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!
May 29, 2016 • Leave a Comment
I haven't been into Yellowstone much over the past two weeks and I've spent most of this week watching some foxes in the national forest outside the park. I've always felt that the best nature photographers are also naturalists. By observing and studying different wild subjects in their natural habitat a photographer can learn a lot that can help to capture more compelling images. Over my career in photography I've also spent a lot of time observing and studying, not just for the purpose of improving my images but also because I tend to have a strong interest in the natural world. I know that even if I didn't have a camera I'd still enjoy the time I spend watching nature and being out in it. As I watched the foxes this week, this one decided it was time for a nap and found a spot near an old log. The photo was taken with a 600mm lens.
May 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment
I've enjoyed watching and photographing baby bison so far this spring. These little guys love to play and when other bison calves aren't interested, well, then a bird will do. These cowbirds were looking for insects around a resting herd of bison. The little calf watched them as they walked around. But when he or she wanted to play, the birds just weren't quite as interested.
May 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment
I recently published my first book, "Yellowstone Forever: A Decade in Yellowstone National Park" and now I'm happy to announce that my second book, and first children's book, "Fox Babies!" will be coming out in August. "Fox Babies!" is a children's board book featuring 13 full color images of baby red foxes. It will be published and distributed by Farcountry Press out of Helena, Montana with a release date some time in August. Once I have more details, I'll pass them along.
May 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment
It is generally assumed wild animals are good mothers. From 20 years of observing wildlife in Yellowstone and beyond, I can say that is simply not true. Some animals are incredibly good and protective mothers while others fail miserably. I've been spending a lot of time photographing bison this spring and that also means a lot of time observing. Bison, calves in particular, have received a lot of attention lately. I watched as two bison calves walked around together, sometimes playing, other times just sitting by each other. One was larger than the other and it's very rare for a bison to have twins, so it was a safe assumption that they weren't siblings. Finally it was meal time and the two calves both went to the same cow bison. They both came up and greeted the cow by sniffing her nose, as seen in the photo above. The calf that belonged to her was greeted in return with licks to the nose. The second calf greeted the cow in the same manner as the first but the cow responded with a grunt a shaking it's head, causing the little calf to run off. I wondered at that moment which cow was the mother of the second calf. After a few moments of calling out, the second calf finally came upon a cow that allowed it to nurse. It was fairly surprising that this was the mother given just how far away the two had drifted from each other. Many mother bison will grunt to their calves when they drift away, but others seem uninterested. But there's no reason that any person or persons should ever get involved with these situations. Sometimes these situations don't end well for the calf. But most of the time, the calf will find it's mother and all is good. It's not for us to intervene, only to observe.
May 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment
First, I know many of you enjoy grizzly bear photos, whether taken by me or many of the other photographers who visit Yellowstone National Park. Grizzlies are a hot topic right now as the move to delist them grows stronger. As of this writing, there have been relatively few grizzly sightings so far this summer and none of the "regular" YNP bears have been seen yet. To be honest, huge crowds have descended onto the bear jams where grizzlies have appeared already this summer. I made a conscious decision not to photograph those bears. Huge crowds and photographers on top of the bears all day long create a lot of stress on those animals. While my deciding not to be there doesn't really lessen the stress since so many people are there anyway, at least I know I'm not contributing to it. So I apologize for not having any grizzly photos yet, but when the right opportunities arise, I'll be sure to share them. For me personally, my career, my photos, are not more important than the stress and well being of an animal. I did photograph this yearling, chocolate-colored black bear recently. It only briefly appeared on this hillside as it moved out of a river bottom and towards some trees. I photographed with a 500mm lens and a 1.4 teleconverter, for an effective focal length of 1120mm and then the final image was cropped.
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