Welcome to the blog for Steve Hinch Photography.

On this page you'll find photographic information on the places I've photographed recently as well as some technical information on the photographs themselves. I'll also post updates on what I've seen and experienced in Yellowstone and abroad, current wildlife sightings, and anything else of interest.  Check back often for updates!

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Photo of the Week- "Focused"

December 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Having an opportunity to photograph a fox in the winter is always a treat. Their winter coats look really nice and they stand out so well against the white snow. Despite that, they can still camouflage really well. As I drove along, looking for wildlife, I saw a flash of orange at the forest edge. Initially I thought it was just a dead pine bough that had turned orange, but I decided to turn around and take a look anyway. I pulled over and stopped, scanning the tree line when I noticed a fox sitting at the edge of the trees peering back at me. After a while, the fox decided to move out in the open, though it kept an eye on my car as I sat and photographed. This photo easily was my favorite though, as the fox took a look at me before crossing the road.


Late Comer

December 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I recently spent some time in Grand Teton National Park, hoping to take some wintry wildlife and landscape images. The trip was successful but I was a bit surprised when I found thi...s little one. Bison calves are usually born in April and May. By late July, they have lost their orange coats and have the coloration of adult bison. That means this little guy must have been born in late August or September. What's even more odd is that there were three or four other orange calves in this bison herd. Needless to say, he or she has a tough winter ahead, without green grass to help gain weight. Let's hope this one, and the others, can make it through a cold, difficult Wyoming winter!


Christmas Cards now Available

December 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Happy December! I have a couple of announcements, including a new limited time release of Christmas cards.

Due to production times, today is the last day to order signed metal prints from my website, with guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Signed prints on archival photographic paper can still be ordered up to December 10th with arrival before Christmas. Any prints can be ordered at Fine Art America, unsigned, past these dates, for a Christmas arrival.

Speaking of Fine Art America, I've added a limited time series of five images available for Christmas cards on Fine America! They can be found here:
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/steve-hinch.html…

 

The image here is of Soda Butte Creek, near Round Prairie. I was looking at different compositions at this place along the creek, and was trying to use the ice as the foreground for wider landscape photos. But these formations, out in the creek, kept catching my attention, so I used a short zoom lens and isolated the ice formations against the moving water. I thought the end result was pretty cool!

 


Canyon Light

November 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Canyons can be difficult photographic subjects, but when the right light reveals colors and textures not otherwise seen, there's not much else more beautiful.  While most canyons are created through the same process, they come in all different shapes and sizes.  One of the most well known slot canyons is Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona.  We made a trip to Upper Antelope Canyon in 2013 and were not happy at all with the experience.  Despite being on a photography tour, we were herded through the canyon without much time to explore and study the light for the best photos.  But after a little research, we read that Lower Antelope offered a much different experience.  So we went back this year, visiting Lower Antelope Canyon, and found the experience we had hoped for the first time.  One of the draws for Upper Antelope are the beams of light that shine into the canyon.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that Lower Antelope has light beams too, as seen above.  Even without light beams, the reflected light was incredible as it painted the canyon walls in different shades of warm tones.

Also near Page, Arizona, the Colorado River creates one of the classic views of the American West where it carves a 1,000 foot deep canyon that almost curves back on itself.  Most photos from here are taken at sunset, as sun sets behind the scene, but I wanted to get something a little different.  That's not easy to such a commonly photographed location, but I opted for a morning photo session and liked this scene, with the plants growing right on the edge.  This isn't a place for anyone afraid of heights.  With no railings, the cliffs drop 1,000 to the river.  It's tough to talk about photographing canyons in the desert without mentioning reflected light.  Whether in a slot canyon or a large canyon such as this, reflected light is an important light to photograph.  It's often warm and results in very pleasing tones.

Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, these are photographically iconic locations.  It's hard to believe, but I had never been to the Grand Canyon before, so I made a brief trip to the North Rim as well.  So what would an article about canyons be without mentioning the granddaddy of all canyons.  While it might not seem obvious at first, with such a sweeping landscape, but reflected light comes into play here.  In the photo above, I am shooting towards the sun, more or less, and the canyon walls facing me are being lit by light bouncing off the walls opposite them, giving the warm tones.  Red sandstone is warm anyway and the reflected light helps to accentuate that color.

Zion National Park has become one of my favorite landscape destinations.  It offers a large variety of scenes from swirling sandstone to deep narrow canyons.  Some canyons, such as the Narrows or Zion Canyon, are large in scope, while others, such as the Subway are more intimate.  Arrive here when the reflected light hasn't reached the slot and it's a dark canyon.  But when visiting the Subway when the light is right, it is a contrast of warm and cool colors, bold and subtle that becomes a photographer's dream.


Order Now for the Holidays!

November 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Now is the time to order prints for the holiday season! In order to receive orders in time for Christmas, orders must be placed by the following dates:

**For any metal prints, the last day to place an order will be December 1st....
**For any regular prints (on archival photographic paper), the last day to place an order will be December 10th.
**Unsigned prints can be ordered at any time through Fine Art America, with their own holiday deadlines to be posted on their website. http://steve-hinch.fineartamerica.com/

Unfortunately, due to the nature of international shipping, I cannot guarantee any arrival date for orders outside the United States.

Thanks to everyone for your patronage and continued support.