Eastern Shoshone Indian Days: 2015 Pow-Wow and Events.

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54th Annual Event Held at Ft. Washakie in NW Wyoming.

Evening Entry

Grand Entrance: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8 at 16 mm, 1/50 at f/11, Aperture priority Mode, 1/3 EV,  ISO 1250, SB 910 Strobe, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

The sounds of the drums, singers, bells, and jingles, combined with the movement of the dancers and their regalia will likely leave a lasting impression on any viewer. During a Grand Entrance, hundreds of colorfully clad dancers of all ages spiral their way into the large pavilion. Words, and even photos simply can’t do justice to the actual experience. Gatherings like the 56th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days celebrate Native American’s heritage and culture.

The Powwow, & Indian Rodeo & Relay Races were held at Ft. Washakie, WY over the three days and nights of June 26-28, 2015.  Click Here for a Google Map of the area.

The Pow-Wow at Ft. Washakie is roughly 140 miles from downtown Jackson. A similar Pow-Wow is held each year at Ft. Hall in eastern Idaho—also roughly 140 miles from Jackson. That event will be held August 6-9 in 2015. It is even larger than the Ft. Washakie event. Crow Fair 2015 – will be held August 12-17 at Crow Agency, MT.

Hand Drum Competition

Hand Drums and Singers: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 150 mm, 1/160 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -1 2/3 EV,  ISO 900, SB 910 Strobe, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Besides the Grand Entrances and dance competitions, the Ft. Washakie event included an Indian Rodeo and Relay Races. I didn’t make it to those events, however the announcer at the pavilion made it sound like the events were action packed and memorable. Saturday morning was filled with foot races for all ages, stick ball games, arrow toss, and a tug of war in numerous age groups. While some participants were from the Fort Washakie area, others traveled from long distances to be part of the event. The “hand drum” competition, shown in the photo above,  was spread out over several days.

Color Guard

Grand Entrance Color Guard: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 86 mm, 1/500 at f/2.8, Manual Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 800, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Princess and Queen

Princess and Queen: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 200 mm, 1/250 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -1 2/3 EV,  ISO 1250, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Traditional Dancers

Traditional Dancers: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 420 mm, 1/200 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -1 2/3 EV,  ISO 1250, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Grand Entrance

Grand Entrance: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8 at 14 mm, 1/800 at f/13, Shutter priority Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

This shot should give a reasonable idea of the size and scale of pavilion or arbor. I asked how many dancers there were and about the only response I could get was “over 200″. I’d guess considerably more than that. It took roughly 30 minutes to stream everyone into the grassy pavilion. I was standing in the shade of the pavilion, with an occasional light breeze to keep me somewhat cool. The participants in the afternoon Grand Entrance were actively dancing in the 93°F baking sun with their full regalia. (Click this image to see it larger).

“Indian Time”: That’s a term I heard the announcer use. He was referring to the fact the Saturday afternoon Grand Entrance was scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM, but it didn’t actually begin until 1:35 PM. The 7:00 PM evening Grand Entrance began at roughly 7:30 PM, too.

Elder with Warbonnet

Elder with Warbonnet: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 350 mm, 1/1000 at f/9, Manual Mode, -1 1/3 EV,  ISO 140, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Warbonnets

Warbonnets: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 280 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Manual Mode, -2 EV,  ISO 100, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Young Dancer

Young Dancer: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 280 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -1 1/3 EV,  ISO 140, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

One Sharp

One Sharp: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 280 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Manual Mode, -2 EV,  ISO 100, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

B&W

Black and White: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 460 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -1 1/3 EV,  ISO 160, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Young Chief Washakie and Fan

Little Chief Washakie: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 320 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Manual Mode, -2 EV,  ISO 125, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

This a great, great grandson of Chief Washakie. The original Chief Washakie was famous on many levels. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:

“Nearby Crowheart Butte was the site of a battle between the Crow and Shoshone American Indian tribes in 1866. According to legend, following a five-day battle for rights to the hunting grounds in the Wind River Range, Chief Washakie of the Shoshone and Chief Big Robber of the Crow agreed to a duel, with the winner gaining the rights to the Wind River hunting grounds. Chief Washakie eventually prevailed, but he was so impressed with the courage of his opponent, that rather than scalp him, he instead cut out his heart and placed it on the end of his lance.”

Two Dancers

Two Dancers:

Fancy Dancer

Fancy Dancer: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 200 mm, 1/640 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -2 2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Blurred Fancy Dancer

Blurred Fancy Dancer: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 500 mm, 1/30 at f/32, Manual Mode, -1 1/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Blurred Fancy Dancer

Blurred Fancy Dancer 2: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 400 mm, 1/30 at f/32, Manual Mode, -1 1/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Comments about the Fancy Dancers: There aren’t many square inches left on these dancer’s regalia not covered with some sort of motion generating element. The biggest challenge is to get even a small portion of their face in the shot. Their actions are fast and unpredictable, so I shot a lot on each subject. I also slowed the shutter down to 1/30th or 1/40th second. 1/10th was way too slow! I chose to include a few with a hint of a face, but I also came home with hundreds of very interesting abstract motion shots with just swirls of colors, ribbons and feathers. There were lots of possibilities.

Blurred Fancy Dancer

Dancer with Eagle Feather Fan: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 350 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -1 1/3 EV,  ISO 160, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Pow-Wow

Pow-Wow Elders: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 250 mm, 1/100 at f/5.6, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 1600, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Young Dancers

Young Dancers: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 150 mm, 1/30 at f/5, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 1600, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Little Dancer

Tiny Dancer: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 380 mm, 1/100 at f/6, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 1600, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

All Ages: I couldn’t help notice the age groups—from barely walking to the elderly—and a good showing of every age in between.

Fancy Dancer

Fancy Dancer: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 300 mm, 1/320 at f/5.6, Manual Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 3200, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Elder

Evening Ceremony: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 320 mm, 1/160 at f/5.6, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 1600, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Young Dancer

Young Dancer: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 450 mm, 1/80 at f/6, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 1600, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

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 Traditional Women’s Competition: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 450 mm, 1/125 at f/6, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 1600, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Details

Detail Shot of Back of a Traditional Women’s Dress: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 350 mm, 1/320 at f/6, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 3200, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Double Eagle Feather Bustle

Double Eagle Feather Bustle: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 150 mm, 1/400 at f/5, Manual Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 3200, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

Rosette

Beaded Rosette: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -2 2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©2015 Mike R. Jackson, All Rights Reserved

PhotographerPhotography Notes: This Pow-Wow seemed more “forgiving” to photographers than the Fort Hall Pow-Wow I’ve attended a few times in prior years. As long as cameras are pointed to the inside of the pavilion or arbor, no one seemed to be concerned. A couple of photographers were actually allowed to be inside the dance area. I don’t believe that would be allowed at Fort Hall. Images on this page were picked from roughly 2100 I took that day. I ran them through a few quick adjustment steps in Lightroom before posting them here. Light was harsh and constrasty during the afternoon Grand Entrance. The evening Grand Entrance was held at about the exact time the sun was trying to set behind a dark storm cloud. The pavilion lights came on at some point, so getting consistent, accurate color was a challenge left to Lightroom. I could probably tweak some of these a little more. I used an on camera Nikon SB 910 strobe for most of the late evening shots. For all shots, I used a heavy duty tripod. I chose to use the Tamron 150-600mm lens to get the extra reach for the close-ups. I shot almost all of the images “wide open” to attempt to blur out as much of the clutter as possible.

I didn’t get model releases on any of the images, so they are essentially suited only for images for this blog. Beware: besides my copyrights, if you were to use (steal) any of these images for a painting or any other purpose, you might also get a letter from a tribal lawyer. They are rumored to aggressively police images like this.

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June 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH:

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A monthly journal of wildlife reports, scenic opportunities, and tidbits for both photographers and Teton visitors!

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Check out the June Overview!

Monthly Overviews for JH / GTNP . Get a quick look at 12 months side by side.

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One-On-One Excursions Openings: I have an opening available for late June and a couple of openings for mid/late July. The trips are designed to help people learn to use their DSLR cameras and help photographers find some of GTNP’s nice shooting locations. Click the link for more information. (Golden Era Studios / Mike R. Jackson is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service and the National Elk Refuge.) The Snake River is still flowing high and fast, but it is now starting to clear. If you are a fisherman/photographer, you might enjoy this trip:  Hybrid Photography & Fly Fishing Trips in GTNP

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June 25, 2015 :

Saddle Detail

Saddle Details: Last night, I met a couple for some late evening / night photography at the Moulton Barns. (4 Hr. Excursion).  The shot above shows the normal exposure on the left, then the same shot augmented with some warm light on a three second exposure. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

John Moulton Barn

John Moulton Barn: The last time I took a similar shot, we were in the “new moon” cycle and the ambient light was much darker. Last night, we had a moon with about half coverage. It helped light some of the distant buildings and clouds, while I lit the close elements with a 2 million candle power flashlight. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Night Sky

Night Sky: Again, the moon helped light the clouds and snow on the peaks. At this time of the year, the Big Dipper is standing upright for the typical shooting times. Near the top of the image, you can see the four stars that make up the dipper portion and one of the handle stars. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

If you like night photography, check out this earlier Feature Post: While Most People Were Sleeping.

At 5:00 am yesterday, I was waking up in Yellowstone and at Midnight I was driving home from the mini-workshop. It was a long, yet productive day!

Noon Time at GTNP

Noon Time at GTNP: To illustrate this article in the JH News and Guide Story: Yellowstone visitors numbers are up sharply, I stopped on my way out of GTNP at noon yesterday to get a shot of tourists heading into GTNP . I counted roughly 15 cars in each of the two middle lanes plus the group on the far right—and there were more driving into the line as I was taking the shot. Note: The drive from the town of Jackson to either Fishing Bridge or Old Faithful is 100 miles. You have to allow close to three hours to make the 100 drive at a maximum speed of 45 mph once you are in the parks. Nikon D4 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

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June 24, 2015 :

Back From Yellowstone: I had planned on returning late last night, but ended up staying in the Fishing Bridge RV Park and sleeping in my van. Photos are downloading as I make this short post.

