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!
July 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I recently made a trip to the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park near Three Forks, Montana. I can't believe I've lived here so long and never visited this wonderful state park. And one of the great things, if you're a Montana resident and pay the small fee to the state parks each year with your vehicle registration, you get in free! Aside from that, I actually had low expectations. As much as I'm fascinated by caves, I've been in other ones and they tend to be overhyped and underwhelming. So needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The state park is situated in a rugged area of limestone hills that form some dramatic cliffs above the Jefferson River. The river was named after Thomas Jefferson by Lewis and Clark who floated the river on their famous expedition in 1805. They didn't locate the caverns however, which weren't discovered by non native Americans until 1882. I did the standard 2 hour guided tour which was a bargain at only $12 per person. The tour guide was not only knowledgeable but also personable. The tour does require some sliding, ducking, and scrambling and they encourage you to bring as little as possible. No tripods are allowed though I didn't ask about monopods. But with the high ISO capabilities of most DSLR's now, that's not a huge problem. I shot at ISO 1600 and spot-metered the part of the cave that was lit. I was able to get useable shots this way. Most of prominent features of the cave have lights on them and the final room on the tour, called the Paradise Room, has a pinkish light on the features. The guide explained that the pink hue is what the stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and other features would look like under sunlight. I think they do it just because it might be considered prettier. I prefer the white light myself but the Paradise Room was spectacular regardless of lighting. Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is a wonderful family experience and also provides photographer's with something different to aim a lens at from the standard above ground subjects. It's well worth it!
July 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Many things have kept me out of Yellowstone National Park this summer, despite living about a mile from the gate. Besides my new daughter, I've been working on a soon to be announced project that actually doesn't involve Yellowstone. But, after missing a couple of book signings due to pneumonia, I finally made it to my first book signing of the summer season last week, but before, I took a big detour and went through Hayden Valley and down to Yellowstone Lake. The wildflowers in the park are wonderful this year and I've always loved how the lupine grows in these big clumps along the shore of Yellowstone Lake. So I stopped and shot a few compositions. As I studied the flowers and the scene, I noticed a couple of ladybugs among the flowers, so trotted back and grabbed my macro lens. After trying several compositions and varying the depth of field, I ultimately liked the photo above, The Lady in the Lupine, the best. Below is the lupine patch and if you look real close you might notice the ladybug in the top/middle of the flowers. So yes, I went to Yellowstone and photographed a ladybug!
June 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I was honored last week to learn that my first book, Yellowstone Forever: A Decade in Yellowstone National Park, was selected as a finalist for the High Plains Book Award in the photography category. Published in 2016, it has sold over 4,000 copies to date and features some of my favorite photographs from the last ten years in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Forever: A Decade in Yellowstone National Park is available through the Yellowstone Forever Organization, select gift shops in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding towns, or signed copies can be ordered from my website.
June 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment
Back in May I announced that my Facebook postings would be very limited but that I would continue with my blog posts. But then I've vanished for a month. Well, Over Memorial Day weekend, I came down with a mild case of pneumonia. Then, four days later, on June 1st, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our first child, Sophie Hinch. So, needless to say, life has been pretty hectic the past month. That said, with my wife's mother here to help us, I hope to get back to work and will be posting a little more often again.
May 22, 2017 • 1 Comment
The Yellowstone Forever Organization featured this image of Yellowstone wolf 712M in their full-page advertisement in Saturday's special National Parks Edition of the USA Today. Did you happen to see it? If not, USA Today still has copies of the special edition available on their website at USA Today. This image, The Patriarch, was photographed on opening day 2014 as the old wolf soaked up the morning sun.
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