Jackson Hole & Grand Teton National Park
During September, I’ll work on two pages simultaneously
. This September Foliage 2017 post will contain more specific information about the ever changing foliage status in the area. The September 2017 Daily Journal for JH and GTNP
Page will contain some foliage information, but will focus more on wildlife and landscapes. You’ll want to go to both regularly.
: Think of this page as a day to day or week to week resource containing mainly “record shots”
. The photos are not intended to be “wall hangers”
, but more documentary
in nature. Also, this page will grow in size and scope as the month progresses. Check back regularly! Continue reading "Foliage Reports September/October 2017"
Mormon settlers moved into Jackson Hole in the late 1890’s and began “taming the valley”
. It’s difficult to imagine how difficult the century long task must have been while I am sitting in my warm truck—complete with heated seats and steering wheel, and wearing a goose down jacket and insulated boots. But the settlers did it! Along the way, the hardy group built towns, businesses, and farms and ranches. To maintain their horses and cattle, they needed fences. Today, there are numerous styles and kinds of fences remaining in the Jackson Hole valley to remind us of earlier days.
Back in 2015, I posted this page: Grand Teton National Park’s Buck Rail Fences.
That page featured the area’s distinctive Buck Rail Fences, but there are several other types of fences used by the settlers and homesteaders. A few days ago, I cruised some of the valley in an effort to document some of the remaining fences. Continue reading "Jackson Hole’s Historic Fences"
Photographers are naturally drawn to Jackson Hole’s wildlife and abundant scenic opportunities
. Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area have some of the best of both! While most people pass them by, there are additional “small scene” opportunities. This page is a collection of some of the close-up images I captured in late July and August.
I have a tendency to start my day watching for the “big stuff”
, and if that’s not happening, I begin to look down for the “little stuff”. In reality, there’s a lot more of it!
Weather plays a big role in most people’s success rate
. Rain and fog can “ruin” some photographer’s day, but if you are willing to deal with the weather, you can get shots others don’t. In most cases, it is just a matter of looking down for alternative subjects. Rain drops are a great addition to flowers, leaves, pine cones & spider webs. A duck in a quiet pond with rings from raindrops may be more compelling and memorable than a standard
duck on calm water. Continue reading "Local Color and Close-Ups"
The Teton County Fair
happens each year during the last week of July—smack dab in the middle of the busy Summer season. I’ll be running the snow blower and shoveling snow soon enough, but for now this colorful event offers a welcome break! Our kids are grown and “out of the nest” but that doesn’t mean I can’t return to the Fair for my own form of fun. Continue reading "Teton County Fair 2017"
Memory is Cheap — Memories are Priceless!
I typically shoot in 14 bit
and process in 16 bit
in Photoshop as long as I can
. Here’s why…
16 Bit Clobber and Recovery
The issue is not what you can see, or what your monitor can display, or what your printer can print—but what is under the hood of the file!
I believe you will be amazed by the examples! (For this article, 8 bit vs 16 bit refers to Color Bit Depth while using Lightroom and Photoshop.)
The image above
was captured with a Nikon D810 in 14 bit mode. I set that in the camera’s menus long ago and never looked back! The files are much larger, so they fill cards faster, fill the buffer quicker, and possibly slow down the frame rate on some cameras. You might consider these issues up front. You can always “downgrade” a capture during your workflow, but you can’t “upgrade” one. As seen in the screen grab, I export images from Lightroom to Photoshop by selecting the 16 bits/component option. Continue reading "Working in 16 Bit Mode"
Brahma Bull Riding: “The most dangerous 8 seconds in sports”
If you have them, jump into your Wranglers, put on your Tony Lamas,
snap up your long-sleeved shirt, lock in your silver belt buckle and top everything off with your best Stetson. Then head to the Fairgrounds for a night of fast and unpredictable action. The Jackson Hole Rodeo has been thrilling tourists each Wednesday and Saturday for decades. If you can can’t make to either of those nights, Friday night rodeos have been added to the lineup.
Each week, little tikes
are initiated to the cowboy tradition and develop the skills for a lifetime of rodeo action. Bear Emlyn isn’t in Kindergarten yet, but he’s already on a bull! The Rodeo way of life starts early for some!
Each cowboy that gets on the back
of a one ton Brahma Bull
knows they are taking an eight second ride that can possibly kill them—or cripple them or life. No two rides are the same, but they are all potentially dangerous. These athletes “cowboy up” and put it all on the line, while us spectators do just that from the safety of the bleachers.
Continue reading "Eight Seconds of Fury"
Mark your calendar, get up early, and head over Teton Pass for next year’s Teton Valley Balloon Rally
. That’s my suggestion!
I was there early for the 36th annual event
, typically held around July 1st each year. It’s a heck of a deal! Pay $5 to park, then walk around almost unrestricted! I had visions of being roped off, away from the balloons, but those visions were wrong!. Onlookers are rewarded with an intimate experience. Spectators can walk among the balloon crews and watch the balloons being unfolded, filled with air, and then raised to the sky via hot air.
I was at the fairgrounds site long before daylight…too early!
I’ve seen photos from the Albuquerque event where balloons were being filled during the pre-dawn period—lit by the fire of the propane jets. For this event, most balloons are filled between 6:00 am and 6:45 am. The balloon above was being unpacked prior to the 6:00 am pilot’s meeting.
Take a Ride!
Entry to the parking area is $5, but if you want to take a Hot Air Balloon Ride, get there early and bring about $300 per person. Riders help ready the balloons, as seen above. Continue reading "Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally"
A Page of Resources and Links
August 21st will be the big day for this year’s Solar Eclipse—and Jackson Hole is directly in the totality path!
The Park Service is preparing for the event with extra staff, one way roads, camping and parking restrictions and so forth. Expect bumper to bumper traffic and all kinds of “issues”. Even with a few potential logistical hassles, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us.
Luckily, I live in the path so I don’t have much invested in the eclipse
. I don’t have to gamble at all! Others will have paid premium prices to be in Jackson Hole for the event—with no guarantee of clear skies. Heavy clouds, and even smoke from area fires, are always a possibility. Barring clouds or smoke, onlookers can expect some of the least polluted skies in the country. Plenty of areas of the country will be in the path of the Solar Eclipse but Jackson Hole will be a hot ticket!
Remember—it will be August. Traditionally it is a very hot month in most parts of the US. Jackson Hole’s cool weather and clear skies make it a premier location.
NOAA: Ready, Set, Eclipse:
As the map indicates, JH is predicted to have a good chance of clear skies for the Eclipse in August (Historical Averages). Viewers originally planning on being in Oregon might rethink their choices. The “clear skies” gamble is much higher there. Continue reading "Jackson Hole’s Great Solar Eclipse!"