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!
October 04, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Driving in Yellowstone National Park can often reveal surprise encounters. Many times, wildlife spotted includes elk, bison, mule deer, or perhaps a coyote. On the more rare side of sightings, grizzlies and black bears might be spotted. But it's very rare to encounter a wolf near the road. When I saw a few cars pulled over, I wasn't expecting to see another wolf, so I was really surprised to see this one. Since it was in the same area as the last one, a few weeks ago, it is probably from the same pack, but this one had a lot more grey in its coat. This photo was taken with a 600mm lens and the image has been cropped.
September 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
I've spent a lot time this month watching and photographing the elk rut along the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. The morning I took this photo was one of my favorite mornings. The elk where out in a location that receives the early morning light. As the very first light appeared, this bull elk approached the cow. Rather than running off, she was receptive to him and the two shared a moment of elk romance, as brief unromantic as it may be. The light was soft and cast a beautiful pink color on the landscape. It's a light that only lasts for a few minutes, but it was enough to capture this encounter. I live pretty close to where all this occurs, so I take advantage of being out as many mornings as I can because one can never know what may happen on any given day.
September 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment
I needed to photograph "the Old Patriarch" tree in Grand Teton National Park for a project I'm working on, so I went there this week. After several days of rain, with snow in the mountains, my plan was to catch the sunrise after the storm cleared. But when I left the campground early in the morning, clouds still dominated the sky from east to west, so prospects looked bad. I had woke early to check the sky, since I had to hike out to the tree, so I had time to find other subjects if the clouds weren't going to break. As sunrise neared, I noticed Teewinot, one of the peaks of the Cathedral Group, peaking through the clouds. It seemed some divine intervention was at play, so I decided to go for it! As I made it to the limber pine, the clouds took on some interesting colors as they slowly began to break up and reveal the mountains. I quickly set up and began photographing as conditions changed quickly. This was one of my first shots, but I think it's my favorite.
September 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Getting up early in the morning has it rewards. And fortunately, there are some scenic spots along the Madison River, in Yellowstone National Park. This is one of my favorite. This early morning light was photographed a few days ago. The color on the clouds didn't intensify as strong as I had hoped, but I thought it still came out nicely. An exposure of a couple of seconds smoothed out the water as it flowed down river.
This area near Madison Campground catches beautiful early morning light. Haze on the horizon from the Spruce Fire accentuated the already warm harms with a touch of pink. This big 6x7 bull has taken over the area around the campground, the third bull in the past week to take over. First was the 5x6, then a 6x6, and now this guy. Rain and clouds have moved in, bringing much needed moisture and temperatures have dropped a lot. For those interested in fall colors, we made an unplanned trip up to Ennis, MT this week and most of the aspens and cottonwoods along the way are at peak color right now. I hope to get down to the Tetons soon and see how the colors are there as well as the moose rut.
September 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment
My wife and I went for an early morning drive this week when we had a surprise. The car in front of us slammed on it's brakes and as it did so, I noticed something black in the tall grass on the side of the road. Given where we were, my first thought was black bear, but my wife yelled out "wolf". We stopped and pulled off the road and saw this black wolf feeding in a deer along the side of the road. I'm not sure if the deer was a road kill or not, but it was pretty close to the road. We, along with several other people, watched from our cars. Eventually the wolf was able to tear off a chunk of meat and it trotted away with it's prize. Photo was taken with a 600mm lens.
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