Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Don't forget to visit Shane's blog today for a new post.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I just realized that other than the video I never really told you about the trip. I learned about Shenandoah National Park by viewing Willard's blog. We tried twice before to get there in the last year but weather or something else always seemed to mess up the trip. When I noticed the Hills were there for the whitetail rut I emailed Willard to see if the week I had available would be a good time to go. His reply was it should be the peak of the rut. He got me, just kidding Willard. When photographing wildlife nothing is a given from the weather to the animal. I awoke at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning two weeks ago and was on the road by 2:40. After driving over three hours I pulled into the Big Meadows the same time as Coy and Andy. Shortly after Willard and Billy came pulling in. They told me the places to go and we set off in search of whitetails. The weather was a little warm with increasing clouds. The typical rut activity was not present. The bucks were not curling their lips, chasing the does or locking up with other bucks. I seemed to be the only one tickled by the days events. But of course I had never been there and didn't know any better. For the day I seen upwards of 100 deer and about a dozen bucks photographing many. The trip out of the park was an experience in itself dodging deer along the road on almost every turn.
The next morning I awoke to rain and fog. Getting in the park before sunrise I ran into Willard and Billy again, they quickly departed for home but I was determined to get some whitetail photos. Seven hours later I left the park after seeing about 25 to 30 deer and three bucks. I did get some decent videos and a few good photos. The next morning I got to the park about the same time only to find it was closed. It snowed the night before and I was informed it would be about two hours before they opened the park. I decided to wait it out. I never said I was very smart. An hour and a half later I was told it would be another three or four hours because of black ice. I am not that stupid, I left for home. All in all it was still a good time and the first of many return visits. I hope to get back in January for some whitetail and snow photos. I really need to quit looking at Willard and Coy's blogs before they get me in trouble for taking off every chance I get. But then maybe my wife likes me being gone.
Friday, November 20, 2009
UPDATE to today's post. I added four more links to my links on the left. If you like wildlife these are sites you will enjoy, http://sullivanshollow.blogspot.com/, http://rangersadventures.blogspot.com/, http://hannibalsanimals.blogspot.com/, and one for the firefighters out there http://statter911.com/. Stop by and check them out sometime, you won't be sorry.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Today's post is about the blogging world and the friends you can make doing this. I have been lucky enough to photograph wildlife with some really good people I met by doing this and others I have known for years. Often I get to walk the camera with Brian Bastinelli, Brian got me started on wildlife in the west and has past on allot of his photographic skills and Photoshop knowledge. Haney is another one I have shot with. I have known Haney since we were teenagers. Two other bloggers' I have spent time with is Rich Bistline and Woody Woodward. Now if Rich would get back to keeping his blog up. Last February I had the opportunity to photograph birds in Florida with Klauss. Klauss is an excellent photographer and was more than happy to show me around a few places in Florida that I will be going back to often. Because of others that I will mention shortly I have had the chance to meet and shoot with people like Buckwheat, Steve Friel, Henry Pierce, Andy, Carl Eckstien, Bob Shank and Billy Cromwell. There has been countless others that I have met in Yellowstone that are good people and share the same love of wildlife. I also get to meet people that are not there for the photography experience but are there for other reasons. One such person was Jeff Sullivan last week at SNP. Jeff is there as a contractor but it was obvious he shared the same love of wildlife that we did. He took the time to speak to a number of the Pa. posse and even offered to do me a favor on the last day that I will not mention to keep him out of trouble. I do thank you for the offer and hope when I get back your are still there working. If not maybe I will run into you someplace else while enjoying wildlife.
Two in particular I met doing this stand out more so in there love of wildlife and knowledge of them and photography, is brothers Willard and Coy Hill. After viewing there sites in amazement of the excellent wildlife photos and knowledge of the subject I emailed Willard a few times and began to get the impression that I knew him. He got me started on going to Benezette and this last August I finally got the chance to meet him. Willard was very helpful showing my son and I around places to go off the beaten path to photograph the Elk. During the rut this year he introduced me to more of his friends and showed me a great time that will be repeated for years to come. This past week I got to photograph whitetail with him at SNP. While there I got to meet his brother Coy for the first time. Both men are from small rural areas like me and share the same interest in wildlife. With any luck I will get to share more memorable experiences with them in Benezette and SNP. Photography is a fun and rewarding experience that can also lead to new friendships.
Of course I can't forget my favorite fellow blogger and son Shane, and did I tell you it is Thursday and he has a new post for you to visit.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It's Tuesday and after months of me doing this you all know that means go visit Shane's blog for a new post.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Today I would like to revisit the Pennsylvania Elk hunt. On October 8 of this year I posted a video of bull number 40 taken during the rut this year. The video was taken early on a Friday morning as Willard and I enjoyed this old bull in the rain. He was not the largest bull there that week but for me he was the most attractive and had a very distinct bugle, please click the link and listen to this fine animal. I found out Thursday evening after getting home from Shenandoah National Park that he was taken this year during the Elk hunt. For more information on him and other Elk killed this year visit Willard Hill's site "Pa. Wildlife Photographer" Thanks Willard for keeping us informed on the happenings with the Pa. Elk herd.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
It's Thursday, visit Shane's blog for a new post.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This photo was taken under similar circumstances and lighting as the one from November 3RD's post, I like the way it came out better with the golden colors we were seeing.
It's Tuesday, you know what that means visit Shane's blog for a new post.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
By now you should have guessed that there would be more Elk post. If you want to see something else contribute money to my get away and take other photos fund drive. Actually there is not a fund drive yet, but I can start one if anyone wants to donate. Lets see I would like to go to Canada, back to Alaska and Yellowstone, Maine and I could go on but I don't think it will help.
The top photo seems to warm for me but it was shot late evening with the sun coming right over my shoulder and everything was glowing gold that evening so it really is what we were seeing. With the golden yellow colors I did not know how to post process it. I kept going back and changing it over and over again until I got to the point that I felt happy with it. Of course now that I look at it I am not happy with it and felt I made it worse. Now I do not know if it looks green or yellow, I just know it is messed up. The video last 32 seconds and shows a calf eating while the cow grooms it, there is the occasional bugling in the background. If it looks a little strange it is because it was shot in fairly dense fog the last morning I was there.
It is Tuesday so don't forget to visit Shane's site for a new post.