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- "Mountain Gardens"

July 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

While I certainly have seen better years for wildflower displays, the flowers on the slopes of Yellowstone's Mount Washburn were pretty nice this year.  I headed up early one morning so I could catch the nice early morning light as it first lit the landscape.  At first I thought I'd just catch the various yellow flowers but when I found this area with purple lupine and pink geranium also in bloom, I knew this is the shot I wanted.  I took a low angle and used a wide angle lens to capture this image with the 10,243 foot peak of Mount Washburn in the background.


"Mom's Got My Back"

July 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Here's another photo of the grizzlies I saw last week.  If you look close, you can see the sow is collared.  Life as a grizzly cub is difficult despite having a very dangerous and highly protective mother.  The mortality rate of grizzly cubs is supposed to be around 50% though it certainly seems like it's higher than that.  Consider also that grizzlies usually only raise one set of cubs every three years and they are one of the slowest reproducing mammals in North America.  When their population is low, this makes recovery a very slow process.

Photo of the Week- "Dance for Joy"

July 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Thanks to a tip from a friend, I recently photographed my first grizzly cub of 2016.  This little cub put on quite a show as he or she frequently stood up to get a better view of it's surroundings over the tall summer grasses.  Beautiful bluebells made for a nice background to complete the scene.  Despite the summer crowds this year with 10% more people visiting over last year's record attendance, on this morning few people were around to watch the cub and it's momma as they grazed on parsnip and clover.  The photo was taken with a 500mm lens and a 1.4 teleconverter and the final image was also cropped.


"One Fine Morning"

July 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

When the flowers start blooming, it really changes how the landscape appears.  Areas that earlier in the summer might not be so interesting are suddenly transformed into nature's gardens.  When an animal pauses for a moment in one of these gardens, the moment is special.  One morning as I watched a herd of bison, I saw this young bison as it moved through these lupine.  Still shedding off it's winter coat, the bison was content to pause for a few moments in the perfect spot.  I was able to take a few photos of this wonderful scene before the bison moved on again.


Photo of the Week- "In the Blue"

July 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Wildflowers are near peak in and around Yellowstone and I've been photographing them, both with and without wildlife.  Earlier this week, I made a trip into Hayden Valley and the lupine were looking really nice.  A large herd of bison were moving through the valley, so I set up where I could photograph them as they moved through the wonderful flowers.  This little calf cooperated and walked along behind his or her mother right through a nice patch of purple lupine.  I hope everyone in the US has a happy and safe Independence Day and everyone in the rest of the world has a great weekend!