Nikon Firmware Updates

I frequently check Thom Hogan’s web site for news about Nikon cameras. He does a pretty good job of keeping Nikon owners abreast of what’s happening.

Thom’s Article on Nikon Updates (D800, 810, D7100, D7200, others)

Nikon has firmware updates available for some of the older cameras to make them compatible with the AF-P lenses. Thom’s site explains the problems and fixes.

End of the Month

I have quite a bit of Stock Photography on the micro-stock web sites. After 11 years in business, I’ve accumulated an extensive catalog of wildlife and landscape images.

Some stock agencies calculate sales payments to photographers at the end of the month and if the total sales add up to a certain value, the photographer gets paid.

I always find it amusing when my total for the month approaches the minimum payout amount. Occasionally, I’ll have like $99.45 in sales and it’s the last day of the month.  I need one more sale to push it over $100 and get that check for the month to me.

Well, this month is no different. I got to the point that I needed one more sale to get me over the hump for February.

Here’s that sale….

Shiras Moose – Northern Colorado

Earning paydays, one moose at a time.

The Conclusion of Deer Photography Season

Seasonal cycles.

I consider October through February my primary season to photograph deer in Colorado. My first choice for locating both mule deer and white-tailed deer is Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, though I have other locations along Colorado’s front range that I visit as well.

In Colorado, mating season is over, the bucks have begun dropping their antlers and I’ve wrapped up my seasonal deer photography for 2017-18.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite deer photographs from the past few months.

I’ll spare you the flowery descriptions and camera settings.

It’s all about the photos.
Thanks for visiting.

Photographic Cycles of Life – Pt II

Great Blue Heron by Gary Gray
Great Blue Heron

It’s that time of year. The time of year when the Great Blue Heron begin showing up at the tree by the lake near me.

The lake is still frozen for the most part and this one Blue Heron has claimed a spot amongst the available nests.

The rest should begin filling in by mid-March.

Life With Doobie, an African Hunting Dog Puppy

Doobie’s Bone Pile

Doobie gathers logs from the firewood and creates a bone-pile in our back yard. At 8 months of age, he has slowly increased the size of the simulated bones.

If he were in Africa amongst his pack, this would probably be where the carcass of a gazelle or something was laying half eaten.

Doobie Adds to the Pile

As you can see, he’s finding the good stuff in the firewood. He will carry a log as heavy as he can manage. I’ve seen him drag them from time to time.

Doobie’s Previous Pile of Bones

We try to keep Doobie’s bone-pile picked up. We don’t want him chewing on the sticks but it’s almost impossible to stop.  We hope to teach him to bring this stuff to us for the fireplace.

It’s hit and miss at the moment.

Photographic Cycles of Life

Bison Photo by Gary Gray
American Bison

For the past month or so, I’ve been concentrating on photographing Bison in a Winter environment. Photos of Buffalo covered in snow sell, plain and simple.

As I’ve grown older I’ve moved away from an active 9 to 5 type of existence into a more laissez faire approach to life in general.

I’m no longer interested in getting a “big job.” I’ve stopped photographing weddings and events. I’m more interested in finding the images that make me happy and the financial side is more or less secondary now that my wife is retired and I’m semi-retired. I don’t need the income to make ends meet and that probably is the driving force behind my approach. Man has to eat.

These days, I have been taking a seasonal approach to my photography. Living in Colorado affords me opportunities for wildlife and landscape work all year long and I find myself drifting from prime-time subject to prime-time subject for everything Colorado has to offer.

Right now. I want more Buffalo.

Other Reads

A very good read this article on Fstoppers by Danette Chappell

Photography and the Addiction to Compliments, Praise, and Positive Criticism

One reason I’m moving my internet photography away from Facebook and to the open internet.

There is a lot more truth on the Internet than you think. One just has to read beyond the headlines and sometimes connect the dots.

Facebook is an artificial environment. Yeah, I use it every day I’m around it, I keep people entertained with my latest brain farts, but the photography?

Facebook is unfulfilling for this photographer. I don’t care about likes. I care about good photographs. I post too many photos with the intention of getting likes. I don’t show you much of the strange stuff on Facebook because when I do, nobody likes it.

Every so often, I feel I have the change my mindset. Mental cleansing. Cerebral enema, purge the Facebook red meat from my photographic colon.

Crude but effective.

Art isn’t always pretty.

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Random Act of Doobie

Doobie by Gary Gray
Doobie fetches firewood during the recent snow storm

How does one come up with a viable blog post each day?

I’ll begin with familiar things. Not necessarily familiar to you, but a present fixture in my life. If you’ve followed my blogging on Facebook, you’ll know about our new family pet, Doobie.

For the uninitiated, Doobie is an 8 month old Besenji mix rescue dog. We got him in November to fill the holes in our hearts from the loss of our previous two dogs earlier in the year.

Like all pet owners on the internet, I too will subject you to photographs of my current best pal, Doobie. He’s quite a character (aren’t they all?) and we are in the process of training him to bring us firewood. I’d say we are about 65% there.

Trending on Wednesday

Train photography by Gary Gray
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, LaVeta, Colorado

A day of melting snow and dealing with Amazon for another Amazon Prime fouled up order.

Amazon Prime.  I signed up for a year last Summer, mainly to get free 2-day shipping. Well, the shipping turns out to be free but it’s seldom 2 day, more often 5 or 6 depending on the day of the week.

My recommendation, avoid it. It’s not worth the money.

Other than that, things are well here in the foothills of Denver.

Doobie has discovered that he can get to any horizontal surface in the kitchen. Trudy found him gobbling down the last of a box of danish this morning. No matter what you do, they always act like dogs. Doobie is a chow hound.

I’m plotting out a bit of Railroad photography for this year. I need fresh stuff man.

My Efforts Have Paid Off

I’ve managed to gather web server stats for my internet pages for enough time to actually determine how well my strategy to increase my internet exposure is paying off.

Well, I’m happy to report that my overall web traffic since moving the photography solely to the Internet and away from Facebook has resulted in increased web traffic, over 50% on one page and close to 30% on my other pages combined over last year’s daily averages. Considering the fact that those pages had been well indexed and running quite consistently for years, that large a jump is exactly what I was hoping for.

For my friends from Facebook, thanks for sticking with me after the jump.