Grizzly Cub on a Log

Grizzly Cub on a Log: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Resting COY

Resting Grizzly Cub of the Year: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Standing Grizzly Cub

Standing Grizzly Cub: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Grizzlies

Grizzlies on the Move: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Grizzly Cubs Nursing

Grizzly Cubs Nursing: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Nursing

Nursing Time: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Up and Alert

Up and Alert: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 23, 2015 :

Day Trip to Yellowstone: I packed the van Monday night in order to head north early Tuesday and spend one of the longest summer days in Yellowstone. JH News and Guide Story: Yellowstone visitors numbers are up sharply:  The visitor count at Yellowstone National Park so far this year is running far ahead of the pace of 2014, which saw the second-largest number …” Looks like I get to add to the numbers.

Lewis River

Lewis River:

Mule Deer

Mule Deer:

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June 22, 2015 :

Photographer

Photographer: A common sight along Antelope Flats Road right now. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Yellow Wildflowers

Yellow Wildflowers: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Flower Patchwork

Flower Patchwork: Taken along Mormon Row. The road has been closed recently, but is open now. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Pronghorns

Pronghorns: Taken along Mormon Row. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Great Gray In Pines

Great Gray In Pines: Besides the park, GGOs are seen along Fish Creek Road and Fall Creek Road near Wilson.  Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mother Moose

Mother Moose: (June 18) This moose has two calves and has been hanging around the Moose Visitor’s Center. The two babies were bedded down the day I saw her. I didn’t hang around long enough to see them, but maybe someday soon. Another moose with one baby has been seen off and on along the Moose-Wilson Road. I hear of quite a few cows with calves along the road to Teton Village and in the Wilson area. Watch for moose cows and calves just about anywhere there are low willows, good cover, and water, including Schwabacher Landing, Willow Flats, Pacific Creek, Buffalo Fork and Gros Ventre river bottoms, and Blacktail Butte Overlook. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mormon Row: There’s a lot of activity along Mormon Row right now, especially near the Chambers Homestead. Youth Conservation ProgramGrand Teton National Park volunteers are cleaning up the area, repairing fences and so forth. Last week, a crew replaced some decaying roofs on some of the smaller buildings and sheds. Another group of volunteers will be working on the TA Moulton Barn and other structures in July and August. There are survey stakes along the east side of the road for a pathway and improvements for parking— plus a restroom.

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June 21, 2015 : The Summer Solstice : Father’s Day

Great Gray Owl in Aspens

Great Gray Owl in Aspens: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush: I’ve only seen a few of them so far, but should be more prominent soon.  Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

TODAY! RaptorFest JH: June 21, 2015 – 1-5pm in Wilson, WY. Get portrait shots of many of the birds of prey and learn about the center’s efforts to save and rehabilitate wounded birds.

Father's Day Sunset

Father’s Day Sunset: Taken near Moose Junction. Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200 mm lens.

My Wife and I made a quick trip north and had late lunch at the Pizzeria at Leek’s Marina. At the time, it was windy and light was flat so I didn’t take many photos. We didn’t see any bears at Oxbow or Willow Flats, nor along Pacific Creek Road.  The fox kits at Beaver Creek were apparently under the porch when we went by. We saw a few elk in the distance at Willow Flats. The same clouds turned nice colors at sunset.

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June 20, 2015

Weather Channel

The Sun and Moon: At one time, I included sunrise and sunset hours on the daily entries for this blog. Recently, I figured the information is so readily available, I was wasting time and space. All you have to do is click on the Weather Link in the navigation on the right on computers or near the bottom on small devices. Above is a screen grab from a few minutes ago showing all the information I used to supply, plus twilight data. This page explains the three types of twilight to accompany the screen grab above.  What exactly is twilight? | EarthSky.Org

Here’s an entry from 2013: “December 21, 2013  | 7:00 AM: 18°F : Sunrise 7:52 AM, Sunset 4:50 PM :  High Temp Forecast 23°F.” At this time of the year, I have to get up at roughly 4:15 am to be at a good location for sunrise—or even earlier for Alpenglow.  Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice – or the longest day of the year. Worth noting! Days will begin to get shorter until the Winter Solstice in December.

Upcoming Plans?  If you are planning a trip to the region, here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Cody, WY: Cody Museum and Pow-Wow . Held over Father’s Day weekend.
  • Jackson, WY: 4th of July Parade & Fireworks: Saturday, 4th of July
  • Driggs, ID: Celebrate America, large fireworks display: Saturday 4th of July
  • Driggs, ID: Hot Air Balloon Festival, early mornings July 02 – July 05
  • West Yellowstone, MT: Smoking Waters Mtn. Man Rendezvous: July 31-August 9
  • Ft. Washakie, 56th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days:, Powwow, & Indian Rodeo & Relay Races: Jun 26, 2015 – Jun 28
  • Pinedale, WY: Green River Rendezvous Days: July 9-12, 2015 : Parade, Trader’s Row, Mountain Man Museum, Pageant
JH NEWS & GUIDE: Refuge Road is getting $2.5 million renovation  Watch for construction and delays.

TOMORROW! RaptorFest JH: June 21, 2015 – 1-5pm in Wilson, WY. Get portrait shots of many of the birds of prey and learn about the center’s efforts to save and rehabilitate wounded birds.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: Yep…I know I broke the “rule of odds” (1, 2, 3, 5 subjects). Still, I liked the back lit flowers and the propeller shaped leaves on the left one. Worth a shot anyway! Balsam Root flowers are dwindling, but other similar yellow flowers are taking their place. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Sticky Geraniums

Sticky Geraniums are fairly common valley wide now. Also look for purple Penstemon. I’ve seen quite a few along the Moose-Wilson Road and are usually found near the visitor’s center and marina at Colter Bay. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

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June 19, 2015

Night Time Barn

Night Time Barn: I stayed out last night and did a little more light painting. The waxing crescent moon had already cleared the west side of the valley. Venus is seen in the upper left. I was standing on the road with my flashlight, slightly south of the barn and triggered the camera from around 100′ with a remote RFN4s. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Milky Way

Milky Way: After the “blue light period”, I switched to the West side of the John Moulton barn and did a three image pano group. I stitched them together in Lightroon CC. The barn was lit with a small LED panel with an orange plastic sheet to neutralize the blue of the LED lights.

Great Gray Owl
Great Gray Owl: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.
Bull Elk
Bull Elk: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 18, 2015

MooseCow

Moose Cow: I found this sleek cow and a yearling calf crossing the Moose-Wilson Road this morning. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Loose End Images:

Buck in Flowers

Washakie: This is the first set of shots of Washakie I’ve taken this year. He was along the Gros Ventre River last night. The little specks are mosquitoes, mayflies, and caddis flies hovering around once the wind died down. The bulls will continue to grow their velvet covered antlers throughout July and August and begin stripping them in early September. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Washakie's Detail

Washakie? This is a tight crop of the previously cropped image taken at ISO 2800 in the evening shadows. It shows the two split ears and scars on his muzzle. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Sunset

Sunset: Skies look promising for a fiery sky last night. I waited it out, but the event turned out to be less spectacular than I had hoped. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

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Pronghorn Buck: I took this one a couple of evenings ago along the East Boundary Road, just north of Kelly. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 17, 2015

Northern Sunrise

Northern Sunrise: Taken near Snake River Overlook at first light. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Northern Fog Cover

Northern Fog Cover: Looking North towards Signal Mountain with Triangle X pastures below. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Bison Bull Sparring

Bison Bull Sparring: Taken at Elk Flats along Highway 89/191. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Summer Fox

Summer Fox: Taken near Colter Bay. I couldn’t tell if this is the Vixen or the male. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Baby Marmots

Baby Marmots: Taken on Pilgrim Creek Road. Some Marmots have adapted to building dens inside downed tree trunks instead of rock fields. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Baby Pronghorn Nursing

Baby Pronghorn Nursing: Taken along the Inner Park Road (Teton Park Road) near the Pot Holes Turnout. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Quick Retreat

Quick Retreat: A few cars starting pulling off the road. The doe quickly shuffled the little one out of the area. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 16, 2015

Clouds Over Flat Creek

Clouds Over Flat Creek: Taken across from Dairy Queen and looking North over Flat Creek. Nikon D800 and Nikon  70-200mm lens.

Just the Grand

Just the Grand: Taken from the Grand Teton Park entrance sign along Highway 89/191. Nikon D800 and Nikon  70-200mm lens.

Fog Bank and Tetons

Fog Bank and Tetons: Taken just south of Moose Junction along Highway 89/191. Nikon D800 and Nikon  70-200mm lens.

Foggy Homestead

Foggy Homestead: Taken along Antelope Flats Road. Nikon D800 and Nikon  70-200mm lens.

Arrowleaf Balsom Root

Arrowleaf Balsam Root: Taken along Angelope Flats Road. Nikon D800 and Nikon  24-70mm lens.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: Taken along Antelope Flats Road. Balsam Root flowers are still in great shape in some areas, but are past prime in others. Sticky Geraniums are mixed in now. Nikon D800 and Nikon  24-70mm lens.

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015: Adobe released new versions of their Creative Cloud Suite yesterday. Here’s a link to a group of new tutorials: Photoshop CC Tutorials From Novice to Expert. I like the new features they recently added to Lightroom CC (Lightroom 6)—especially the feature to build DNG files from stitched pano images and a single DNG file from multiple HDR shots.

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June 15, 2015

Wrangler Gear

Wrangler Gear: After the NBA basketball game, I drove out to Mormon Row for a few night shots featuring some of the western gear I have been collecting. D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens in manual focus.

The Old Barn

The Old Barn: This is the last shot I took. With the long days, I didn’t finish until 11:00 pm. I made it back home at 11:45 pm. This is a 30 second exposure at F/3.5 and ISO 640 in manual mode. D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens in manual focus.

Early Morning Aspens

Early Morning Aspens: Along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Baby Moose

Baby Moose: Taken along the Moose-Wilson Road in one of the beaver ponds. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Creekside Moose

Creekside Moose: Taken from the bridge over the Snake River at Moose Junction. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Passing Storm

Passing Storm: I keep trying to capture lightning bolts over this barn. This looked like the right kind of storm, but I didn’t capture any bolts. Nikon D800 and Nikon  70-200mm lens.

