Wildlife Wednesday

Photograph of Bison in Colorado. Image Colorado Wildlife Photography
Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver

I love photographing the Bison at Rocky Mountain Arsenal. This shot was from the summer of 2019.

I’ve been out to get more shots this winter but anyone who knows about RMA, it’s often a hit and miss situation. Some days the buffalo are in a good position, other days they are 2,000 yards away and you just can’t get no satisfaction.

For winter shots, I normally like to wait until the tail end of a snow storm before I venture out. Something about snow covered buffalo photos that buyers find more interesting.

One of the opportunities RMA provides is the chance to get a prairie shot with mountain peaks in the background. This particular day worked out well.

Enjoy your day folks.

Train Tuesday

Steam Locomotive on the Georgetown Loop Narrow Gauge Railroad - Image Colorado
Georgetown Loop NGRR – Vintage Railroad Steam Train With an Autumn Backdrop

Train Tuesday.

Today’s photo is from the Georgetown Loop Narrow Gauge RR in Georgetown, Colorado.

For several years, I was hosting photography tours of the heritage railroad and it was a lot of fun. Met many new friends and got to know quite a few of the folks working at the RR.

I need to get out and do more rail photography. Been working the Durango & Silverton NGRR for the past couple of years. Colorado is ripe with steam rail history. As a kid, I was a model railroader and many of the trains in Colorado were represented in my basement HO gauge layout.

Have a great day.

Moose Monday

Moose Monday. Photograph of moose in a lake. Image Colorado.
Moose gathering in a northern Colorado lake at sunrise.

Happy Moose Monday!

February isn’t the best month of the year for photographing moose. As a matter of fact it is pretty much a useless month. The moose have dropped their antlers, the lakes are all frozen and where they live is fairly difficult to get to unless you own a helicopter.

That leaves me with having to dig through the archives while I dream of warmer days.

Here’s a quick little photography hint for you landscape and wildlife photographers.

If you take a photography class or attend a workshop, the instructor will probably remind you that your camera will work just fine if you orient it in the portrait perspective. You know, narrow left-right, taller top-bottom. I’ve pointed this out myself many times to students.

Here’s a little fact though. If you are trying to sell your photos, images orientated in a landscape perspective sell better by at least 10 to 1. I sell occasional portrait framed images (like today’s photo), but over 90% of the images I sell are wider rather than taller.

I still do those portrait aspect compositions though. They are better for magazine and book sales, which aren’t really a staple of my work, but it’s always a good idea to cover all your bases.