Saturday, June 12, 2010

Slough Creek Conifers, Firelight

Traveling always takes preparation and planning- then the trip happens, and I'm home now, and I think "what next".  Don't worry, I'll get back into the groove, but I just haven't found it yet.  Spending time away from Megan and Weston just makes me want to spend time with them-  They traveled to Maine while I was in Yellowstone.

 The trip was fantastic- we saw all the major wildlife species in Yellowstone.  We camped for three nights, and were in the park almost four full days searching for the various creatures that hang out in the park.  We spent most of our time in the Lamar Valley, the so-called American Serengeti.

The valley was absolutely teeming with megafauna- wolves, elk, bison, and pronghorn.  It was simply amazing, and I'll be sure to share these images with you.  I'm kicking around the idea of hosting yet another blog to feature my Yellowstone work- the animals and landscapes I captured there just don't fit the theme of "Ohio Nature" : ).

Here's an experimental image from our campground site at Slough Creek lit completely by firelight.  This image is a 85 second exposure- the camera was mounted on my tripod.  I say it's experiment because I didn't have the focus spot on and was just messing around.  It's just a little bit difficult to focus on something even manually when the scene looks pitch black through the viewfinder.

I find it fun to experiment and just play with the camera- Now that I know that this type of image is possible, the next time I have access to the light of a campfire, I'll get the focus and composition spot on.



  1. That is amazing.Just a campfire to light up the trees like this! Wow.

  2. Absolutely wonderful. I love the look of any light on trees at night, to be honest. Even artificial light (although natural is always preferred!)