Storm Over Shadow Mountain

Storm Over Shadow Mountain: Lightning regularly strikes Shadow Mountain. If I happen to be on the mountain when I see a storm approaching, I get off the ridge line as quickly as possible. Many people pitch tents at the top, but I don’t recall ever hearing of anyone actually hit by lightning there. Nikon D800 and Nikon  70-200mm lens.

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June 14, 2015

Great Gray Owl

Great Gray Owl: Captured at the split second of take-off along the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Focused on His Landing

Focused on His Landing: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Perched

Perched: I didn’t officially keep track, but I estimate I’ve driven up and down the Moose-Wilson Road around 30-35 times in the past couple of months. The actual number could easily be 50 times. Until this morning, I’ve only had two good days of shooting. So now, I’ve had three good days out of 30-50 trips. The odds are not in our favor, but it shows up just often enough to make it worth going back once in a while. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird: After giving up on seeing the GGO again, I searched out one of the smallest Hummingbirds. This one would fly off to feed, then return to one of about 5 perches. All I had to do was focus on his landing spot and wait. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 13, 2015

$15 Pika

$15 Pika: Today, I slept late, then headed into the Park. I planned on taking the ferry boat across Jenny Lake and attempt to capture some little Pikas. The round trip ferry ride costs $15. This is the ONLY Pika image I came home with on my “Great Pika Safari”. I saw a few Pikas, but wasn’t able to get shots of them out on the rocks. It looked like this one might move out into the sun, but then pulled back into the shadows and underground. I managed to take a few other shots of other subjects, so I can’t complain. I also got a little exercise on a wonderful bluebird sky, Wyoming summer day. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Late in the Summer of 2014, I created this Feature Post: Cascade Canyon: One of the Teton’s Many Gems. Check it out for more information and photos of the area.

The Top of Hidden Falls

The Top of Hidden Falls: Anticipating shots of the Pikas, I toted the lighter Gitzo tripod, a Nikon D800, and the Tamron 150-600mm lens up the trail to Hidden Falls. I doubt many people haul that much gear up the mountain. This shot is the very top of the falls. I photographed the entire waterfall with a five shot vertical pano, but will have to process it later. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Hidden Falls Detail

Hidden Falls Detail: This is a tight section of the interior of the falls at 1/50th of a second. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bolder Field

Boulder Field: This is only a few yards from the Hidden Falls Overlook. I seem to recall the ferry pilot saying the hike from the boat dock to Hidden Falls is roughly a half mile each direction. That sounds about right to me, too. It’s not a terribly strenuous uphill hike either. Currently, the Park Service is reworking the trail from Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point, so that portion of the trail is closed. While at the bottom of the mountain, you have a choice to go left towards Hidden Falls or right to a trail to Inspiration Point. You can do both, of course. This boulder field normally has a lot of Pikas, but I guess it was just “not my day” for Pikas. Notice the bluebird skies! Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot: I saw several Marmots around and on the boulder field today. This one was closer to the falls and mostly in the shadows. While I didn’t see any today, there are a few very dark colored Marmots reported to live near the lake in this area of the park. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Chipmonk

Chipmonk: I found a comfortable spot in the boulder field and sat quietly for several hours. Luckily, there was a slight breeze and it wasn’t too hot today. This little Chipmonk came out onto a boulder and posed for a few images, then scampered back into the rocks. This what I “wanted” the Pikas to do! Last August, I made the additional climb to Inspiration Point. On that portion of the climb, I saw several Three-striped Ground Squirrels, but I’ve never seen them in the bolder fields near Hidden Falls. Keep an eye out for Pine Martens. They prey on some of the small critters like Pikas, Chipmonks, Red Squirrels, and Ground Squirrels. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bull Moose

Bull Moose: On my way out this morning, I drove down the Moose-Wilson Road to find out I had missed getting to photograph a Great Gray Owl by about 30 minutes. On the way home, I drove back to the Moose-Wilson Road. This bull was feeding on the aquatic grasses in the pond below the big overlook and making a lot of tourists very happy. This should be a very nice bull by fall. Notice most or all of his winter fur is gone. He has a beautiful new summer coat now. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Dog Rules in GTNP — Early on, I created this page: 2013 GTNP Closures and Miscellaneous Rules. In short, dogs are required to be ON A LEASH at all times if out of a vehicle….and dogs are permitted ONLY WHERE YOU CAN DRIVE a vehicle. People can walk their dogs on a leash inside the boundaries of most of the campgrounds and the rules do not pertain to service dogs. Today, I saw a couple get out of their vehicle at the big pullout on the Moose-Wilson Road and take off south along the trail at the top of the ridge. The had no leash on their Golden Lab that walked out in front of them! The trail they headed down happens to be the exact same area where the bull moose above spends some of its days.  In my experience, about half know the rules and then break them and the other half simply don’t know the rules. Unfortunately, it is also possible for people to be “in the park” on the Moose-Wilson Road and not know they are actually in the park—nor have ever been handed any kind of rules to follow.

Old Patriarch Tree: Revisiting an Old Friend: I just now added the GPS coordinates to the Old Patriarch tree and included a link for The Photographer’s Ephemeris indicating a red pin at the shooting location. You can use your scroll wheel to zoom in and out or use the slider on the left.

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June 12, 2015

Northern Saw Whet Owl

New Feature Post: Eastern Idaho Birds and Critters. This new post contains photos of owls and various waterfowl I captured on my recent weekend trip to the Mountain Man Rendezvous. This young Northern Saw Whet Owl is just one of the species of owls I found. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Curtis Canyon Vista

Curtis Canyon Vista: When I got up this morning, clouds looked very promising to the east. I went out the Elk Refuge Road and then up the Curtis Canyon Road for something different. There was a haze this morning and not that many clouds on the west side of the valley, but it was a nice experience. Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Miller House

Miller House: On the way through the National Elk Refuge, I stopped for this shot. It was taken at 6:40 am today. In the winter, first light on the same spot is at 10:40 am. I didn’t see ANY animals on the National Elk Refuge. There are survey stakes and signs indicating there is going to be road construction sometime soon. Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Flat Creek PanoFlat Creek Pano: I drove over to East Gros Ventre Butte to take this shot over the National Elk Refuge and Flat Creek. Haze was still a factor in the upper left. The Miller House complex can be seen at the top center of this image and the very edge of the town of Jackson is visible in the upper right corner. My fishing buddy used to deliver UPS shipments to the Game and Fish offices. They told him some of largest cutthroat trout in the valley are in some of the spring creek ponds on the National Elk Refuge, but no one ever gets to fish for them. (Click this image to see it much larger) Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens. Fout shots stitched in Lightroom.

Wildflower Report: Balsam Root are about “prime” in almost all areas of the park, and there is a bumper crop this year. Good concentrations are along the East Boundary Road, Antelope Flats Road and Pilgrim Creek Road. Purple Lupines are prime in many areas, including the spot next to Pilgrim Creek Road. The traditional pool of water behind them is dry this year. Scarlet Gilia is common now. Sticky Geraniums are also common.  I haven’t seen any Indian Paintbrush. There may be some Mule’s Ear mixed in here and there.

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June 11, 2015

Red Fox Kits

Red Fox Kits: I did a quick run into the park this afternoon. The six kits are still at Beaver Creek. The parents come in occasionally, but not while I was there today. I’ve been told the family of foxes near Jenny Lake has moved to a new den. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Sleeping Indian Sunset

Sleeping Indian Sunset: Taken from the observation platform along Flat Creek. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Evening Swan

Evening Swan: This Trumpeter Swan was milling around in front of the observation platform at sunset. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moose-Wilson Road is open again following a couple of days of closure. I looked for a Great Gray Owl, but didn’t see one. I had considered driving over to Antelope Flats road to see if I could photograph Bison and Pronghorns in the yellow Balsom Root flowers, but opted to come home to photograph Hummingbirds. I should have tried the flowers today. Never took a shot of the hummers.

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June 10, 2015

Balsom Root

Balsam Root: I was trying out a hand held strobe this morning. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

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Sunrise Balsam Root: Town was completely covered with thick cloud as I began driving north. Once on the valley floor, found mostly clear skies. This was taken just off Antelope Flats Road. I went to another spot and tried to capture some images for “stacking”, but that area was much too windy for that technique. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Teton Ridge Line

Teton Ridge Line: Taken from the Moose-Wilson Road. Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Broad-tailde Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird: I tore down most of my back yard bird blind today and set up for Hummingbirds. This afternoon, I noticed a few Western Tanagers and a pair of Bullock’s Orioles are still around. Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird: They are still not wanting to feed on the flowers, so I am having to photograph them as they back off the feeder. I have five Nikon strobes set up at the moment. One of them is blasting into a reflective umbrella to bounce light off the underside of their neck (gorget). Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

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June 9, 2015

 

Stormy Possibilities

Stormy Possibilities: Skies darkened this afternoon, so I headed out hoping for lightning. I was ready, but it just never happened. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Approaching Moose

Approaching Moose: This bull moose was grazing on the National Elk Refuge, allowing many people to see one from the highway. There wasn’t much light at the time, but I managed to get a few sharp ones even at slow speeds. This bull seemed to be interested in a couple of bikers riding along on the bike path. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moose in Motion

Moose in Motion: At 1/30th of a second, I panned as the moose walked by. I got lucky and ended up with a couple with sharp eyes. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 8, 2015

Sunrise

Sunrise: Taken near Lost Creek Ranch Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Teton Range

Pano at Lost Creek: First light bathed the western clouds. The top of the Grand wouldn’t clear for an hour or so, but it was still a beautiful sunrise. This was stitched from three single captures. (Click the image to see it larger) Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Just the Grand

Just the Grand: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Cunningham

Inside Cunningham Cabin: Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Elk Skull

Elk Skull: This skull is now decorating the entry at Cunningham Cabin. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Long Shadows

Long Shadows: At Cunningham Cabin Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Concentric

Concentric: Log ends at the Cunningham Cabin. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Mt. Moran

