New Trip This Week

October 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Experiencing a lot of excitement as I pack and try to plan for all the items I may need when I get to the Grand Tetons for a visit. This was the place in 2009 that I saw for only a few hours. Several friends and I were in the Yellowstone NP when we were hit by a pretty tough early winter snowstorm. While it was indeed beautiful, it was difficult to travel and most stores were beginning to close for the winter season. The decision was made to head south and visit Arches, Canyonland, and Zion NP instead. Growing up in El Paso, TX had shown me desert country and while I sincerely love that environment, animals, big trees and gorgeous views from mountaintops were more to my taste. Thus as the white stuff begun to inundate the area we headed south. A few hours later and we were in Jackson Hole, WY. The ski slopes were there but not yet open/busy and our itenirary did not include much time to visit there. Lunch and a trip through the art stores and busy street scenes however made me add this to my growing bucket list. And so we left in the falling snow...

Now is my chance to return to a place that I have been reading about for three years. The wildlife photography op promises to be right down my alley. Jeff Clow wrote a short book called Dirt Cheap Photo Guide to Grand Teton National Park telling how to get around the area in an efficient manner. It was an easy read and tells the time of day and travel directions for the most common photo ops that people visit the area to see. Another super thing it does is to tell you about other "off the beaten path" places to visit with the best photography time to be there as well. Thanks Jeff! It will be my closest tool for the trip. This book is readily available on Amazon.com.

I use Nikon cameras and an assortment of lenses that fit my type of photography . At my age the "lens of the week" has no interest to me although I do read their specs pretty closely. My lenses and accessories are as follows... 

  1. 10-24mm wide angle with several polarizer and gradient neutral density filters
  2. 28-80mm macro zoom with several filters
  3. 70-300mm zoom lens with several filters
  4. 50-500mm telephoto zoom lens (who can afford filters for this beast!)

I have a 2x telextender and of course a tripod that I bought way back in the late 60s... It may be the most important tool to a landscape photographer of all. One nice tool that is really noteworthy is my wireless shutter release. Locking up the mirror and making good solid images with no camera shake is vitally important. I had paid $79.00 dollars for a Nikon cable release years ago and was very surprised to find this wonderful tool for about $30.00 on Amazon.com.

Photoshop has become a vital tool for organizing (Using the included Bridge feature) and spiffing up the contrast or a needed minor crop issue. Because of my age I have the benefit of understanding the progress made in photography. Early on I used a large Deardorff 8x10 view camera in the steel mills in Birmingham, Alabama. I still am amazed at how little many folks know about things like the "exposure triangle", shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. Try explaining that one to someone nowadays! LOL!!! That is not meant to be demeaning in any fashion but only to point out how simple many of the tools for photography are to use these days...


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