I’ve been home for two hectic weeks now wanted to share with you some new stuff I did during my 2 weeks in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons! I’ve been fortunate to have visited both parks numerous times over the years, but this year I had a vision of trying to capture some of the iconic locations with a twist! Over the years I have been there many times but the clouds don’t usually cooperate. I got up in NJ at 4am to catch my flight and when I arrived in Jackson Hole airport that afternoon I was greeted with unseasonable warm weather and peak fall colors! I headed off to the grocery store to stock up and after checking the weather forecast for the evening knew that I would be in for a long night! In all the years I have been going I usually only get a few opportunities for the night photography and in most cases…..only a few hours. The forecast was calling for 5 straight days of clear nights! While this would usually be disappointing news for daytime photography, I couldn’t believe my luck as I set out specifically for night-time shooting! Needless to say, I didn’t go to sleep that night and went to bed around 7am the next day. 27 hours of no sleep was well worth it as that night I covered many of the normal day time stops with not another soul around!
I’m sure many of you have been to the barns on Mormon Row….elbow to elbow with other photographers so you can appreciate what a treat it was to be at the barn all alone able to explore different compositions that you aren’t able to because of the usual crowds.
As I headed up to Yellowstone driving through the spectacular colors and forests another project popped into my head; how do I capture the essence of them? Of course Denise Ippolito and Susan Candelario immediately came to mind and I decided to take a page out of their book and try my hand at tree blurs. No, that is not a typo….Roman was doing blurs during this trip and I have done them in previous years but this time instead of being an afterthought for me I really tried to focus my attention as to what drew me into the many scenes that I was driving by. I enjoyed exploring places of the park that intrigued me all this years but I had always passed by because I wasn’t able to see the image hiding in there so when all was said and done……I had over 2000 images when I returned home and both Denise and Susan were behind the inspiration. Many of you may not be aware but back in my short-lived college career I went to art school for graphic design. They are responsible for re-awakened the artist in me that has been dormant way too long. Check out Denise’s and Susan’s websites if you want more proof!
I would also take the time now to congratulate Denise Ippolito for her highly honored image in Natures Best Photography magazine. Wooooo Hooooo!!!
Below are a few examples of what I was working on but I also want to give a special shout out to Jacki Dickert who has also been a big influence…..although she may not be aware of it!