Mt. Moran: Taken along the river’s edge at Oxbow Bend. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Coyote

Coyote: Taken at the Moulton Barns. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: This shot was taken later in the day from the East boundary road. Time to go back for a morning shot! Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

This is a great time to be in the park! MJ

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June 5/6/7, 2015

Tetonia Lightning

Tetonia Lightning: Friday afternoon, I packed up the van for a quick run to Eastern Idaho. I had hopes of getting a passing storm or two with a bolt of lightning. Got it. I could have stopped about anywhere for some bolts, but I was trying to put something distinctive in front of them. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Ft. Henry Rendezvous

Ft. Henry Rendezvous: I also wanted to go to the Mountain Man Rendezvous near Rexburg, ID. Did it! If you are reading this post on Sunday morning, the Rendezvous continues through this afternoon. Click the link for more information and a map: Fort Henry Rendezvous Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl: When heading out to Idaho on Friday, I had high hopes of finding some different kinds of owls and critters. On the list were Long-eared Owls, Short-eared Owls, Burrowing Owls, Horned Owls and some waterfowl. Got them! Well…I didn’t get any shots of the Burrowing Owls, but instead found a Northern Saw Whet Owl. That was a good trade off! Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit: I was up very early on Saturday and was out looking for owls and critters. I took this one just as there were hints of light on the ridge line. I also managed to capture a few images of a big, healthy porcupine. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Swan Valley School House:

Swan Valley School House: Eastern Idaho has lots of barns, buildings, railroads, and industrial looking grain elevators and silos. With the moody skies, I took quite a few shots on my short trip. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

I’m back at home today, Sunday, and will try to create a set of three Feature Posts since the subject matter is so distinctly different and I have so many shots of each one. Now’s a great time to sign up to follow this blog! You’ll get an email notification when I make the individual posts.

I’ve got a One-on-One Photography Excursion tomorrow, so I’ll probably make a quick reconnaissance run into the park today. Check back!

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June 5, 2015

Summer Office

Summer Office: I am hoping to make a quick little “tour” of Eastern Idaho later today and over the weekend. I had to sit down and write out a few checks and take care of loose ends. I paid the checks from my “summer office” on the back deck, where I also got to watch the birds and other small critters.

Blind

View From the Deck: The “blind” is actually a grill gazebo I bought at Wal-Mart a few years ago. It has since been re-tarped with camouflage tarps from K-Mart. When taking photos of the birds, I am normally about 10-12 feet from them. The area on the far left is where I take the shots of the Hummingbirds. The light stands for the strobes are currently inside the blind, but they are usually set up at the most active feeder. It was one of the more pleasant bill paying sessions I’ve had in a long time!

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June 4, 2015

Today is another “one man band” day! I licensed a couple of photos to two different companies and had to fill out usage agreements, W-9s, invoices, prepare the actual files and upload them to DropBox. It can take a lot of time, but I can’t complain! One will be on the front cover of a magazine and the other will be used for an investment firm’s corporate identity. Another image was recently licensed as part of a TV commercial.  A couple of months ago I licensed an image for a kid’s game app.

Acrobatic Waxwing

Hummers: Last evening, my wife and I were sitting out on the deck just before dark. Hummingbirds were coming to feeders regularly. This afternoon, I will set up all the strobes and be ready for the little elusive rascals if they show up again! Cedar Waxwings: I’ve been hearing and seeing a few Cedar Waxwings around the edges of my back yard. They appear to be interested in coming into the yard. I went to one of the local, independent grocery stores and came home with a nice box of throw-away fruit. I have a nice platform set up full of the open fruit. All it takes is one or two to go to a feeder and I could have Waxwings for several weeks. The Cedar Waxwing image above is one of my favorite shots from last year. Western Tanagers are still visiting the back yard. In a few of the previous years, I’ve had 30 or males visible at one time. This year, I normally only see three or four on any given day.

Western Tanager

Western Tanager: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens

Hummer

Hummer: I set up the strobes late in the evening, then sat back for the Hummingbird show. Much like last evening, I had a steady parade of miniature birds. Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Hummer and Flowers

Hummer and Penstemon Flowers: Penstemon grows wild in several areas of the park. Watch for them around the Colter Bay marina. Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Gorget

Iridescent Gorget: If a male hummingbird turns at just the right angle, his gorget catches light and reflects back to the camera. I’ve been experimenting with ways to light it up. Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole:Late evening light. 1/160th second, F/6.3 and ISO 3200.  Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens

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June 3, 2015

Moon Over the Snake River

Moon Over the Snake River: I had to get up EARLY for this shot. It was taken near the confluence of the Buffalo Fork River and the Snake with a Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Moon Over Pacific Creek

Moon Over Pacific Creek: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moon over the Grand

Grand and the Setting Moon: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lupines

Purple Lupines: Taken near Pilgrim Creek Road. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak: Female. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak: Male. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker: Males have the orange patch on their cheeks. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 2, 2015

Hummer

Hummer: It was overcast this morning…great for back yard bird photography. Hummingbirds seem to come around more often early and late in the day, and during overcast periods. Despite my best offerings, my current cast of tiny characters prefer the easy to get sugar water in the feeders over the Columbine and Fuschia flowers. They like Crocosmia and Bee Balm, but those plants flower later in the summer. This image was shot with a Nikon D800 and a Nikon 200-400mm—set up specifically for the Hummers. The D4 and Tamron 150-600mm are set up on another tripod for the other birds.

Tanager

Western Tanager: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Dang! I know there are fox kits, coyote pups, young grizzlies, and baby moose around the valley, yet I have some wonderful subjects coming to my back yard here in town. I look forward to them all Winter and early Spring. I opted to stay home today and try to capture them. I’ll include several of them here today, but may eventually move them to a Feature Post with a lot of the Spring/Summer birds.

Soaked Flicker: This female had apparently just left the creek from her morning bath. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird: Female Cowbirds don’t have a lot of color and are easy to overlook. This one paused in front of some colorful leaves and prompted me to snap off a few shots. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird: Two Catbirds are visiting my yard regularly now. The toughest part of photographing a Catbird is getting the rusty orange undertail covert feathers in the shot. Bird Topography. Gray Catbirds were common on Sanibel Island earlier in the year. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Robin

American Robin: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Eurasian-collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Nutcrackers

Clark’s Nutcrackers: Today, at least two different families of Nutcrackers spent the morning in my yard. Parents still feed the begging fledglings.  Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Nutcrackers

Clark’s Nutcrackers: The babies are almost the same size as the adults and can fly adeptly, but are still learning to find their own food. Two families can be quite noisy! Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 1, 2015

Beginning of the Month! Watch for current photos and comments throughout June! Expect vivid green grass and trees, blooming wildflowers, and plenty of changing weather to start out the month.

Kit Foxes

Red Fox “Kits” captured with a Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

JH News & Guide: “Critter Closures Scattered Around Park” – This article lists some of the current dens in GTNP.

For at least the first few days of June, you might want to review May 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH: The page is loaded with photos and info!

Sunset Pano

Sunset Pano: Technically, this is a May 2015 photo. I stayed out late last evening hoping to get a good sunset shot and didn’t walk through the doors until well past dark. This image was created using a total of nine captures. There were three sets of bracketed shots consisting of three images each. The resulting “HDR” components were then merged into a single panoramic image, resulting in one new DNG file. Until Lightroom CC2015 (Lightroom 6), the steps to make an image like this required Photoshop. The original images were captured on a Nikon D800 using a Nikon 24-70 lens. At 35mpx per image, this kind of shot taxes my computer system. While I was standing around taking the shots, a group of pronghorns strolled by, a coyote crossed nearby, and a prairie falcon flew overhead.

Upcoming: I am working on a rewrite of the original Tamron 150-600mm lens page. I originally wrote it within the first week of receiving the lens and was more of a “first impressions” page than the lens deserves. I am also working on a new Feature Post about “Critters”. If you haven’t signed up to follow this blog, now’s a great time!

One-On-One Excursions Openings: I have a couple of openings available for June. I believe it will be a great month for photography! Click the link for more information.

Fr. Henry Rendezvous

Fort Henry Rendezvous: The web site says the Rendezvous happens over the first full week of June. I am fairly certain it begins today. The camp is located a few miles outside Rexburgh, ID. This is a shot from last year.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole: How about a blast of June 1 color? Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch: I’ve been seeing a few Goldfinches along the Moose-Wilson Road lately. This male visited my back yard this morning. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird: So far this year, I have seen Broad-tailed and Calliope Hummingbirds in my back yard, but no Rufous Hummingbirds. This one was captured with the aid of a few strobes. Nikon 800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Stormy Skies

Stormy Skies: I headed out late in the afternoon hoping to capture a few lightning bolts. I didn’t get the bolts, but I found plenty of moody clouds.

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Quick Day (and a half) Trip to Yellowstone: June 23

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Planned as a day trip…but it ended up being a day and a half!

If nothing more than just a change of pace, I like to do an occasional “quick trip” into Yellowstone each year. It is impossible to see everything in Yellowstone in one day, so I usually just pick a quadrant and stay there. I had been hearing of a Grizzly sow appearing with two cubs of the year in the Mary Bay area. Since I don’t have many shots of baby grizzlies, I decided to head to that area for this trip.

Black Bear

Ironically, I found this big black bear while I was still in the Tetons as I was on my way to photograph bears in Yellowstone. This bear was near Arizona Island picnic area. It was still very early with little light, so I decided to continue north. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lewis Falls

Lewis Falls: Unless I stop to photograph Moose Falls on Crawfish Creek, this is often my first stop in Yellowstone. I jumped out and took this quick shot—handheld. It would be easy to spend an entire morning at Moose Falls and Lewis Falls, and if I did so, I’d set up with my tripod and take shots at various locations and distances along with two or three different lenses. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lewis River

Lewis River: This shot was taken a few minutes after the falls shot, looking south towards Jackson Hole. I keep hoping to see a big bull moose grazing there, but never see one. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lewis Lake

Lewis Lake: I saw this group of rocks along the shore of Lewis Lake. Something about it caught my eye and prompted me to snap off a shot or two. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

White Pelican

White Pelican: I stopped at Pelican Creek to get this early morning shot. It was feeding on grasses under the surface. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake: Morning light makes about any scene more appealing. This one was taken across the road from the Pelican. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer in Velvet: Normally at this time of the year, there are a few Dusky Grouse at the top of Lake View Overlook near the Nine Mile pullout on the east side of Yellowstone Lake. I didn’t see the grouse, but found a buck Mule Deer. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer: This is the same buck as it headed on up the side of the mountain. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Grizzly Family

Grizzly Family: Not long after photographing the Mule Deer, this family of Grizzlies rambled off the slope to the east. I took quite a few photos at this spot and again along the main highway. Nikon D4 and Tamron 70-200mm lens.

