images, where you see the snow but life is popping through.
Snow is a challenge for most as it provides a blank canvas that can be overwhelming or very soothing. A lot of it actually depends on the snow quality. This particular area over by Hebgen Lake actually has some pretty intact snow which makes for a much cleaner graphic element. Clean snow always looks better then dirty snow and I don’t just mean color. Footprints can be interesting but too many makes it look dirty, especially when you go to finish it in post. Now is a great time to experiment with these patches but remember to be careful as much has melted away leaving holes and unstable surfaces in certain spots.
May has been one very interesting month flying across the country and the weather has been more then interesting over the last month. Spring time in Montana has always been one of my favorite times of the year because of the great thunderstorms we get. Memorial Weekend was very wet as we had rain throughout the whole weekend but occasionally there was some openings in the clouds that yielded some nice images.
These were taken with the D4 and 70-200 VRII out of my apartment window. When having to work between projects having those great little areas that you can shoot out of is great. It’s also kind of fun to just pick up the camera without having to think or strategize and just shoot.
It still amazes me how fast the weather can change here in Montana. After the huge storm that we had last weekend, it almost feels like spring this weekend. All that snow that came in has already melted away in the valley and the grass is starting to show. The flocks of Geese are moving through more often and sounds of birds chirping away is a welcome greeting in the mornings. Spring is slowly starting to come our way.
With Spring on its way, now is a good time to start looking at possible areas for bird photography. For those of you that live in big migratory areas then you know it’s important to be checking on the reports and mapping out possible locations to for shooting. Just the other day I was out cruising, not really going anywhere but luckily found a new area with great Cattails and a good pond. It’s somewhere new with just a handful of Mallards but given some time it might turn out to be a good spot to go back to. Pre-planning is a really important with wildlife photography. Knowing when and where the critters “should be” helps increase those odds of getting that shot.
As I was sitting in my office this past weekend working on a couple of things I watched storm clouds continuously move about the area. No great thunderheads or any real drama but enough for enjoyment sake. It got me thinking about great places to watch these clouds and I remembered a spot I stopped at on one of my drives home. This is outside Salt Lake City. Well coming back one day from California this great thunderhead appeared over the mountains and it was just awesome. It stuck around all evening all the way into the twilight. It occurred to me afterward how no matter where you are in Utah there always seems to be great clouds. Maybe it’s just my luck or maybe not. But something about Spring time down there is magical.
In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 24-70 AF-S f/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film