First day of DLWS Bozeman

I got a bit behind on blogging lately, tis the inevitable result of being distracted by other projects. We’re back up here in Montana for DLWS Bozeman, which has been a long time awaited event by much of the staff. Friday and Saturday was good’ol scout day where we went to a Hyalite canyon which goes along a creek and up to a reservoir. Up top is also a path that goes to a waterfall that i have yet been too. Along the way we stopped at different pullouts looking for “the right spot.” We found one that works great and had a beautiful rapid to work with. Had to climb down a slippery embankment but no breaking of bones occurred.

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Yesterday was the official start and it was a little soggy one at that. We headed up Hyalite Canyon for the first morning shoot, going against the wind and rain. The weather report said snow above 6000ft, we hoped the pullout was the high up. As we got closer it looked like we would be wet the whole time, well we were, but after about ten minutes at the local we had snow. Big wet flakes that went splat against us and our equipment. Working with snow has always been fun, but can be dangerous. Wet roads and slippery rocks made for a cautious scenario. Thankfully no one was hurt and everyone experienced the beginning of a Montana winter.

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The afternoon was at the one place that has always driven me nuts, the stockyard. This place has kicked my ass more times than i care to admit and it did once again. The challenge for me has always been finding a shot that is a good example of what the place is. It is an old factory sitting next to a cattle stockyard. The buildings aren’t in use anymore and frankly aren’t in the best of shape. With the nice storm coming through the focus, at least for myself, was the contrast between the snow and the structures. This particular metal warehouse had a tree still in fall color beside it and green fringes around the doors and roofs. The appeal was there but what i saw wasn’t quite the result the came of it. The wind picking up moving the leafs and blowing away the snow didn’t help either.

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Images captured with D3, AF-S Nikkor 70-200 Vr, AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f4, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

New alleys in old towns


This morning i awoke to skies filled with dark clouds and the potential for snow, hurray! But alas the skies cleared and no snow came, boooo! There was of course a silver lining, I was able to go out to one of the local spots that is great for shooting here in old Bozeman. The light was great and the subjects were not moving, always a plus. I played around with patterns and color, and nothing like the door of an old barn to do that with.


What fun is it to play with color then to play with lack of color? Black and White is always fun with those lovely decrepide old buildings. It amazes me still how something as simple as getting closer can drastically change the image. For instance this building above and the tree below. Same door and same tree, different perspectives.


This door reminds of some scary movie where you walk by and the door creaks open and the wind gives a slight cold breeze across your face. You hear a noise but you don’t know where it came from, so you decide to go into the door to see if the noise came from inside but you don’t want to go all the way in. The darkness creeps up all around you and your throat kind of closes tightly. You go in and then boom!….. a hand grabs your shoulder and you can’t get free. It forces you into that absolute darkness as the door creaks shut behind you. Lol good times, gooood times.

Images captured with D70, 17-55 AF-S Zoom, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

The stockyard of Bozeman


The first day of DLWS is over however unfortunate it was to miss the morning shoot, the evening shoot turned out to make up for that loss. We went to an stockyard in the older part of Bozeman. Old buildings filled the area.


The bricks just seemed to stick out more for me more than anything else.

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