Nursing

Nursing Grizzlies: I could have—and possibly should have stayed at Nine Mile Pullout all day to attempt to get more shots of the bears. While considering my day trip into Yellowstone, I put going over Dunraven Pass to Roosevelt Junction on my wish list of things to do. Tourists had been reporting seeing a few different Black Bear sows with cubs in the Yellowstone Picnic Area (sometimes called Little America). The Grizzly trio bedded down and appeared to be content, so I decided to go farther north as “planned”. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bison Jam

Bison Jam: The maximum speed limit anywhere in Yellowstone Park is 45 mph. It takes a while to get from point A to point B on a slow day in the park. A lone Bison can cause quite a large jam about anywhere, so I know to allow extra time to move around the park. This is a record year for tourism in Yellowstone, too. This Bison was near Pelican Creek. I had stopped to look at a large Coyote, but didn’t get any shots of it. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Resting Rams

Resting Rams: At Little American / Yellowstone Picnic Area, these two Bighorn Rams were causing a big traffic jam. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black Bear Sow

Black Bear Sow: This bear was also in the same area, compounding the congestion. She had two cubs of the year in a large pine tree nearby. I would have liked to have seen the three together, but I didn’t stay. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Evening Skies

Evening Skies: There are several rock outcroppings like this just east of Little America. I stopped because of the interesting sky and the overlapping planes of hillsides. Bison cows and babies were nearby, but not in this scene. Someday, I need to go back and see if I was “fooled” by the horizon line in the distance, or if the trees are actually leaning to the right. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lamar Bison

Lamar Bison: If you want to see American Bison, the Lamar valley is the place to be. There are what seems like thousands in the valley. It would be easy to stay only in the Lamar Valley and fill card after card with images of bison grazing, crossing rivers, and interacting. This group was bedded down at the time. They are relatively docile this time of the year, but get very active during he rut in August. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Bison Head

Bison Head: With a telephoto lens, it’s possible to get this shot in many areas of the park. I drove on out to Trout Lake and asked a few people if they had seen River Otters at Trout Lake. With no positive sightings, I decided to head on into Silvergate and Cook City to look around. Time to head on back to the Grizzly Bear location on Yellowstone Lake! Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Sow In Flowers

Grizzly Sow in Evening Light: I made it back to the morning location in time for a dozen shots with the bear still in the evening light. I’d have been there sooner except for the half dozen people that stopped in the middle of the road to take their shots of bison, foxes, and pronghorns while others had to wait and traffic build. It happens much too often, but there’s not much anyone can do about it. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Resting COY

Loose Ends: I could have stopped for many for shooting opportunities—both landscapes and wildlife. I didn’t see owls or eagles, but I saw numerous other raptors. A fox was near Mud Volcano, but traffic was just in the process of unsnarling after one of the “stop in the middle of the road” tourists. After this late evening shot of the Grizzly sow, I was not too excited about leaving Yellowstone as planned. As I was driving by the RV Campground at Fishing Bridge, I noticed an unexpected “Vacancy” sign. An omen? I did a U-turn and paid $55 to sleep in my van legally. Great investment! I was up early, then found the trio of bears for a wonderful morning shoot. Some of those shots are on the June 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH: for June 24. I ended up driving just over 400 miles on my day and a half trip. The photos on this page are a cross-section of what I saw. I might have better shots in the folders and I could probably improve on most of them if I could be there a week or longer. As far as Grizzly Bears are concerned, I managed to take a few nice keepers and fill in some holes in my catalog of images. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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Eastern Idaho Birds and Critters:

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Different Terrain and Additional Species

Menan Buttes

Eastern Idaho consists mostly of rural farm land and sagebrush covered flats. Rivers like the Henry’s Fork, South Fork, Teton River, flow through the region. Menan Buttes, seen here, are just north of Idaho Falls. Mixed in, Idaho set aside numerous refuges and wildlife preserves including Camas – National Wildlife Refuge,  Market Lake Wildlife Management Area, and numerous other Wildlife Management Areas. Click the link for a complete list. While the Jackson Hole area and Eastern Idaho areas share many of the same animal species, a few additional species are more common there than here. If you are driving through the area—either coming or leaving JH—or if you just want a different look at the region, check out some of the other possibilities! Nikon D4 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese: Young goslings can swim soon after birth, but cannot fly for a while. At any danger, they move from the banks to the channels of water. Idaho typically warms sooner than the Teton area and some species nest earlier. Canada Geese are commonly seen along Flat Creek here in the Tetons. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owls are Common to both areas. I haven’s seen many this year in our area, but I’ve heard of a few random sightings. A pair raised some owlets in the Gros Ventre Campground a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t find them this year. They can occasionally be seen in the trees near the Gros Ventre and along the Moose-Wilson Road. I’ve also seen them as Schwabacher Landing. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Yellow-headed Blackbirds can be found in numerous areas of Jackson Hole, including the ponds just north of the Visitor’s Center and in the South Park Elk Feed Ground. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Porcupine

Porcupines live in both areas, but are not easy to spot in the dense trees they prefer. They feed mostly at night and hunker down most of the day. I’ve seen a few along the road to the Shane Cabin this year. Farmers and ranchers typically kill them outside the parks. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Night Heron

Night Heron: I don’t recall ever hearing anyone saying they’ve seen a Night Heron here in the JH area. When I was on Sanibel Island, I photographed similar looking Yellow-crested Night Herons. Interestingly, I saw quite a few in both places feeding in bright sunlight. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck: Last fall, I saw a male Ruddy Duck along Flat Creek, but his baby blue bill was turning brown at the time. I’ve seen a few of them at Christian Pond across from the Jackson Lake Lodge. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Jack Rabbit

Jackrabbit: Cottontails and Shoe Shoe Hairs are more common in the JH area than Jackrabbits. With that said, I spent a lot of last winter looking for Snow Shoe Hairs and never found one. I am not sure if that’s because they are scarce or if it’s because they blend in with the snow. Jackrabbits are also common east and south of our region. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl: I’ve never seen a Long-eared Owl in the Tetons, but I’ve heard reports of people seeing them in Yellowstone. They are very elusive and live in thick cover. It’s easy to walk right under one without ever seeing it, only to have it spook and fly to a different tree. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl: This shot illustrates again why they are so difficult to spot. While this one is fluffed out slightly, they tighten their feathers to make themselves much slimmer when they feel any sort of threat or pressure. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl: I’ve never photographed a Short-eared Owl until this recent trip. In fact, I’d never even seen one! They hunt very early and very late in the day and tend to stay either on the ground or on low perches and mounds. I captured this one within the first 10 or 15 minutes of morning light. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron: I’ve seen these magnificent birds at Schwabacher Landing, along Flat Creek, along the Moose-Wilson Road and a few other random areas of the Park. They were also common on our trip to Sanibel Island.  Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Northern Saw Whet Owl

Northern Saw Whet Owl: This is a young fledgling. Cindy Johnson, an Eastern Idaho photographer, showed me it’s location or I would have definitely never seen it. It was in dense cover, but wasn’t at all concerned about our presence. I’ve heard of people spotting them in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Parting Shot of a Flock of Geese

Parting Shot of a Flock of Geese: I have to wonder how well each of these goslings know to find their specific parents once they get jumbled up like this. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Other Birds: I was only in Eastern Idaho for a few hours one Friday afternoon and again the next morning before heading to the Fort Henry Mountain Man Rendezvous 2015: While I was in “wildlife mode” I was mostly interested in photographing owls, so I didn’t have much of a chance to focus on any of the other birds in the area. I saw both Eastern and Western Kingbirds, at least one Norther Shrike, lots of White-faced Ibis, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, White Pelicans, and numerous other species of waterfowl—many of which I couldn’t have identified at the time. Maybe another day! I also spent some time trying to find some Burrowing Owls. With the sandy soil, they are more common there than here, but I was told many of the babies in the area didn’t survive the heavy rains that flooded their dens this year.

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June 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH:

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A monthly journal of wildlife reports, scenic opportunities, and tidbits for both photographers and Teton visitors!

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Monthly Overviews for JH / GTNP . Get a quick look at 12 months side by side.

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June 8, 2015

Sunrise

Sunrise: Taken near Lost Creek Ranch

Teton Range

Pano at Lost Creek: First light bathed the western clouds. The top of the Grand wouldn’t clear for an hour or so, but it was still a beautiful sunrise. This was stitched from three single captures. (Click the image to see it larger)

Just the Grand

Just the Grand:

Cunningham

Inside Cunningham Cabin:

Elk Skull

Elk Skull: This skull is now decorating the entry at Cunningham Cabin.

Long Shadows

Long Shadows: At Cunningham Cabin

Concentric

Concentric: Log ends at the Cunningham Cabin.

Mt. Moran

Mt. Moran: Taken along the river’s edge at Oxbow Bend.

Coyote

Coyote: Taken at the Moulton Barns.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers: This shot was taken later in the day from the East boundary road. Time to go back for a morning shot!

