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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Glacier National Park 2014

March 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I recently posted some "forgotten" images of Yellowstone Lake and now wanted to share a few from Glacier National Park taken in August 2014.  These weren't so much forgotten, as it's only been a few months since I was there, but these first couple didn't "make the cut" during my first round of editing images.  After going back and looking at them again, however, I actually really like them both.  In 2014, the Park Service changed the rules and forbid any off trail travel at Logan Pass.  If you've hiked the Hidden Lake Trail from Logan Pass then you'll recognize that had no intention of violating that rule, even if I was the only person hiking at this early hour.  The opening image above was taken while lying on the boardwalk over this small stream as it leads into a high mountain wetland created by glacial snowmelt.  I set up my tripod and actually lay down to get as low an angle as possible in order to accentuate the small foreground stream.

This second image was taken just a few short minutes later about twenty yards further down the trail.  These wetland areas are very fragile and the plants that grow here have an extremely short growing season.  Snow lingers up here until July and by September, frosts and snows return, allowing only a couple of months for these plants to reproduce and grow.  Some of these plants may be hundreds of years old but never grow taller than an inch or so.  This is the main reason for the closure to off trail travel in this area.  The impact of many human feet on this fragile terrain can lead to a destructive impact that would take generations to heal.

While the first two images didn't "make the cut" my first time through, these next couple of images, taken from Two Medicine Lake, have been sitting on my computer because the pink color cast was very strong and left me not knowing what to do with them.  The thing is, the pink color here and the red color cast in the mountains below was completely natural.  The Two Medicine Lake area, like every area of Glacier National Park, has some spectacular scenery.  We only camped one night here and sunset was a bust with no clouds anywhere.  I woke at sunrise and some high clouds were barely visible in the sky, but I hoped they would light up and provide some nice color.  I had no idea what would happen next.  I wasn't able to see the horizon, but apparently there was a layer of fog, haze, or something in front of the sun and while the clouds lit up pink as I hoped, so did everything.  The entire world was pink, but not only for a few minutes, but it lasted for an hour!  In fact, the warm cast lasted so long, I finally quit shooting and went back to my tent.

You can see here, the mountains still have a strong red color to them, even though this image, one of the last I took that morning was taken almost an hour after sunrise.  It's not unusual to have warm light still an hour later, but to have nice red tones was unusual.  The other element here is the full moon, though with a wide angle lens, this image was shot at 24mm, the moon is quite small.  It was a spectacular morning at Two Medicine Lake and some times, not often, but some times, the light is so unreal, one can be left not quite knowing how to allow that to show in a photo and still presenting a realistic view of nature.


Photo of the Week- "Resting in the Pines"

March 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Happy birthday to me! I've spent the past three weeks basically doing as this fox, laying and resting, as I've been fighting off pneumonia. Three doctors, two CT scans, a blood test, 9 needles, and countless antibiotics and steroids, and I think I'm finally on the mend... I hope! So this image, like the others I've posted this month, is from before I became ill. Late day light provided the nice shadows here and this fox, as it rested under the pines, watched passing cars. Other than a scheduled blog entry on Wednesday, I'm not sure when my next entry will be due to either continued struggles with this pneumonia, or if I'm recovered, then a trip overseas.


Photo of the Week- "First Light"

March 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Since I've spent the entire month of March so far under the effects of some bad virus, I'm pulling this one out from my trip to the Tetons a few weeks ago. Ansel Adams made this location, the Snake River Overlook, famous. Though I doubt he'd photograph from here today. The famous "S" curve in the river is no longer visible as it was in Ansel's time, since the lodgepole pines have grown up, blocking the view. But when Ansel photographed here, he didn't have the luxury of a paved road and spacious parking area. He had to drive his large format equipment, at best, over bumpy dirt roads. In the winter, with the angle of the morning light, it's still one of the best accessible views of the Cathedral Group even without the famous "S" curve in the foreground.


Photo of the Week- "Winter"

March 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This photo is actually from a couple of weeks ago in Jackson Hole. I've spent most of my time resting as I've had a bad cold. One the morning I took this image, I had to snow shoe up a small ridge in order to get this view. The early morning light was illuminating the Teton range. I had hoped to find an interesting cornice at the top of the ridge but didn't, and had a hard time finding anything to use in the foreground. The sagebrush you see here ended up being the best I could come up with for a foreground element.


Here a Fox, There a Fox...

March 06, 2015  •  1 Comment

This winter has been the winter of the fox for me personally.  It's funny how sometimes different seasons end up dominated by a particular species and those moments stand out.  This winter, it doesn't matter where I am, I seem to see fox.  Even today, after taking our dog to Bozeman for a checkup at the vet, we saw a red fox on the drive home.  I've seen them dropping my wife off at work early in the morning, while taking my dog snowshoeing, and while in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  It's ironic that I've been so fortunate to see so many fox this winter because usually they are pretty elusive and sightings aren't common.  I'm sure at some point soon, my streak will end and they will be elusive for me again.  The ironic part is that I've had virtually little to no luck with other wildlife photography opportunities.  I haven't photographed a moose, bison, or elk since December and, despite seeing them, have yet to photograph any mountain goats. 

The opening fox photo to this article is from Grand Teton National Park.  The fox was photographed from my car as it walked past.  This second image was taken on US 191 near Big Sky, in Yellowstone National Park, as this fox came out towards the highway and paused briefly on a hill alongside the road.

And this final image was taken in the Gallatin National Forest where I walk my dog each day.  Fox tracks are prevalent everywhere, especially after a fresh snow.  It could be the same fox I've seen in town during the early morning hours, but there are several fox that hang around, so I'm uncertain.  Check back on my website for new photos!