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- "Survivor"

February 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Coyotes are persecuted throughout much of the country, only receiving any kind of protection in our national parks.  Yet they are extremely adaptable and where other species would have vanished from the landscape under such persecution, coyotes continue to survive.  Not only a hunter, but also a scavenger, coyotes utilize a variety of food sources which helps with their adaptability.  Being fairly common in Yellowstone, I've largely ignored them as a photo subject since, in the past, I've been very fortunate as I was able to get a good number of quality coyote images.  But I noticed my lack of recent photos so decided this winter I needed to remedy that trend.  This week, as I travelled in Yellowstone, we saw seven coyotes.  But this coyote, late in the afternoon with some beautiful light, provided the best photo opportunity as it worked it's way along the Madison River.  The light, reflection, and pose, along with the beautiful snowy background, made this my favorite coyote photo in a long time.


"Where Eagle Dare" and Eagle Mount

February 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Every year when downhill skiing season begins, I'm reminded of a great organization that does wonderful things for children.  In Bozeman, Montana is a non-profit charity called Eagle Mount.  To give you an idea of the work they do, here is their mission statement from their webpage, Eagle Mount Bozeman is committed to provide quality therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and young people with cancer, and to provide support for families of participants so that “they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”  ​I'm reminded of them at ski season because I see their volunteers on the slopes with mentally and physically challenged children giving them the opportunity to experience downhill skiing.  It's really incredible to see these young kids having this kind of experience and adventure.  Depending on the situation, they use specialized equipment to keep the children safe and there is at least one if not two volunteers per child.  I've been really impressed with this group and wanted to take a moment to share their information.  Their website can be found at http://eaglemount.org, so if you can, take a moment and support this wonderful organization.  I wanted an eagle photo to promote this post and was fortunate enough to watch this bald eagle along the Madison River recently.  In this image, the eagle is about to take flight and soar, much like the opportunity Eagle Mount gives to the kids they help.


Photo of the Week- "Prowler"

January 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Some times when I take a photo, I know right away I captured something special.  As this bobcat walked on the snow, it's head held low as it searched for food, as it turned and walked in my direction for a short moment, I knew I had the shot I wanted.  The eye contact, low head position, and the implied movement of the right front paw all came together perfectly.  Of course, some nice, soft side lighting didn't hurt either.  I actually had three images that were all very close in composition and pose, but ultimately, this photo ended up being my favorite.  The blurred background is courtesy of the long telephoto lens I use when photographing all wildlife and the low angle is due to the cat walking on top of several feet of snow while I stood in snow well over my knees.  I've been tracking another cat in a completely different area, but so far have only found scat and tracks.  Perhaps eventually I'll have a chance to see that one too.


"River's Edge"

January 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a bobcat in Yellowstone National Park.  While bobcats are found throughout the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, actually seeing them is rare.  This winter, however, they've been spotted in a few different locations within the national park.  I'd like to take a second to thank Dave Shumway for organizing a group to charter a snowcoach in order to find this bobcat and to Keith Crowley for including me among the invites to join the group.  Dave's photography can be found at www.daveshumway.com and Keith's can be found at www.lodgetrail.com.  I'll be sharing more of this bobcat and hopefully others as the winter continues.


Photo of the Week- "Perfect Twenty"

January 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

With a storm supposedly on it's way towards us yesterday, I hoped the sunrise might be good.  At first, the clouds looked very low and thick, so I almost didn't go out, but when I checked about a half hour before sunrise, I could see a small break to the east, so I headed up to a nice location on the Madison River.  The break in the clouds continued to open and shortly before the sun rose, the sky was painted in brilliant colors.  It was very close to perfect.  And the temperature wasn't too bad either at 20°F, making it a "perfect twenty" morning.