This is a great time to be in the park! MJ

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June 5/6/7, 2015

Tetonia Lightning

Tetonia Lightning: Friday afternoon, I packed up the van for a quick run to Eastern Idaho. I had hopes of getting a passing storm or two with a bolt of lightning. Got it. I could have stopped about anywhere for some bolts, but I was trying to put something distinctive in front of them. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Ft. Henry Rendezvous

Ft. Henry Rendezvous: I also wanted to go to the Mountain Man Rendezvous near Rexburg, ID. Did it! If you are reading this post on Sunday morning, the Rendezvous continues through this afternoon. Click the link for more information and a map: Fort Henry Rendezvous Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl: When heading out to Idaho on Friday, I had high hopes of finding some different kinds of owls and critters. On the list were Long-eared Owls, Short-eared Owls, Burrowing Owls, Horned Owls and some waterfowl. Got them! Well…I didn’t get any shots of the Burrowing Owls, but instead found a Northern Saw Whet Owl. That was a good trade off! Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit: I was up very early on Saturday and was out looking for owls and critters. I took this one just as there were hints of light on the ridge line. I also managed to capture a few images of a big, healthy porcupine. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Swan Valley School House:

Swan Valley School House: Eastern Idaho has lots of barns, buildings, railroads, and industrial looking grain elevators and silos. With the moody skies, I took quite a few shots on my short trip. Nikon D4 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

I’m back at home today, Sunday, and will try to create a set of three Feature Posts since the subject matter is so distinctly different and I have so many shots of each one. Now’s a great time to sign up to follow this blog! You’ll get an email notification when I make the individual posts.

I’ve got a One-on-One Photography Excursion tomorrow, so I’ll probably make a quick reconnaissance run into the park today. Check back!

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June 5, 2015

Summer Office

Summer Office: I am hoping to make a quick little “tour” of Eastern Idaho later today and over the weekend. I had to sit down and write out a few checks and take care of loose ends. I paid the checks from my “summer office” on the back deck, where I also got to watch the birds and other small critters.

Blind

View From the Deck: The “blind” is actually a grill gazebo I bought at Wal-Mart a few years ago. It has since been re-tarped with camouflage tarps from K-Mart. When taking photos of the birds, I am normally about 10-12 feet from them. The area on the far left is where I take the shots of the Hummingbirds. The light stands for the strobes are currently inside the blind, but they are usually set up at the most active feeder. It was one of the more pleasant bill paying sessions I’ve had in a long time!

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June 4, 2015

Today is another “one man band” day! I licensed a couple of photos to two different companies and had to fill out usage agreements, W-9s, invoices, prepare the actual files and upload them to DropBox. It can take a lot of time, but I can’t complain! One will be on the front cover of a magazine and the other will be used for an investment firm’s corporate identity. Another image was recently licensed as part of a TV commercial.  A couple of months ago I licensed an image for a kid’s game app.

Acrobatic Waxwing

Hummers: Last evening, my wife and I were sitting out on the deck just before dark. Hummingbirds were coming to feeders regularly. This afternoon, I will set up all the strobes and be ready for the little elusive rascals if they show up again! Cedar Waxwings: I’ve been hearing and seeing a few Cedar Waxwings around the edges of my back yard. They appear to be interested in coming into the yard. I went to one of the local, independent grocery stores and came home with a nice box of throw-away fruit. I have a nice platform set up full of the open fruit. All it takes is one or two to go to a feeder and I could have Waxwings for several weeks. The Cedar Waxwing image above is one of my favorite shots from last year. Western Tanagers are still visiting the back yard. In a few of the previous years, I’ve had 30 or males visible at one time. This year, I normally only see three or four on any given day.

Western Tanager

Western Tanager: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens

Hummer

Hummer: I set up the strobes late in the evening, then sat back for the Hummingbird show. Much like last evening, I had a steady parade of miniature birds. Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Hummer and Flowers

Hummer and Penstemon Flowers: Penstemon grows wild in several areas of the park. Watch for them around the Colter Bay marina. Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Gorget

Iridescent Gorget: If a male hummingbird turns at just the right angle, his gorget catches light and reflects back to the camera. I’ve been experimenting with ways to light it up. Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole:Late evening light. 1/160th second, F/6.3 and ISO 3200.  Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens

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June 3, 2015

Moon Over the Snake River

Moon Over the Snake River: I had to get up EARLY for this shot. It was taken near the confluence of the Buffalo Fork River and the Snake with a Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200mm lens.

Moon Over Pacific Creek

Moon Over Pacific Creek: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Moon over the Grand

Grand and the Setting Moon: Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Lupines

Purple Lupines: Taken near Pilgrim Creek Road. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak: Female. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak: Male. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker: Males have the orange patch on their cheeks. Nikon D800 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 2, 2015

Hummer

Hummer: It was overcast this morning…great for back yard bird photography. Hummingbirds seem to come around more often early and late in the day, and during overcast periods. Despite my best offerings, my current cast of tiny characters prefer the easy to get sugar water in the feeders over the Columbine and Fuschia flowers. They like Crocosmia and Bee Balm, but those plants flower later in the summer. This image was shot with a Nikon D800 and a Nikon 200-400mm—set up specifically for the Hummers. The D4 and Tamron 150-600mm are set up on another tripod for the other birds.

Tanager

Western Tanager: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Dang! I know there are fox kits, coyote pups, young grizzlies, and baby moose around the valley, yet I have some wonderful subjects coming to my back yard here in town. I look forward to them all Winter and early Spring. I opted to stay home today and try to capture them. I’ll include several of them here today, but may eventually move them to a Feature Post with a lot of the Spring/Summer birds.

 

Soaked Flicker: This female had apparently just left the creek from her morning bath. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird: Female Cowbirds don’t have a lot of color and are easy to overlook. This one paused in front of some colorful leaves and prompted me to snap off a few shots. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird: Two Catbirds are visiting my yard regularly now. The toughest part of photographing a Catbird is getting the rusty orange undertail covert feathers in the shot. Bird Topography. Gray Catbirds were common on Sanibel Island earlier in the year. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Robin

American Robin: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Eurasian-collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove: Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Nutcrackers

Clark’s Nutcrackers: Today, at least two different families of Nutcrackers spent the morning in my yard. Parents still feed the begging fledglings.  Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Nutcrackers

Clark’s Nutcrackers: The babies are almost the same size as the adults and can fly adeptly, but are still learning to find their own food. Two families can be quite noisy! Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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June 1, 2015

Beginning of the Month! Watch for current photos and comments throughout June! Expect vivid green grass and trees, blooming wildflowers, and plenty of changing weather to start out the month.

Kit Foxes

Red Fox “Kits” captured with a Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

JH News & Guide: “Critter Closures Scattered Around Park” – This article lists some of the current dens in GTNP.

For at least the first few days of June, you might want to review May 2015 Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH: The page is loaded with photos and info!

Sunset Pano

Sunset Pano: Technically, this is a May 2015 photo. I stayed out late last evening hoping to get a good sunset shot and didn’t walk through the doors until well past dark. This image was created using a total of nine captures. There were three sets of bracketed shots consisting of three images each. The resulting “HDR” components were then merged into a single panoramic image, resulting in one new DNG file. Until Lightroom CC2015 (Lightroom 6), the steps to make an image like this required Photoshop. The original images were captured on a Nikon D800 using a Nikon 24-70 lens. At 35mpx per image, this kind of shot taxes my computer system. While I was standing around taking the shots, a group of pronghorns strolled by, a coyote crossed nearby, and a prairie falcon flew overhead.

Upcoming: I am working on a rewrite of the original Tamron 150-600mm lens page. I originally wrote it within the first week of receiving the lens and was more of a “first impressions” page than the lens deserves. I am also working on a new Feature Post about “Critters”. If you haven’t signed up to follow this blog, now’s a great time!

One-On-One Excursions Openings: I have a couple of openings available for June. I believe it will be a great month for photography! Click the link for more information.

Fr. Henry Rendezvous

Fort Henry Rendezvous: The web site says the Rendezvous happens over the first full week of June. I am fairly certain it begins today. The camp is located a few miles outside Rexburgh, ID. This is a shot from last year.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole: How about a blast of June 1 color? Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch: I’ve been seeing a few Goldfinches along the Moose-Wilson Road lately. This male visited my back yard this morning. Nikon D4 and Tamron 150-600mm lens.

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird: So far this year, I have seen Broad-tailed and Calliope Hummingbirds in my back yard, but no Rufous Hummingbirds. This one was captured with the aid of a few strobes. Nikon 800 and Nikon 200-400mm lens.

Stormy Skies

Stormy Skies: I headed out late in the afternoon hoping to capture a few lightning bolts. I didn’t get the bolts, but I found plenty of moody clouds.

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Fort Henry Rendezvous 2015:

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This rendezvous is only a short distance from the historic fort location near Rexburg, ID.

The Fort Henry Buckskinners have been hosting this rendezvous for around 27 years. 2015 was the second year at the current location next to the Henry’s Fork River between Rexburg and Parker, ID. There are Mountain Man Rendezvous held now in every state of the country, however Wyoming and Idaho are where they really happened!

Ft. Henry Rendezvous

Ft. Henry Rendezvous Tents and Trader’s Row: Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens. Most rendezvous close down “to the public” at around 6:00 pm. After that time, all people in the camp are supposed to be wearing “period” clothing. They have skillet throwing contests, tug of war games, and people sit around listening to people playing banjos, guitars, and other instruments. I have “the gear” but didn’t take it with me this time. Someday I’d like to stay late and see if all of them would let me put a small flashlight in each tent, then do a shot just before it gets dark.

Earlier in the year, I created this page: An Upcoming Year of Wishes. Since then, I’ve been faithfully working my way through my list…and going to a few Rendezvous was on the list! This site is beautifully situated next to the Henry’s Fork with ample space, level land and considerable privacy. Photographically speaking, I think this is my favorite rendezvous because of missing telephone lines and fences, and the parking areas are completely out of sight. This rendezvous is held during the first full week of June.

