Dec 15th, 2012

Security Broadens the Mind

Security Broadens the Mind It's that time of the year again - the season of joy, peace and panic.   However, this year Santa very kindly sent me a little helper to toil in the workshop, wrapping presents and stamping those pesky hordes of envelopes.  He is out clearing the snow at the moment!   I am due to write a blog, but I just finished finals and I have my CPR Certificate to renew and Lightroom handouts to revise, and lots of other pressing tasks, so I have stolen the latest blog from the little helper's website.  This guest blogger idea isn’t a bad one!  Apparently, his trip from the North Pole wasn't as smooth as it might have been, Santa didn't lay on a private sled!  So here it is, the joys of travel …….

Nov 24th, 2012

The French Connection

The French Connection OK!  This is a long one.  The weather in the UK is so darn awful, I have lots of indoor time!  So, prepare for an even more European Blog than you might have expected!

Nov 15th, 2012

Take Wing for 50% Off

Take Wing for 50% Off I am at it again, advertising for Montana Magazine - and me too - but then it does have a great Cover Photograph this month!  

Oct 26th, 2012

Reflections on September

Reflections on September September is a busy time for photographers and creatures alike.  Having just finished my Fall season tours for the year, I thought I'd share some thoughts and observations ...

Oct 21st, 2012

The DAM Commandments

The DAM Commandments A week ago, Bozeman Camera and Repair, Nikon and Canon sponsored the inaugural Bozeman Photo Expo, which was an unbelievable success.

Sep 20th, 2012

Filling the Gap

Filling the Gap or Holes in the Library!     When I head into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to shoot or to scout prior to a tour, I have an open mind.  Whatever I might like to see, whether fur, feather or flower, I have always told myself not to wish for or to expect anything.  I have always been content and excited with whatever Yellowstone has presented to me, but lately I have found myself exploring and shooting with a rather different mindset. As you know, I have been working on a new website for the past year.  When I came to select the photographs for each category of my portfolio, I couldn't help but notice there were some Titanic sized holes in my library.  What had Marmots, Sapsuckers and Humans done to deserve to be ignored? 

Sep 16th, 2012

Lightroom Weekend Workshops in Bozeman

Lightroom Weekend Workshops in Bozeman                                               Tired of this?

Sep 2nd, 2012

Lightroom 4 ~ Develop Module ~ Hints Part 2

Lightroom 4 ~ Develop Module ~ Hints Part 2 Presence Panel and the Tone Curve When we last looked at the Develop Module, we covered the first two tools in the Basic Panel: White Balance and Tone Controls, so now lets look at the Presence Controls: Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation.  Although the names of the three sliders have not changed with Lightroom4, the math behind them is much improved. There is only really one way to become familiar with the power and effect of these tools, and that is to experiment.

Aug 25th, 2012

Lightroom Collections

Lightroom Collections Sorry, I have been a bit quiet for a while - only just got back from a quick visit to the UK late last night.  I didn't even take a camera, they seem to have eaten all the wild animals over there, at least those of any size!  However, I did find time to write another Blog, so here is one on how Lightroom makes organizing your images so very easy. Lightroom ‘Collections’ are fabulous!  Use them like virtual storage bins, job folders or as easily created photo albums that you can store, modify and share.  They are also useful for printing, for uploading to web galleries, for slide shows or for exporting.  You can also create sub-collections within a collection set.  It is a great way to organize your images, and the advantage of having collections is that images are not moved out of the folder in which they exist, you are just creating a reference in the metadata that points to those files.

Aug 14th, 2012


Summer   Hot bug-ridden days, crazy crowds, heedless RV's and pushy photographers – too often how the Summer chaos along Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road may seem.  Whereas winter is known for silence and solitude, Summer is often maligned as anything but an escape to nature.  Nonetheless, Summer can be just as rewarding and enthralling – put on a long-sleeve bug shirt, take a brief hike, escape the human swarm and observe the best of Summer. For me, spawning Cutthroat Trout and Northern River Otters are the highlight of early summer.  This summer an adult female, with two pups of the year and a protective older sister made up the family unit.  For Otters, playing, wrestling, napping, grooming and fishing are the priorities of the day.  With acute hearing and smell, they are equipped with sharp, lethal teeth and a body designed for swimming, in fact Otters are Olympic champions when it comes to fishing.  One afternoon, I watched as mom caught four trout in less than three minutes, giving each family member one trout, which they happily crunched and munched on.  That's what I call fast food.   Having seen a Coyote catch a muskrat and take nearly 20 minutes to consume the rubbery meal, it was astonishing to once watch an Otter behead and devour a muskrat in about three bites and in less time than it takes to microwave popcorn.

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