Black Powder Shooter

Black Powder Shooter: A shooting range is part of this Rendezvous, along with an archery course, and a “hawk and knife” area. The Idaho Hawk & Knife competition is held during this rendezvous. Most shooters will allow you to take their photos. I took this one a split second after the shot and you can see a bit of the smoke and powder leaving the barrel of the gun. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Lee Fears

Lee Fears: Lee makes leather goods is always gracious to let me photograph him. Check out Hombre Leather.  For quite a few of the portrait shots, I used a Nikon SB-910 strobe, hand held to the side and controlled by a Nikon SU-800 controller. Just to make sure everything fires in the broad daylight, I added a pair of RadioPoppers. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

John Jolly

John Jolly: I’ve been seeing John and his wonderful wildlife paintings at the rendezvous for quite a few years. Without the strobe for the fill flash, this would have been a terribly difficult shot at about lunch time. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

Many Strings

Tony Messerly goes by the camp name “Many Strings”. He’s a wonderfully entertaining singer and always friendly. I took this shot from ground level and aimed up to get some of the approaching clouds. Check out Many Strings if you’re interested in picking up some of his CDs. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

Turtle Engraver

Montana Turtle: Turtle is an engraver and jeweler—working in silver and gold. I found him to be quite photogenic and very friendly. I set the strobe on a table to the right to add just a touch of light onto his face. He’s looking through a large magnifying glass as he works on an engraving. Check out Montana Turtle. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

Black Kettle

Black Kettle: BK lives near Haley, ID and is usually at the Ft. Henry Rendezvous. He’s very photogenic and always willing to have his photo taken. This was taken in broad daylight. I underexposed the scent by a lot, then added some fairly harsh light with a strobe. One of the kids held the strobe for the few shots…cost me a dollar and young Quinn ended up with a soft drink. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

The Conversation

The Conversation: John is Quinn’s father. His tent was next to Black Kettle, so he and Quinn were always somewhere nearby. He was having a conversation with BK at the time. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

Two Wild and Crazy Girls

Two Wild and Crazy Girls: Kids often run around the camp dressed in period garb. The boys especially like it because they get to throw tomahawks and knives, stir fires and run around without much supervision. It struck me the first time I went to a rendezvous that many of the people participate in much the same way we did with out kinds when they were young. We met friends and camped together in our campers. These people are “camping with a purpose” or theme. These two little sisters were having a grand time all bundled up in a quilt. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

Harry Harpoon

Harry Harpoon: Over the years, Harry has played with various musicians and acts in many of the Jackson Hole venues. This is another daylight shot taken well underexposed and lit with an off-camera strobe. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

Buttons

Buttons: Merchants have all kinds of wares for sale inside and outside the tents. All I have to do is ask and they all say yes to me taking photos. I took this one at a slight angle, but the new “auto upright” feature in Lightroom straightened out the distortions in one simple click. Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70mm lens and Nikon SB-910 Strobe.

Bison Fur

Bison Fur: A Rendezvous is a “texture paradise”. I asked if it was okay, and even with a puzzled look on their face, they said, “Sure, go ahead”.

In April of 2014, created this Feature Post called Mountain Man Rendezvous. I’ve since updated it with most of the regional rendezvous for 2015, so if you’d like to go to one, check out the schedule.

Photo Comments

I typically like to process all of the images on a page like this in a similar fashion so the entire page has a unified look and feel. The 1825-1840 period portrayed in the shots just scream for some sort of sepia toning, similar to Montana Turtle. I chose not to do that in all of these photos, just to give you a better idea of what you might be actually “seeing” if you were to go to one. The participants at a rendezvous almost always love to have their photos taken, but I like to ask first. I didn’t do it on this rendezvous, but I occasionally like to take a telephoto lens and shoot from farther out. Those photos are typically more casual than the ones where they know I am taking them.

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I included a few photos on this blog page. You can see more, and even purchase prints at my main web site. Here’s the link to the Mountain Men images at Teton Images.

If you like what you see here, please share the page with your friends by clicking on any of the social media icons below. MJ

 

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Tamron 150-600mm F/5.6-F6/3 Lens: Completely Rewritten June 3

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Lightweight, Relatively Small, Sharp, and Inexpensive!

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NOTE: This is essentially a rewrite of a post I made in early February of 2015, updated with additional photos and comments. I had owned the lens a week or two when I wrote it, so most of my comments then were essentially “initial impressions”. It wasn’t intended to be a thorough review, but simply a list of hands-on comments, observations, and a few actual photos taken with both of my Nikon bodies. I figured there were already plenty of sites evaluating it with DXO scores and bench tests using calibrated charts and targets. This new page is being written roughly four months after receiving the lens, and as before, are simply observations and comments from an end user. And, if it matters, I paid full retail for my lens.

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Evening Light: Taken with a Tamron 150-600mm at 350mm with a Nikon D800.
Evening Light
: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 150 mm, 1/100 at f/9, Aperture priority Mode, -1 2/3 EV, ISO 100

The Short of It!

If you’d like to save a lot of reading, I’d suggest: “Buy One”!  I was initially surprised and impressed. Now, I use it regularly.

Red Fox Approaching: 220mm
Red Fox Approaching
: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 220 mm, 1/500 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1 EV, ISO 200,

Initial Comments:

I’ve been a dedicated Nikon Lens user all along. My Nikon dealer suggested I check into the Tamron lens, so I started reading reviews. Talk about a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde bag of results! Most were good. Some said it was great. Some said it was soft past 400mm. Some said it wasn’t good for low light shooting. Some user reviews included images the reviewer considered was tack sharp, but wouldn’t have made it past my first cut.  Other quotes were along the lines, “A great lens for the money” and “Super telephoto lenses compromise sharpness”. Then, occasionally, there would be a group of incredibly sharp images. If you’re reading this page, you’ve probably seen many similar comments.

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 420 mm, 1/640 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -2 EV with Strobe, ISO 1000

My Needs:

I have a well used Nikon D4 and a Nikon D800 pair of bodies. I have Nikon’s pro list of zoom lenses including a 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and a 200-400mm lens. I like zooms. What’s missing? Aside from tilt-shift and macro lenses, the obvious gap is from 400-600mm. In Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, the 200-400mm lens on either of my full frame bodies always worked fine, but I kept watching for opportunities to fill in with a 500mm or 600mm lens. Neither of them ever fit my budget. I suspect my situation in this regard mirrors many others. If a Tamron 150-600mm lens worked better than my 200-400mm lens with a 1.4 TC on it, I’d be happy. I never had much success with the TC, so it wouldn’t take that much to impress me in that range.

Slepping Indian 150mm
Sleeping Indian
: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 150 mm, 1/2500 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1 1/3 EV, ISO 200

Sleeping Indian 600mm
Sleeping Indian:
NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/3200 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -1 1/3 EV, ISO 200

My Client’s Needs:

Late last summer, I started offering One-on-One Photography Excursions into Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. Many clients lack a lens much over 200mm. Part of my decision to purchase the lens originally was to let my Nikon clients use it while on the trip. They’d be thrilled.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/800 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -1 1/3 EV with Remote Strobe, ISO 1000

My Final Decision:

While still on the fence, I ran across this Flicker page by Kristofer Rowe. The page is LOADED with birds in flight.  His page, along with the many positive comments put me over the top: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coastalconn/sets/72157644820182203/  To be honest, I’m not sure I’d have pulled the trigger without seeing Kristofer’s pages. Possibly my photos on this page will help you.

Swan Squabble
Swan Squabble
: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/1250 at f/9, Manual Mode, -1 EV, ISO 180

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 Random Musings & Comparisons

  • Lightweight vs Heavy Build: This Tamaron lens weight 4.3 lb and is lighter than my 4.7 lb Nikon 200-400. The Nikon 600mm weight 11.2 lbs! My Nikon 70-200mm lens weighs 3.39 lbs. The Nikon pro lenses are heavier and have a more rugged, long-life feel. Still, light weight is good on some level.
  • Included: The Tamron doesn’t come with a clear glass front filter nor a case.
  • Collar Foot: The Tamron lens has one mounting hole in the bottom of the foot. I would have preferred to see two, as I have on my 70-200mm and 200-400mm.
  • Minimum Focus: On my Nikon 200-400mm, I can focus as close as 6.6′ (or roughly 19 feet with the limiter turned on). The Tamron’s minimum focus is 8.86 feet (or 49 feet with the limiter turned on). Interestingly, a Nikon 600mm f/4 has a minimum focusing distance of 15.7 feet. (5.0 m).
  • Balance in the Tripod: As the Tamaron lens is zoomed out from 150mm to 600mm, the barrel telescopes out an extra three inches. When mounted on a Gimball head or a “sidekick” style setup, the balance changes as the Tamron lens is zoomed in or out. The lens is light enough this isn’t a huge issue, but worth noting. It is also easy enough to slide the camera forward or back in the clamp to balance it again.
  • Wide Open Aperture: At 150mm, the Tamron is wide open at F/5.6 or at 600mm, wide open at F/6.3. The difference is only 1/3 of a stop. A Nikon 600mm and my Nikon 200-400mm are F/4 lenses. That’s a full stop better than the Tamron at 150mm or 1.33 of a stop better than the Tamron at 600mm. An F/2.8 lens, like my 70-200mm is two full stops better than the Tamron at 150mm. You might hear someone suggest this lens in not great in low light conditions. That’s a tricky comment because there’s not enough information to qualify the statement. I’ve shot this lens in very low light conditions for landscapes, sunrises, and sunsets. It (and not many of the F/4 telephotos lenses) is not going to stop the action of a running animal at sunrise either. My original post from last February suggested this lens probably works best when stopped down, however over the past month, I’ve been shooting it wide open regularly on migrating songbirds and other subjects. I typically start my morning with my F/2.8 70-200 on my D4 and then switch it to the 200-400 as I get better light. If none of this makes sense, check out the F-Stop Chart at Digital Camera World.
  • EV Compensation:I don’t know if every copy of this lens works like mine, but my lens overexposes my shots. I add a considerable negative EV value in almost all cases. In other words, when I know I should be shooting at -.3 EV, I set this lens to -1 EV. That could sound like a knock on the lens, right? I certainly don’t look at it that way. The negative EV compensation gives me back some of the “lost” aperture value of this F/5.6-F/6.3 lens over an F/4 Nikon lens.
  • Image Stabilization: Nikon calls theirs “VR” (vibration reduction) and Tamron calls theirs VC Image Stabilization. Over the four months of shooting, I can say Tamron did a great job with their image stabilization in this lens. I leave it ON all the time, including while on my sturdiest tripod, over a bean bag, and hand held. I’ve been able to get some amazingly sharp shots hand held at 600mm, though I prefer a tripod.
  • Removable Collar: The collar on the Tamron lens is removable. Some people might take it off when not using a tripod. I shoot using a tripod almost all the time, so this is not an issue. The knob of the collar loosens easily…or should I say too easily. I’m ready to put a drop of “Lock-Tight” on mine. If the know loosens too much, the entire collar assembly can wobble. I believe this is an easy fix.
  • Focus Issues / Brain Dead: Occasionally, my Tamron 150-600mm simply stops focusing. The only solution I can find is to turn the camera off, take the battery out, put it back in, then turn the camera back on. I’ve read of others with similar problems. The permanent fix is to send the lens back to Tamron for repairs. Reports I’ve read said the problem goes away afterwards. I’ve had the lens on one of my bodies almost constantly since I purchased it. It has been difficult to find a time slot to send it in! I’ve also noticed the lens occasionally refuses to begin searching for a focus zone when I am zoomed all the way to 600mm and change to another nondescript subject. My solution is to pull the zoom back to around 200mm and aim at a highly detailed subject to initiate the focusing. Lastly, the lens typically searches from front to back, then back to front. Lately, I have been taking photos of birds at fairly close range. If a bird stops on a branch at about 15′ and I take a few shots, then moves to 10′, the lens has to search to infinity before returning to locate the closer subject. This can take what seems like a long time if the close bird is doing something “important”. To be fair, I believe my Nikon 200-400mm works in a similar fashion, but it only has a range of 200mm to search while the Tamron is searching a 450mm range.  I’m sure the techno-babble wizards out there understand this issue. I am just reporting what I see when I am focusing.
  • Self Inflicted Striping Problem: I mentioned earlier that one of the reasons I bought the Tamron 150-600mm lens was as a “loaner” to clients going on a photo tour with me. I made a mistake of purchasing a cheap clear filter to add to the front of the lens. The cheap filter caused some occasional stripes or bands in some of the busy backgrounds. I asked if anyone else had seen the issue on a couple of forums and got a response suggesting the filter being the culprit. Bingo! They were correct. I removed it and have not seen the problem since.

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Early Photos

Shots above this section were all taken within the first week or two after receiving my lens. The shots below were taken on the first day.

Tram Tower with Insert
Tram Tower
: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 280 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -1 EV, ISO 100

PanoParts

Partial Pano Surprise: The first afternoon after receiving the lens, I headed to Boyle’s Hill to get a few shots of Swans and test the lens. While standing around waiting for Swans to fly in or out, I took a few panoramic images of the Teton ridge line, shown above.

Tram Tower Detail
Tram Tower (tight crop)
: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 280 mm, 1/500 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, -1 EV, ISO 100

This is the crop (red box) of the image above the pano strip. I can easily see the tram tower and dock at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort at Teton Village and the mogul fields. That mountain top is roughly 8 miles off!

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April Photos

The images below will probably appear fairly small on your computer. Click each one to see it at it’s native size.

Climber

The inset image above shows the full capture at 250 yards. The larger image is an unedited, cropped screen grab of a 100% view as seen in PhotoMechanic. This image tells me a lot about the capabilities of the lens. It would be very easy to drive down the highway and never see this climber. When standing on the road, I could see him, but there is no way I would ever see his belt and pouch, much less the small “d” on his chalk pouch. (Note: Click this image to see it much larger!)

RockWall

The inset image above shows the full capture at an estimated distance of 40 yards. The larger image is an unedited, cropped screen grab of a 100% view as seen in PhotoMechanic. (Note: Click this image to see it much larger!)

Osprey

The inset image above shows the full capture at an estimated distance of 30 yards. The larger image is an unedited, cropped screen grab of a 100% view as seen in PhotoMechanic. (The smaller white box is part of a final crop I made for this image) (Note: Click this image to see it much larger!)

Marmot

The inset image above shows the full capture at an estimated distance of 20 yards. The larger image is an unedited, cropped screen grab of a 100% view as seen in PhotoMechanic. (Note: Click this image to see it much larger!)

The images above can be made to appear even sharper in post production working off the original raw files. Other than a camera like a Nikon D800e, cameras apply an optical low pass filter (OLPF) which slightly blurs raw captures. I always sharpen my images to my tastes in Lightroom.

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AF Fine Tuning

Most newer DSLR cameras have a feature called Auto Focus Fine Tuning.  This function allow users to make minor tweaks to improve focusing between each camera and each body, including the addition of various teleconverters. The first body I owned with the feature was a Nikon D300. It definitely improved the sharpness of my images. You can probably still find a person or two that will tell you lenses don’t need to be tuned to a camera body, but most people I’ve met in the past 5 or six years think they do need it. I use a Lens-Align tool to check and adjust all of my body and lens combinations. If you are buying a Tamron 150-600mm lens, I’d suggest buying the relatively inexpensive tool to use on this and all lenses.

AF Fine Tune settings at different focal lengths on any zoom lens. A fixed prime lens does not have this issue, of course. A super zoom lens like the Tamron increases the chances some. For example, at 600mm the optimum setting might be +4. At 150mm, the optimum setting might be +2, and at 300mm, the optimum setting might be +3. Some people might suggest to set the AF Fine Tune amount to the middle one. Knowing the main reason I wanted this lens was for the 400-600mm reach, I gave more importance to the longer range settings. You might hear a few “user comments” suggesting the lens gets softer over 400mm. I suspect they haven’t taken the time to find their optimum settings in that range. They might also have poor technique, with small movements amplified at the longer ranges. In reality, my copy of the Tamron 150-600mm lens does not have much of a variation in AF Fine Tuning settings from the short to the long ends.

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For The Money?

Quite often, a reviewer starts out their comments with, “for the money, this is….”. That’s often a red flag, at least for my perspective, but maybe it doesn’t need to be a deal breaker. A Nikon 600mm prime lens is just under $10,000. ($9,799.00) This Tamron lens sells for $1069. Using really rounded numbers, the prime lens is roughly ten times the cost of the Tamron zoom lens. (To be exact, it is 9.116 times.) Of course, they are two completely different products. I read one review in which the person said the Nikon prime is not “ten times better”. I might add…”to that person”. You could also argue that if the images from a Nikon prime are 10% better to some professionals, it probably IS worth ten times the cost. Right? It is simply a matter of perspective and size of the wallet. If you don’t have the extra nine grand, decisions become a little easier. If, or when, I win a big Powerball lottery, I am sure I’d own a 600mm prime!

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A Few Photos

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker: Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 550 mm, 1/160 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -1/3 EV,  ISO 800,

Great Gray Over Prey

Great Gray Owl: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 300 mm, 1/1000 at f/9, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 800

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 500 mm, 1/160 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -1 EV,  ISO 500

GGO with Vole

Great Gray Owl: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 220 mm, 1/1250 at f/11, Manual Mode, -2 EV,  ISO 320

Stallions Fighting

Mustangs: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 450 mm, 1/800 at f/7.1, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 280

Fort Meyers Beach

Fort Meyers Beach: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 600 mm, 1/200 at f/9, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,   ISO 100

Reddish Heron Fishing

Reddish Egret Fishing: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, Tamron 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 500 mm, 1/640 at f/6.3, Manual Mode, -1/3 EV, (Auto) ISO 1250

Birds in Flight

In April, my wife and I made a trip to Sanibel Island. I took the Tamron 150-600 lens and my Nikon D4. I took a lot of photos of the plentiful birds in flight and came home with lots of good shots of birds in flight, along with stalking and chasing shots. You can view a lot of them on this page:  Tamron 150-600mm Lens at Sanibel Island, FL . I think it performed wonderfully, however, I don’t have a prime 500mm or 600mm to compare.

White Ibis

White Ibis at First Light: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, Tamron 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 400 mm, 1/1000 at f/9, Manual Mode, -2/3 EV, (Auto) ISO 720

Low Light

I mentioned this issue earlier. There are a few issues. First, don’t expect this lens to freeze action at daybreak. But, you also have to be realistic and understand that no telephoto lens is great at daybreak either. There are lots of low light shots on the Sanibel page and I don’t hesitate to use it.

Wet Flicker

Wet Northern Flicker: Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 at 500 mm, 1/500 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -1 EV,  ISO 5600

I should mention I own two of Nikon’s best high ISO performers (Nikon D4 and D800 -the newer models are D4s and D810). I shoot at ISO 1250 without even thinking about noise and often take shots at ISO 4500 or even above. The Northern Flicker image above was taken yesterday at ISO 5600. The two bodies allow me to set my camera to Manual where I control the shutter speed and aperture, then let the camera set the ISO via Auto-ISO. When some people complain the lens is not a good “low light performer”, the odds are they don’t have a good low light performing body. In that case, the best shots will be taken in the brighter hours of the day. I also speculate some of the blurry images taken at low light are a combination of poor technique, a wobbly tripod, and failure to adjust shutter speeds to an adequate level to stop motion blur.

Zodiac Sculptures

Zodiac Sculptures: These sculptures are currently on exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, just north of town.  Click this image to see it MUCH LARGER!

Quick Wrap-Up

Whether you want include the qualifier “for the money” or not, I’ve found my Tamron 150-600mm lens to be a welcome surprise and a solid performer. I like it…well because I could afford it…and because of its size and light weight. Once I got rid of the cheap filter I purchased for it, and after I ran it through the normal AF Fine Tuning adjustments, I’ve found it to be plenty sharp. I personally don’t see a drop off in image quality over my $6200 Nikon 200-400mm f/4 lens, which is heavier and has less range. The Tamron had a cheaper, more plastic feel than the Nikon 200-400mm and doesn’t appear to be as weather sealed. The Tamron’s VC (VR) works very well. I have been surprised of the image quality when hand held. I have realistic expectations for my early and late day photography, and as long as I work within practical boundaries, I get good low light results. For my back yard photography, the 93″ focusing range allows me to capture birds and critters at close range at 600mm.

I have been shooting regularly with the Tamron 150-600mm throughout March, April, May, and June. I create a Daily Updates and Photos page for each month for Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. I’ve only included a sampling of the images on this page, but if you still need to see more, click any or all of these links:

Daily Updates & Photos for Grand Teton National Park & JH: 2015: June: | May: | Apr: | Mar: |

 

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